Inspired by two World Heritage listed sites, Port Douglas art is a reflection of the extraordinary surrounding splendour. The famously beautiful region around Port Douglas that includes the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest acts as an inspiration and a natural muse for all persuasions of artists.
Expect Port Douglas art to include a myriad of mediums including oils, watercolour, photography and sculpture. There is also a burgeoning indigenous art scene with local artists from the area specialising in contemporary and traditional Aboriginal art.
Probably one of the better known of local artists is Cara Stevens. After completing her degree in Melbourne, Cara moved to Port Douglas where she successfully works full time as an artist. Inspired by the surroundings of the Daintree the majority of her works are contemporary landscapes in natural hues.
Some of the more reputable Port Douglas art galleries include The Marina and Mowbray Galleries, Cara Stevens Art, Ngarru Gallery, Des Spencer Galleries, Candlenut Gallery, PCP Gallery (photography), ArchiArt Gallery and Australian & Oceanic Art Gallery. Any one of these galleries will provide you with the opportunity to purchase a piece of the local culture giving you something to remember your holiday by.
For accessible and affordable art, the Port Douglas Art and Craft Markets are on every Sunday at Anzac Park on the waterfront, overlooking the sea. The markets are a wonderful place to nurture local, up and coming artists by purchasing unique art and crafts, jewellery, pottery and local souvenirs to enjoy and appreciate for years.