Oak Beach is a 1.5km long palm fringed beach 15 minutes south of Port Douglas. There is no stinger net here and the familiar crocodile warning signs greet you at the entrance, but it is still worth stopping at Oak Beach for a look around.
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Getting to Oak Beach
Oak Beach is either a fun half day trip from Port Douglas or you can make it a stop on your road trip between Cairns and Port Douglas. Look for the turn off to Oak Beach Road from the Captain Cook Highway. You can either stop at the first carpark or drive to the end of Oak Street where there is a bigger car park away from the row of houses.
There are no facilities at Oak Beach or shops nearby so you will need bring everything you want with you.
Things to do at Oak Beach
As with any far north Queensland beach that has crocodile warning signs and no stinger nets, it’s up to you if you want to go for a swim. Be Crocwise! Whether you decide to cool off or not, as well as the spectacular beach, there are a few other interesting things to do at Oak Beach and nearby.
Relax or go for a walk at Oak Beach
Even if you don’t get in the water at Oak Beach, it is still a pretty spot to relax. The long beach is a beautiful place for a walk or bring a chair or hammock and relax beneath the trees in the warm breeze, with ocean views on one side and the Daintree Rainforest on the other.
At one end of Oak Beach, right by the big car park is where Grants Creek enters the ocean. It is an interesting area to look around but do be aware of crocodiles. At the other end of Oak Beach, is a small rocky headland.
Thala Beach Nature Reserve
Thala Beach Nature Reserve is at the northern end of Oak Beach. It is a privately run nature reserve and rainforest retreat that offers guests both a range of treehouse-style accommodation and experiences on the property. Guests can enjoy guided nature and garden walks, bird and butterfly tours and a tour through their coconut palm plantation.
Visitors can see the coconut palm plantation from the road and it’s worth a quick stop to see the spectacular canopy, it makes for a great photo. Visitors can also have a meal at the Osprey Restaurant that sits in the trees with ocean views – it’s a beautiful location for dinner and only a short drive from Port Douglas.
- Stay at Eco Friendly Thala Beach Nature Reserve with a private beach & coconut plantation
Pebbly Beach is not signed but it is hard to miss as you drive towards Oak Beach from Port Douglas. Here, the fine gold sand you see on many beaches around Port Douglas is replaced with smooth, water-shaped pebbles.
Parking is right alongside the Captain Cook Highway, and it is worth pulling over for a quick look and to listen to the small waves breaks on the pebbles. The normal hiss of the waves lapping up onto the sand is replaced with the clicking and clocking of the pebbles bumping together as the sea washes up and recedes. It is a great sound.
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