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We are planning a trip and have 14 nights arriving and departing Cairns.We originally though to do 6 nights cairns and 7 Port Douglas with our last night back in Cairns as hac=ve an early flight out.. Now reading some of the forum comments we think we may be better to do longer in cairns and not PD. e want to go up to cape Tribulation and daintree too!


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It's a personal preference. Cairns is a city and PD is a more laid back resort style town. I prefer PD as its closer to the Daintree and Mossman Gorge(which I love to visit) and living in a city I prefer to take my holidays somewhere quieter. PD is small and if you stay right in town everything is in your doorstep. No need for cabs or buses to get to restaurants, shops, the beach etc.

But, as I said, it's a personal choice. There's no doubt that Cairns offers a wider variety of almost everything and is much bigger.

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I like both places but when I spend my hard-earned it's most PD that wins out. More laid-back and the place feels like a holiday. Cairns is not far away and the drive is spectacular.

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Another idea would be to start in Cairns (6 nights) as you have suggested and then maybe only do 3 nights in Port, and then travel up and stay for 2 nights in Cape Trib or the Daintree? If you don't want to hire a car there are overnight tour options, for example 'Jungle Tours'.

If you are planning on hiring a car, then a few nights up on the Tablelands is also an option. The Tineroo and Crater lakes regions have cabins and retreats. It would allow you to see more the overall area than just the city in Cairns and the few streets that make up Port Douglas.

Personally- 7 nights in Port Douglas is too much, even with a few days out doing tours. Unless you plan on just laying out at your resort and relaxing.

Are you planning on seeing a variety of reef systems as well? The reefs accessible from Cairns are different to the Agincourt reef, which where many Port boats travel too. Do you need boat recommendations?

What types of experiences were you looking to do.... if you give us a few ideas and I am sure that we can all help!

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