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Accessing Port Douglas/Cairns

Yateley, United...
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Accessing Port Douglas/Cairns


Me and my partner are visiting in October for 3½ weeks. We are spending a week in Sydney, flying to Brisbane for 4-5 days and then flying to Cairns for the last week.

Our plans was to drive from Cairns to Port Douglas and base ourself in Port Douglas so we can do a GB tour and also the Daintree. We were looking at the option of ending our trip with 2 nights at Hamilton Island/Airlie Beach/Brampton Island (one of those).... but it doesnt seem possible to get an internal flight from Cairns, we have to fly back to Brisbane.

Does anyone know if you can access the Whitsundays from Cairns/Port Douglas, and if so, how?


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1. Re: Accessing Port Douglas/Cairns

Qantas fly direct from Cairns to Hamilton Island daily.


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2. Re: Accessing Port Douglas/Cairns

As GK mentioned Qantas services this route. Its a 1.5 hour flight from Cairns to Hamilton Island.

Seeing you are so close to the Whitsundays it would be well worth your effort to go, as they are incredibly beautiful and in October the weather is gorgeous too.

Other means of transport -

Hire a car and drive - 700km south of Cairns. approx 7.5 hours driving time.

Bus - Greyhound has several daily services through Airlie Beach that run south from Cairns. www.greyhound.com.au

Train - The Tilt Train runs from Cairns to Airlie Beach 3 times a week.http://www.tilttrain.com.au/


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3. Re: Accessing Port Douglas/Cairns

THANKS very much for the replies!!

Stupidly I hadn't even thought of Qantas, I was looking at Virgin Blue and Jetstar!

I shall check out Qantas!

Much appreciated!!

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