A 2008 view out to the Coral Sea - framed by mangrove trees near Port Douglas - Far North Queensland - Australia. Port Douglas is an attractive coastal town and locality in the Shire of Douglas, Queensland, approximately 70 km (40 mi) north of Cairns. The town is situated adjacent to two World Heritage areas, the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. Port Douglas town's population can often double with the influx of tourists during the peak tourism season from May to September.
The town is named in honour of a former Premier of Queensland, John Douglas. Port Douglas developed quickly based on the mining industry. Other parts of the area were established with timber cutting occurring in the area surrounding the Daintree River and with settlement starting to occur on lots around the Mossman River by 1880. Port Douglas is a wonderful olde worlde town of interest, despite its population and tourist popularity decline when the Kuranda Railway from Cairns to Kuranda was completed in 1891, but for today’s tourists, it is well worth a visit.
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