Port Douglas is just under an hours drive from Cairns Airport. Shuttle transfers are available from the airport and offer a great way for your to take in the beautiful coast line with out concentrating in the road
Once in Port Douglas hiring a car to explore the region is a fantastic idea. There are a number of options available with very competitive prices. We use the local guys where we can. They are just as reliable and professional and have the ability to give you some local tips on where the special 'off the beaten track' places are.
Places accessible within a days drive are the Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation, Atherton Tablelands, Yungaburra, Cairns and Palm Cove. Ask your accommodation provider where they recommend at the time of the year you are traveling.