Port Douglas has long been known for it's flashy expensive resorts since back in the day when disgrace tycoon Christopher Scase developed some of the bigger properties in the area. Back then it was the glamour place for Australian tourism a world away in tropical north Queensland north of Cairns. Back then in the 1980 air travel was more exotic in comparison today when you can catch a flight to nearby Cairns cheaply from almost anywhere in Australia and even internationally. And why wouldn’t you want to spend time in the laid back coastal tourism strip sitting between the wet tropics rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.
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Even the drive from Cairns airport to Port Douglas is surely one of the worlds great drives. While taking a little over an hour every corner and turn is spectacular to say the least. I've been fortunate enough in recent years to drive some of the worlds foremost coastal drives including the Great Ocean Road and the Cabot Trail in North America. While these are great this unheralded highway is equally as impressive with grand vistas looking out over the winding cliffs road out to the reef playground beyond.
Over the years I've spent a lot of time staying at accommodation venues in the area and have even worked at some of them. From backpackers to stylish five star resorts Port Douglas doesn't have any shortage of options and almost the entire working population of the town and almost half the buildings are involved in the accommodation and tourism industrious.
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Plenty to make that flight to Cairns these days to stay in one of the Port Douglas luxury resorts that have sprung up around the original mega resorts. But what about the budget family friendly accommodation in Port Douglas.