Four Mile Beach
Four Mile Beach is exactly that—four glorious miles of unimpeded golden sands stretching into the distance. The long stretch of beach, backed by palm trees and with little development in sight, offers access to the calm waters of the Coral Sea, perfect for swimming. A reef offshore offers an easy snorkeling opportunity.
For travelers to Port Douglas looking for sun, sand, and sea, it doesn’t get much better than Four Mile Beach. While many visitors choose to hit the beach on their own, beach towel and book in hand, it’s also possible to explore the length of the beach via a guided Segway tour.
These tours offer insight into two heritage locations—the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree National Park—along the way. Day trips to Port Douglas from Cairns often include time at the beach, as well as a visit to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures.
Things to know before you go
- Four Mile Beach is one of the top beaches in Port Douglas and a must for first-time visitors.
- Don’t forget to bring reef-safe sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.
- The beach has a stinger net during jellyfish season; always swim inside this barrier.
How to get there
Four Mile Beach is a 5-minute walk from central Port Douglas. The beach extends south from Flagstaff Hill in town, down to the Port Douglas Golf Course.
When to get there
The best time to visit the beach is between April and October, when weather tends to be sunny and dry. Temperatures are warm enough to swim through the year, though afternoon downpours are common in the summer months from November to April.
Postcard Worthy Views
To get that photo of Four Mile Beach that you see on postcards and travel brochures, head to the top of Flagstaff Hill. A lookout at the top of the hill affords sweeping views of the beach in its entirety, extending all the way across the Coral Sea and Low Isles to Snapper Island in the distance.