Dougies Backpackers Resort, Port Douglas

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Good looking, natural area and strategic location.

A really nice place to stay! Everything was quite good! Only cleaning has to be improved as kitchen tools and outdoor grill are often dirty. Beautiful queen bed private room!

Age 41 | italian

Dougies Backpackers Resort is definitely one of the best in Australia! Its a great place to meet new people, it has a beautiful surroundings, has extremely friendly and helpful staff, and a good atmosphere! Every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, a Dougies bus goes to Cairns. If you call and book a room, they will pick you up from any place you want in Cairns. Every Tuesday theres a free BBQ and a music night.

The Location

Dougies is situated at the main road of Port Douglas, and is about a ten-minute walk to the centre. Theres a bus stop in front of the hostel. Cars and camper vans can be parked in the backyard.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The dorms are excellent. Every room has air conditioning, sinks, and enough space for luggage. The bathrooms are shared. Showers and toilets are good and everything is very clean (rooms and bathrooms get cleaned every day). Washing machines, dryers, an electric iron, and clotheshorses are right next to the bathrooms.

If you want to stay low budget, Dougies has a campground in the backyard. People can bring their own tent or rent one of the permanent Dougies tents.

Common Spaces

Theyve got a large kitchen with all the facilities you might need. At check-in, you get cutlery, plates, and a box for the fridge. Widespread sitting areas with TVs, two pool tables, a kicker, and an internet room make the hostel area a very good place for communicating and getting to know other people.

The bar is open every day from 5 until 12, which means that you can party everyday but people who might have to work the next day wont be bothered. (Dougies emphasizes being quiet after midnight to not disturb other guests.) Next to the bar is the beautiful outside area with a pool and a lot of space for sunbathing in the hammocks or on the green grass. In addition to that, theyve got a small shop with drinks and food.


If you stay at Dougies youve got everything you need in one place. You can book snorkeling or jungle trips at reception, theres plenty of work in the many hotel resorts in Port Douglas, and you meet a lot of travelers from all over the world.

Christina Wolff

Great hostel! Good clean facilities, bike hire, pool, bbq, clean kitchen and bar area. Apparently the cheapest bar in Port Douglas -- doesn't keep you awake at night though -- perfect! We had a double room (with fridge, drawers, TV) it was fab, good comfy bed and great aircon. You can either join in the fun at the bar or just relax and watch TV or chill out in your room undisturbed. The staff were very friendly and really helpful when it came to booking our Great Barrier Reef trip. Free bus to Cairns -- only on certain days though.


Dougies is one of the best hostels on the East Coast -- you would be mad to stay anywhere else in Port Douglas. Staff are very friendly and the parties rock!


We had the best time at Dougies. This is by far the best hostel in Australia. We made great friends and partied for two months. It is the most relaxing place everyone there is so honest and lovely. There is such a warm friendly feel to the place its like been part of a big family. We had only intended to stay a night and ended up staying two months. We all cried leaving but we had to move on. Staff were wonderful you should definitely check this place out its brilliant.

Niamh, Aideen, Orla and Dee.-aka Patsy's Bitches

I had four fantastic months as part of the Dougies family in 2003. There were beach parties, Oscar the birdie, an amazing campsite with a great community spirit, beautiful pool, tranquil garden and hammocks and a mad bar. It's not far from the town at all and the staff are great. You will have the best time here, we all did!! I'll never forget Tentville 2003!!

Louise Dunwoodie

I LOVED IT!! This place has a very relaxed atmosphere, a good bar and facilities, large garden and pool, spacious clean dorms with comfortable beds and decent air-conditioning. It also has good showers and a shop. It has a very friendly staff; nothing was too much trouble for them. There is a good job board and tourist information. It's 10 minutes from the beach, but a fair walk from the town. Lots of people hire bikes. They also run a free shuttle bus to Cairns and back three times a week, which is very useful! This place was the highlight of my East Coast adventure by far. I have lots of fond memories. :)


Great friendly atmosphere, comfy hammocks, and heaps of palm trees. I highly recommend staying here. Location could be a little closer to the city/beach, but you won't find a better place on the east coast.


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Dougies is run by a bunch of us who had lots of fun backpacking around places of the world before, so we decided to start a hostel ourselves. We have the pretty relaxed atmosphere, without all of the formal procedures that some hostels have. Our philosophy is "kick back and relax at Dougies".

Frequently asked questions:
Q) How long does it take to get to Four Mile beach you ask?
A) About as long as it takes to eat an ice-cream.

Q) How long does it take to get to town?
A) It's about a kilometre so... time to scoff a sandwich and ice-cream.

But once you see our tropical gardens and cruisy front lawn you might just
want to lay back and relax under a palm tree, kick back in a hammock, by the pool or you may even like to unwind on the grass and soak up some of the Far North's warm tropical sunlight.

FREE Cairns City & Airport pickup (Monday, Wednesday and Saturday)
300m to beach
All Rooms Air Conditioned
Twin, Double and Share rooms
Twin and double include TV, fridge and Towels
Camping and Van Sites, powered or unpowered
Stylish Stylie Tents with two single beds, includes Linen, Fan and Lights.
Cheapest bar in town
Huge self cater kitchen and BBQ
Swimming pool
Hammocks in our Tropical Gardens
Internet access and WIFI
Hire bikes
Tour booking and impartial advice
Hot showers all day
Convenience Store
That great North Queensland tropical ambience!

Location and Contact




Address: 111 Davidson Street, Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia

Dougies Backpackers Resort is listed on the following booking sites:

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Website Dougies Backpackers Resort Port Douglas
Phone Number: +61 (7) 4099-6200, 1-800-996-200
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Facilities and Amenities

Party Hostel

Solo Traveller



Airport Pickup

Bike Rental

City Tours

Lockers in Lobby

Luggage Storage


Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

24 Hour Security


Air Conditioning

BBQ Grill


Board Games

Book Collection/Exchange

Cable TV

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Entirely Non-Smoking

Evening Entertainment



Hot Showers



Live Music/Performance

Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

Pool Table

Swimming Pool


Table Tennis

Wheelchair Accessible

Service Animals

Max. Age: All Ages

Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 7.30 AM - Midnight (07:30-24:00)

Size: Large (60-100 beds)


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