Need to know
170, including two-bedroom villas ideal for group getaways.
11am; check-in, 2pm, both flexible subject to availability.
Double rooms from $131.24 (AU$172), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
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.
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.
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.
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.