Four Mile Beach Port Douglas
With golden sand stretching as far as the eye can see, crystal clear water lapping gently against the shore, and palm trees swaying in the cool breeze it is easy to lose track of time when walking on Four Mile Beach as it unfolds in a gentle curve along Port Douglas beachfront.
But all that is expected, after all, Port Douglas is a tropical paradise. Four Mile Beach is a local's escape from the daily grind and many walk the shoreline as the sun rises and sets.
For tourists, it is a pleasure to spend days swimming, sunbathing, dozing under the palms, enjoying a magical sunset, or joining locals for an invigorating walk. But there is more to do in Port Douglas than Four Mile Beach - ensure to check out the Top 10 Things To Do in Port Douglas and maybe take in the view of Four Mile Beach from the air on a scenic flight to the reef!
Anyone who visits Four Mile Beach will surely find it hard to leave. Tourists make the most of their time splashing in the shallows and playing on the beach, staying long after the sun has set. With only a handful of beachfront Port Douglas Accommodation ensure to book early to avoid disappointment - Ask our team of holiday specialists about our selection of Port Douglas beachfront or beach view accommodation for your tropical beach holiday.
Four Mile Beach Accommodation
Located just a short walk from the main Port Douglas main street, Four Mile Beach esplanade is lined with some great choices of Accommodation from budget to luxurious self contained Holiday Apartments and Resorts nestled just out of sight behind the palms. Alternatively we have a selection of luxurious beach Holiday Houses with access to Four Mile Beach for the ultimate family beach holiday in Port Douglas.
Port Douglas - Four Mile Beach Trivia
While today Four Mile Beach is known for being a little slice of paradise and has become a playground for tourists and locals alike, the beach was once a place of business rather than pleasure. Due to the sand being so firm, in 1879 locals began to hold horse, motorcycle, and foot races along the beach. It was not long before the newly developed aviation industry took notice of the firm sand and decided that it would make a good spot for planes to land to collect mail being sent around Australia and to Papua New Guinea. Four Mile Beach even had a visit from aviation royalty when, on July 17, 1932, Sir Charles Kingsford Smith landed his plane on the golden sands.
At the northern end of Four Mile Beach lies an area that is densely populated with rocks. As the tide splashes over the smooth boulders, it creates little rock pools, perfect for children to play and explore. The rocks also provide a perfect place to lay out a towel, soak up some rays, and enjoy a fabulous view of the beach.
If you want to observe some breathtaking views of Four Mile Beach, at the northern tip of the beach by the rocks lays a scenic walk that stretches and winds round a grassy bluff up to Flagstaff Hill Lookout. With some great look-out points along the way, the walk is a great way to enjoy the view - snap a selfie and enjoy the view out to Low Isles and beyond to the Daintree Rainforest.
Four Mile Beach Port Douglas is touted as one of Tropical North Queensland's premier kite surfing locations. Local kite surfers say the best time to enjoy the sport is when the late southeast trade winds blow from April to October reaching around 15-20 knots.
The conditions at Four Mile Beach make it a prime location for both advanced kite surfers, and those who are new to the sport. If you prefer something a little more slower paced - ensure to check out the nearby Mossman Gorge where you can go drift snorkelling, or stand up paddle boarding amongst the rainforest.
Port Douglas Surf Life Savers
At most beaches across Australia, the red and yellow flags of the Australian Surf Lifesavers fly proudly in the cool ocean breeze. Four Mile Beach is no exception and The Port Douglas Surf Life Saving Club patrol the beach to ensure the safety of swimmers.
The Port Douglas Surf Club is also a great spot for a bite to eat and enjoy the ocean breeze while overlooking Four Mile Beach.
The Surf Life Savers can give you important information about the conditions of the ocean including water temperature and where rips may be located.
Can you swim at Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas?
Many visitors to Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas ask "Can you swim all year round at Four Mile Beach?" The simple answer is Yes.
The Surf Life Saving patrol Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas and during the warmer months when marine stingers may be present the stinger resistant encloser is put in the water for swimmers which occurs approximately from November to May each year. The stinger nets are designed to minimise the threat from box jelly fish - learn more about it here.
A visit to Port Douglas wouldn't be complete without experiencing the Great Barrier Reef, as Port Douglas it's the closest point to the reef, and offers a wide range of day trips to suite you.