Port Douglas, Australia

QT Port Douglas

Rates from (inc tax)$116.91

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21AUD), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.


Miami spice


Tropical Queensland gardens

Put some retro style into your tropical vacay. At QT Port Douglas boutique hotel, frivolity comes complete with coladas served in pineapples by staff dressed in straight-outta-Hamptons uniforms, while rooms are decked out with acid-bright highlights. Is that a peacock you see from your balcony? It certainly is. Float aimlessly in the lagoon pool, retreat to a booth on the bar deck or pull up a chair at open-to-the-tropics Bazaar restaurant.


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Need to know


170, including two-bedroom villas ideal for group getaways.


11am; check-in, 2pm, both flexible subject to availability.


Double rooms from $116.91 (AU$154), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (AUD169.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include free hire of QT’s gorgeous vintage-style bicycles and use of the lap pool, gym and tennis courts. The breakfast buffet at Bazaar isn’t included in room rates, but costs AU$28 (or AU$18 for kids).


From late June to early October, QT hosts Moonlight Cinema (www.moonlight.com.au/port-douglas) on a patch of lawn. Enjoy something delicious to eat and drink while watching a flick – it could be the latest release or a cult or classic film – on the state-of-the-art outdoor screen (from Friday to Sunday nights, plus Thursdays during school holidays). SpaQ offers indoor thrills.

At the hotel

Restaurant, bars, spa, pool, gym, tennis courts, outdoor cinema during Australian winter/spring, free guest bikes, gardens, concierge plus QT concierge phone app, boutique, free on-site and valet parking, free WiFi. In rooms: minibar, flatscreen HD TV, Uspa toiletries. One- and two-bedroom villas also offer kitchenettes.

Our favourite rooms

Park yourself and that book you've been meaning to read for months on the balcony of a QT One-Bedroom Pool View Villa. When your eyes get too droopy for comprehending great literature, you'll be able to spy on poolside shenanigans. For those who like the quieter life, the Garden View Villas bring the serenity. You might even spot one of the resident peacocks that roam the grounds.


The sprawling lagoon-shaped pool is surrounded by white sunloungers and has an island deck with shaded ‘pod’ smack-dab in the middle (for those who like being the centre of attention). Paddle to the swim-up bar, avoiding the flock of gigantic rubber ducks that bob lazily on the water's surface. There's also a 25-metre lap pool for those who need their daily dose of exercise.

Packing tips

Get with the programme: you’ll look right at home in pastel shades and tropical prints here. A wide-brimmed hat, for lounging by the pool and on the deck of the bar, wouldn’t go astray either.


Love that scented candle in the metal pineapple in your room? Feel like a jar of lollies? Coveting the Uspa shampoo? You can buy them all, and more, at boutique QTique in the lobby, including quirky Able & Game cards, Slinkies and cockatoo lamps.


Pets are not permitted. See more pet-friendly hotels in Port Douglas.


They’re welcome, and Port Douglas is a great family-friendly destination. Cots for bubs can be added to rooms free of charge; extra beds cost AU$65 a child a night. Babysitting is available for AU$30 an hour, with two days' notice.


QT Port Douglas makes a mellow getaway for families, with a playful pool, beach in reach and relaxed dining to suit the smalls.

Best for

All ages.

Recommended rooms

The Two-bedroom Villas are just the ticket. The second room can be configured with twin beds and there’s a kitchenette for heating up bottles, snacks and the like.


At QT Port Douglas itself, kids will probably spend most of their daylight hours in the pool. There's table tennis and a pool table by the bar, but you'll need to supervise them. Get out and about though: a reef trip is a must, you can build sandcastles on the beach (a five-minute walk away), go to the Sunday markets in town and have dinner at On The Inlet, where George, the 250kg grouper, visits at 5pm every day to have his supper. Active children can also head out on the free retro guest bikes or enjoy a game of tennis back at the hotel.

Swimming pool

Children will love splashing around the lagoon pool, but you'll need to keep an eye on them – there's no shallow end and no lifeguard on duty.


Bazaar is super kid-friendly – they’ve even got crayons and puzzles to busy those with short attention spans. Because it’s a buffet, children get to pick and choose what looks good and the chefs are happy to make adjustments to the dishes they prepare in front of you to account for fussy taste buds. The menu at Estilo is equally enticing for Smith jnrs with barbecue chicken pizza, fries and sliders (mini burgers) all on offer.



Plan ahead because the concierge requires two days' notice to arrange a babysitter. The charge is AU$30 a child an hour for a minimum of three hours.

No need to pack

Baby cots, highchairs.


Cots can be added to rooms with no charge; an extra bed can be supplied for kids under 12 for AU$65 a child a night. Buffet breakfast for kids in Bazaar costs AU$18; dinner is AU$21.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Even though it means the longest walk to the buffet, ask for a table at the end of the restaurant, overlooking the pond and pool.

Dress Code

Sure, it's the epitome of relaxation, but because Bazaar is a favourite spot for local celebrations people tend to go to some effort. Collared shirt, long trews for him; a pretty sundress and sandals for her.

Hotel restaurant

First, your eyes will bulge. Then, depending on your willpower, so will your belly. Bazaar, QT Port Douglas’s restaurant, offers a contemporary buffet that’s not only popular with hotel guests but also draws in the locals. Open on two sides, it’s surrounded by a trickling pond full of oversized carp (one suspects they are sneakily fed by diners). Through the walls of the enormous glass fridges you'll see the fabulous produce the creative chefs fashion into a multitude of delicacies. Start with salad and seafood – full marks for tackling the king crab claws – then move on to the next station, where you’ll find dishes from around the world and a team of chefs ready to cook steaks to order and Asian specialties from the wok. Save room for the sinful desserts. Breakfast is equally generous, boasting juices, healthy cereals, fruit and yoghurt, as well as an egg and waffle station.


Hotel bar

Estilo is a fresh take on the hotel drinking hole. A stone-clad bar is the centerpiece of an interior that lets the sun shine in. Zingy citrus highlights, including a yellow-topped pool table, keep the tropical vibe coming, as does the large airy deck with tables and booths. Enjoy coffee, cocktails or lunch here – the menu has wood-fired pizzas, fresh seafood, antipasto plates and plenty of other tempting snacks – but be warned: there’s a TV showing silent looped footage from 1950s surfing movies that has a tendency to mesmerise. The swim-up Pool Bar is the go-to spot when the temperature outside really heats up.


Last orders

Breakfast is served from 6.30am until 10.30am; dinner until 10pm. The Pool Bar is open until 5pm; Estilo keeps pouring until 11pm.

Room service

Wood-fired pizzas, salads, burgers and other light meals can be delivered to your room between 11.30am and 10pm.


Photos QT Port Douglas Hotel – Port Douglas – Australia
QT Port Douglas
87-109 Port Douglas Road
Port Douglas


The nearest airport is Cairns International (www.cairnsairport.com), 63km south of the hotel or around a 50-minute drive. It receives domestic flights from major Australian cities and regional towns in northern Australia, as well as international flights from Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, New Zealand, Guam and Papua New Guinea. Shuttle service Sun Palm Transport (+61 (0)7 4087 2900; www.sunpalmtransport.com) can pick you up at the airport in a shared coach and drop you at the hotel for AU$35 a person each way, but you'll need to book 48 hours in advance. Alternatively, arrange private limousine transfers with the company if you’d prefer to arrive in style.


Cairns railway station is about 65 kilometres, or an hour’s drive, from QT Port Douglas. If you fancy a leisurely train ride from Brisbane or further north along the Queensland coast up to Cairns, you can catch either the Sunlander or the faster Tilt Train. For information and bookings, see Queensland Rail (www.queenslandrail.com.au).


If you intend to head towards the rainforest – Mossman Gorge or Cape Tribulation – a hire car would definitely be handy. The major companies have desks at Cairns Airport; from there, just drive north along the Captain Cook Highway for about 50 minutes, take a right onto Port Douglas Road and you’ll see the hotel on your left. QT has free on-site parking with a free valet service.

Worth getting out of bed for

When you’ve had enough of lazing by the hotel pool or being pampered at hip SpaQ, you’ll want to explore the local area. Book the hotel’s cute retro-style bikes and take the short cycle ride in to town, or enjoy a leisurely stroll there along gorgeous Four Mile Beach (there's a path to the beach across the road from QT – ask the concierge to point you in the right direction). Shopping beckons on the main street, and you'll want to stop for a quiet bevvie at the Court House Hotel. On Sunday mornings, the Port Douglas Markets in Anzac Park attract hundreds of people browsing the wares of local artists, makers and producers. For more hand-picked tips on local events, activities and hot shops and dining, download the QT Concierge before your trip, compatible with all mobile phones.

One of Port Douglas’s major attractions is its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef. Head out on the water with Quicksilver (www.quicksilver-cruises.com), which offers speedy catamarans out to a pontoon where you can snorkel and dive with colourful coral and hundreds of fish. There’s even a semi-submersible for those who prefer to stay dry. 

For rainforest action, hook up with Daintree Discovery Tours (+61 (0)7 4098 2878; www.daintreediscoverytours.com.au). You’ll head inland and visit the Daintree Rainforest and Mossman Gorge, where you can walk through ancient trees, spot wildlife and swim at the base of a waterfall. There’s also a cruise on the Daintree River where you’ll likely spy crocodiles. Half- and full-day tours are available.


Local restaurants

There’s no shortage of great places to grab a bite in Port Douglas. With its indoor and outdoor tables, laid-back vibe and crowd-pleasing international menu, Salsa Bar & Grill (+61 (0)7 4099 4922; www.salsaportdouglas.com.au) is a popular Wharf Street spot. Set in a classic Queenslander with wide verandas and a lush garden, Harrisons Restaurant on Wharf Street (+61 (0)7 4099 4011; www.harrisonsrestaurant.com.au) is a perfect romantic rendezvous. Chef Spencer Patrick marries French influences with local produce and tropical flavours. No trip to Port Douglas is complete without a meal at On The Inlet (+61 (0)7 4099 5255; www.ontheinlet.com.au). The restaurant is built over the water at Dickson Inlet and serves huge portions of amazingly fresh seafood. If you’ve got kids, plan on an early dinner because George the grouper visits each day at 5pm for his supper.


Local bars

The main drag of Port Douglas, Macrossan Street, has quite a few pubs strung along it, but our pick is the huge Court House Hotel (+61 (0)7 4099 5181; www.courthouseportdouglas.com.au) on the corner opposite the park. Downstairs it’s all beers, burgers and good times, whether you’re inside or out in the sun; up on the wide veranda, arrive early, order a cocktail and sit back to enjoy the main attraction of the Sunset Lounge.



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Anonymous review

Josh's eyes light up when we compliment his caipiroskas. My friend, let's call her Acting Mr Smith, runs several successful restaurants and bars in the area and is keen to join me for the day for a clandestine mission to size up the competition. Acting Mr Smith is impressed with bartender Josh's flair at the poolside bar and immediately jumps into action, quizzing him on his skills.

A good bartender loves to talk booze and Josh was quick to share notes. As we sip from plastic tumblers by the lagoon-style pool, Josh waxes lyrical on the merits of lots of thinly sliced lime and showing restraint with the sugar syrup. Words to live by, indeed. Serious in our standards, we order another round to gauge consistency. Thankfully, Josh passes the test.

It has to be a challenge running a resort in a corner of the world where there are world-class beaches and a World Heritage-listed coral reef just minutes away. Guilt is the last emotion you want to harbour when you're watching a Tom Cruise movie in your room or ordering a medium-rare fillet steak at the restaurant. QT has tried to keep the guilt at bay by imbuing the resort with a sense of fun and enthusiasm.

Our one-bedroom garden villa is cheery, with plump yellow-and-blue pillows on the couch and bed offsetting the neutral tones. There are screen-printed cockatoos on the bedside lamps and a ceramic fruit bowl shaped like a hand of bananas (quite fitting, as Queenslanders are affectionately known as ‘banana benders’). Master Smith gets into the spirit of fun and does a nude dash around the garden outside our villa when the afternoon tropical shower hits. It's that kind of place.

At the restaurant, staff are cheerful, too. In the morning, breakfast is a help-yourself affair and Master Smith is urged by the waiter to try the pancakes. We order at the counter and soon a fluffy stack lands with a smile. Dinner is even better. The plantation-style restaurant space has airy, high ceilings and plenty of space to linger over your meal. For a set price, we help ourselves to fresh prawns and crab, stir-fry noodles and lamb shanks with mash. We can also order extra bits like juicy scallops and fried haloumi at no extra charge.

Fun sets in again at the dessert bar. A niche is filled with gummy bears, lollipops, macarons and various little chocolate cake-style fabulousness. Grown men and women head furtively over for repeat visits. Thankfully, I can pass off my multiple stops as a Master Smith directive. He loses interest in his wood-fired margherita pizza within seconds of spying a cavalcade of sweets on the plates of kids at the neighbouring table.

It's wise to keep the vibe light in a town where crocs are not just incredibly annoying footwear. On a bike ride through the paths following the beach in nearby Palm Cove, we spy locals stopping at a little creek to seek out the neighbourhood crocodile, who likes to top up his tan when the sun hits. At the entrance to many paths to the beach are yellow signs with the regulation stick-man fighting off the tentacles of a giant alien. On further investigation, we discover they're stinger stations. To combat the hordes of marine stingers (also known as jellyfish) during November to May, emergency bottles of vinegar are placed at the beach to douse stings; also handy for emergency applications to fish and chips. The man-versus-beast theme is common in the Jurassic Park of Australia. As we take the one-hour trip on the Cairns-Kuranda cable car over lush rainforest, we spy electric-blue monarch butterflies. Hidden birds and other wildlife call out from the canopy.

Despite these calls of nature, this isn't a backwater destination. Many travellers from down south expect banjo-playing yokels (I can say this without fear of retribution, as I was born in Queensland and I've never shown an aptitude for string instruments). Sure, the weak ozone layer and harsh tropical sun can send delicate types a little ‘troppo’, but visitors are often pleasantly surprised by the urbane local attitude.

This carries through to QT, where there's an easy balance of friendly service and city comforts. I should be an attentive mother and take my son on an educational trip into the nearby stunning Daintree Rainforest to help cement his future as an eco-warrior, but I'm much more interested in visiting spaQ to check out the treatments and the fresh-scented Uspa products. The staff don't even call Child Safety Services when I'm too busy to notice Master Smith fall off a chair and disturb the serenity with a clatter. Nothing is broken and all is well. Time to hunt down Josh for another caipiroska.



The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in QT Port Douglas’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The service, the room, the decor, the location, the breakfast, and the swim up bar.

Don’t expect

The swimming pool looked a bit tired to me.


Stayed on 16 Nov 2015

We loved

The new management team, they will lift the resort to new heights.

Don’t expect

A run down resort – it's not.


Stayed on 7 Aug 2015