Passing through the Great Barrier Reef Drive, a coastal road with the Coral Sea on one side and a rainforest in the other, the one hour drive from Cairns to Port Douglas is easily one of the best coastal drives in all of Australia. Whether by a limousine or a shuttle bus, the airport transfers Cairns to Port Douglas is where the adventure really starts. One may opt to travel by air as well, via a 15-minute helicopter ride, for a more seductive aerial view.
The shuttle bus airport transfers Cairns to Port Douglas will cost you no more than $40 per person, not much in exchange of the scenic drive it will provide. Once dropped off in Port Douglas town center, one of its iconic destination, the 4 Mile Beach, is already walking distance from the different affordable accommodations. A market with valuable finds and good food is also a highlight in the town center.
Where you’re staying, they can easily hook you up to tours you will be interested in availing of. Two World Heritage sites are adjacent Port Douglas area, the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. Cruises are available specialising in scuba diving, snorkelling and island hopping to the Great Barrier Reef are available every day. Several tour packages highlighting the rainforest can also be availed of, including wildlife feeding. In this far tropical North Queensland, winter is warm. So during winter, outdoor activities are still possible in Port Douglas, like kitesurfing taking advantage of the strong winds during this season. Other unique experiences include jumping crocodile viewing, Skyrail rainforest cableway, railway sightseeing tour, great barrier reef hot air ballooning, jungle surfing, and white water rafting.
For decades, Port Douglas has been a family holiday destination and a tourist playground. Some of its stunning coastlines are unmatched anywhere in the continent. Some people prefer Port Douglas than Cairns as well since Cairns get more tourists annually and is, therefore, more condensed and crowded. Port Douglas is also a cheaper alternative destination for both locals and those who are visiting Australia for the first time. With so much to see in and around Port Douglas, it is considered the ultimate tropical North Queensland escape.