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1. Posted by Matt19849 (Budding Member 33 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!


I have not long come back from travelling around australia - it was amazing by the way, now i'm looking at moving out there in a year or so's time. I was just wondering has anyone been to Port Douglas? I was originally gone to look at moving to Cairns because I loved it there but I've been looking at Port Douglas on the internet, not having been there I was wondering what its like?
Any views on the place would be great.

Cheers, Matt

2. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Port Douglas is Ok. I spent about a month there working at one of the fancy hotels. It's a bit more upmarket, and not as much going on for the young traveler. Personally I liked the atmosphere of Cairns better. The only advantage of Port Doulgas is that the town is on a fantastic beach. If you are going for the beach atmosphere, have you considered Airlie Beach in the Whitsundays? I loved living in there. Lots of casual work there too.

3. Posted by Matt19849 (Budding Member 33 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I stayed at arlie beach for a while when I was over there really liked it. The only thing is i'm probably going to have to try and get over there with my I.T skills which I dont think there would be anywhere in arlie beach for that. What I really want is to be doing diving for a career over there i've got my padi open water i'm slowly working to become an instructor but i dont think ill get out there on that!?

4. Posted by JessieG (Full Member 67 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Nice idea, I live in Cairns.
Port Douglas is lovely, but a tourist destination, so it's quite expensive. Even buying or renting a place there would be a bit hard on the pocket i'd reckon.
It could also be hard to find a job up there, but it depends on what you do for a living I guess. Alot of people do go back and forth for work and such from Cairns, but it's a good 30-40min drive and the price of petrol is only going to go up. Cairns has a night life also. It's a nice place to visit sure, and alot of people go up there for the weekend.
You could always move to cairns rent a place, check PD out yourself and it suits you move there?