Port Douglas | Queensland

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Port Douglas Queensland Kiteworld travel

WHEN TO GO

Peak Season: May – December
Avg Air Temp: 25 – 30°C / 77 – 86°F
Avg Water Temp:  25°C / 77°F

AVERAGE COSTS

Beer: AUD $5
Restaurant Meal: AUD $30
Accommodation: AUD $25 – 99 p.p.p.n.

USEFUL CONTACTS

WINDSWELL
www.windswell.com.au
+61 (0) 427 498 042

THE LURE

The kiteboarding and stand-up paddle boarding conditions are incredible at Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas - the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. Both are World Heritage listed national parks in Tropical North Queensland and the untamed Cape York of Australia.

Port Douglas Queensland Kiteworld travel
PHOTO / Windswell

THE SET UP

Four Mile Beach is a one-stop location for kiteboarders and ocean lovers with consistent south-east trade winds and a tropical climate (found on the same latitude as Tahiti). Four Mile Beach is the far north’s version of the Great Ocean Road where the mountains of the Great Dividing Range sink into the Coral Sea to form the foundations for the Great Barrier Reef. ‘Just 2,400 kilometres long’... yes everything is bigger in Australia.

You’ll find every type of riding terrain for every level of kiteboarder, from flat water behind the reefs to waves and kickers reeling off the sand bars. There are numerous downwinders as well as reef and island excursions that will see you exploring some of the best areas that the Great Barrier Reef has to offer.

Port Douglas Queensland Kiteworld travel
PHOTO / Windswell

WIND, WATER & WEATHER 

Trade winds can blow all-year, but are more consistent in winter, from May – December. August is usually the coolest and windiest month. January / February are lightest and warmest, however there are often really good summer seabreezes when Cyclones sit out in the Coral Sea. The water temperature ranges from 30°C / 86°F in summer to 21°C / 70°F in winter, averaging 25°C / 77°F.

Stinger season starts when the wind drops during the summer months. Potentially deadly, you will want to wear a stinger protection suit during this period (free of charge with any Windswell lesson or tour / or just $15/day to hire). You’ll be pleased to know that crocodiles keep the sharks at bay here in far north Queensland and there aren’t any Great Whites this far north. Common sense should dictate that you stick to the main open beaches and away from the Daintree and Mowbray river mouths as there are crocs in those regions. All these critters don’t really bother the watersports enthusiasts up here though and there are no crocs and stingers during the wind season as the water temperatures keep them in the creeks.

Port Douglas Queensland Kiteworld travel
PHOTO / Windswell

ACCOMMODATION

Originally a fishing, gold and sugar town, Port Douglas has a laid back feel and all types of accommodation nestled just behind the palm trees. Backpackers to luxury resorts or beach front houses and rainforest hideaways; there’s something for every travelling kiter and always just a five minute walk from the beach.

SCHOOLS

WINDSWELL teach every day from May to December and on-demand through the off-season. Usual ratios are 1:1, max 2:1. They have a full range of new kites and boards to demo/hire. Two rescue ribs on standby that are also used for regular trips out to the reef.

Port Douglas Queensland Kiteworld travel
PHOTO / Windswell

www.windswell.com.au
info@windswell.com.au
+61 (0) 427 498 042

NO WIND

Port Douglas village is a chilled out seaside town with the best diving, snorkelling, fishing, mountain biking, hiking, heli tours, skydiving and cable skiing – the place is adventurous by nature. WindSwell offer daily SUP sessions off the beach and on the rainforest river. They also run two boats for snorkelling, paddle boarding, spear fishing, wakeboarding and kiting tours out to the reef. There so much to see and do other than kiteboarding and the nature is truly amazing. Visit the world’s oldest rainforests in the world, or check out 1400 species of fish and over 400 different corals. It’s all about diversity here and there are even plants that will try to eat you, so get out and get wild! There are heaps of other half-day and day trips to other areas, or you can head out to the reef to catch more wind.

Port Douglas Queensland Kiteworld travel

GET AROUND

You can get away without a car in Port Douglas. The best way to get around is hiring a bike for $15/day. Buses loop through town and via the kite beach every 15 minutes costing $5. If you want to explore further afield hire cars are from $35/day or there are many tour operators.

CURRENCY

Australian dollar (AUD$) - £1 = AUD$2 / €1 = AUD$1.5 / US$1 = AUD$1.3 Trading barramudi, crayfish or coral trout can also get you anything of value round here, though!

FOOD AND DRINK

Plenty of good tucker options from restaurants to snack places and especially bars serving food. They know how to eat well in Australia.

AIRPORT

Cairns (CNS) international airport is about an hour from Port Douglas.
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