Bondi Beach is so last year, it’s time to move away from the Instagram uploads of the Iceberg pool and head north, all the way north. An approximate one hour drive from the Cairns airport in far north east Australia, you will find the iconic and enchanting town of Port Douglas. Set along the beautiful four mile beach, Port Douglas is the perfect place to relax, unwind and see the world famous Great Barrier Reef!
Located right next to the water, ‘On the Inlet’ is one of the best restaurants in town. Their seafood menu is just to die for as the establishment has been famous for decades. Be sure to arrive early enough to catch the feeding of ‘George the groper’ (one of the largest fish you’ll ever see) as he is a local celebrity!
Located on the main street, this is one attraction you just cannot miss. Dive into the epitome of Australian bogan culture and immerse yourself into the scene of cane toad racing at the Iron Bar. It is almost something you would need to see to believe, but people actually kiss the cane toads, then proceed to race them against each other with party blowers to make them jump. It sounds ridiculous but trust me, it’s a lot of fun.
The main attraction of the area and one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Great Barrier Reef, is not to be missed! There is a vast array of amazing companies offering day tours to the reef (lunch included) where you will see ocean-life and coral beyond your wildest dreams. Be sure to come soon though, as global warming is causing the coral to bleach L
Currently undergoing an extensive renovation, the Sheraton Mirage was the first resort to commercialise the area. The hotel in unbelievably iconic and whilst slightly run down in its current state, in all hope the renovations will return it to its former glory. Even if you do not want to stay here, make sure you go and check out the jaw dropping marble lobby, the lagoon pools and the wild crocodiles on the golf course (be careful, they bite!).