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Feb 20th, 2016, 01:15 PM
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Where to stay outside of Cairns

We will be arriving in Cairns in early May for 7 nights, 6 full days for activities. I am working on lodging and would appreciate your feedback on the following:

- Port Douglas or Palm Cove for the majority (if not all) of the stay? (Or some other location I don't know about!). We plan to do the "usual" things in the area, Daintree, snorkeling, diving etc.. We are not big shoppers.
- Since we have a fair amount of time in this area, is there somewhere else we should consider staying for 1 or 2(max) nights? Tablelands?
- Any recommendations on good hotels? We want an apartment so we can cook, somewhere nice, but not crazy expensive.
Thanks!
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Feb 20th, 2016, 02:28 PM
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we spent 5 nights in PD and then a night in the Tablelands at Yungaburra but 2 nights would have been better.

in PD we stayed here:

http://www.bytheseaportdouglas.com.au

our apartment had a full kitchen and laundry as well as a separate bedroom and living room- ideal for a longer stay.

and in Yungaburra we stayed here:

http://www.kookaburra-lodge.com

it didn't have any cooking facilities but for 1-2 nights you don't really need them, IMO. it was very reasonable though, and the garden is great.
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Feb 20th, 2016, 02:49 PM
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here's someone who did the same sort of trip:

http://www.fodors.com/community/aust...llnds-pt-3.cfm
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Feb 20th, 2016, 09:40 PM
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Palm Cove is our personal favourite - more a seaside village rather than a town. Really pretty beach area, lots of choices for accommodation and restaurants. About 20 minutes by public bus from Cairns.
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