Thrifty ways to spend time in Port Douglas

Port Douglas is one of those places that make you feel like you are on a REAL holiday.

The palm trees, the fresh fruits, the tropical weather and the sea are only just at the start of this list.

Firstly as you drive towards Port Douglas on the Captain Cook Highway, you not only have the gorgeous stretch of water beside you, but you also need to be on the lookout for the Rock Stacks.

Rumour has it that, one person stopped by the side of the road and made a stack out of a few rock. It quickly caught on. It’s quite a visual delight!

Rock Stacks Road to Port Douglas

Rock Stacks Road to Port Douglas

As you get close to Port Douglas, you get welcomed on to the main roads by these swaying palm trees.

Port Douglas main roads

We timed our holiday to coincide with the Sunday markets that are held in Port Douglas every week. It’s a really beautiful setting by the water looking out to the Sugar Wharf.


There were plenty of goodies on offer at the markets!

Port Douglas Sunday Markets

Here you will find fashion, homeware, tropical fruits and veggies and some really cool souvenirs.

Lots of lovely fresh food and juice stops to keep you cool as well.

Port Douglas Sunday Markets

And home-brewed iced chai:

Iced Chai
Getting my chai on

Make sure you don’t miss a sunrise while on the East Coast. That too by the sea-side.


Four Mile Beach was beautiful at the crack of dawn. Seeing as though we had the entire beach to ourselves we indulged in a little bit of yoga.


Seriously the best way to start the day.

We traveled during the off-peak season so everything was relatively quiet. It also meant that it was jelly-fish season but fear not  – there is still a protected area where it is safe to swim on 4 mile beach.

And the best bit? The water temperature was 29 degrees.


We spent our time at the beach eating fish and chips from the takeaway stores, having naps and catching up on reading.

Rex’s Lookout

We spent our days enjoying icecream from Wicked which boasts 48 flavours on Macrossan Street.img_20170215_141936.jpg

and a bucket of prawns.


And then ending the afternoon with sunset drinks:


What are some of your favourite free things to do on holidays?

Let me know in the comments below.

And with that we wrap up the Port Douglas posts!

3 thoughts on “Thrifty ways to spend time in Port Douglas

  1. We have some people stacking rocks around here too – they are so good!
    Those prawns looks delicious!
    Walking around in nature is the best free activity anywhere in the world! This year we plan to take advantage of Canada’s 150th birthday when all of our national parks will have free admittance. We’re probably going to head to Banff! 😀

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  2. Wow! That sounds cool. Of course, the trip is incomplete without being at the Great Barrier Reef. Thanks for this information. Easier for me to plan my trip.


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