Port Douglas Queensland Australia is 70km's, only an hour’s drive from Cairns Airport via the most spectacular coastal road with breathtaking views of the Coral Sea. It is a magic drive that takes in views of crystal clear blue ocean on one side and the magic of the North Queensland Rainforests on the other.
The Captain Cook Highway from Cairns transports you past the beautiful Great Barrier Reef, Palm Cove, Ellis Beach, Port Douglas, Mossman, Daintree Village and right into the World Heritage Daintree Rainforest to Cape Tribulation.
There are a few different options of transportation to your accommodation house in Port Douglas, Daintree or Cape Tribulation.
For a luxurious entrance into Port Douglas you can arrange a pickup with any one of the great limousine transport companies that operate out of Port Douglas.
You can also self - drive by hiring a car from one of the local car rental operators, which can have a vehicle waiting for you as you jump off the plane in Cairns. Alternatively, you pick up your hire car from your accommodation house and then simply drop it at the airport when you have finished your holiday. With rental cars you will also always want to make sure comprehensive car insurance is available with the vehicle so that you are protected.
There are a couple of great self drive tours you can access with your own car with out having to rely on an arranged tour. Your local car rental operator will supply you with all the maps and information on the area you chose to visit, as well as discount vouchers for attractions in the Port Douglas Region. You can also find maps on the Port Douglas region here.
Airport Transfers from Cairns airport to Port Douglas can also be arranged with local bus operators out of Port Douglas, and again they can drop you at your friend’s house or your accommodation house in Port Douglas, Daintree and Cape Tribulation. They will pick you up as you collect your luggage at the Cairns Airport.
If you want to get a great view of Port Douglas, Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest from the air then book one of the superb Helicopter companies here in Port Douglas. They can transfer you from the airport to your destination or you can go on a scenic day flight over the Reef, Tablelands or the Daintree Rainforest.
Port Douglas also offers a handy local shuttle bus that operates every 15 minutes from the heart of Port Douglas and stops at most resorts on the way in and out of the main street. Check with your accommodation house for more details.
One of the best ways of seeing the town is to hire a push bike from a local operator. Not only is this mode of transport great for the environment, it is also very affordable.
As Port Douglas is fairly level you will get to Four Mile Beach, Pubs and Clubs, Restaurants, Shops, Port Village Shopping Centre and of course Cafes without raising a sweat.
Keep on the left hand-side of the road at all times
Have an international drivers license when traveling
Be careful of picking up hitchhikers and backpackers
Don't drink alcohol and drive - it is illegal
Don't use your cellphone/mobile while driving - it is illegal
Watch out for road trains (trucks) they can be over 60m long
Check water over roads and river crossings as water can be deceptive and flowing fast
All occupants of the vehicle must wear seatbelts at all time
Drive to the conditions of the road and never exceed the speed limit
Ensure your vehicle is in proper working order
Outback conditions often change with dusty conditions. Always drive with your headlights on even during daylight hours to ensure you are clearly visible to oncoming motorists
Remain vigilant as roads can be dusty, have potholes, soft road edges and narrow bridges
Be aware of road hazards which include animals such as native wildlife or stray livestock (some areas do not have fencing) animals are most active at night, sunrise and sunset
Always seek local advice about road conditions by contacting Traffic and Travel Information on ph: 131940 or www.131940.qld.gov.au
Plan to travel with other motorists when travelling to remote parts of Far North Queensland
Let someone know your travel plans, routes and expected times of arrival
In the event of an emergency, call for assistance and remain with your vehicle as it will provide you with protection from the heat and your vehicle will be more visible