Entries by Jo Straszkowski

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Iconic tourist favourites of the sea celebrate milestones

Port Douglas is enjoying two key milestones on its waters this year with the Chinese junk, the Shaolin, and the Lady Douglas paddlewheel river boat respectively celebrating 50 and 30 years of history. Docked at the Marina, both have long and interesting stories to tell, none more so than the Shaolin, which, along with the […]

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World’s first coral biobank in Port Douglas key to reef survival

Port Douglas-based reef research non-for-profit organisation, Great Barrier Reef Legacy, yesterday announced it will be creating the world’s first Living Coral Biobank Project. As coral reefs worldwide decline due to climate change, severe storm events and coral disease, GBR Legacy with partners Corals of the World and Cairns Marine, will safeguard the biodiversity of all […]

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Port Douglas to benefit from superyacht legislation

Port Douglas has been singled out as one of the regional tourism hotspots to benefit from changes being made to open up coastal Australian waters to superyachts. Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said the Special Recreational Vessels Bill will allow superyachts to offer charters on the Australian coast – something the current system does not […]

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Port Douglas fishing face-off to reach 20 million viewers in South Korean variety show

A South Korean television program will showcase the spectacular Douglas Shire scenery to some 20 million viewers across east Asia. Korean TV company Channel A filmed an episode of their popular variety fishing and cooking show, City Angler, in Port Douglas on Monday. The show features popular South Korean celebrities, including actors Lee Deok-hwa and […]

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Quicksilver tours managing director awarded for excellence

The Managing Director of Quicksilver, Tony Baker, has been recognised at the 2019 Tropical North Queensland Tourism Industry Excellence Awards. Mr Baker was awarded Outstanding Contribution by an Individual at the awards last Friday night at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, for his work across the local tourism industry. Mr Baker, who has been Managing Director […]

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GBRL ‘Ocean Heroes’ welcomed home to Hemingway’s

Great Barrier Reef Legacy, a Port Douglas based Reef research and education outfit, have been welcomed home in a new vessel and with a new funding partnership with Hemingway’s Brewery. The Great Barrier Reef Legacy (GBRL) team arrived back at the Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina on Sunday after sailing their new research vessel back from Sydney. […]

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A cold brew to support valuable reef research and restoration

Port Douglas’ own Great Barrier Reef Legacy (GBRL) will be welcomed home by their major fundraising partner, Hemingway’s Brewery, this weekend. The GBRL Ocean Heroes expedition will sail into Port Douglas on Sunday after making the journey from Sydney. With Ocean Heroes Dr Dean Miller and John Rumney at the helm, the GBRL crew are […]

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Crystalbrook Collection Welcomes Byron at Byron Resort and Spa to the Family

One of Australia’s most renowned resorts, Byron at Byron, will join Crystalbrook Collection’s expanding family of personality-led, five-star hotels and resorts. The luxury beachfront resort, frequently named in the top 10 best luxury resorts in Australia, is nestled in a 45-acre subtropical rainforest, just a short drive from the iconic town of Byron Bay in […]

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Migaloo and friends visit the Great Barrier Reef

The famous white whale Migaloo and other humpback whales have been spotted in the warm waters of the Coral Sea near Opal Reef. Donna Thompson, Office Manager at Wavelength Reef Cruises, said the great white whale and his friends were spotted earlier this week. “The humpback whales were first sighted travelling north between Low Isles […]