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