Douglas Shire Historical Walk

Free experience
Douglas Shire Historical Walk

What you can expect

Take a stroll through old time Port Douglas and learn about the significant historic buildings still standing in the village. Following a free map from the Information Centre you can embark on the historic walk around the town centre and learn all there is to know about the region from the old buildings. All significant buildings are fitted with signs to explain what they are and with your map you will be able to spot them easily. Some of the sites visited are the former 1879 Port Douglas Court House, Saint Mary’s Catholic Church, the site of the Bank of New South Wales, Buchanan’s Family Hotel and the Port Douglas Pioneer Cemetery to name a few - there are 22 stops in total. A great walking trail through the city centre to learn about the old Port Douglas and get a glimpse of what life was like back then, a must for any history buffs visiting the area.


What you need to know

  • Sites Visited
  • Former 1879 Port Douglas Court House
  • St. Andrew's Anglican Church
  • Former Flagstaff Hill Lighthouse
  • Flagstaff Hill Lookout & Signal Flagstaff
  • St. Mary's Catholic Church
  • Former 1879 State School
  • Rutherford's Corner
  • The Red Road
  • former Port Douglas Hospital
  • Former Mossman Court House
  • Faugh-a-Ballagh Loco & Carriage
  • Bank of NSW site
  • Exchange Hotel site & Carstens' Memorial
  • North Australian Hotel
  • Buchanan's Family Hotel
  • Ramsay Store site
  • Waterfront Precinct
  • St. Mary's by the Sea
  • Douglas Shire Council 'Sugar' Wharf
  • Caledonian Hotel site
  • Douglas Divisional Board Wharf
  • Pot Douglas Pioneer Cemetary
Rich town history
Old historical buildings
22 different stops
Easy walking trail
Free map of walk
Lean about the region's history
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