Locals living across Tropical North Queensland are being urged to head north of the Daintree River this summer as the Douglas Card is once again rolled out to would be travellers wanting to experience a slice of paradise right on their doorstep.
The Douglas Card is an innovative program offered by Douglas Shire Council (DSC) to entice locals from as far south as Mission Beach, across the Atherton Tablelands to the Cook Shire and Cairns region, to holiday in their own backyard over the summer period.
Mayor Julia Leu said the Douglas Card was a great way for Council to promote economic development north of the Daintree River.
“Free ferry travel encourages more than 200,000 bona fide residents from neighbouring local government areas to take a trip to the Daintree during summer and discover the fabulous range of accommodation and activities available as well as explore the natural beauty of the area,” Mayor Leu said.
“The Douglas Card has proven to be extremely popular with local visitors keen to experience our spectacular Daintree Rainforest who might not otherwise make the journey and with the support of local businesses there’s some great deals available to them.”
Tara Bennett, executive officer of Tourism Port Douglas and Daintree (TPDD), said this would be the fifth year the Douglas Card had been offered. It is valid for four months from November 1, 2015 to February 29, 2016.
“The self drive market is incredibly important to the Daintree community, and the Douglas Card offers a wonderful incentive for locals to take visiting family and friends to one of the most iconic destinations in Australia.”
Ms Bennett added that the Douglas Card “specials” brochure, which has been put together by TPDD and supported by Daintree-based operators, would also be issued with every card.
“Offering great travel advice, maps, as well as discounts to many attractions north of River including adventure activities, accommodation and dining, visitors have every reason to stay for more than just one day,” she added.
“Get back to nature with all day kayaking, horse riding on the beach, zip lining, jet boating to the outer Great Barrier Reef, interpretative centres to discover the hidden secrets of the world’s oldest rainforest, crocodile spotting on the Daintree River and more.
“There is a great range of accommodation available including, camping, homestay, bed and breakfasts and cabin style family options.
“The Douglas Card is about motivating visitors to come back. There is so much to see and do while here that no visit is ever the same,” Ms Bennett added.
Application forms are available from the Douglas Shire Council’s website, council’s Mossman Administration Building, the Mossman Library and the Port Douglas library kiosk.
Use of the Douglas Card will be restricted to fare categories Motor Car and Utilities (private use), Pedestrians and Bicycles and Motor Bikes.
To apply visit www.douglas.qld.gov.au.
For more information, please contact:
Tara Bennett, Executive Officer
Tourism Port Douglas & Daintree
Phone: 07 4099 4588
Issued by Tanya Snelling
P 0417 202 663