|Booking.com map showing accommodation locations|
Note the Port Douglas Shuttle buses run.
You can save yourself a lot of money and frustration by using the booking.com map to find the best location for your visit.
Port Douglas accommodation is spread along a peninsula with the best location being right in town. Staying in town you will not need a hire car or the use of shuttle buses.
Imagine this; you have got some of the cheaper accommodation but you want to go into town with the family. You catch one of the shuttle buses at $5 per person one way. By the time you get back, after waiting outside your accommodation, then queuing up in town to return you have added $40 to your day's spend and you have seen a lot of other accommodation places.