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5 day trip to PD and Daintree

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5 day trip to PD and Daintree

We are travelling to Northern Queensland for 4 nights/5days for the first time during the second week of December. We will have a car hire for the duration.

We are 2 couples in their 30s.

The original plan was to stay 4 nights in PD and take day trips out to the GBR and to Daintree/Mossman/Cape Tribulation etc.

After further research we now think that it might make more sense to stay 2 nights in PD, 1 night somewhere in Daintree/Cape Tribulation and 1 night in Cairns. The logic behind this would be to chill out in PD the day we arrive, take a reef tour on the second day from PD, on the third day we'd like to slowly make our way up to Daintree stopping at any sights/attractions along the way. We would then stay over and possibly take an organized 4WD tour the next day up past Cape Tribulation or some other trip to experience what the area has to offer before driving down to Cairns in the evening. We fly fairly early the next day so it makes sense for us to drive the extra hour the previous day and stay somewhere that is convenient for the airport.

Could you please give us your thoughts on the above 2 options? We feel that we would better experience the area by staying over in Daintree and splitting our time like this. Perhaps not necessary though?

We are aware that it is wet season and stinger season whilst we are there but are under the impression that this won't affect our snorkeling tour out on the reef, even if we can use the beaches. Is this right? Is there anything else we should be aware of?

Other than our reef tour - does anyone have suggestions for the must-see/do things that we shouldn't miss? We are active and enjoy nature, wildlife exploring etc.

Thanks :) can't wait!

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1. Re: 5 day trip to PD and Daintree

Great choice of holiday destination, a quick couple of suggestions for you to ponder.

Take a transfer from the Airport port so you can both look at the view along the coast road on the way to port douglas, if your lucky you will have some fellow travellers on the same transfer saying at trinity and Palm cove etc. so you may get a little tour of the towns along the way.

The next day book the reef tour and the one after the rain forest tour, you won't need a vehicle on these day anyway so you can save the cost.

Getting around port is very easy there is a shuttle that runs from one end to the other very frequently, minimal cost of around $2.50 p/p each way. $10 total return to town. This allows you to enjoy a drink if you desire without holding back. Even if your out late a taxi ride is very affordable.

With two tours under your belt you will have your bearings and researched the other places you may want to visit solo.

Hire a car from PD, they will bring it to you and plan to drop it off at the airport when you have finished.

I personally wouldn't stay in the daintree during the wet season & I love the beach pool and fine dining pd has to offer. Plus PD is so close to the daintree anyway it's not a long drive to visit. If you have your heart on staying in the rainforest by all means stay there, it's a great experience.

Hope this helps and enjoy yourself!

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2. Re: 5 day trip to PD and Daintree

Your idea sounds good. The trip from Cape Tribulation down to Cairns is going to take you a good 2-2.5 hours. The road from Port Douglas past Mossman is really twisty. It is slow going. If you rent a car, I would suggest something with a trunk so your luggage is out of sight. Don't forget to take bug spray for the rain forest. I second the shuttle idea, but check out how much a rental car is for a day. The shuttle will cost you about 42.00 one way per person with Sun Palm from the airport to PD. You might save $$ just letting the car sit for a day. You will pay an extra "drop off fee" if you rent at PD and return at the airport. Check out Krystal Transport. Their website discounts for more passengers in the van.

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