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Cairns-Port Douglas Car Rental

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Cairns-Port Douglas Car Rental

We will be visiting Port Douglas for 5-6 days via Cairns airport and would like some advice on whether 1.) if the car would be useful for all days if we should rent all days from Cairns airport and drive to Port Douglas as well or if the rental just should be made when needed in Port Douglas??

2.) We will be staying at the Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas- so where should we rent and where would be best location to return?

As always, thanks very much!!

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1. Re: Cairns-Port Douglas Car Rental

As mentioned on a couple of your other threads, you'll be flying into Cairns airport which is around 50 or 60km or so South of Port Douglas. It takes about an hour to drive to Port Douglas.Therefore best to book a car to pick up on arrival at Cairns and return to the Airport on the day of your departing flight. I think one does need a car for touring the region, unless you were planning to spend the whole time by the pool at your resort. Even getting into Port Douglas town Centre for meals and shopping you'd probably want a car to get from the Sheraton - especially considering the fact that December will be >30 degrees, 90% humidity and possibly quite rainy.

If booking for 5 or 6 days, look at the Special Offers pages of all the rental companies for things like pay for 5 days, get 6th day free, or free upgrades etc.

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2. Re: Cairns-Port Douglas Car Rental

Thanks again Syd

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3. Re: Cairns-Port Douglas Car Rental

We did a similar trip a few years ago. We hired a car from Cairns airport, spent 4 nights in Cairns then drove up to Port Douglas for 3 nights before returning the car to the dealer in Port Douglas for 3 car-free days in Port Douglas.

If cost wasn't a worry we probably would have kept the car to return to the airport (more for convenience and not having to worry about booking a bus). That said, I found it fine without the car in Port Douglas, as we'd already done all of the things that we wanted to do that required a car and just wanted a few days to relax by the beach/pool before heading home. Our hotel's location meant that walking wasn't a problem for us.

However- as the poster mentioned above- the Sheraton Mirage is a bit further out of town so a car might be pretty useful for you to have while you stay there. I did hear that they had a free shuttle bus to the shops/restuarants/etc. but I'm not 100% certain...

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