by Katrina Whitehead in Cool Travel on Friday 8 May 2009

When the weather starts getting a little frosty around the edges in Sydney, I always start dreaming about steamy European summers and lazy Thai beaches. However, I recently discovered some pleasing autumn relief much closer to home. Port Douglas, in north Queensland, is a gorgeous little town with a tropical climate and a permanently tranquil vibe. It’s an hour’s drive from Cairns, and a stone’s throw to the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. So there’s plenty to do if, like me, you’re the type of traveller who doesn’t like sitting still for long. There are some sensational restaurants, and you can’t leave without enjoying a tipple at the famed Courthouse Hotel.