Entries by Jo Straszkowski

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HEMINGWAY’S UNVEIL NEW BREW WITH A LOCAL DESIGN

Hemingway’s Brewery Port Douglas has recently unveiled a new brew with a locally inspired design featured on the can. The new 5.2 per cent Sunny Daze Hazy Pale Ale is the first hazy ale to be made at the brewery since mid-2019. And to make the brew even more special, Hemingway’s Port Douglas’ own Steph […]

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TWO SHIRE TOURISM OPERATORS IN ECOTOURISM’S HALL OF FAME

Two Douglas Shire tourism operators have been inducted into Ecotourism Australia’s Hall of Fame in a list of 10 of Australia’s leading nature-based tourism businesses. The Daintree River Cruise Centre and Sailaway join 25 other ecotourism businesses in the Hall of Fame, and were recognised for being ECO certified for 20 years. Ecotourism Australia CEO Rod Hillman acknowledged […]

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OPEN BORDERS: HOW DO BUSINESSES FEEL?

As border reopenings appear imminent, Douglas businesses are preparing, so Newsport spoke to a few to see how they feel December (and beyond) might look like for them and the Shire. Queensland has had its borders bolted shut for most of 2020, with Sydney and Victoria still locked out, and while this has had the positive effect […]

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DESIGNS REVEALED FOR LIVING CORAL BIOBANK IN PORT DOUGLAS

Concept designs for the world’s first Living Coral Biobank, a dedicated coral conservation facility proposed to be built in Port Douglas, have been revealed. Great Barrier Reef Legacy’s $70 million Living Coral Biobank project aims to secure the long-term future and biodiversity of corals worldwide with the primary goal of the facility to store, keep […]

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VALE | JOHN RUMNEY, TRUE PIONEER AND CHAMPION OF THE REEF

Today the community is remembering a true hero and pioneer of Great Barrier Reef conservation, who has left a legacy that will live on forever. Renowned conservationist, John Rumney passed away peacefully on the weekend aged 70, after suffering a stroke in early September. Few names are as synonymous with reef protection as that of […]

SPIRIT SUPERYACHT IS MAKING WAVES AS IT ARRIVES IN PORT DOUGLAS

Spirit Superyacht is making waves and turning heads as she arrives at her new home for the season in Port Douglas. The arrival of My Spirit Superyacht to the Crystalbrook Marina better solidifies Port Douglas as a high-profile superyacht destination. The 35-meter wave piercer demands attention with a stunning design that catches the eye, showcasing sleek muscular […]

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MARINA RESTAURANT IS LURING IN THE FOODIES

A fruitful marina restaurant is luring foodies in with quality produce and exceptional service. This year it has been anything but predictable on the culinary landscape with restaurants forced to chop and change how they do business. However, amongst all this ambiguity Lure Restaurant at the Crystalbrook Marina remains a favourite for locals and visitors, by getting […]

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NEW HEMINGWAY’S LAGER A SALUTE TO THE CANECUTTERS

Hemingway’s Brewery is launching a new lager to salute the un-named cane cutters of a bygone era who worked in the fields under the sweltering sun without complaint.The official launch of the mid-strength lager, Canecutter, will be held from 5:00 to 7:00pm on Friday at Hemingway’s Brewery Port Douglas and Cairns, where the public will be provided an […]

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TWO DOUGLAS ICONS GET A LITTLE BIT OF LOVE

Local businesses are continuing to call on the public to ‘Do It In Douglas’ as part of the Buy Douglas: Build Douglas campaign, including the operators of the Lady Douglas River Cruise and the Shaolin Chinese Junk, who recently used their downtime to give a bit of love to the old ladies of Port Douglas. In what is […]