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Port Douglas is a smart resort town 70 kilometres north of Cairns. There are plenty of nice, if pricey, places to stay and eat here, and good upscale shopping. Many Great Barrier Reef tours start from Port Douglas.
Port Douglas is well-regarded for being one of the best spots to access the snorkelling and scuba diving sites of the Great Barrier Reef.
There is no airport in Port Douglas, the nearest is in Cairns, an hour south.
|At The Mango Tree||91 Davidson Street Port Douglas||Apartment||80|
|Club Tropical Resort||Cnr Macrossan||Apartment||88|
|Coral Sea Retreat Bed and Breakfast||7-11 Bruce Ave Oak Beach Port Douglas||guesthouse||-|
|Dougies Backpackers Resort||111 Davidson Street||Hostel||84|
|Global Port Douglas||38 Macrossan Street Port Douglas||Hostel||78|
|Parrotfish Lodge||37/39 Warner Street||Hostel||-|
|Port Douglas Motel||9 Davidson St||Hotel||-|
|Port Douglas Retreat||31 Mowbray Street||Apartment||-|
|Port Douglas Sands Resort||Cnr Mahogany & Port Douglas Rd Port Douglas||apartment||-|
|Lychee Tree Holiday Apartments||95 Davidson Street||Apartment||-|
|Ti-Tree Resort||1-5 Barrier Street||Hostel||-|
|Port O'Call YHA||7 Craven Close||Hostel||89|
|Coral Sea Villas||68 Macrossan St Port Douglas||Apartment||-|
|Eclipse Port Douglas||36 Macrossan St||Hostel||-|
Internet cafés are very common in the larger Australian cities and popular tourist destinations. However, once you leave the major population centres, you might have trouble finding somewhere to log on. Free wifi is getting more and more common (either with or without a code) in places like restaurants, some bars and coffee places and hotels. Sometimes a fee is required.
See also: International Telephone Calls
Australia is on a GSM 900/1800 network, so if you have an unlocked phone that works on those frequencies, you will be able to buy a prepaid SIM-card and stick into your phone when you're in Australia. You will receive a new Australian phone number with the SIM-card.
To dial out of Australia use the prefix 0011, followed by the calling code of the country you are trying to reach, followed by the area code of the city/town (without the 0!) and finally the phone number.
Within Australia, it is necessary to add an area code to the phone numbers if you are calling from outside the area. Below are Australia's area codes:
000 is the emergency telephone number in Australia, but the international GSM mobile emergency telephone number 112 also works on mobile phones.
Australia Post is the government's postal service. Most suburbs will have at least one post office. Opening times are mostly from around 8:00 or 9:00am to 5:00pm though larger ones keep longer hours sometimes. A standard letter or postcard sent within Australia will cost $0.70. Internationally, it costs $1.70 to send postcards anywhere in the world. Letters cost $1.85 to send within the Asia Pacific region and $2.60 to anywhere else in the world.. It is also possible to send things as parcels or by express mail. You can also use use private courier companies like TNT, UPS or DHL as they are competitive and reliable.
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