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Get­ting there

Port Dou­glas is a one-hour drive from Cairns In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

Stay­ing there

Af­ter a stun­ning re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion last year, the Sher­a­ton Grand Mi­rage Re­sort has re­turned to five-star lux­ury sta­tus. Pick a La­goon Edge room to dip straight from your bal­cony into one of the two hectares of salt­wa­ter swim­ming pools. sher­a­ton­port­dou­glas.com

Eat­ing there

Head to Hem­ing­way’s Brewery at the Reef Ma­rina for a wa­ter­front lunch of stone-fired piz­zas and ex­cep­tional pub food. Its beef comes from cows that are fed left­over brew­ing grain. hem­ing­ways­brew­ery.com

Drink­ing there

Spend cock­tail hour at Bar­ba­dos, an open wa­ter­front bar and restau­rant in the ma­rina that of­fers ex­pertly mixed drinks and a mod­ern menu of fresh seafood, an­tipasto plat­ters and cre­ative sal­ads. bar­ba­dosport­dou­glas.com.au

Play­ing there

Visit the colour­ful Great Bar­rier Reef with the Quick­sil­ver Group. Ex­pe­ri­ences in­clude a trip to its own pon­toon at Agin­court Reef. Snorkel or dive from the sub­merged plat­form, stay dry on a semi-sub­mersible boat, or take a he­li­copter ride for a bird’s-eye view. quick­sil­ver­group.com.au

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