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At a glance

  • You'll love

    The Pool Bar

    Nearby attractions

    Relaxed atmosphere

  • Kids will love

    The pool ducks

    Bicycles to borrow

    Bazaar’s desserts

  • Don’t expect

    Direct beach access

    Super-luxe surrounds

    Hi-tech frills


The heat's been turned up at family-friendly boutique hotel QT Port Douglas on the Great Barrier Reef. Juicy citrus hues, quirky design and staff dressed in retro Hamptons style add to the fun. Older children will love the lagoon pool filled with huge inflatable ducks, and beach-blessed Port Douglas boasts a hit parade of tropical adventures to keep you all busy.

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Here's what you get for booking QT Port Douglas with us:

A bottle of bubbles, plus a late check-out at 12 noon

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‘The happy vibe – loads of colour, ponds full of fish and huge inflatable rubber ducks on the pool – continues throughout, as does the smiling service’

Smith & Family


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QT Port Douglas Hotel – Port Douglas – Australia

Need To Know


170, including two-bedroom villas ideal for families.


11am; check-in, 2pm, both flexible subject to availability.


Double rooms from £142.48 (AU$239), including tax at 10 per cent.

More details

The breakfast buffet at Bazaar isn’t included in room rates, but costs AU$28 (or AU$18 for youngsters). Children Ask for a free cot to be added to rooms for little bubbas. Extra beds for junior guests up to the age of 12 cost AU$65 a child a night.


Rates include free hire of QT’s gorgeous vintage-style bicycles and use of the lap pool, gym and tennis courts. There's a public beach within easy reach and reception is manned 24 hours a day.

At the hotel

Restaurant, bars, spa, pool, gardens, gym, tennis courts, outdoor cinema during Australian winter/spring, bikes to borrow, concierge, boutique, on-site valet parking.

In your room

Flatscreen TV, WiFi or broadband internet (75 cents a minute or AU$29 a day), minibar, Uspa toiletries, air-conditioning. One- and two-bedroom villas also offer kitchenettes with sinks, kettles, microwave ovens and fridges.

Our favourite rooms

Spread yourselves out in one of the spacious two-bedroom apartment villas, which feature luxurious QT king or twin beds, a kitchenette, dining table, lounge area, private balcony and two bathrooms with tubs and over-bath showers. Choose between views of the garden or lagoon-like pool; opt for the latter and you can keep an eye on proceedings from your balcony. Interiors team rainbow-bright accessories with simple wood and monochrome backdrops for a happy coastal mood. Many of the other rooms can be interconnected, although some only have space for baby cots, not extra beds for older children.


The lagoon-style pool is ringed by sunloungers and striped umbrellas (perfect for you); its surface is dotted with giant inflatable rubber duckies (sure to catch infants’ eager eyes). There’s even a circular lounger on an island in the heart of the pool, which little ones will be keen to colonise. You’ll need to keep a close watch on the tykes – it shouldn’t be too hard considering there’s a swim-up bar – because there’s no lifeguard on duty; access is via gently descending Roman steps.


Serene SpaQ offers curated packages – encompassing massage, body treatments and facials, depending on your desires – using Australian Uspa products and top-quality essential oils. Book a treatment or just bag a time slot and decide on your therapy on the day, depending on your mood. There are options for men, too, as well as mani/pedis, waxing and tanning treatments.


During the Queensland summer (December–February), there’s often a period of heavy rain in the afternoon; luckily it never stays for too long, but bring some games and books to occupy the kids just in case.

Book ahead

You can request pampering sessions at SpaQ prior to arrival; the system’s flexible, so if you prefer just reserve your time slot, and you can decide on the ‘freshly picked’ treatment you fancy on the day, in consultation with the spa experts. You might want to line up reef boat excursions when you bag your room. Book babysitters two days in advance.


Pets are not permitted.

Food and drink

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QT Port Douglas Hotel – Port Douglas – Australia


QT's informal contemporary buffet, Bazaar, is a dream come true for parents and little Smiths. Laid out before you, you'll find organic salads, fresh seafood, slow-cooked specialties and loads more total yumminess, as well as a brigade of chefs ready to whip up stir-fries, steaks and other meals to order. That means your little guys can be a bit fussy about how they have everything. If you've got room, there's the most delectable range of desserts available, too. It's a similar story at breakfast, with tropical fruits, fresh juices, pastries, cereals and muesli, plus chefs cooking eggs and pancakes. During the day, light meals and snacks – wood-fired pizzas, burgers, antipasto and the like – are served at Estilo, directly across from Bazaar.

Family fare

Children are welcome at Bazaar at all times, and although there’s no specific menu for the smalls, they should find plenty of dishes to rave about, from pizzas to pot roasts and stir-fries. They’ll get a kick out of serving themselves in this fun, interactive marketplace, where ‘your plate is your passport’. Staff members can tweak dishes to their tastes or heat up milk and baby food for tiny ones, and highchairs are available. If your brood get bored, there are crayons, pencils and paper to keep them occupied. Again, Estilo doesn’t have a children’s menu, but kids will relish its wood-fired pizzas, burgers, sliders, tacos and fish and chips. You won’t find highchairs here, though.

Hotel Bar

Estilo is a vibrant, open-air space which allows kids any time under your watchful eye (silent footage from 1950s surf movies on the TV should help distract them, or there’s a yellow pool table nearby). If your gang is thirsty, the guys behind the pebble-studded bar can whip up a mocktail for them while you sip on Far North negronis or hibiscus martinis. This is also the spot for lunch. If it’s not too hot, eat out on the generous deck. If it’s really scorching, float on up to the Pool Bar.

Last orders

Breakfast at Bazaar is served from 6.30am until 10.30am; dinner from 6pm until 10pm. Estilo dishes up food from 12 noon to 10pm and keeps the cocktails the coming until 11pm. The swim-up Pool Bar is open until 5pm.

Smith Insider

  • Top table

    Sit around the edges at Bazaar and you can see into the ponds, filled with huge carp which look as though they’ve been fed well from the buffet, too. At Estilo grab a booth out on the deck.

  • Room service

    A similar menu to that at Estilo – wood-fired pizzas, buffalo wings, burgers, fries, salads and other light meals – is available between 11.30am and 10pm. Adults will adore the oysters, calamari and prawns. Mini guests can also raid the minibar for QT candy bars, nuts, chocolate, crisps, cards and games.


    The one-bedroom and two-bedroom Villas are equipped with a kitchenette, with a microwave, sink, fridge and kettle. Just grab some supplies from the supermarket in Port Douglas.


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QT Port Douglas Hotel – Port Douglas – Australia

Parent approved

‘The happy vibe – loads of colour, ponds full of fish and huge inflatable rubber ducks on the pool – continues throughout, as does the smiling service’

Smith & Family


Organise a night out in advance. Given two days’ notice, the QT concierge can book you a babysitter. It costs AU$30 an hour for a minimum of three hours.


The hotel doesn't have any monitors to borrow, since their range is unlikely to extend to any of the public areas, but you might want to bring yours for use in-villa.

What's there already?

For babies

• Highchairs • Travel cot • Cot bedlinen • Crayons

For toddlers

• Highchairs • Cot beds • Cot bedlinen • Crayons/pens

For older children

• Bikes to borrow • Bike helmets • Ping-pong table • Pool table


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QT Port Douglas Hotel – Port Douglas – Australia

Things to do

A haven set in tropical gardens, QT Port Douglas is reasonably calm and peaceful during the day. It’s easy to get into the habit of spending hours at the pool – swimming, soaking up the sun and sipping a cold beer from the swim-up bar. The nippers might want to grab a beach ball for a game. Adults can use the gym and lap pool if they fear the dual threats of sloth and the buffet at Bazaar may get the better of them. There are a couple of tennis courts, as well as retro bikes if you want to go cycling. You’re also just a short walk from glorious golden beaches.

Sunny days

The obvious choice is a splash and a play in the pool. Grab a racket and have a game of tennis on one of the two resurfaced courts. Ask the concierge to point out the path across the road that leads to gorgeous Four Mile Beach. It’s just five minutes’ walk away, and if you’ve got time and energy, you can follow it all the way into town. Back at base as the sun sets, relax on a patch of grass for the hotel's Moonlight Cinema, which shows both new-release flicks and classics from late June to early October. Alfresco screenings are held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, or from Thursday to Sunday during school holidays.

Rainy days

You might want to take cover for the often-daily afternoon downpour in summer (December–February) with some books, games and DVDs (bring some with you). Otherwise, head to Estilo – Mr and Mrs Smith can order a tropical cocktail, while under-age Smiths can hustle the pool or ping-pong table. Fitness-fiend families may be tempted by the gym or Pilates classes.

And there's more…

For the inside track on what to do in and around the hotel and Port Douglas, download the QT Concierge app before your trip; compatible with all mobile phone devices, it’s full of hand-picked tips on hot dining, shops, activities and events. Once there, treat yourselves: the kids fancy a jar of sweets? You’re coveting the Uspa scented candle in your room? You can buy them all, and more, at boutique QTique in the lobby, including kooky Able & Game cards, Slinkies and cockatoo lamps.

Local Guide

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QT Port Douglas Hotel – Port Douglas – Australia
Smith tip

The look-out at the top of Flagstaff Hill has a fantastic sweeping view of Four Mile Beach and the coastline between Port Douglas and Cairns.

Don't miss…

… the Port Douglas Markets on Sunday (in Anzac Park at the end of shopping-drag Macrossan Street; 8am–2pm), where you can slurp down fresh mangoes, buy craft from local artisans or just watch the passing parade. It'll give you a real taste of town.

Family-friendly Port Douglas, with a laid-back vibe that makes you feel as though you’re in a cool country town, is a magical spot for children. Just five minutes’ drive down the road from the main street, QT Port Douglas is a perfect, unpretentious base for exploring the area, which offers blissful beaches, wildlife reserves, reef and rainforest in equal measure, making it great for school-age youngsters with a sense of adventure.


Zip across the waves in a high-speed catamaran with Quicksilver Cruises (+61 (0)7 4087 2100), based at Marina Mirage in Port Douglas, before arriving at a pontoon on Agincourt Reef. There’s snorkelling among the flitting fish and colourful coral for all skill levels, underwater walks wearing a helmet, introductory scuba diving and a semi-submersible and underwater observatory if you prefer to stay dry. The pontoon is pram-friendly, and staff can assist with fitting little ones with flotation vests, kickboards or pint-sized snorkelling gear.


For rainforest action, hook up with Daintree Discovery Tours (+61 (0)7 4098 2878). You’ll head inland and visit the Daintree Rainforest and Mossman Gorge, where you can walk through ancient trees, spot wildlife and swim at the base of a waterfall. There’s also a cruise on the Daintree River where you’ll likely spy crocodiles. Half- and full-day tours are available, but the full-day tours aren’t suitable for under-10s.

Be sure to spend time on Port Douglas’s famous Four Mile Beach. At its most northern end – near town – there’s a headland and then it goes for miles if you fancy a stroll. The ‘town’ end is the most popular and is watched over by the Port Douglas Surf Lifesaving Club, who also maintain a stinger net during summer. There are beachfront places where you can hire everything from a paddle board to a frisbee here. Little kids will love exploring the rock pools near the headland, with all their tiny crabs and fish.

When you’ve had enough of splashing at the beach or in the pool, why not take on the children in a couple of rounds of mini golf at Port Putt Putt (+61 (0)410 250 158)? When it’s really hot, there’s also a nine-hole indoor course, complete with air-conditioning. Find it at 2 Mowbray Street, Port Douglas.

For family-friendly feasting beyond the hotel, make for Breakfast with the Birds (+61 (0)7 4099 3235), on the corner of Captain Cook Highway and Port Douglas Road. Set within Wildlife Habitat, a nature reserve with koalas, kangaroos, snakes and other Australian wildlife, it offers a tropical buffet and the chance to be immersed in the sights and sounds of the rainforest (imagine the kids’ faces as a black cockatoo joins them at the table). As an alternative, have Lunch with the Lorikeets. The cost of breakfast includes admission to Wildlife Habitat and guided tours of three of its unique environments.

For a truly magical experience, book dinner in the rainforest at Flames of the Forest (+61 (0)7 4099 5983). Under canvas and illuminated by chandeliers and candlelight, the evening brings together a sharing menu of contemporary Australian cuisine with traditional Aboriginal culture, incorporating storytelling and music. Catch it on Tuesday, Thursday or Friday nights (Saturday night is reserved for romance). The cost (AU$209 for adults; AU$172 for children aged 4–16) includes a six-course plattered dinner, drinks and compulsory transfers from the hotel. This is one for older children who are interested in other cultures and will be quite happy lingering over dinner for a few hours.

Casual seafood restaurant On the Inlet (+61 (0)7 4099 5255), built over the water at Dickson Inlet at 3 Inlet Street in Port Douglas, is a local favourite. The servings are hearty, the outlook calming and the crowd relaxed. There’s a children’s menu and mud crabs for those who like to really tuck in to their meals. Each day at about 5pm, George the 250kg grouper arrives for his dinner of a tuna frame and really puts on a show.

It can get a little crowded at go-to local pub Court House Hotel (+61 (0)7 4099 5181), especially during school holidays or when there’s a major sporting event showing on the big screens, but when it’s not busy, it’s a fab place for the family to refuel. You’ll find lots of space outside and a menu of relaxed pub grub, such as burgers, nachos and chicken parmigiana. There’s a short kids’ menu, and children eat free between 5pm and 6pm when adults order a main meal. It’s hard to miss, on the corner of Macrossan and Wharf Streets, Port Douglas.

It’s worth getting a babysitter for a night out at Nautilus Restaurant (+61 (0)7 4099 5330), at 17 Murphy Street in town. At tables beneath towering palm trees, this elegant restaurant dishes up Mod Oz cuisine using the best of Far North Queensland produce: lemon myrtle spanner crab potstickers or whole coral trout shallow-fried and served with green pawpaw salad, for example. Can’t decide what to have? Try the seven-course chef’s tasting menu.

If you’re the romantic type, book a table in the beautifully illuminated tropical gardens of Harrisons restaurant and bar (+61 (0)7 4099 4011), at 22 Wharf Street. Chef Spencer Patrick’s menu combines classical French techniques, given a light touch, with local produce.


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QT Port Douglas
87-109 Port Douglas Road, Port Douglas, Queensland 4877, Australia
Hotel setting

Tropical Queensland gardens

Getting There

Set in lush tropical gardens, QT Port Douglas is in Far North Queensland, about four kilometres south of the main town of Port Douglas and a few minutes from Four Mile Beach.


The nearest airport is Cairns International (, 63km south of the hotel or around a 50-minute drive. It receives domestic flights from major Australian cities and regional towns in northern Australia, as well as international flights from Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, New Zealand, Guam and Papua New Guinea. Shuttle service Sun Palm Transport (+61 (0)7 4087 2900; can pick you up at the airport in a shared coach and drop you at the hotel for AU$35 a person each way, but you'll need to book 48 hours in advance. Alternatively, arrange private limousine transfers with the company if you’d prefer to arrive in style.


Cairns railway station is about 65 kilometres, or an hour’s drive, from QT Port Douglas. If you fancy a leisurely train ride from Brisbane or further north along the Queensland coast up to Cairns, you can catch either the Sunlander or the faster Tilt Train. For information and bookings, see Queensland Rail (


If you intend to head towards the rainforest – Mossman Gorge or Cape Tribulation – a hire car would definitely be handy. The major companies have desks at Cairns Airport; from there, just drive north along the Captain Cook Highway for about 50 minutes, take a right onto Port Douglas Road and you’ll see the hotel on your left. QT has free on-site parking with a free valet service.


There’s a helipad right at QT, so organise transfers from Cairns Airport with Skysafari ( It costs AU$395 a person each way, with a minimum of two passengers, or AU$700 return. The pilots can also take you for a scenic spin over the reef, rainforest and tablelands.

Parent travel tip

It can be a long day getting to Port Douglas. Airports, queues, waiting for luggage… If you’ve hired a car at Cairns International, the younger members of your party might appreciate a stop at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures (, 40 minutes’ north of Cairns and 25 minutes out of Port Douglas.


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Smith & Family  Parent Panel reviews

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including QT Port Douglas – has been selected and approved by parents.

You can’t help but feel cheerful as the concierge, dressed in his pastel trews held up with striped braces, meets you at the entrance to child-friendly boutique stay QT Port Douglas. The happy vibe – loads of colour, ponds full of fish and huge inflatable rubber ducks on the pool – continues throughout, as does the smiling service. Families can spread out in the two-bedroom villas, where basic kitchenettes give you flexibility and make catering for super-smalls a breeze. There isn't a raft of childcare or kids' activities, but between splashing in the pool, spoiling yourself in the spa and browsing the tasty buffet, there’ll be ample time to explore the neighbourhood – and the beaches beyond. And the best thing about Port Douglas? Its proximity to reef and rainforest: take school-age or older kids and they'll have a ball ziplining, snorkelling and exploring their amazing surroundings.

Smith & Family

The Guestbook  Smith member reviews

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith & Family hotel, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what real-life family guests had to say about QT Port Douglas in the Guestbook below.


Stayed on

We loved

The new management team, they will lift the resort to new heights.

Don’t expect

A run down resort – it's not.

Rating: 9/10 stars