Places to stay in Far North Queensland – Part 1: Cairns, Palm Cove, Port Douglas, Daintree


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So you have just organised your luxury car rental in Cairns but you’re still undecided where to stay? There are plenty of options in and around Cairns and because you arranged for a car hire cairns hire cars this time, it’s likely that you’ll be looking forward to enjoying the freedom of the road on your break.

There are many charming places to stay in north Queensland and if you’ve decided to take the coastal road up through Palm Cove and onto Port Douglas and the Daintree, here’s a few of our favourite places to stay.


Known as the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns is a tourist hotspot, offering the delight of the islands and reef and the wonder of a World Heritage Rainforest on your doorstep. Whether it’s just for one or two nights or a more lavish break, here are two of the most luxurious places to park your cairns hire cars.

Hilton Cairns

Located on the waterfront with fabulous views of the Trinity Inlet, the Hilton Cairns is the perfect place to start your holiday and park your car hire cairns. With stylish rooms (every room has their own balcony), concierge, spa pool and outdoor lagoon-style pool, fitness centre, two restaurants and alfresco waterfront dining, you won’t want to go home!


Located on the Marina, between the Trinity Inlet and the Coral Sea, the Shangri-La offers stunning views, fabulous food and luxurious surroundings. Rooms have their own terrace or balcony, there’s a waterfront restaurant, glistening pool set in lush tropical gardens and a modern fitness centre. Just the place for a weekend away!

Palm Cove

Just a short 30 minute drive north from Cairns in your cairns car hire, past the airport and along the Captain Cook HWY brings you to picturesque Palm Cove. This beachside village is the perfect spot to while away a few days, resting, relaxing and just soaking up the atmosphere. Here are two of the best picks for your stay in Palm Cove.

Pullman Sea Temple Resort & Spa

If you want beachfront luxury backed up by old fashioned values, then the Pullman Sea Temple Resort & Spa is perfectly located on the southern end of the beach. With a superb selection of dining options, tropical poolside bar and award-winning spa, the Pullman offers the ultimate luxury experience.

The Reef House

Offering a boutique tropical escape, the Reef House is a well-kept secret with a relaxed beach-side ambiance, premium service and award-winning restaurant. Leave your car rental cairnswith the valets, relax in the pool, rejuvenate in their award-winning day spa and dine under the stars – this adults only couples retreat is the epitome of luxury.

Port Douglas

No longer the one-horse town of yesteryear, Port Douglas offers easy access to the reef, islands and rainforest. There’s plenty of exciting activities on offer, beautiful beaches and luxurious accommodation. Here’s our best picks for Port Douglas.

Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort

Located on the beachfront and surrounded by lush tropical gardens, the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort is sheer paradise! It offers two hectares of swimmable, saltwater lagoons, complete with sandy beaches, swim-up bar and sun-kissed cabanas. Then there’s the exquisite suites, elegant villas and numerous dining options - the Sheraton is an experience you’ll never forget. It’s the spot to park your cairns car hires for a few days and just chill!

Thala Beach Nature Reserve

Located approximately 15 minutes south of Port Douglas on a private headland, you’ll find the Thala Beach Nature Reserve. Offering a unique selection of accommodation, this is a resort with the highest level of Advanced Eco Certification, as well as membership in the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World. Delight in the stunning ocean views, delight in their world class restaurant and experience their eco on-site tours.

Niramaya Villas and Spa

Whilst not a beachfront location, the Niramaya Villas and Spa offers you a place to rest, relax and rejuvenate in a tropical setting. Luxury is the name of the game with a day spa, golf course, restaurant, gym, saunas, tennis courts and swimming pool. A few days here will solve all your problems!


As the world’s oldest rainforest with a UNESCO World Heritage listing, the Daintree Rainforest is over 1200 square km and is definitely worth a visit. Fun Fact: the Daintree Rainforest is estimated to be over 180 million years old and is even older than the Amazon Rainforest!

Daintree Ecolodge

With rainforest dining and a retreat that offers a rejuvenating day spa, private waterfall and lagoon, restaurant, rainforest walks and their unique, eco-friendly treehouses – can you as for more? The Daintree Ecolodge is the perfect place to reconnect with nature, relax and simply drive away the cares of your busy life, all while your cairns car hires is parked safely away and out of sight!

Red Mill House

If you’re in the mood for a deluxe B&B in the Daintree, then park your cairns car hires at the Red Mill House. This historic Queenslander home is renowned for its excellent service, fabulous surroundings and awesome breakfasts! Nature lovers, photographers and birdwatchers simply love the Red Mill House, but book early so you don’t miss out!

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