Adult Only Holidays Port Douglas - Things To Do For Adults
Adult Only Holidays Port Douglas
Firstly as it is an adults only holiday we have listed below all of the hotels, resorts, holiday apartments and holiday homes that are strictly adults only accommodation.
You may have your own children back home but you have decided to travel on your own and enjoy a holiday resort without the usual noise of your children or other people’s children whilst you are trying to have a nice quiet romantic holiday or break with adult friends.
We have then listed all of the adult type of attractions in entertainment like the local pubs, hotel beer gardens and bars.
Then comes the best places for happy hour drinks and special meal deals, the best places to meet the Port Douglas mixologists for some creative cocktails both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, the very best of locations for sun downer drinks and of course where to go for a boogey on the dance floor, see some live entertainment and mix it with the locals.
With regards to all the local tours and attractions like the Great Barrier Reef and the World Heritage rainforests then take a little peek at these pages on this website for a good coverage of all of the best iconic things to do and things to see in Port Douglas.
Holiday Near The Exciting Port Douglas Night Life | Adult Only Holiday Accommodation Recommendations
If night time activities are just as important as your day time ones then having holiday accommodation near the main Macrossan Street, Port Douglas and within walking distance from ‘the action’ would be a priority. Despite being in a central location in Port Douglas, all holiday resorts and hotels are well placed to give tranquil accommodation, so you are not compromising your peace and tranquillity by being in the centre of town. Here are some suggestions of some centrally located holiday accommodation places, many with special deals and holiday packages that are available at the moment. The holiday accommodation suggestions listed here are varied in price and type, so you should find something to suit you. All have swimming pools and are within a short walk of the stunning Four Mile Beach.
Adult Only Holiday Accommodation Near The Port Douglas Nightlife On Macrossan Street
Shantara Resort and Spa is an adults only holiday resort. Located a couple of blocks from Macrossan Street so only about a 3 minute walk. This boutique style holiday accommodation is ideal for couples that like comfort in secluded and tranquil surrounds. There are a range of apartment options from studios to large one bedrooms. Some have pool deck access from your lounge room and have your own private hot tub Jacuzzi. With a spa and gym, 2 heated swimming pools and an undercover BBQ area. You can be near the centre of Port Douglas yet feel a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of normal life.
The Meridian Holiday Apartments: adults only resort, located on Macrossan Street, this boutique resort is ideal for couples or honeymooners. The hotel accommodation includes options with private jacuzzi's and hot tubs. Being so near to the golden sands of Four Mile Beach and a stone’s throw to Macrossan Street, including a heated swimming pool you can quietly relax and recover with a late sleep in after partying at Port Douglas’s night life.
Martinique Apartments on Macrossan: adults only holiday resort providing spacious and comfortable one bedroom holiday accommodation. Located only one minute walk from Macrossan Street and within a stone’s throw from Four Mile Beach. All 19 apartments have a Caribbean flavour with a swimming pool that is heated in the winter and surrounded by lush tropical vegetation.
Peninsula Boutique Hotel: this adults only hotel accommodation is only a 2 minute walk from Macrossan Street. This property is a stunning beachside holiday hotel that is the perfect retreat for the discerning holiday maker. Even though you are so near the heart of town this is the perfect haven for peace and tranquility. There are 34 contemporary style bedroom suites that are all one bedroom with 4.5 star quality. Many rooms overlook the picturesque beach and palm trees of Four Mile Beach and the Coral Sea.
Port Douglas Holiday Apartments: couples only accommodation located on Macrossan Street. These are self-contained recently refurbished holiday apartments that are a two minute walk from the beach and right next to the main action in Macrossan Street of Port Douglas. With free WiFi, laundry facilities, BBQ entertainment area and pool with spa you can be in your own relaxing holiday accommodation in the day and right near the night life and action of restaurants and bars. You are also within minutes from Four Mile Beach, where you can relax on the golden sands or swim in the warm, aquamarine waters of the Coral Sea.
A Few Adult & Family Holiday Accommodation Choices
We have selected below some properties where children are welcome however still suitable for a couple's gateaway.
Hotels And Resorts
Mantra Heritage: holiday accommodation right in the heart of the action on Macrossan Street. These centrally located holiday apartments are in the heart of Port Douglas, right near all the night action. This is an intimate holiday resort complex with only 45 rooms in the heart of Port Douglas. Despite being in the heart of the town your holiday accommodation is located in a tropical enclave landscaped with trees and ferns surrounding a lagoon style pool. The golden sands of Four Mile Beach are only a 5 minute stroll away.
Peppers Beach Club and Spa: suave holiday resort located a couple of blocks from Macrossan Street (3 minute walk). This property is a cool, chique 5 star luxury spa resort in a central location in Port Douglas. With its contemporary furnishings and understated style the décor is crisp and clean, just perfect for a tropical climate. The pool has its own man-made white sand beach that dips into the clear shallow waters of the pool side. If you prefer swimming laps the length of the 50 m pool gives you a good lap length. With luscious tropical gardens you won’t believe you are so near the centre of town and only a short 3 minute walk to the iconic Four Mile Beach.
Club Tropical Resort: also located on Macrossan Street just across the road from all the ‘action’. Any nearer to the action and you’ll be in the bar! Club Tropical Resort overlooks the Port Douglas Inlet and is slap bang on Macrossan Street (across the road from the Courthouse Hotel) . Due to extensive refurbishment no two holiday apartments are the same. Though it is so close to the centre, the grounds are landscaped with tropical plants & water gardens, so you’ll never realise. With a landscaped swimming pool this is your tranquil oasis. With studio, 1 and 2 bedroom accommodations available.
Mantra Aqueous: holiday accommodation only a minute’s walk away from Macrossan Street. Mantra Aqueous on Port is located just off Macrossan Street and only a 5 minute stroll away from the night time’s activities. Many of the holiday apartments have direct access to the swimming pool and many have spa baths that you can sit and sip bubbles in. It’s called Mantra Aqueous for a reason and boasts 4 saltwater pools with tranquil water features. What better place to recover after your night life action.
Mantra on the Inlet: any nearer and you’ll be pouring your own drink behind the bar, this holiday accommodation is so close! Located between The Courthouse Hotel and the Central. Set in secluded gardens so you won’t be disturbed by any noise.
Mantra in the Village: set right on Macrossan Street. Mantra in the Village is holiday accommodation just metres from award winning restaurants, great shops, bars and pubs, great food and wine and pristine beaches of Four Mile Beach. In your resort accommodation you will have everything you need to unwind from your evening’s entertainment. Laze by the Tuscan style pool or relax in the spa. With only a short walk to Four Mile Beach your holiday accommodation will have everything on your doorstep.
Mantra Portsea: 10 minute walk to Port Douglas nightlife, 1 minute walk to the iconic Four Mile Beach. Mantra Portsea, Port Douglas has resort accommodation that is only a 10 minute stroll from the night time action of central Port Douglas. The white stucco Mediterranean style buildings have been designed with a high open aired lobby with punkah walls and celing fans. The grounds have tiered pools, arches, bridges and columns. The resort has an elegant Italianate style and is only a short 1 minute walk to the golden sands of iconic Four Mile Beach.
Coconut Grove Apartments: located on Macrossan Street these modern holiday apartments are the last word in five star accommodation. Consisting of 33 spacious apartments all beautifully appointed and so near to all amenities you won’t need a car. Only a 2 minute walk to the beach and the night time entertainment of Port Douglas
Villa San Michele Holiday Apartments: located on Macrossan Street, these Mediterranean styled holiday apartments are centrally located in Port Douglas and on the main thoroughfare of Macrossan Street. Choose between 1 and 2 bedroomed self – contained apartments. There are two pools where you can relax and swim in as you lap up the sun of tropical North Queensland. With free WiFi and a BBQ area.
Heritage Private Holiday Apartments: located on Macrossan Street, these are privately managed holiday apartments within the Mantra Heritage resort complex. They are stunning holiday suites with saltwater lagoon pools with outdoor spas. Your holiday accommodation is in the heart of Port Douglas and only a 5 minute walk to the iconic Four Mile Beach.
Mowbray by the Sea Holiday Apartments: 3 minute walk to Macrossan Street. Mowbray by the Sea are beautiful well-appointed self-contained holiday apartments within a short stroll to Macrossan Street. They offer stylish one and two bedroom with two bathroom self-contained apartments. With heated swimming pool and large al fresco balcony areas. All this and only a few minute’s walk from the golden sands of palm fringed Four Mile Beach.
Outrigger Holiday Apartments: 5 minute walk to Macrossan Street. Port Douglas Outrigger Holiday Apartments are set in a small resort with affordable 1 and 2 bedroom holiday apartments about a 5 minute walk from Macrossan Street in Port Douglas. The pool is heated (in the winter) and there are BBQ facilities in the landscaped tropical gardens. Four Mile Beach is a 5 minute walk away.
Bay Villas: 5 minute walk to Macrossan Street. Bay Villas in Port Douglas has 1, 2 and 3 bedroom self-contained holiday apartments. The Bay Villas is located in a convenient central location with walking distance of the main street, Macrossan Street. It’s only a short stroll to the palm trees and beach of Four Mile Beach.
Tropic Sands Holiday Apartments: 5 minute walk to Macrossan Street. Tropic Sands Holiday apartments offer affordable boutique accommodation in the heart of Port Douglas. There are only 14 self-contained one bedroom apartments and your holiday accommodation is within a minute’s walk from Macrossan Street and the golden sands of Four Mile Beach. The salt water swimming pool with a BBQ area is the perfect place to relax.
Regal Holiday Apartments: on Macrossan Street. Regal Holiday Apartments, Port Douglas are located on Macrossan Street right near all the action. The palm fringed sands of Four Mile Beach are only about a 3 minute away. You can choose from a studio room or a self-contained on or two bedroom suite. All have their own balconies and either an outdoor Jacuzzi or an indoor spa bath.
Saltwater Luxury Apartments: located on Macrossan Street. Saltwater Luxury Holiday Apartments are right in the central part of Port Douglas on Macrossan Street. Within a minute’s walk from the nightlife of Port Douglas and only a 3 minute walk to Four Mile Beach. Luxury and convenience rolled into one. This boutique complex has only sixteen 2 and 3 bedroom holiday accommodation. All with large balconies and despite being so near to the action is quiet and you’ll still be able get your rest and relaxation.
The Newport on Macrossan: located on Macrossan Street. The Newport on Macrossan is located on Macrossan Street. Right in the centre next to restaurants and bars these are self-contained holiday apartments that offer a high standard of privacy and service. All holiday accommodation has free WiFi and in-house movie channels. The palm fringed white sandy beach of Four Mile Beach is only a leisurely 5 minute stroll away.
Port Douglas Beachfront Terrace Apartments: 3 mins from Macrossan St with views across to Four Mile Beach. Port Douglas Latitude 16 Beachfront Holiday Apartments are absolute beachfront and these self-contained holiday apartments are also in the heart of town. These affordable apartment style holiday accommodations offer great value and are only a 3 minute walk from Macrossan Street.
Private Holiday Houses In Port Douglas
Private Holiday Houses could be just what you are after...
1/23 Murphy Street: 3 minute walk (downhill) to Macrossan Street. This is the ultimate in luxury holiday accommodation in Port Douglas for a group adults offering the most stunning view across the Reef Marina through to the mountain tips of Cape Tribulation. This designer holiday house is located in the centre of Port Douglas Village on Flagstaff hill. With astounding views on the outside and stunning interior décor on the inside, everywhere you look will give you amazing sights. With 4 large bedrooms (all with ensuite) and a separate bathroom there is privacy for everyone. With quality fittings and a gourmet kitchen this house will give the discerning holiday maker the perfect holiday accommodation. And for winter a heated swimming pool.
2/23 Murphy Street: this amazing luxury holiday house is located in central Port Douglas located on Flagstaff Hill with wonderful views across the Coral Sea to the mountain range of Cape Tribulation. This designer modern amazing residence is laid out over 3 levels and offers modern, open plan living complete with a plunge pool (heated). With 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms perfect for groups of adults this is executive designer style in the tropics and only a 5 minute stroll from the iconic Four Mile Beach.
3/23 Murphy Street: perfectly suited for a group of adults this is luxury designer tropical living at its finest in this exclusive holiday villa. Located centrally on Flagstaff Hill in Port Douglas this holiday house will be home from home for the discerning holiday maker. With 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms your holiday house is spacious and modern and located near to the restaurants, shops and pubs and bars. There is a heated pool with a spacious indoor/outdoor entertainment centre. Large sliding doors lead out to an al fresco dining setting with views of the Coral Sea and Port Douglas’s Reef Marina. The house is fully equipped with espresso machine, dishwasher, DVDs, iPad docking station and cable television.
Far Pavilions – Private Holiday Residence: 5 minute walk down hill to Macrossan Street. This is the ultimate in luxury holiday accommodation. Situated in the centre of Port Douglas village this Bali inspired residence is the perfect Eastern paradise holiday villa. With water features, landscaped tropical gardens and ambient lighting, this open plan house incorporates all that a beautiful holiday accommodation should have. With 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, a heated pool and spa you can relax after your night out in optimal luxury. If you wish to go to the beach then Four Mile Beach is only a 5 minute walk away.
61 Murphy Street: 5 minute downhill walk to Macrossan Street. This is the ultimate in Port Douglas luxury holiday houses, with a real designer inside outside feel in the spacious layout. With 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms this designer holiday house is the last word in quality and style. Located on Flagstaff Hill it’s only a short walk to the shops, restaurants and bars of Macrossan Street. With marble finishings, an infinity pool and a bath tub to view the stunning scenery, this is a holiday house for the discerning holiday makers. Privacy in each bedroom for all couples with own private ensuites. Laze by the pool or walk 5 minutes to the iconic Four Mile Beach.
7 Wharf Street: with great views of the ocean and 5 minutes to Macrossan Street. This is a magnificent holiday house that overlooks mountain and ocean views. With a heated swimming pool and surrounded by tropical landscaped gardens your holiday accommodation really will feel like a refuge in paradise. Perched on the cliff on “Millionaires Row” in Wharf Street, Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia the 180 degree views are stunning as you look out at the horizon and the Coral Sea with the mountains of Cape Tribulation reaching up in the background. This holiday house really gives the feel of inside outside as large bi-fold door can be opened up to really bring the feel of Tropical North Queensland into your holiday home. You will be a minute’s walk away from the bars and restaurants of central Port Douglas and a 5 minute walk to the golden sands of Four Mile Beach.
Things To Do For Adults in Port Douglas - Your Entertainment Guide
Port Douglas in Tropical Far North Queensland, Australia, is a quaint, scenic town located on the edge of the oldest rainforest in the world, the Daintree Rainforest and the world famous Great Barrier Reef.
Port Douglas has traditionally been the secret getaway and holiday place for the rich and famous, the most recent visitors (that we have seen) have included Ed Sheeran, Zara Phillips (The English Queen’s granddaughter) Adele the amazing singer currently taking the music world by storm and Florence (from Florence and the Machine). From the Coral Sea various Princes and mining magnates have pulled in to the Reef Marina in their luxury white boats to enjoy Port Douglas’s hospitality and its scenic village charm.
Away from the natural beauty of the place and sightseeing in the daytime, the night time action in Port Douglas is just as important. A pub crawl in Port Douglas would take about 5 minutes to walk to all the places on the main street called Macrossan Street, but in this small area there’s a lot going on for your more mature entertainment pleasure where children are not permitted.
On most nights of the week you will find some live entertainment somewhere in Port Douglas. Being a major tourist centre means that there will always be people out and about on a balmy night in Port Douglas, whether dining or drinking. A little known quirk of Port Douglas is that it actually has two ‘weekends’. Tuesday night is tourism industry workers night and the beginning of the ‘weekend’ for all the staff who work in hotel and resort tourism & hospitality, so this can end up being a very lively night in town indeed.
Then of course you have the normal office and shop workers weekend which begins on Friday night and then everyone goes back of to work first thing Sunday morning.
All these things to do and only just a short walk from your holiday accommodation!
If you do decide to bring the children along on the holiday and want a night out just for ‘grown up time’ here is the link for babysitting services that can come to your holiday accommodation in Port Douglas and ensure your little ones are cared for and tucked up safely in bed for when you come home after enjoying some peaceful adult time.
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- Best Places To Go For Cocktails In Port Douglas, Queensland Australia
- Sundowner (Sunset) Drinks In Port Douglas
- Live Entertainment In Port Douglas Queensland Australia
- Things To Do In The Pubs In Port Douglas?
What Are The Pubs – Hotels – Bars Like In Port Douglas?
Paddy’s Irish Pub and Grill: 8 Macrossan Street, Port Douglas - 07 4099 5997
In almost every medium-sized town there is likely an Irish pub and Port Douglas is no exception. Paddy’s Irish Pub and Grill is decorated with green and shamrocks with a tropical edge. It even hosts genuine Irish bar staff! Serving the obligatory pint of Guinness this is a great place to come to enjoy whatever you like drinking. If you do manage to drink 100 pints of Guinness your photo can be added to their wall of fame that is if you are still alive so we do not encourage this. With air-conditioned seating inside and a large outside deck you can sit in comfort. The large front deck is raised up so you can sit at the front overlooking Macrossan Street and see the world pass by.
The pub food here is great value and delicious, from lamb shanks to fish pie, roast pumpkin, spinach and ricotta lasagne to steamed white wine mussels.
The Courthouse Hotel: Corner Macrossan and Wharf Streets Port Douglas (overlooking Anzac Park and the harbour) - 07 4099 5181
Locally known as “The Courty” and built in 1878 the same year as the Central Hotel it is one of the most iconic pubs in Australia. With its open verandas and large seating areas this is a magnificent traditional heritage Queenslander that overlooks the green area of Anzac Park, which on Sundays is over-brimming with market stalls for the Port Douglas Market. It is also about 50 metres from the actual Courthouse which was built in 1879 and is now a museum.
Food is served here and is standard pub grub. There are 4 main seating areas, with 2 bar service areas. Just make sure you get here early on sundowners and Port Douglas Market Day
Central Hotel: 9 Macrossan Street, Port Douglas - 07 4099 5271
The Central was built in 1878 and is the oldest pub in Port Douglas. Originally called the North Australian Hotel (very apt) it is fittingly now called The Central due to its location and being the pub in Port Douglas with the longest frontage. After being damaged in a cyclone in 1911 it was rebuilt and renamed. She’s a traditional Queenslander with timber beams and decks.
The Central has three bar areas:
- The main public bar area, with seating inside and outside pavement seating.
- The Veranda bar that has comfy lounges that you can lay back and relax in with a drink after a busy day exploring the rainforest or the reef
- The Garden Bar located at the back with a shaded sail and plenty of seating with landscaped ferns and foliage.
The Famous Iron Bar: 5 Macrossan St, Port Douglas - 07 4099 4776
This bar is aptly called the iron bar, as it uses corrugated iron sheets to add to its rustic decor. With live music and the only place in Port Douglas with regular Cane Toad Racing it is the central hub of the entertainment scene. The restaurant serves food in the indoor and outdoor seating areas. Serving lunch and dinners they have an eclectic menu that includes basic bar food but with an added Australian twist like their Aussie Meat tasting platter that includes Kangaroo fillets and Emu Steaks and the Moreton Bay Bugs (don’t worry not real bugs, but a local name for slipper lobsters) in a prawn sauce. From organic quinoa to Wagyu beef burgers all dietary tastes and requirements are catered for.
The Iron Bar is the only late licensing place in Port Douglas so after all the pubs have closed in town everyone gravitates to the Iron Bar, where from 12.00 am onwards the place will start to fill up as the live music and dancing begins. Depending on how busy the night is, the Iron Bar will finish at around 2.30 am.
Rattle and Hum: 38 Macrossan St, Port Douglas - 07 4099 5641
This pub is located at the other end of Macrossan Street from the other pubs (3 minute walk) and is open daily from 11.30am. The pub offers well-priced food, including scrummy pizzas cooked in their wood-fired pizza oven. There are several seating areas:
- Back Area – A decked, tiered garden. At night the foliage is illuminated by flame torches making it a wonderfully ambient place to sit and drink.
- Front area with tables and chairs along the pavement – ideal for people watching.
- Inside air-conditioned area that you can eat in cool comfort from the tropical heat, with tables and chairs and padded bench seating.
Hemingway's Micro Brewery, Reef Marina
Hemingway’s is the newest edition in the great range of offerings in Port Douglas. Based at the Reef Marina, this re-built and refurbished microbrewery offers everything for the discerning drinker and eater.
Situated in one of the most scenic positions in Port Douglas overlooking the shining gleam of white boats and yachts bobbing in the Marina, this is the only microbrewery in Far North Queensland and judging by its popularity – might not be the last!
With a wide-ranging menu that covers everything from truffle oil and goats cheese to good old burgers and pizzas and low and slow grain fed beef steaks their fare caters for everyone’s palates.
For nibblers they offer little crafty snacks like beer-candied bacon, chilli salt popcorn and pork crackles.
You can accompany your dining experience with their wide range of craft beers. These all have a wide range of flavours and their names have all been inspired by local history. From the fierce publican called “Pitchfork Betty” to “The Prospector” named after pioneer prospector, James Mulligan their memories are all re-lived in these local brews. Other names include, Hard Yards, Kick Back, Dog’s Courage all with their own historical stories. If you can’t make up your mind which drink to have then you can buy a rack with small glasses so you can sample a few sips of each.
On Sunday from 2-5pm they have live entertainment so you can while away a lazy afternoon relaxing with your favourite hand-crafted brew and delicious food accompanied by the beautiful sound of one of the area’s talented musicians.
Hemingway’s has a purpose built upstairs for private functions – upstairs@hemingways. With timber floors and large bi-fold doors that open up onto the extensive upstairs balcony and the tropical breezes and views over the boats in the marina and the distant peaks of Cape Tribulation.
The bar at upstairs@hemingways offers all their brews on tap and can accommodate cocktail parties up to 200 guests and seating for up to 100 guests.
Ideal for corporate events (the whole of the venue can also be hired out) for weddings, birthdays and anniversaries.
On the Inlet: 3 Inlet Street
On the Inlet is one of the favourite seafood restaurants in Port Douglas. Located where the Coral Sea meets the waters of the Reef Marina. It has a relaxed vibe – though the service is first class. Watch the boats and yachts coming and going with the mountains of Cape Tribulation as the backdrop.
Happy Hour: 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Great value $10 Corona and Tacos (get there for 4.45 pm and watch the famous George the Grouper being fed)
Rattle n Hum: 38 Macrossan Street
This spacious bar has 4 drinking areas. A landscaped decked tiered area at the back, a front area on the pavement, a side area and air conditioned interior. With a pool table and great pub food (including a pizza oven) this is a great place to hang out with friends.
Happy Hour: 5:00pm to 6:00pm and 10:00pm to 11:00pm
Zinc Restaurant and Bar: 53 Macrossan Street
On the corner of Davidson and Macrossan Street this open plan restaurant is a great place to either sip drinks in their lounge chairs in their bar area or go for a delicious meal. Sit in their bar area and watch the world go by.
From 4:00pm to 5:00pm - $10 cocktail hour on a nominated cocktail
Paddy’s Bar and Grill: 8 Macrossan Street
This is the Irish pub in Port Douglas. Buy a Guinness or order their tasty bar food. With 3 bar areas, the outside decking area, the inside air conditioned area and the games area with 2 pool tables.
Happy Hours: 4:00pm to 5:00pm and 9:00pm to 10:00pm
From 4:00pm to 5:00pm - $1 chicken wings for “Happy Wings Hour” (BBQ, Spicy) pm every night.
Sunday Roasts at $15 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm
The Central: 9 Macrossan Street
Located in central Port Douglas this is the largest pub in Port Douglas. With 4 bar areas – the front area on the pavement, the raised level bar on the decking with lounge chairs and the back Garden Bar, mainly used for sporting events with the largest screen in Far North Queensland. Pub food served.
Happy Hours: 4:00pm to 6:00pm and 10:00pm to 11:00pm
The Courthouse Hotel: 9 Macrossan Street
This iconic pub is located on the corner of Macrossan and Wharf Street in Port Douglas. With an outside eating area, a bar area and an eating and drinking area there are 3 places to sit and all have a great window on the world.
Happy Hours: 9:00am to 1100am and 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Lure Restaurant and Bar: 15 Port Douglas Road – The Reef Marina
This is a restaurant bar located in the scenic Reef Marina. There’s nothing better than sipping your cheap beers in happy hour and watching the boats returning from the reef, with the mountains of Cape Tribulation in the background.
Happy Hour: 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Bel Cibo: 30 Macrossan St
You can’t beat a lunch with the ladies, with your partner, or with your family at Bel Cibos. They offer a two course dinner that includes one glass of wine, choose from a selection including starters of duck salad, calamari with main dish of carbonara and pizza. Located on the main street of Macrossan it’s a great place to chat with friends and people watch.
There are some great places to sit and sample a delicious cocktail in Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia. Many of the cocktail bar staff have honed their skills and craft working in bars in Sydney, Melbourne and all over the world. They view it as a craft and developing signature cocktails and new flavours is what they excel in.
The best cocktail bars and restaurants have a wide range of décor and ambiance, but wherever you end up, having a cocktail in Port Douglas it is definitely the perfect way to unwind and soak up the Queensland holiday tropical feel.
Zinc Restaurant and Bar: 53 Macrossan Street
Sit in their comfortable armchairs in their saloon lounge bar and sip a cocktail, whilst watching the world go by on Macrossan Street. There’s sure to be a cocktail that will take your fancy on their extensive and creative cocktail menu from champagne cocktails with brandy, liqueur topped bubbles with Frangelico or a Sours Martinis and Bikinis, A Splash of Passion or a Prince of Darkness with their signature Zinc Bliss. Their Cocktail hour from 4-5.00pm features a different $10 cocktail each day.
Watergate: 31 Macrossan Street
Watergate Bar Lounge has a well-appointed bar. With its Jarrah wood panelling and Negro Italian granite bar top, finished with glass, mirrors and natural textures Watergate’s colonial tropical styling gives a sophisticated and relaxing place to sip cocktails. From Espresso Martini, Elderflower Collins, Pomegranite Martini, Geisha Girl and Pineapple Boussa, their creative infusion of cocktail flavours really do mingle on the tongue.
Salsa Bar and Grill: 26 Wharf Street
Don’t be put off by the name, it’s not a Mexican restaurant. It’s a tropical, open plan restaurant and bar in a beautiful old Queenslander with plantation shutters and views across to the palm fringed Coral Sea. President Bill Clinton has dined here in this understated chic restaurant and bar. With a relaxed tropical vibe you can sip your cocktail. Choose from their Muddled Madly, Shakers & Movers and Martini Mayhems. Swallow a Green Tree Frog, sip a Brazilian Booty or sample a Love Cat.
Sassi’s Cucina e Bar: Corner of Wharf Street and Macrossan Street
With views across Anzac Park this is a great restaurant and bar to just sit and sup a cocktail and people watch. The menu in its restaurant boasts an Italian flavour to its food and staff. Their cocktail menu has an underlying theme of European and chic. Try a Sgropinno, a Campari Sour and Negroni or a Caprioska.
There’s nothing like sitting at the end of another perfect day in Paradise and watching the sun set with an icy cold drink in your hand as you ‘cheers’ to a wonderful balmy tropical holiday.
The best sun set views are in the North westerly locations in Port Douglas and that’s mainly the bars and restaurants that line the Coral Sea entrance and the leads to the Port Douglas Marina.
This aspect will not only have the dramatic mountains of Cape Tribulation as a backdrop, but the glimmering refracting rays of the orange light reflected in the waters of the Coral Sea is magical. It is even more dramatic if there are clouds (better if there has been some rain) as this filters the colours and adds depth and shadow to this amazing sight.
On the Inlet: 3 Inlet Street
Get there in time for the happy hour till 5:30 pm or sip on their great value Corona with fresh fish tacos. If you make it for 4:45pm then you can see the feeding of George the enormous Grouper.
The Port Douglas Yacht Club: 1 Spinnaker Close
Surrounded by the swaying masts of the Reef Marina the Yacht Club is set on a peninsula surrounded by tropical palm trees. Sit with a beer and watch the orange sun rays glimmer across the waters of the Port Douglas inlet.
Lure Restaurant and Bar: 15 Port Douglas Road – The Reef Marina
Located on the Boardwalk with a view over the marina, this is a good place to kick back and relax. Happy hour is from 4pm to 5pm and they serve tapas from 3:30pm to 6:00pm.
Barbados: Reef Marina (Opening December 2016)
This is the newest bar in Port Douglas. Positioned on the Marina Boardwalk overlooking the best view in Port Douglas. This bar has been architecturally designed and styled with minute attention to detail. Not only will the décor be the last word in tropical exclusive chic, but sipping on your cocktails here will definitely give you a tropical cool vibe. They will have an exclusive selection of cocktails along with chef inspired share plates that you can nibble whilst watching the sun set on another beautiful day in Port Douglas.
Hemingway’s: Reef Marina, Port Douglas
Hemingway’s is a micro-brewery located in the Reef Marina. It offers an extensive wine list and a range of vodkas and gins alongside its 5 hand-crafted range of beers.
Their hand-crafted beers are all named after historic events in Port Douglas. From the pioneer prospector James Mulligan came “The Prospector” and from a fierce local publican came “Pitchfork Betty” Other names include, Kick Back, Dog’s Courage and Hard Yards all with their own historical stories. If you can’t make up your mind which brew to have then you can buy a rack with small glasses so you can sample a few sips of each.
With various seating areas ranging from lounge couches and coffee tables to table and benches on the boardwalk to bar tables and chairs you can relax in whatever position you find most comfortable. In your comfort you can sip your drinks as the sun sets across the marina, turning the white boats to an orangey hue.
Port Douglas has traditionally been the home to many exciting and talented musicians. Some have gone on to the national and international music circuits after cutting their teeth locally. Regular live music venues to check out are Paddy’s, The Courthouse, The Central, and The Iron Bar. On Sundays there is a relaxing vibe with live music at Barefoot Sundays at the Yacht Club and at Hemingways at the Reef Marina (2-5pm).
Special music events are organised with the “Rock the Yacht” event about three times a year which showcases local bands at the Port Douglas Yacht Club.
Dougies Backpackers Resort also has intermittent musical events. Its last event featured 8 Ball Aitken, but keep your eyes peeled as they do feature local musicians on evenings as well. Located 10 minutes’ walk from Macrossan Street.
QT Resort (4 km out of town) has held secret gigs, where the musician or band has remained secret until the night. Past musicians/bands have included the Potbelleez, Bernard Fanning (Powderfinger) and Thirsty Merc. They also have events from time to time that include live music.
There are regular musicians that visit from all over Australia for performing, but many are local. Port Douglas has played host to at least four The Voice contestants and finalists, Michael Stangel, Rob Edwards, and local musicians Danny Ross and Mikael Laxton.
Port Douglas Entertainment has its own Facebook page, so you can keep abreast of any new music events happening in Port Douglas as well as get information on some of the regular musicians that have played in Port Douglas, such as:
A finalist in The Voice and a regular as a performer at The Iron Bar. A great funky gig with cover songs from Stevie Wonder to Earth Wind and Fire and all sang with his amazing soulful voice.
A local musician performing the local circuits made good. Made the final of The Voice and was mentored by Joel Madden who took him away from Port Douglas to LA to write and perform in collaborative projects there.
A local Mossman boy with the voice of an angel. He performed on the Voice and wowed the judges with his own composition of a love song.
Highly talented couple of Stacey (Australian) and Seamus (Irish), who have generated a large following in Port Douglas. Divide their time between performing in Port Douglas and Europe. Close your eyes when Seamus sings Neil Diamond. Uncanny!
The Bourbon Gorillas
Mainly appearing at the Courthouse, this flamboyant band plays all the feet tapping and rocking tunes. Gigi is the highly entertaining lead singer of The Bourbon Gorillas... just watch out where he roves with his cordless microphone.
Benny and the Clones
A local band made up of members that live and work in Port Douglas. Great musicians and a cross between John Lennon, Country and Rock.
Nominated for the CMA Awards 2016 for Best Bluegrass recording at Tamworth they are now gaining national recognition after fine tuning their craft in the pubs of Port Douglas. Hillbilly Goats still do manage to return to their roots and still perform at the Courthouse.
Awarded best local musician/artist in the 2014 Port Douglas Awards Tee Ketu is a rare talent. With an amazing voice and a great performer she still amazes locals in Port Douglas when she performs and one feels that she is going to move on to greater things.
The Walker Brothers
All members of the The Walkers Brothers are from the local Kuku Yalanji tribe. They are a well-loved local band that put the rock into rock and roll. With a great medley of rock classics that will have you wanting to get up and dance they are a band you just don’t listen to, you move to it as well. You’ll usually find them playing at Paddy’s Bar and Grill on a Sunday afternoon.
Jason and his band play regularly at the Iron Bar. With a great selection of covers from hits today to old classics, Jason Hall knows how to get the crowds going.
Timber and Wood
Timber and Wood have a large local following. They perform regularly around the Port Douglas Music circuit and are guaranteed to get your foot tapping with their catchy folksy music. With over 200 live shows alone in 2014 on their festival circuit around the country they are highly in demand and enjoyed by all who listen and dance to them!
Finishing act at Sunset in the Park in Port Douglas and performs on occasions in the Iron Bar. Michael Stangel also appeared on The Voice Australia.
The Central Hotel – Public Bar: 9 Macrossan Street
- The Central Hotel has three bars. The old pub's famous Public Bar is home to Keno and an air conditioned pokie room where you could get lucky on Jackpot Carnival, Pure Gold, Quad Shot, Triple Shots.
- Sports Screens (in main bar, outside in dining area, back area has the largest screen in Far North Queensland and they play sports events here on special match days)
- Big Screen Cinema – in season showings of films on the big screen in the back garden area.
- Mondays - Free Entry Texas Hold ‘Em (two games at 7:00pm and 9:00pm) with $150 cash prizes
- Tuesdays - Pool Competition – 7:00pm
- Wednesday - Trivia Quiz – 7:00pm – 10:00pm
The Courthouse Hotel – Bar: Corner of Wharf Street and Macrossan Street
- With an air-conditioned pokie room you can play in comfort. Play on Jackpot Carnival, Where’s the Gold, 15 Lions, Moon Money.
- TAB with Info TAB – Ubet machines.
- Pool Table
- Sport Screens – one large one in main area with smaller screens in the serving bar area and at the other end of the main bar area.
Paddy’s Bar and Grill: 8 Macrossan Street, Port Douglas
- 2 Snooker Tables
- Sports Screens – one screen in the air-conditioned coolness and the other is outside easily viewable from the balcony area.
- Tuesday – Trivia Quiz – 7:45pm – 10:00pm
Rattle ‘n’ Hum – Bar: 38 Macrossan Street
- Snooker Table
Iron Bar – Bar, Restaurant and Late Night Entertainment: 5 Macrossan Street
- Every night 8.30 pm - Cane Toad Racing. It’s not many times in your life that you will be able to race a Cane Toad! Cane Toads were introduced in 1935 in Queensland to eat beetles (that were also introduced!) on the sugar cane crop and have now become giant pests as they poison and kill native predators like Egrets, Northern Quolls, Snakes, frogs, fish and Freshwater crocodiles. One good use has been found for them, though, locally and that is the unique sport of Cane Toad Racing.
- Snooker Table
If you are still looking for more details on what to do in Port Douglas check our ‘10 To Things" to do.