Port Douglas things to See and Do
Sunday, November 17th, 2013
Experience the elegance and timelessness of the Apartments at the White House Port Douglas—boutique luxury holiday accommodation located in central Port Douglas, overlooking the tropical palm-lined reserve of the Surf Life Saving Club with Four Mile Beach beckoning just beyond.
Luxuriate in the tropical charm of the White House
The White House is a large old colonial building that preserves the grandeur of the “Old Queenslander” style facade, and contains apartments that have been remodelled with spacious and modern interiors for luxurious and convenient accommodation. The original wraparound verandahs and eaves have been retained, creating indoor/outdoor flow so necessary for the tropical location, and the perfect place to relax with pre-dinner drinks. The tropical gardens with their waterfalls and salt water pool further extends this idyllic resort setting.
Snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef
With it’s central location, The White House is the ideal launchpad for your Port Douglas holiday experience. A trip to the Great Barrier Reef is a must do while staying in Port Douglas. There are countless options for a trip out on the water, so the free Tour Desk with over 25 years of local experience can recommend the perfect cruise or dive experience. A trip to the Daintree Forest is also a must-do Port Douglas holiday experience. Choose from one of the many tour activities here.
Wednesday, October 30th, 2013
The Port Douglas Great Barrier Reef Marathon is just around the corner and now is the perfect time to secure your Port Douglas apartments accommodation for this great local event. Dubbed by Steve Monegetti as the ‘world’s best’ marathon, athletes can expect a scenic course as competitors catch glimpses of the beautiful Coral Sea, rainforest and then through the flat cane fields. A number of events will be held on this weekend from the full marathon of 42 kilometres, the half marathon, the Great Barrier Reef Corporate Challenge and the Coles Junior Challenge Race of 2.5 km. Steve Monegetti will be running in the Port Douglas event and will also be guest speaker at the Pasta Powerup Party the night before the marathon. Nominate for one of the events to be held over the weekend or just come to Port Douglas and experience the atmosphere of this great event. With accommodation fast filling, be quick to secure your Port Douglas accommodation.
Port Douglas Apartments
The White House Port Douglas offers comfortable and relaxed apartment accommodation in the heart of Port Douglas. This 4 star complex is fully self contained with full kitchen and laundry facilities. Within walking distance to beautiful Four Mile Beach, the Esplanade and the main street of town. Explore Macrossan St with its great range of dining options and retail shopping. Stay a little longer and enjoy more of what Port Douglas has to offer….being the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, it is the ideal location to base yourself to enjoy a day on the reef or discover the Daintree Rainforest or the Atherton Tablelands. With so much to see and do in Port Douglas, it is the perfect holiday choice and the White House Apartments are the perfect accommodation choice for this marathon event or your next holiday.
Ring us today to secure your Port Douglas apartments accommodation and we look forward to seeing you soon for a tropical escape.
Wednesday, September 14th, 2011
Thankyou for such a gorgeous stay at such a gorgeous residence! We all really enjoyed ourselves and couldn”t have asked for a better location or improved at all on our accomodation. If lucky enough to have another stint at Port Douglas would love to be repeat offenders and come back to you! Thankyou once again for all the inside info on the best local haunts and also for being so accomodating.
Thursday, August 18th, 2011
The Whitehouse Apartments Port Douglas are a favourite for romantic couple escapes or family holidays for its beautiful peaceful location right opposite the Port Douglas Surf Club, park and surf patrolled beach and also an easy stroll only a 100 metres to shops, restaurants and cafes at the Macrossan Street or Beach front cafes.
Port Douglas Apartment Accommodation Specials
The Whitehouse Port Douglas Apartments have some great Port Douglas Accommodation Specials including Great Barrier Reef Dive and Port Douglas Accommodation Special Packages.
Ask Margaret the manager of the Whitehouse Apartments how to arrange the best Port Douglas tours and activities while you are visiting this wonderful paradise.
The weather in Port Douglas is beautiful all year round and the ocean is always warm for snorkeling and diving and wet suits, flippers and snorkel equipment are provided free on all of these dive tours in Port Douglas.
See you soon in Tropical North Queensland for the best Dive and Accommodation specials found in Australia.
Tuesday, February 8th, 2011
Once again, Port Douglas emerged unscathed from a tropical cyclone. The only sign of the high winds which we experienced was a carpet of leaves, twigs and branches, plus an occasional tree on the way in to Port Douglas. Here at The White House, I think I could have built a new tree from the leaves in the swimming pool! But they’re all gone now and the pool is sparkling again.
Our thoughts are with the people 220 km away who felt the full force of the cyclone and lost homes and memories. I can’t begin to imagine the courage it would take to start all over again.
Thursday, January 27th, 2011
While southern media outlets are reporting about the impact of turbid floodwaters on the Great Barrier Reef, locals and tourists to Port Douglas are experiencing the best underwater visibility ever seen, according to the local paper, Port Douglas and Mossman Gazette.
Claims of a possible explosion of algal blooms appear unfounded, with visibility of up to 20 metres recorded at Agincourt Reef in the past few weeks.
In fact, Port Douglas has been having terrific weather lately, with many tourists shaking their heads and saying “what wet season??”
Even if it does rain, that’s the best time to see the rainforest – the sounds and smells are amplified and it’s a magical experience.
Monday, January 10th, 2011
We stayed at the White House apartments for just 4 days and wish it could have been for longer. This is a charming, colonial-style building minutes from the spectacular 4-Mile Beach, and less than 10 mins walk from the main area of Port Douglas.
Wednesday, January 5th, 2011
Some White House guests went snorkelling today and have just walked in with smiles from ear to ear! Their comments were along the lines of “awesome”, “spectactular” and “best day ever” so I suppose they enjoyed it …
Last week I went out for the first time on Synergy and would be happy to use the same words to describe that experience. The mooring site was wonderful, with some of the best coral I’ve seen for a while and, of course, the usual array of colourful fish. The funniest sight was a small fish (about 15cm) using his fins to brace himself between 2 walls of coral! I think he was trying to stay very still so that I wouldn’t spot him, but it only made me watch him for ages to convince myself that I wasn’t imagining things.
The lunch on Synergy was great, freshly barbecued prawns, fish and chicken, along with delicious salads and breads (even gluten free or dairy free or whatever was necessary for special diets.) There weren’t many people on board, because Synergy takes a maximum of 12 passengers, so it was almost like a family outing by the time we sailed back into the marina.
Thursday, July 29th, 2010
Migaloo, the white humpback whale, has once again been spotted not far from Port Douglas. He performed some fin-slapping and breaching and stayed on the surface long enough for passengers local reef boat Quicksilver VIII to have a good look. Migaloo has been declared a “whale of a special interest” and boats are not permitted to approach any closer than 500m. Migaloo, who is completely white, usually visits Port Douglas in August, as do many other humpback whales and minke whales.
Monday, July 12th, 2010
Minke whales visit Port Douglas
Yesterday, Dr Alastair Birtles, leader of the Dwarf Minke Whale Project of James Cook University, gave a talk on these whales, which are seen on the Great Barrier Reef every year, mainly in the winter months.
Dwarf Minke Whales are an undescribed sub-species and very little is actually known about them. They are known only from the Southern Hemisphere. The only time they have been observed is when they visit the Great Barrier Reef but no-one knows what they do or where they go for the nine months of the year when they’re not here.
The largest Dwarf Minke Whale measured was 7.8m and they can weigh up to 5 or 6 tonnes. This is smaller than the Northern Hemisphere Minke Whale by about 2 m, but still a very large animal to encounter while you’re snorkelling, which can happen here on the Great Barrier Reef!
Encounters with whales have been banned in most countries of the world, but are still allowed here, although only 9 boats have permits and they are strictly regulated. The only way to ban encounters with Dwarf Minke Whales would be to ban all diving and snorkelling during the winter months, because these whales are extremely inquisitive and studies show that they’re probably as interested in observing us as we are in observing them.
An encounter with a Dwarf Minke Whale can last for about two hours, with the animals often coming very close to humans in the water, even as near as 1 metre or less. Fortunately, they have terrific spatial and distance judgement and are totally non-threatening.