Central Plaza is situated less than 10 minutes walk from the main Macrossan Street shops and only a 5 minute walk to the beach.
To get to the beach there is a Tennis court only 2 minutes from the Central Plaza.
There are 3 block of apartments, 2 of which have nice views overlooking the pool and BBQ area. We stayed in the third block away from the pool and preferred this as it was away from the action.
Rooms are of a good quality and hosts Ian and Fiona are friendly and responsive to requests. Kitchen facilities are above average, but lack a decent cooktop if you are planning to cook in but decent enough for pasta. There is no oven, just a convection microwave, but I doubt you will be doing much baking in the tropical weather.
The BBQ next to the pool is excellent with decent utensils and a great way to meet other travellers. When we were there they put in two new outdoor settings next to the pool.
Austar PayTV is included, but if you are hoping for the occasional internet access, this is charged.
There are lots of things to see and do in and around Port Douglas. Personally, I would recommend you have a car for 3-4 days towards the end of your holiday to do your sight seeing including driving back to Cairns for the airport leg. Avis is located in Port Douglas as well as Budget.
There is a Coles Supermarket in the main drag (Macrossan) and we stocked up for the week on the first day when we had the car for days 1-2. Food is expensive in Port Douglas and the quality of the food eating out in my opinion is only average. Many of the places have backpackers working and the consistency varies a lot. Keep your expectations not too high and you should be ok.
There are tropical fruits around, but not a lot in Port Douglas it self. Best place to buy was on the Sunday market near the waterfront.
Choice of Seafood wasn't that great either considering where we but there are two Seafood shops at the back of Coles Supermarket. I found the one next to the Avis Rental much better in terms of range of fresh produce. The prawns are probably the best produce you can buy in Port Douglas - fresh, sweet and cooked daily.
By far the best part of Port Douglas is the warm tropical waters and the soft rolling surf - great for young kids - without worrying about being dumped or getting caught in rips like the Gold Coast and the range of things nearby - Cape Tribulation, Kuranda.
Jungle Surfing in Cape Tribulation is fun and a day out on the Reef is worth the effort. If you have been to the reefs in Asia, the Great Barrier Reef is not as colorful but impressive just the same. We selected Wavelength who specialise in snorkelling sites.
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