Port Douglas Shopping and Port Douglas Markets

Port Douglas’ shopping and Port Douglas Markets retail therapy on holidays.

The style isn’t practised in lavish duty-free stores and big, shiny malls, although there is a smattering of glitz and luxury.

Its free-wheeling character dominates and is evoked in the diverse nature of boutique outlets that sell holiday gear suitable for the climate. Look for colourful sarongs and wraps, sparkly casual apparel for the girls at night, and comfortable wear shorts, jeans, Akubras and tees for the boys.

Souvenir lines are bountiful, in both the retail outlets and markets. There are enough upmarket venues to satisfy those wanting fashion with an edge, and for the practical shopper, there are beach-inspired homeware brands to consider.

Overall, there’s an emphasis on locally made products, from clothing to consumables, organic and recycle, and health and wholesomeness.

The Sunday markets shouldn’t be missed, if only for the location beside the stunning Coral Sea coastline. More than 100 vendors, contracted to only sell locally produced goods, feature fresh fruits, hot foods, quirky organic drinks, collectable fashion, souvenirs, and local bric-a-brac.