Port Douglas Beach, commonly referred to as “Four Mile Beach” is located about an hour’s drive north of Cairns in Queensland, Australia.
The town of Port Douglas parallels the beach with its main center located a short walk from the northern end of the beach.
Port Douglas beach is renowned for its beauty, size, impressive surroundings and lack of crowds.
You won’t find surf or crashing waves on this beach- it’s sheltered by the presence of the Great Barrier Reef situated off the coast of north Queensland.
Average water temperature is 25 degrees Celcius (77 degrees Fahrenheit). One catch is the presence of marine “Stingers” (jellyfish) in the water during “Stinger Season” (October to May typically).
Marine Stingers are potentially deadly and should be taken quite seriously with no swimming while they’re active. Snorkelling and diving is still safe as these activities tend to occour some distance from the shore and typical habitat of stingers. Even so, many reef operators are now providing full-body “stinger suits” as an added precaution.
During Stinger Season a special net enclosure is also located at the northern end of Port Douglas beach to enable safe swimming.
Port Douglas beach can be a beautiful place to be and enjoy its changing faces throughout the day and seasons. One can literally walk for hours along the sandy shore and as the beach is fringed with tropical rainforest, it often feels like civilisation has been left behind.
With a backdrop of green, forested mountains and often dramatic clouds, Port Douglas beach has been the subject of many photos.