Picturesque Port Douglas.
Stay at the luxurious Boathouse.
A destination that attracts an eclectic mix of people. Relax at the Boathouse while you enjoy gastronomic delights, water sports, rainforest and reef tours.
Port Douglas was founded in 1877 and has had a variety of names over the years: Island Point, Owensville and Salisbury. The town attracts a diverse mix of people backpackers working for the season, businesspeople, those who were born and bred there, a few Europeans and some recognisable celebrities who have holiday homes. Most things are within walking distance in this former sleepy fishing and farming village.
Rod Davis has the Boathouse on palm-lined Murphy Street, once a goat track with wonderful views of the ocean and rainforest.
The Boathouse, with its 18 apartments, is a meeting of east and west. Rod bought the furniture, lamp fittings and ornaments in Java and Bali. Kitchen appliances are stainless steel with a four-burner stovetop, dishwasher, refrigerator, stereo, television, washer and dryer. Every room has an iMac computer linked to a central network.
The 8cm-thick walls ensure the rooms are soundproof and apartments are serviced every three days. There are five or six different styles, ranging from one to three levels, and although destined for private sale, they are still being rented as holiday accommodation. Visitors can choose from 10 restaurants within 100m of the Boathouse.
Activities abound in Port Douglas. There are plenty of operators to help you decide what to do next. Water activities are high on the list (cruising, para-sailing, jet skiing), as are Daintree rainforest and reef tours.
Port Douglas has two main shopping areas, one at the Marina Mirage on Wharf Street and the other on the main street, Macrossan Street, between Wharf and Mudlo streets. The emphasis is on women's fashion, but there are plenty of other shops as well.
Salsa Bar & Grill is one of the funkiest restaurants in town. Its cuisine is difficult to describe, but Tex-Mex with an Asian influence comes close. It's casual and colourful and you can eat inside or outside.
The Links golf course has just opened, so don't forget to pack your clubs.