Four Mile Beach Honeymoon Guide

Create your own footprints in the gorgeous soft sand of Four Mile Beach, a wide, 6km-long palm-fringed strand that begins at a rocky headland just a few minutes walk south of Port Douglas – the perfect spot for a relaxing honeymoon.

Set against a backdrop of rainforest-covered mountains, Four Mile Beach and Port Douglas is the perfect honeymon base from which to explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed areas of the Daintree and the Great Barrier Reef.

What to do and see at Four Mile Beach

Sunbathe on the white sand, picnic in the shade of the soaring palm trees, go beachcombing or make tracks along the water’s edge on a bike.

Hire a jet ski or go swimming, windsurfing and kite surfing in the warm, turquoise waters of the Coral Sea.

The region also offers a variety of outdoor pursuits for active honeymoon couples, including scuba diving, snorkelling, surfing, white-water rafting, bushwalking, horse riding, bungee jumping and abseiling.

Take time to discover these sightseeing attractions close to Four Mile Beach…

Port Douglas

This tropical seaside village manages to combine a laid-back, relaxed ambience while offering a range of world-class accommodation, dining and shopping options.

Stroll down wide, tree-lined Macrossan Street, browse various boutiques, relax at a variety of bars and cafes, visit the charming Sunday market in Anzac Square for arts and crafts or head to Marina Mirage for designer-label clothes, jewellery, shoes and Cuban cigars.

Catch the cane toad races at The Iron Bar, admire the beautiful whitewashed timber church of St Mary's by the Sea (built in 1911), climb up Flagstaff Hill for stunning views of Four Mile Beach and watch native animals at the fascinating Wildlife Habitat.

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Wildlife Habitat

Watch a variety of animals in their natural habitat from the boardwalks of three unique environments – rainforest, wetlands and grassland – at this wildlife sanctuary in Port Douglas.

See more than 180 different species of birds, butterflies and native animals, including koalas, tree kangaroos, crocodiles, lorikeets, cassowaries and jabirus.

Try breakfast or lunch here – a unique buffet experience as birds and other wildlife wander among the tables while you dine!

Great Barrier Reef

Ride a fast wave-piercing catamaran from Port Douglas to the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, home to more than 400 varieties of coral and 1500 species of tropical fish that inhabit the fringing reefs of 500 islands and 2100 individual reefs.

The Great Barrier Reef stretches for more than 2000km and covers an area of more than 23 million hectares. Snorkel or dive among colourful marine life at the Agincourt Reef or stay dry and see various marine animals from the comfort of a semi-submersible or glass bottom boat.

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Daintree National Park

Experience a 140 million-year-old tropical rainforest at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Daintree National Park at Cape Tribulation, just north of Port Douglas.

At around 2600sq km, the Daintree is the largest continuous area of tropical rainforest on the Australian continent.

Choose from a network of trails that includes the Gorge Circuit, a 3km track that snakes past strangler figs and epiphytic plants in the lush Mossman Gorge and beside the Mossman River.

Spot eastern yellow robins or blue Ulysses butterflies as they flitter through the canopy above clear water cascading over large granite boulders. Then cool off with a refreshing swim in a nearby rock pool and perhaps spy a Boyd's rainforest dragon sunning itself on a mossy rock.

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Oak Beach

Relax on this quiet and unspoiled 2km-long white-sand beach that is perfect for swimming, snorkelling and enjoying a sunset beach stroll.

Visit on a day trip or stay longer at the five-star Thala Beach Lodge, perched on a headland amid rainforest canopy overlooking the Coral Sea, just a 10-minute drive from Port Douglas.

Where to stay

While the town of Port Douglas offers a huge range of resort accommodation to suit all honeymoon budgets, you may want to consider the 5-star Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas, which nestles in a manicured garden hidden behind towering palm trees just metres away from Four Mile Beach.

Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas
Location: Four Mile Beach
Rating: 4.5-star
Prices: from AUD175 per room
Description: This luxury resorts sits facing the white sands of Four Mile Beach, just south of Port Douglas and around 70km north of Cairns. Spacious guestrooms face the lagoons or the lush tropical gardens. All offer premium cable channels, high-speed Internet access, minibars and coffee/tea makers. The Sheraton also manages rentals of 101 privately owned two-, three- and four-bedroom luxury villas with golf course, garden or sea views; each has a kitchenette, a Jacuzzi and two bathrooms. Facilities incl.: 3 restaurants, 2 bars, outdoor lap pool and 8 lagoon pools, 18-hole championship golf course w/country club and pro shop, aquatic driving range, putting green and golf clinics, 9 lit tennis courts, health club, day spa, Jacuzzi, bike rental, concierge, tour desk, car-rental desk, Internet access (fee), salon, 24-hour room service, massage, dry cleaning and nonsmoking rooms.

Thala Beach Lodge
Location: Oak Beach
Rating: 5-star
Prices: from AUD279 per room
Description: This beachfront eco resort faces Oak Beach on the northernmost headland of a 2km stretch of private, untouched coastline with sweeping views from the Daintree to Cape Grafton, south of Cairns. The resort is 40km north of Cairns and 16km south of Port Douglas. Spacious and secluded guestrooms open to balconies with ocean, sea or mountain views and feature high-definition televisions with digital channels and refrigerators. All are built on high poles in the trees, where lorikeets and small red-faced flying foxes feed on blossoms and hang contentedly from the branches. Facilities incl.: restaurant, bar, 2 outdoor pools, full-service spa, nearby gold course and tour desk.

Sea Temple Resort & Spa Port Douglas
Location: Mitre Street, Four Mile Beach
Rating: 5-star
Prices: from AUD359 per room
Description: Choose from well-appointed luxurious Studio Spa Rooms with over-sized spa, two or three bedroom fully self-contained apartments, three bedroom villas with exclusive private terrace and plunge pool, two bedroom swim-out apartments to the grand central lagoon and two bedroom penthouses with your choice of private rooftop spa, BBQ and spacious sun deck area, or a private plunge pool and entertainment area. Most accommodation offers exceptional views of the grand central lagoon pool, lush tropical gardens and trees, or the tranquil rolling fairways of the Sea Temple Golf Course. Amenities include premium bedding, televisions come with cable/satellite channels, video-game consoles and pay movies. Bathrooms are also outfitted with bathrobes, slippers and complimentary toiletries. Facilities incl.: restaurant, 2 bars, outdoor pool, 24-hour room service, full-service spa and a fitness facility.

Port Douglas Peninsula Boutique Hotel
Location: The Esplanade Port Douglas
Rating: 4.5-star
Prices: from AUD299 per room
Description: This intimate all-inclusive apartment hotel overlooks Four Mile Beach and the Coral Sea end of Macrossan Street, just a short stroll to Port's Village shopping and restaurants precinct. Every apartment features an open-plan living room/bedroom, a contemporary kitchenette (with microwave and dishwasher), and a bathroom boasting a giant double tub (or Jacuzzi, in some units). Corner apartments are a little bigger. Most units have beach views from the spacious balcony or patio. The executive suite has a private Jacuzzi and wrap-around verandah. All-inclusive onsite meals and beverages, taxes and gratuities (tips) are included in the room rate at this hotel. Amenities include a concierge desk and complimentary parking. Facilities incl.: restaurant, bar, outdoor pool, hot and cold jacuzzis, bike rental and free laundry.

Best time to visit Four Mile Beach

Anytime. But probably the best time to visit Four Mile Beach and Port Douglas is during the winter dry season from May to October.

You can expect sunny skies, fresh sea breezes, low humidity and average high daytime temperatures of 28°C (82°F) with a low of 19°C (66°F).

The so-called ‘green’ or wet season lasts from November to April, with January and February receiving the most rain.

Note: Stinger (Irukandji jellyfish) season lasts from November to May – stinger nets are available for ocean swimming.

For more climate info: Port Douglas Weather Guide

Getting There

Four Mile Beach is located in Far North Queensland near Port Douglas, around 70km (43mi) north of Cairns in Far North Queensland.

The most convenient route to Port Douglas, from overseas or interstate, is by air to Cairns International Airport (CNS), located about 67km (41mi) south of the town, followed by car or shuttle bus, taking about 1 hour.

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Latest update: About Four Mile Beach: 13 May, 2022