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Long considered the resort capital of Australia, Port Douglas is home to some of the most luxurious swim out rooms in Australia.
Port Douglas is also a great base for exploring the region – you can jump on a tour or self drive to visit the Daintree, do a crocodile spotting cruise as well as explore Mossman Gorge.
Also make sure you budget to visit the Great Barrier Reef, with trips leaving from nearby Port Douglas Marina.
Where to stay in Port Douglas
Most accommodation in Port Douglas is either in town, or spread out along the beach south of Port Douglas. Shuttle buses run for a small fee from many of the Port Douglas resorts on the beach and out of town.
Port Douglas Resorts with Swim out rooms
Silkari is a very popular choice that books out months in advance in peak season (winter) because they offer hotel room + 1,2 & 3 bedroom swim out rooms that are generally priced lower comparative to other resorts with swim out rooms. So Silkari can be a great value way to stay in a swim out room.
Silkari Port Douglas has 6 lagoon pools and is also only a 5 minute walk from the beach for beach walks and sunsets/sunrises.
It is around 4km from town however there are restaurants options at nearby resorts and you can catch the shuttle to visit restaurants in Port Douglas or at further away resorts. You also have the option to self cater in any of their apartments with kitchens.
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Sheraton Grand Mirage
Famous for its truly amazing sprawling network of lagoon pools, the recently renovated Sheraton Grand Mirage in Port Douglas has more than one type of luxurious swim out room to choose from!
You can choose a Pool Access Room with either a King or 2 doubles and choose to be on either a small lagoon or large lagoon pool.
The Sheraton is out of town a bit but right on the beach front and with its many food and pool options its the kind of resort you don’t need to leave unless you want to! It is also one of the resorts in Port Douglas with a swim up bar!
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Pool Resort Port Douglas
The 2 bedroom swim out rooms and 3 bedroom swim out rooms at Pool Resort Port Douglas are a great family friendly swim out room option as they have a fenced deck. They can also be cheaper or more cost effective option for a swim up room for groups as the price can be split between friends or couples.
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Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort & Spa
Another long time favourite resort for many Australians the Pullman Sea Temple Port Douglas boasts a 3000m2 pool! Like the Sheraton, this is an out of town resort that has direct beach access and they usually run a shuttle bus to town if you would like to explore (hit up the Marina for drinks with a view).
When you book a swim-out apartment you never have to worry about getting a lounge by the pool!
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Mantra Aqueous Port Douglas
One of two Mantras in Port Douglas with swim out rooms, the Mantra Aqueous is a a great option if you would like to be close to the beach (270m) but also walking distance from restaurants and bars in town.
It also has plenty of swim out room choices for singles/couples, friends and families with studio, 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom swim out apartments.
If your more of a pool, foodie and bar person the Mantra Heritage is centrally located to walk to town as well as the Marina for the much loved Hemmingways Brewery and Barbados for food and cocktails. Both restaurants have stella water views and nearly perfect 5 star rating on google.
In reviews of the Mantra Heritage both the central location and swim out rooms are frequently mentioned as what people love the most.
Frequently asked Questions
How to get to Port Douglas and get around Port Douglas
To get to Port Douglas by plane you fly into the Cairns airport.
From the Cairns Airport you can pick up a hire a car which is handy for road trips however you definitely do not need a hire car if you don’t want to or can’t afford one as ubers and shuttles run from Cairns Airport to Port Douglas.
There are also several shuttle services that run between the resorts and town for a small fee (which is a way better option if you want a drink or three with lunch)!.
Many day trips will also pick up directly from your accommodation, taking all the stress out of getting out and exploring the Daintree or going to visit the Great Barrier Reef.
Yes Port Douglas is located on 4 Mile Beach and there are more beaches nearby. However, please read the safety information below and make sure you book a resort with an awesome pool for swimming.
Is it safe to swim at Port Douglas
I personally don’t swim on mainland beaches in Northern Queensland as crocodiles can move into the area at any time. However, some people choose to swim at 4 Mile Beach, where it is recommended to swim between the flags.
You must also be aware you should swim in the net area in a stinger suit during ‘stinger’ season, which runs from approximately November to May. This is when you are more likely to encounter venomous sea jellies (Jellyfish – but their not a fish). Reef tours should provide stinger suits for you.
In regards to crocodiles please make an informed decision before swimming anywhere in Tropical North QLD and read government crocwise information and the TNQ tourism information. The general rule of thumb is if your not sure if its safe, assume crocodiles are present and do not enter the water.
While the crocodile population is different to that of the NT, crocodiles are absolutely spotted at beaches along this coastline and this frequency increases at certain times of the year. Keep in mind that signage and education that ensures people make informed decisions about swimming absolutely contribute to the low rate of crocodile incidents annually.
This is not meant to scare your off Port Douglas or TNQ, but rather help you stay safe while visiting. There are some beautiful safer places to swim up in the hills inland and its all the more reason to invest in staying in a hotel with an amazing pool to laze by all day or come home to at the end of adventures.