There will be 1 couple and 3 guys in the group. We're looking at anywhere from Cairns up to Port Douglas. The 3 of us guys are single too, so will probably be looking to go out while the couple has some alone time.
I know of two places which may appeal to you depending on what your plans are while you are there.
The first place is called The Lakes. It is a resort about 30 minutes walk from the city centre. The place is really modern and is set up like a micro suburb. There is a main street, which is lined with apartment buildings with around 20 apartments in each. It has three pools, a restaurant / bar, a gym and heaps of bbq facilities. You could spend the whole of your holiday there if you so wished, but both times I have been there I have done trips to Port Douglas, Mossman, and the reef and still made use of the offerings. I rate it highly. And It's not that expensive considering everything you have available to you, you can get a three bedroom apartment for around $300 a night.
Check Out: http://www.thelakescairns.com.au/index.php
Obviously if you plan on spending your time out seeing what Cairns and surrounding area's has to offer then the aforementioned highlights may not seem that enticing. I have stayed at another place called The Tropical Queenslander. It's a bit more budget, has two small pools and is about 20 minutes walk to the city centre. I stayed there recently with three others in a room with a double and two singles for about $150 a night. It was alright, although the bedding was pretty average and the air conditioners noisy. But it did the job. There is another place a bit closer in on the same street called the Cairns Queenslander, it isn't meant to be as good as the Tropical Queenslander but I don't know what the difference in price is.
If price is an issue then I would go for the Tropical Queenslander, but the extra cost of The Lakes is definately made up in comfort and facilities.
Hope that helps
Leigh. about 7 years ago
Thanks for the comprehensive answer!
We actually decided to stay in Port Douglas at a place called Rendezvous (we booked before reading your post), as we've heard PD is generally nicer than Cairns. The Lakes looks excellent though; I may stay there if I return some day. about 7 years ago