Social and sporting clubs are the backbone of any community. They are a place where locals and visitors can come together to share a fun activity, a beverage or two and a fabulous meal. All at an affordable price. Whether your passion is Surf Life Saving, playing a round of Golf, Yachting or just making some new friends in a relaxed tropical environment, no stay at Port Douglas Apartments would be complete without a visit to one of the sporting and social clubs of the Douglas Shire. Port Douglas Surf Club Bar and Bistro Location: The Esplanade, Port Douglas. Hours: Daily 12:00pm - 8:30pm Known to Locals simply as the Surfy, this laid-back little bistro has the only true beach front position in town. Do as the locals do, grab a coveted spot on the deck and enjoy an icy cold beer with a bucket of prawns or tuck into perennial favourites such as the Fish Tacos and, Steamed Pork Bun. The Port Douglas Yacht Club Location: Wharf Street, Port Douglas. Hours: Wed-Sun. 5:30pm - 8:30pm, Sat-Sun 12:00pm - 2:00pm The Yachty Restaurant (who else is noticing a theme with names?) serves great bistro meals in a picturesque location by the Marina. Here, landlubbers are invited not just to drink and to dine like a local but, weather permitting, to sail like one too! Wednesday is Race Day. Free of charge, visitors are invited to crew on a local Yacht in the weekly Regatta and Sunset Sail. Once line honours have been declared, and the decks swabbed, head to the bar for a night of revelry with your new crew mates. Who knows what lasting bonds will form?
The Douglas Community and Sports Club, aka The Tin Shed Location: 7 Ashford Ave, Port Douglas Hours Mon- Sat 10:00am - 10:00pm, Sun 8:00am - 10:00pm The name may not have changed, but Port Douglas famous 'Tin Shed' has undergone significant improvements over the years. Whether you're enjoying a sundowner at the upstairs Bacardi Bar or digging into their famous stack of ribs on the waterfront deck, you are assured of a great time. Don't forget to pick up a couple of tickets in the nightly raffle. Those meat trays cook up a treat on the Port Douglas Apartments BBQs.
Palmer Sea Reef Golf Club Location: Old Port Road, Port Douglas Hours: Mon-Sun. 9:00am - 5:00pm The only club on our list without a prime waterfront location. The mountain and golf course views at Palmer Sea Reef are spectacular none the less. This premium Links Course has a driving range, practice green, a solid roster of competitions and events, a Pro Shop to keep you nicely outfitted and, of course, shoe, golf club and cart hire. There is simply no reason not to slip in a quick 9 or 18 holes. The Club House Restaurant and Bar serves breakfast and lunch daily. The Sunday Special, Roast for two plus a bottle of Wine ($60) is proving to be a real crowd pleaser, so bookings may be required.
Robin Says: The Port Douglas Combines Club, aka The Tin Shed, gives members a free meal on their Birthday. Just promise not to tell Sonya, it could ruin the surprise! Again!