Aerial view of Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort in Port Douglas

Stay in the heart of Port Douglas

Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Port Douglas are the Principal Partner and Accommodation Partner of Taste Port Douglas. Not only does the resort host of all our industry leading festival talent, but it is also home to Signature Experience, the Festival Village.

Nestled between the warm sands of Four Mile Beach and lush, tropical gardens, this iconic luxury resort takes full advantage of its location. Just moments from Macrossan Street, Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort is also perfectly situated to explore the region including the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.

Relax in serenely styled guest rooms and villas, some of which you can step from your suite to your balcony and slip into endless saltwater lagoon swimming pools.

Getting to Port Douglas

Arrive into Cairns by plane, train or bus.  The nearest airport to Port Douglas is Cairns Airport, located approximately 70 kilometres south of the town.  You can rent a car from the airport, book a shuttle service, or a private transfer to Port Douglas.  

The scenic drive from Cairns to Port Douglas takes about one hour along the spectacular Captain Cook Highway.  Port Douglas is at the centre of the Great Barrier Reef Drive, the most picturesque stretch of highway in the region. It hugs the coast from Cairns to Cape Tribulation, winding along with rainforest on one side and the ocean on the other. It’s also the closest town to Tropical North Queensland’s twin UNESCO World Heritage sites – the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.

In August you can expect average temperatures between 17-27°C (63-80°F), low rainfall (26mm / 1in) and moderate sea conditions with water temperatures between 22-24°C (71-75°F).  Overall, there is great marine life activity with plenty to see, Minke and Humpback Whales typically migrate through Port Douglas between Jun-Aug.

For more information about the region and tours see Visit Port Douglas & Daintree | Tropical North Queensland (

airport transfers

Exemplar Coaches and Limousines is the most awarded transfer company in TNQ, and remains a family-run business, just as it was when it started 30 years ago in Port Douglas.
Gordon and Cheryl continue to run the business, but are now supported by over 50 staff, with a fleet of 30 vehicles. Our reputation for safe reliable transfers, friendly knowledgeable drivers,  and great customer service is unbeatable.
Exemplar has a full range of services, from economical "Seat in Coach" (SIC) shared scheduled services, through private transfers (PVT)  in town cars and people movers, to our Silver Service (SS) limousines, using BMW 5 Series sedans, Toyota Granvia and Mercedes Benz Valentes.
Exemplar exclusively manage the Transfers desk at both T1 International and T2 Domestic within Arrivals at Cairns Airport, ensuring you enjoy a quick and hassle-free arrival and meet your driver easily, without having to search the Arrivals hall to locate them.

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rent a car

As Cairns locals, their love for their tropical location is only rivaled by their passion for sharing it with visitors. This inspiration led them to establish Right Price Car Rental in 2017, aiming to enable guests to explore and savor the abundant delights of their beautiful region. Operating as a family-owned and family-operated business, their philosophy remains straightforward: to offer the Right Car with the Right Service at the Right Price.

Use the code, 'TASTE10' on check out for a 10% discount on your rental.

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From 5 stars to sleeping under the stars, you’ll find Port Douglas accommodation to suit your style and budget.

The region has it all, from the sheer indulgence of being pampered in the lavish surroundings of a fully-serviced international resort to a beachside bungalow far away from phone service. Stay in the heart of the village or slip away to a rainforest retreat – or why not do both?

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local event transfers

Exemplar Coaches & Limousines have partnered with Taste Port Douglas to connect foodies across Tropical North Queensland in 2024.

We're expanding the reach of Taste Port Douglas by offering transfer options connecting foodies from Cairns and Palm Cove to eperience our signature Lexus of Cairn Long Lunch Series and the Festival Village on Sunday by hopping on our convenient scheduled "Seat in Coach" service by Exemplar Coaches and Limousines.

Bookings for the "Seat in Coach" service close 30 days before each individual event date.

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