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honeymoon couple Cairns/Port Douglas in august

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honeymoon couple Cairns/Port Douglas in august

hi everyone , i will be visiting for 4N in 2 week of august for my honeymoon trip , i would like your advise on whether i should stay in Cairns or Port Douglas , we do enjoy a little bit of nightlife in pubs and bars& also the beach . i will not be hiring a car . kindly suggest. we will take a day trip to GBR any other trip suggestion

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1. Re: honeymoon couple Cairns/Port Douglas in august

No beach in Cairns at all. There is a lagoon at the Esplanade, great for cooling off on a hot day, but not much else unless you have kids! I am assuming not, and even if you did, they won't be coming!!!

Cairns does have all the night life though. Port Douglas will have a gorgeous beach, but most of the places to stay at are not on the beach. Port Douglas has a "little bit of nightlife in pubs and bars" though, so it might be the better choice for you.

You will need to get a hotel shuttle or transfer to Port Douglas. It is an hour north of Cairns so a taxi would be pretty expensive. The public buses only go as far as Palm Cove, and there are NO buses that go to the airport.

Trips to the GBR leave from Cairns or Port Douglas.

You need to think about what else you will do on the other days. If you want to explore the Daintree area, there are numerous tour companies to choose from, and being in Port Douglas already is a good thing. It's not such a long day in the bus.

Kuranda train and skyrail combination is another nice day trip.

Hope you have fun, and congratulations too on your wedding!

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2. Re: honeymoon couple Cairns/Port Douglas in august

Another vote for Port Douglas - lovely town with excellent restaurants & cafes. Plus with the added bonus of having a pretty beach.

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3. Re: honeymoon couple Cairns/Port Douglas in august

And another vote for Port Douglas. There are some great restaurants, and bars and pubs. August should be alive in Port Douglas. Great beach and close to the Great Barrier Reef and The Daintree

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4. Re: honeymoon couple Cairns/Port Douglas in august

Thanks Joan for the wishes , Port Douglas would be great then . Since i am member of Accor group of hotels i have seen 2 resorts which fit my budget

Grand Mercure Rockford Esplanade Palm Cove and the Novotel Palm Cove Resort , but both are in palm cove , what do you all advise regarding these . Do you have any other suggestion for hotels in Port Douglas

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5. Re: honeymoon couple Cairns/Port Douglas in august

Both of your choices are closer to cairns and not In PD////

we need to know your budget in order to suggest...

TBH palm cove might even be the best choice...halfway between the two and not too far from real nightlife

Check out places like Shantara for no kids..

if in port try to stay no further out than Portsea (that is pretty much walking limit IMHO..or be prepared to hire a push bike/use the taxi service. Bus can be hit and miss in the evening

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6. Re: honeymoon couple Cairns/Port Douglas in august

My vote would be Palm Cove over Port. Palm Cove is halfway between Cairns and Port, a lovely spot to stay with a gorgeous beach, restaurants and shops. Nightlife minimal though. Cairns is the place for nightlife. Cairns lagoon is lovely, its not the beach but comes a close 2nd. Palm Cove is 30 mins from Cairns and another 30 mins to Port from there. Mercure Rockford Resort would be my choice at Palm Cove. It's on the Esplanade (beach) whereas Novotel is about a 10 min walk from the beach. If you're a member of Accor, there's a number of Accor properties in Cairns as well ie Pullman Reef Casino, All Seasons Cairns Colonial Club, Mercure Harbourside, Novotel Oasis Resort and All Seasons Cairns. If you choose Cairns, then Harbourside, Oasis or Reef Casino are the three best.

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7. Re: honeymoon couple Cairns/Port Douglas in august

Well, I didn't want to push Palm Cove in my first post, seeing as how you mentioned Port Douglas and Cairns in the subject line, but now that it has come up.. I LOVED Palm Cove! That is where we stayed for a week in January, in the Palm Cove Tropic Apartments. But don't stay here for a honeymoon. It isn't on the beach, or even across the street from the beach.

But you will pay extra by staying here because you will need to be picked up for your tours. We saw the buses every day going around to the different resorts to pick people up for various tours. There are no GBR trips that leave from here. They are all in Port Douglas and Cairns. But Palm Cove is really lovely... especially in the evenings. But we weren't looking for "a little bit of nightlife in pubs and bars" either.

So yes, if you are a member of Accor groups, then go with Palm Cove! I know nothing about the resorts you mentioned though. More homework for you!

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8. Re: honeymoon couple Cairns/Port Douglas in august

I may be slightly biased having lived here for 22 years. I agree with all the other comments being that Port Douglas is the main tourist destination in the area, having all the tours close by as well as lovely romatic atmosphere. Cairns is another 60km away from the daintree and reef and also as others have mentioned has no beach as such, due to the city mentality of building sea walls and clearing all the natural mangroves from around the city many years ago. Cairns is also a small verision of big city living seemingly quite attractive to the back packers market. Port Douglas is more up market catering to people with a job.

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9. Re: honeymoon couple Cairns/Port Douglas in august

Sincere thanks to all of you for the great advice , i have decided to stay in port Douglas , i would request if any of you could suggest resorts for us budget would be 150/200 Aus Dollars a night . @ guruswife kindly suggest within walking distance .we are so excited to reach Port douglas!!!!

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