Garrick House

11-13 Garrick Street, Port Douglas, 4871, Australia
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driving north from Port Douglas

by Simone511

I shall be spending five nights in Port Douglas in a few months. Shall be there in my own car, which is not a 4wd. Wondered how far north it is possible to drive in a normal 2wd car? How far north does the made road go, before it turns to dirt/gravel 4wd-only territory. The Daintree, Cape tribulation, Cooktown?

Re: driving north from Port Douglas

by tropicrd


You can drive right up to Cape Tribulation which is over the Daintree river via the punt ferry--from there the road is for 4wd only.It is called the Bloomfield track and goes to Cooktown.
You can drive the inland road to Cooktown now as it is all sealed and really a very nice drive through Lakelands.

I wish you a fantastic time and as a local I often do this road trip.


Re: driving north from Port Douglas

by Anne12

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cape Trib in a normal sedan car.
The roads are sealed all the way from Port to the Cape.
It's a great drive, easy to do.

In a few months you will be able to go from Cape Trib onto Cooktown on the coast road. Well,I should say you should be able to as it will not be the wet season.You will need a 4x4 to do the Cape Trib to Cooktown part of trip.
This is one of my favourite trips, I love driving this road to Cooktown.
You will then be able to come back down the inland road, this is now sealed all the way from Cooktown to Port.

I hire a 4x4 for this trip, as you do need a 4x4 once you leave Cape Trib and head to Cooktown. You can't do it ina normal sedan.
There are many hire places that you can use to get a 4x4, BUT even if they hire 4x4's they sometimes don't allow you to go as far as Cooktown with them( along the coast road)...I know it's strange but true.It isn't a good idea to *sneak* up there in these 4x4's as they sorta find out.

There is a place in Cairns that hires 4x4's that allows you to go along the coast road...guess what I bloody forget the name, it's near the airport...I will look over the weekend a and let you know the name.
You are looking at about 120 Aus dollars for each 24 hour period.
I would suggest that you stay one night in Cooktown...this trip can be done in a day, but it's rather tiring.
There are a couple of hire places in Port, just check that they allow the 4x4 to go past Cape Trib.


Travel Tips for Port Douglas

Mango Jam - family friendly

by sue_stone about Mango Jam

One evening in Port Douglas we headed to Mango Jam for dinner. We were attracted to the place because of its colourful décor and alfresco dining. Mango Jam specialises in Gourmet Wood fired pizzas, though they also serve a selection of pastas, salads, grills and more.

It is a great place for all the family as they are very welcoming of kids and have a children's menu too. They also do take away, and home delivery to home and hotels in the area. When we dined there we ordered a selection of pizza's to share. They were pretty good - not the best ever - but hit the spot, and went well with a glass or two of Aussie shiraz.

Visit the great Barrier Reef

by adelaidean

We spent the day at the reef with Quicksilver. They pick you up from your hotel, and it includes the trip out to the reef(11/2 hours), and scrumptious lunch and the snorkelling. You can dive if you hold the licences or they do train on board. There was a helicoptor ride over the reef which we did, and I would highly recommend it.You book the helicoptor on the Quicksiver boat.

St Mary's Church

by stevezero

The delightful church of St Mary's by the Sea, is situated on the foreshore of Port Douglas.
The beatiful wooden church was previously sited on a hillside nearby, but was dismantled, restored, and rebuilt on its present site in 1989.

Heaven on Earth

by adelaidean

"I found my little piece of Paradise!"

If you want to find you own little paradise, visit Port Douglas and its surrounding areas. It is a perfect holiday destination. Where else can you find the Great Barrier Reef, some of the oldest rainforests in the world and some fantastic weather to go with it. It is a wonderfully relaxing holiday and a perfect place to chill out!!The beer is cold, the prawns are delicious and the atmosphere is superb!!! What are you waiting for ?

"Great little restaurants and cafes."

Port Douglas main street is filled with fantastic shopping and the best restaurants!!! Chill over a great bottle of Australian white or red wine, of a icy cold beer. Prawns and seafood are plentiful and the amosphere is great. Port Douglas in my opinion is a great place to have your honeymoon, or a romantic trip with a partner. I personally dont think that it is a family holiday destination. Cairns would be more suitable for the family holiday.


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Address: 11-13 Garrick Street, Port Douglas, 4871, Australia