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Port Douglas - worth renting a car?

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#1 avocado toast

Posted 29 January 2020 - 01:44 PM

We have a family holiday planned for port Douglas. A week staying in the Main Street with a 4 and 2.5 year old. Should we hire a car? We do want to check out things like Daintree etc and we thought a tour might be hard with kids that little.

Any advice would be great!

#2 BusbyWilkes

Posted 29 January 2020 - 02:02 PM

We did with kids of a similar age. So much more flexible than being stuck on a tour bus.  Went to Kuranda - skyrail, markets and butterfly house. Mossman gorge - walk and swim. Daintree. It was an amazing family holiday for us - hope it’s just as good for you.

#3 timtam92

Posted 29 January 2020 - 02:03 PM

Yes it’s worthwhile. Pick up from the airport and drive yourself to the hotel.  Then use it as required!

#4 toc76

Posted 29 January 2020 - 02:04 PM

We always book a car.  It just allows you to be so much more flexible.  Most let you hire car seats for little ones so you don't have to take on the plane.

We use east coast rentals and apex and it was usually less than $300 for a week.

#5 Stylus

Posted 29 January 2020 - 03:25 PM

I went with an infant and definitely used our hire car every day, although we didn’t stay at centrally as you will be. I actually didn’t think there was much to do in the main part of Port Douglas as most of the attractions seem to be in surrounding areas, so the car came in handy. Plus it was useful to get to and from the airport in our own vehicle.

#6 kerilyntaryn

Posted 30 January 2020 - 04:13 AM

Yes, so many places to visit up there, so much easier to self drive

#7 YodaTheWrinkledOne

Posted 30 January 2020 - 05:52 AM

View Postavocado toast, on 29 January 2020 - 01:44 PM, said:

We have a family holiday planned for port Douglas. A week staying in the Main Street with a 4 and 2.5 year old. Should we hire a car? We do want to check out things like Daintree etc and we thought a tour might be hard with kids that little.

Any advice would be great!
We went up to Cairns when our kids were the same age. We hired a car, it was great! Take your own car seats and your good to go! Very easy to self-drive and do your own things, works well with their naps, etc. We even went over to Green Island for a day (DH and I took turns snorkelling)

#8 carls888

Posted 30 January 2020 - 05:53 AM

I would absolutely recommend hiring a car. There is so much to see and do, and you can explore on your own schedule with young children.

#9 avocado toast

Posted 30 January 2020 - 05:57 AM

Cool thanks - will do.

#10 Crombek

Posted 30 January 2020 - 07:09 AM

Definitely hire a car, its rrally easy to drive around up there. I can recommend these guys for car seats.


They fit them in the hire car before you pick it up & take them out after you depart. So easy, and they have a good range of new and safe seats, far better than the ones supplied by the car rentals.

Edited by Crombek, 30 January 2020 - 07:10 AM.

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