A wide variety of
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vibrant small town was founded in 1877 as the port town for the Hodgkinson River Goldfields. After a series of names such
as as Terrigal, Island Point, Port Owen and
Salisbury it was settled with the name Port Douglas. Named named
in honour of former Queensland premier John Douglas.
- Gold fever bought the population to 12000.
The industry grew. Thriving on
tin, silver, sugarcane logging
for cedar trees. During this time a total of 27 hotels were established.
After the gold dwindled and the completion of the Cairns/Mareeba railway in 1893, this once booming town started to
loose its people. The bad luck continued through to 1911, when a
severe cyclone devastated much of the town. The industry became
not much more than a fishing village and a gateway to ship sugar
from the Mossman Central Mill until 1958. By 1960
this once booming town ended up with a population of about 100
Twenty years later Port Douglas started to boom again. This
once forgotten little town became one of Australians best kept
secret bring the population to 4000. A booming
tourist industry, brining visitors from all over the
Douglas has much to see and do. The Marina,
Fishing, diving, reef tours to the Low isles, paragliding,
sporting activities, rainforest tours, galleries, the list
- For a small town this
place has quite a lot of services including,
Banks, Post Office, Doctors, Dentists, Lawyers, mechanics,
news agents, book stores, super markets, shops, boutiques
- Dine at some of
the best restaurants and eateries in
Stay at the luxurious
Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas