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Cairns versus Port Douglas

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Cairns versus Port Douglas

All i really want to do is snorkel on the Barrier Reef, we will be flying so we won't have a car to get around.

I saw some good places to stay in PD and got some great advice about tour companys but saw \it was going to cost aroung $140 for transfers from airport to accommodation.

ALso looked at great places in Cairns.

SO is it worth the extra money we will spend on transfers to stay in PD or should we go to Cairns

I don't want much just a great place to snorkel and a great place to stay..self contained & no more then $600 for 4 nights

Can anyone hepl me?

Scoobie

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1. Re: Cairns versus Port Douglas

Hi Scoobie,

My vote would be for Port Douglas.. .. you can do some excellent tours to snorkel & IMO the town is far more interesting than Cairns.

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Unless your into the Casino and thousands of young backpackers its worth the extra to transfer to Port Douglas,still backpackers in Port but nowhere near as many they tend to stay in Cairns and party into the night.Check Central Plaza in Port Douglas they have some pretty good deals at times and no need for a vehicle as you are close enough to walk everywhere.Also if you like beach walks Ports the place to be as Cairns cbd where most of the accomadation is located only has the lagoon.

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3. Re: Cairns versus Port Douglas

Dont get me wrong about Cairns i love the place,it all depends on what you plan to do.

Edited: 13 September 2011, 07:24
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The backpackers are not stupid more choice more competition, on food, accommodation. Things are tough in Nth Queensland at the moment so some great bargains check http://www.sunloverholidays.com.au/. Cairns it's self ain't pretty but it's a city/town best beaches are north of the city and public buses run every half hour. The great rip of is seeing the reef you can pay 100's so in Cairns there is the ferry terminal go there on your first day and see what blackboard special are available Green or Fitzroy Island and the reef, outer reef is better but will cost more. What you want is time spent on the reef not on the boat so some of the dearer ones are faster, more time on the reef or day visit to green or fitzroy island. In fact check out the accomadation details on the web site for Fitzroy and kill 2 birds with one stone! What time of the year? Box jelly fish October to May wet (and they reckon 4 cyclones this wet season but Queensland is a long, long state) season Nov to April always bargain hard in the wet season only overseas tourist go there at this time of the year. I have just come back from there and did 6 reef tours yeah, reviewing is my lively hood, in my opinion the Quicksilver outer barrier reef tour is the best sure there big , fast and stable boats but you are 50 mile out and from memory their fares include the transfers from Cairns but staying on Fitzroy would be my reccomendation. I did a smaller tour to the reef only can take 30-40 more persona but everyone was throwing up there and back it can get choppy. I only ever do here while I am at airports. Rusty's markets in Cairns for the best local food. Good deals on self catering accomadation as well oh and it's a 24/7 airport so not too far north of Cairns or there is a noise factor!. Don't forget Google street view.

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