Fortunately Port Douglas is only 50 minutes from the Cairns International Airport which is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. Port Douglas is approximately 65 kilometers north of the Airport. Many local buses and transfer facilities can meet you at the Airport and transport you to Port Douglas in style.
The road that joins Cairns Airport and Port Douglas (The Captain Cook Highway) is part of the Great Tropical Drive and is one of the most famous and scenic drives in the Southern Hemisphere.
Be sure to look out of your window when over the area before landing as the reef is visible for your flight.
The Cairns International Airport has come along way since its modest beginnings in 1928. Legend has it that a man named Tom McDonald started flying his Gypsy Moth off a sand ridge near the present Cairns Airport. He could only land and take off between high tides, and according the the Cairns Airport website, during one emergency Tom was forced to take off from beer barrels!Today, the Cairns Airport has become the fifth busiest airport in Australia seeing over 3.5 million passengers go through its doors each year.
The popularity of the region prompted a $200 million redevelopment of their domestic terminal which has recently been completed.But if you've just arriving at the newly refurbished Cairns Airport and are looking to travel on to Port Douglas there are convenient options available to you.
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