If you are after a day out at Port Douglas and in the mood for a bit of scenery, the waterfront is a great location to relax and unwind, with large parks, stunning mountain backdrops and of course… St Mary’s by the Sea.
Built in 1880, St Mary’s has seen its fair share of of bad weather, rebuilds and even relocations, with the original church being completely destroyed by a cyclone in 1911. Jump ahead over a hundred years and you now have a recently restored church that has become an iconic symbol of Port Douglas.
Although small, rest assured that St Mary’s certainly makes up for size with its character and charm. Popular as a wedding location, St Mary’s by the Sea is often host to many joyful celebrations and it is certainly not a secret why, with stunning scenic views, traditional stained glass, windows behind the alter overlooking the Coral Sea and classic wooden furnishings, the church has become very popular with tourists and local alike.
If you are looking of things to do in Port Douglas, be sure to pop into the church and have a peek inside. The church can often be utilised for wedding ceremonies, so we do recommend that you check before heading in. No one wants to be “that” wedding crasher!
Be sure to take plenty of photos when you are visiting the church and after taking a stroll through, visitors often make their way down along the shores of the ocean, relax in the park or venture into the little town of Port Douglas for some shopping, lunch, or maybe a cold drink at one of the local pubs.