Unspoiled white sand, crystal-clear blue water, swaying palm trees and stunning views of the ocean make this one of the most picturesque beaches in town.
The main shoreline in Port Douglas, Four Mile Beach, does as the name suggests, stretch approximately 7 kilometres (4 miles) long. A mangrove forest is at the southern end and a hill with a lookout and great views from which to watch the sunrise over the Coral Sea is in the north.
The coastline here is sheltered and the water is pleasantly warm to swim in. The beach, with its firm sand, is popular with runners and bikers. The kids can hop from rock to rock along the beachhead and there are plenty of small skittering crabs and invertebrates to be discovered.
With no development on the shorefront, Four Mile Beach feels like a natural paradise. Bring a blanket, some bottled water, sunscreen and a towel and relax for the day.
Take a walk along the full length of the beach. Casuarinas and palm trees provide shelter along the way. At low tide explore the rock pools and enjoy the breeze off the water. Rent a fishing rod and join the anglers who come at sunset or pick up a bucket and dig into the sand to discover small shellfish.
The safest part of the beach to swim is the northern section where there are lifeguards and nets that guard against jellyfish. In the summer season, from November to May, you will need to wear a full-body bathing suit for protection against the poisonous jellyfish that inhabit the water. Always swim between the flags where the lifeguards are. Be aware –saltwater crocodiles have been known to visit the part of the beach where the mangroves are!
Four Mile Beach is on the eastern side of the peninsula in Port Douglas. It is an easy walk from most of the hotels and resorts in town. At the northern end is the surf lifesaving club with a restaurant. This is a great place to pick up a snack and park your car. You can also find free parking on most of the access roads along the beach and public facilities are usually located near these parking lots.