Retro Port Douglas

A tiny, family-owned boutique building of just five apartments, Retro Port Douglas might just be the most stylish place to stay in town. Come for the photogenic rooms, but stay for the personalised and friendly service.


The five boutique apartments are all pretty similar in terms of size and amenities. Three of them accommodate up to three adults, thanks to a queen divan in the lounge, while the other two fit two each. Cots and high chairs can also be provided on request if you are bringing the kids. Choose Retro Coconut on the ground floor and you’ll have direct access to the outdoor pool, while the others enjoy views out over Reynolds Park across the street. All apartments also come with laundry facilities and a kitchen so complete that it includes an espresso machine, so it’s easy to cater for yourself if you would rather eat in.

The real selling point here, though, is the style. The apartments are each individually designed by the owners, even including some furniture that they restored themselves, so staying here is less like checking into a hotel and more like staying at someone’s home. They blend retro cool with modern flourishes, featuring Smeg kitchen appliances, hanging egg chairs on the private balconies, and bright tropical wall art. It’s a good thing that you get free unlimited Wi-Fi in every apartment because you’re going to want to put everything on Instagram.

Not everything in the apartments is retro, either. As well as that high-speed internet connection, guests can enjoy a smart TV complete with Foxtel and Netflix, as well as an MP3 player and a Google Home Mini. You could have a great holiday without ever leaving the apartment.


Outside the apartment building, you’ll find a heated pool complete with sun loungers and its own rocky waterfall feature. It’s the perfect place to relax on a warm day, especially as the Wi-Fi extends poolside. You’ll also find a barbeque area and covered tables and chairs if you like to eat outdoors. All guests get free undercover parking, too, so it’s easy to come by car.

What the Retro Port Douglas doesn’t have are a lot of the typical hotel amenities. This shouldn’t be surprising, given the size and style of the place, but you won’t find a restaurant or gym. On the other hand, what you get by choosing to stay here are a lot of welcoming personal touches. The kitchen cupboards in each apartment come stocked with cooking oil, herbs, teas, and other kitchen supplies, so you can cater for yourself without having to worry about forgetting some key kitchen essential. The bathrooms are also fully stocked, including other useful items for North Queensland like sunscreen and insect repellent. All products are environmentally friendly where possible.

Speaking of personal touches, all apartments come with a bottle of wine and a block of Daintree chocolate. It’s a delicious start to your stay in Port Douglas.


Fairly central. Retro Port Douglas is located just off Davidson Street, so if you are driving to Port Douglas it is a pretty straight drive off the Captain Cook Highway. It isn’t quite in the heart of Port Douglas, but a 10 or 15 minute walk will get you to a huge range of bars, restaurants, and shops. If you want recommendations, the owners will be happy to point you towards some good places. It’s also just across the road from Reynolds Park, so if you want to go for a run or just enjoy some green space, it’s very convenient.

It’s also only a very short trip to Four Mile Beach. Five minutes of walking will get you all the way to the ocean. The beach is one of Port Douglas’ biggest attractions, so being just a few steps from it is very convenient.



Booked through the website, an apartment for two adults during the high season will set you back $315 a night. If you are staying in the Banana, Coconut, or Rainforest suites and want to bring an extra adult to use the divan, that’s an extra $30 per night. If you are planning a longer stay, talk to the owners about discounted bookings. All bookings are deposit-free, and no cancellation fees apply until a month before check-in.

Prices at Retro Port Douglas come down significantly during the off-season. The “Rainy Day” rate runs from January 5th until the end of the month and allows you to snag one of their apartments for just $160 per night.




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