Entries by Jo Straszkowski

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WIN THE ULTIMATE TROPICAL HOLIDAY WHILE HELPING THE REEF!

Non-profit organisation Great Barrier Reef Legacy (GBR Legacy) is giving one lucky individual the chance to win The Ultimate Tropical Holiday Package for Two. The winner receives vouchers valued at over $7000 to enable them to create their very own bucket list holiday, complete with reef and rainforest tours, the best dining and beverage options, […]

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RAMEN AND BEER AT HEMINGWAY’S; THE PERFECT COMBINATION

Who doesn’t love ramen and a nice cold pint? That’s exactly what they thought at Hemingway’s Port Douglas. Their first Ramen Night took place last week and will be returning every Friday. Being a slower time of the year for the hospitality industry in Port Douglas, venue manager Chris Barber liked to jump outside of […]

MACKAY REEF TRIP REPORT: LOCALS TAKE ADVANTAGE OF PERFECT WEATHER

Newsport’s Jereme Lane took advantage of perfect long weekend weather conditions to explore Mackay Coral Cay with Sailaway. I was recently invited to Mackay Coral Cay by Sailaway, to check out their full day reef tour (currently on special for locals at 2-for-1 pricing). I’d been looking for an excuse to take advantage of Port’s […]

FISHING REPORT EPISODE 1: INTRODUCTIONS ARE IN ORDER

Welcome everyone to Newsport’s inaugural Fishing Report! This is the first of many weekly fishing reports designed to give locals and visitors alike an insight into what’s biting in and around Port Douglas. With Port’s constant flow of tourists and a large contingent of die-hard fishing locals in the Shire, Port is a town with a rich […]

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BALLY HOOLEY TRAINS UNDERGO FINAL VOYAGE

The Bally Hooley steam trains made their final run under steam today going from the Port Douglas Yacht Club to their new and final home at Bally Hooley Marina Station, Crystalbrook Marina. The two engines, Nelson and Speedy, as well as their respective carriages have been gloriously restored and will live permanently at the station […]

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A NEW LIFE FOR THE BALLY HOOLEY TRAINS

The much-loved Bally Hooley steam trains that have been a part of the Douglas Shire since 1897 are taking on a new life that will share the remarkable part they have played in the region’s history with a new generation of locals and visitors. They are about to become a very trendy – yet traditional […]

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ROBERT PARRY

Known as Rob Parry. Passed away suddenly on 11 June 2021 at 11am at Crystalbrook Marina, Port Douglas, aged 47 Years. Much loved husband, adoring father and son, son in law, brother in law, uncle, and friend who will be sorely missed by so many near and far. Family and friends are warmly invited to […]

GBR LEGACY NEEDS YOU TO SPOT A WHALE

GBR Legacy has launched a Humpback Whale spotting network and they need you to help them learn more about the gentle giants that visit each year. It’s that time of year when the community and tourists alike get excited to spot one of the most majestic animals in existence, the humpback whale as they migrate […]