Lagoons at Port Douglas is a relaxed apartment hotel resort. This 1 or 2 bedroom swim-out apartment (depending on whether or not the adjoining studio (Home Away # 911134) is rented with the 1 bed apartment) can cater for couples or families/groups of 4-6 looking for affordable self-catering holidays. It is situated on Port Douglas Road which is on the road leading into Port Douglas off of the Captain Cook coastal highway.
The resort has 6 extensive outdoor pools, 4 of which are approx. 40m in length and is just 5 minutes walk from 4 mile beach at Port Douglas in far north, tropical Queensland.
The 1 bed apartment option includes a living room with kitchen, bathroom with shower, main bedroom with kingsize bed and a den/study that has a convertible sofa bed that can sleep two. The living room leads onto a patio with table and loungers from which you can slip into one of those 40m long swimming pools.
When the adjoining deluxe studio (Home Away # 911134) of the same unit is also rented out, the 1 bed becomes a 2 bed apartment configuration, sleeping a maximum of 6 people, with the studio also leading onto an identical patio and the same swimming pool.
The studio is effectively a private, self contained unit that can accomodate a couple or an older child with a close friend, whilst two younger children (as an example of what we have done) can sleep on the convertible sofa bed in the study area close by their parents in the 1 bed apartment.
Please specify whether you wish to book as the 1 bed or 2 bed apartment option when enquiring about availability.
Note also that both patios have child proof locks on the gates that access the swimming pool.
There is also an outdoor BBQ and Cabana in the central pool area.
There are reasonably priced supermarkets and shops a short drive away (1-2 miles) from the resort, where you can buy all the food and supplies you need for the duration of your stay.
However, there is also an excellent wide range of restaurants and bars in Port Douglas itself which is just a 5 min. drive away, or you can catch the local shuttle which runs from the hotel next door every 15 mins.
The welcoming staff in Lagoons resort foyer can assist in booking any of the numerous trips available in and around Port Douglas. A wide selection of literature is available at the tour desk.
We have always had lovely family holidays here and the following excursions are amongst those available :
Visits to Cairns Zoo (with all the fabulous native Australian wildlife) both day or night (around the campfire BBQ).
Feed the kangaroos and see the koalas, birds, snakes and crocodiles at ''Wildlife Habitat'' (previously Rainforest Habitat) just 10 mins. drive away.
Don't miss the legendary (& amusing) Cane Toad Races at the family friendly Iron Bar pub/restaurant on Macrossan Street, two or three times weekly.
Walks and tours of the world renowned Daintree Rainforest and Mossman Gorge.
Venture inland to the Atherton Tablelands or further North to Cooktown.
Snorkelling or scuba diving on the Barrier Reef with Quicksilver (amongst other operators).
Outer reef cruises are also possible.
Take a trip on Kuranda scenic railway and cable car over the rainforest canopy to visit the craft markets, butterfly or bird sanctuaries.
Spend a half day visiting ''Tjapukai'' the traditional cultural aboriginal village.
Port Douglas river cruises offer the opportunity to view wild crocodiles and sea eagles in their natural habitat.
Go hot air balloning, parasailing or sea fishing.
At the weekend take the old steam train into Port Douglas, an exciting 20 min. ride for the children (& 'young at heart' Dads...) alike !
We are a married couple with three daughters aged 17, 11 & 7 years old.
We have travelled extensively together visiting many different locations worldwide.
We have always thoroughly enjoyed visiting Port Douglas since our first visit there in summer 2005.
Australia is a wonderful, unique country and we were attracted to Port Douglas because it is not too big and relatively unspoilt. We find that it is not over commercialized and neither is it too crowded.
Port Douglas' centre has many attractive restaurants with craft and art galleries.
You can also enjoy a drink at the traditional Australian pubs and bars on Macrossan Street where you can watch rugby, cricket or Aussie rules matches.
We have always had fabulous family holidays here and the children have enjoyed and learnt a lot from the many excursions listed in our opening description and shown on the map. We love the marvellous Australian wildlife, countryside and coastline.