Peppers Beach Club Port Douglas
What we really liked
Feeling like we were staying in a "Tropical Paradise"
It's walking distance to main town centre including shops, cafes and several great restaurants
The resorts amazing "Lagoon" pool with access directly from our balcony
Option of a spa bath on the balcony
Accommodation with a kitchen. We ate out most nights but the combination of kitchen and balcony were great for breakfast
Free WIFI in public areas
Free undercover parking
What we didn't like so much
The main restaurant was closed for renovations
You pay for quality accommodation and the central location BUT it so was worth it
The undercover parking area is tight. Large 4WD's will need to park on the street
Perfect for those wanting quality, upmarket accommodation in a tropical setting within walking distance to everything you need in Port Douglas.
We were full paying guests during our stay at Peppers Beach Club Port Douglas. This, as with all my reviews, is for the purpose of helping you decide if this accommodation is right for you.
Port Douglas is one of my favourite places in Australia. It offers New South Welshmen and Women like me, the opportunity to escape to the warm when the weather is cooler down south combined with an eclectic mix of great cafes, restaurants, relaxed vibe and unique natural attractions to explore. My partner and I have returned several times trying different locations and accommodation each time. Peppers Beach Club Port Douglas, part of the Mantra Group, was our choice for one of our visits in 2019.
Arrival at Peppers Beach Club feels like you’ve landed in a tropical paradise. Think palm trees, whitewashed buildings and a very large lagoon pool. The images I’ve shown above are exactly what you will find. We chose a ground floor self contained apartment with swim up access directly to our balcony from the lagoon pool. The accommodation was spacious and the standard truly 4 to 4.5 star. Whilst we took advantage of the amazing restaurants nearby for dinner most nights, the kitchen and balcony combination provided a great spot for breakfast with a pre and/or post swim in the lagoon pool. We loved our stay at Peppers Beach Club. Just writing about it fills me with the desire to be there right now.
Then there are the things to do when you are there. I could go on for days about these. Instead I have listed some of the highlights below:
1. The Great Barrier Reef: It is the size of 70 million football fields and made up of over 3000 individual coral reefs. Accessible from Cairns and Port Douglas. There are several tour operators offering day trips. We had a day on the reef when we were staying in Port Douglas last year and found the journey out to the reef was shorter from Port Douglas than our previous day trips from Cairns. This may be a better option for some visitors preferring less time getting to and from the reef. Day and overnight trips to Green, Fitzroy, Lizard and Orpheus Islands are also available.
2. Ancient Tropical Rainforests: Just north and closest to Port Douglas is the infamous Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation is where the rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef. We explored this area in a day from Port Douglas with a rental car and a good map HOWEVER this was in the low season with not as many tourists. WorldLee Journeys (WLJ) TIP: In the peak season queues for the 5 minute Daintree Cable car ferry can back up for km’s. If doing this in peak season plan to go early and come back late to avoid the queues OR organise a day trip with a local tour company, they have skip the line privileges. Alternatively I can help organise an overnight stay in the rainforest. There are quite a few let’s say UNIQUE accommodation options I can share.
Going south towards Cairns is Kuranda Rainforest. A popular way to get there is one-way Kuranda Scenic Railway through the rainforest and the other via the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway that provides an alternate perspective as it glides across the top of the Rainforest canopy. In between the two (2 )forms of getting there visitors are able to enjoy lunch and the day exploring the shops and local produce in Kuranda.
3. The area has two (2) Distinct Indigenous cultures, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander. WLJ specialises in personalising itineraries which means one or several of these can be can incorporated into any itinerary either by the clients request or recommendation by WLJ. In doing this you’d be adding an element unique to the area while supporting both local community & traditional cultures both really important to the region.
4. Cape York: 115,000 square km’s of untamed wilderness and rainforest, Aboriginal sites and rugged mountains. Cape York Peninsula is also the most northly part of the Australian continent. The peninsula is only accessible by 4WD or air. Contact WLJ for options ranging from 1-14 days depending on mode of travel.
5.Geological wonders. These include exploration of gorges, caves and lava tubes. For these we head west to the Gulf Savannah Country of Tropical North Queensland. If this interests you Chillagoe Caves and Cobbold Gorge are two places you might like to include on your itinerary. You might also enjoy heading further west to truly Outback QLD by car or even combining all of this with leisurely train journeys on the infamous Savannahlander from Cairns to Forsayth and then the Gulflander further west from Croydon to Normanton. Both, offer once in a lifetime experience most people will never see. The Gulflander is also a working tribute to the Gulf of Carpentaria’s early pioneers. Also known as the Tin Hare this offers a nostalgic rail journey steeped in pioneering history and heritage.
Contact me at WLJ to learn more about this and other truly unique experiences in the Tropical North region.
Getting there: Direct flights from Sydney to Cairns take only 3 hours (3.20 from Melbourne) Rent a car or book a pre-arranged transfer for the 1 hour drive north to Port Douglas
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