Located 70km north of Cairns, getting to Port Douglas is easy thanks to its enjoyable driving distance along a sealed highway not to mention some fantastic scenic rail journeys which are also an option. A beautiful place to visit, Port Douglas is a popular holiday destination approximately one hour from Cairns, the gateway to Tropical North Queensland. Getting to Port Douglas is by air, road or rail, with flights landing at Cairns Airport. Located 1700km or approximately 21 hours north of Brisbane, flying is the quickest, easiest and most popular way of getting to Port Douglas however if you have the time to extend your holiday a road trip all the way up the coast can be a great way to see the countryside and the range of attractions along the way including the Sunshine Coast, Airlie Beach and Fraser Island. However if you plan on flying into Cairns and then driving to Port Douglas, it’s a comfortable one hour trip along the Captain Cook Highway.
Although there are no major airports situated in Port Douglas, there are an excellent range of transfer and transport options available from Cairns including shuttle services and car hire. With the Cairns Airport boasting both domestic and international terminals, the fifth busiest international airport in Australia is fully equipped to assist you in your forward journey to Port Douglas. Alternatively, there are two spectacular rail journeys that operate between Brisbane and Cairns which also offer connections on to Port Douglas.
Taking 31 hours to travel from Brisbane to Cairns return three times a week, The Sunlander showcases charming inland coastal towns such as Bundaberg and Gladstone as well as sub-tropical regions like Mackay, Proserpine and Bowen before reaching Cairns. The fastest train in Australia, the Spirit of Queensland completes the journey in just 24 hours, with both services offering passengers the same comforts and luxuries as they take in the stunning scenery across the state on the way to Cairns.