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Posted: 24 Aug 2016
TPDD in support of Taste Port Douglas Food and Wine Festival held an Instameet on Sunday 14th August. 15 amateur and professional photographers attended with a combined social reach in excess of 60,000. The group gathered together in front of St Mary's, strapped on their gear and wandered through the markets capturing essential foodie images in a tropical atmosphere. With a combination of drones, 36Odeg cameras, tripods and phones, their keen eyes also captured enticing images of the Taste event being held at Rex Smeal Park. To check out the images yourself look for #tastePD & #portdouglasdaintree.
Posted: 24 Aug 2016
Marjorie and her son Matt, from Connecticut, USA, enjoyed a superb day out with Blue Dive on Poseidon earlier this month, diving on the Agincourt Reefs and were delighted with the new buddy they made on the day! This was the cherry on top of a perfect trip for Marjorie with her telling the team "What a way to end our dream trip to Australia, it was the highlight of time here, we must come back to the marvellous reefs off Port Douglas soon”. "Having these pictures of us, with a turtle, will certainly raise plenty of envious eyebrows back home - all we can say is WOW!”.
Posted: 24 Aug 2016
Thala Beach Nature Reserve is proud to support the important work of the Cairns Frog Hospital. Frogs are an indicator of the general health of the environment. With almost 3000 sick or injured frogs brought into the hospital for recovery, the frog population of TNQ shows signs of not being in great shape. Founding President Debora Pergolotti shares what is happening at the Cairns Frog Hospital and who is checking in. What does a hospital for frogs do? Our main activity is rescuing and recovering sick and injured frogs for return to the wild. In doing so, we learn heaps of information about what is actually going wrong in the environment and how human activities impact upon small animals like frogs. The actual process of how to treat frogs is also still new on people’s radars despite the fact that we have been doing this for 17 years. We hope to put out a ‘how to’ manual sometime in the future so that others anywhere can start saving frogs in distress instead of ‘writing them off’ or leaving them to die without help. What is wrong with the frogs that people bring to the hospital? Most of the frogs we see are sick – usually with bacterial and fungal pathogens – but internal parasites have been a dominant problem over the past few years. When a frog is sick, its behaviour changes and it ends up in bad locations during the day. They often get stepped on, sunburnt, attacked by predators, or caught up on gardening equipment. Paradoxically, the injury actually ends up saving the frog because someone will see it is injured and turn it in for care. However, sick frogs have cryptic symptoms and aren’t always recognised as sick so they might be bypassed by a caring person. Can you mend injured frogs? Yes, we’ve had frogs recover from a variety of injuries such as lawn mower and whipper-snip gashes, attacks by butcherbirds, white-tailed rats and goannas, crushing from doors and windows, snake attack, sunburn and being stepped on. Frogs have remarkable powers of regeneration provided they are given the right assistance and protected from the elements and waiting predators. Fixing diseases is also possible but far more complicated. Do you ever see any serious diseases in frogs? Yes, we have had at least four different types of cancers in local frogs (which is not something to be proud of). There are three other tumour types that we have seen but we couldn’t afford the biopsies when those cases were at hand. We also see a range of flesh-eating disorders on the frogs which can usually be cleared up. Since January 2003, we have seen a massive number of malformations amongst tadpoles and this is quite worrying. We believe this is due to a new chemical hitting the market but no-one has been interested thus far in doing toxicology studies on these animals. More people in the world are becoming interested in the true impact of chemical use so perhaps there might be some new interest in this area in the future. Do you only help frogs from Cairns? No, we help any frogs that are brought in to us, regardless of their usual habitat. That usually means our patients come from Cairns but, because we are the only dedicated setup for frogs in the northern half of the state, we receive frogs from the Tablelands, Port Douglas, Mossman, Innisfail, Cardwell, Townsville and occasionally even further. For those who are too far away to transport their frog to us, we can still help. Detailed backgrounds and a comprehensive series of photos come to us via the internet and we guide the finder on how to provide treatment to the little patient. Sadly, amphibian rehab still has not hit the radar worldwide so we even receive the occasional call for help from overseas and have assisted keepers in far away places like Indonesia, the US, Italy and Hong Kong. What can people do to help sustain the frog population of Tropical North Queensland? We’re a volunteer organisation, run by volunteers, funded by volunteers so we appreciate any support that can be offered. Guests to Thala Beach Nature Reserve are encouraged to make a small financial donation. We also accept help in many other ways. Check out the How You Can Help page on our website!
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About Port Douglas
A Brief History of Port Douglas
Originally established in 1877 as a link to the Hodgkinson gold fields, the port (named "Island Point" and then "Port Owen") quickly grew to accommodate the increasing trade brought by the gold rush. The dray teams and stage coaches that serviced the goldfields made their way from the Port, down the beach (now Four Mile Beach) to the "Four Mile" mark which is now called Craiglee. From there they continued over "The Bump" and then onto the goldfields.
By 1882 the port had been renamed "Port Douglas" and declared a Port of Entry for Dutiable Goods.A courthouse, police barracks ( for 30 troopers ), warehouses and hotels were built and the population rose to over 8000. However the decision to build a railway -providing all weather access - from the goldfields to Cairns saw the trade (and fortunes) go south.
The sugar industry had become firmly established by 1897 and the opening of the Mossman mill saw the focus of any development move from Port Douglas to the town of Mossman.
On August 1st, 1900 the tramline from south Mossman to Port Douglas was opened. The 2ft, narrow gauge tramway was to transport passengers, goods & bagged sugar between Mossman and the wharf at Port Douglas. The original loco -"Faugh a Ballagh" meaning "Clear the Way" in Gaelic carried more than 23,000 passengers over 5,800 miles in it's first year.
The "Faugh a Ballagh" continued to serve the Port until April 1958 when the Mossman mill received permission to transport sugar by road. After the last bag of sugar was unloaded at the wharf that day, the "Faugh a Ballagh" was returned to the Mossman depot and retired.
Today the restored Locomotive is on display by the Marina Mirage.
Picturesque Port Douglas has become an international holiday mecca with classy five star to budget accommodation, shops, galleries, and enticing restaurants. In this sophisticated yet laid back tropical paradise you can play golf, shop in world class specialty shops and dine in exquisite tropical ambience. Or simply relax on beautiful Four Mile Beach.
With a permanent population of about 3500, this laid-back town comes to life in the winter months as visitors from around Australia and the world come to enjoy the mild winter weather and all Port Douglas has to offer. With the Great Barrier Reef on the doorstep, and the Daintree Rainforest in the backyard, you will be inspired by the amazing array of nature and wildlife. The tropics are a feast for the senses; the sights, sounds and tastes; you will never want to leave!
Cruise, dive and fishing boats depart daily for reefs, islands and cays, while day tours and safaris cover the coastal and inland regions. There's a unique rainforest habitat where you can experience life in a tropical forest at birdseye level, observing native wildlife from treetop walkways. Australian wildlife is as diverse as the landscape and Tropical North Queensland is home to many of Australia's unique species. Nature lovers are spoilt for choice in the Wet Tropics, with rainforest walking tracks, refreshing waterfalls and hidden creeks.
The Great Barrier Reef is just 13 kilometres (8 miles) off-shore, affording excellent access. The north's first Outer Barrier Reef cruises from Port Douglas in the early 1980's hastened the rebirth of the sleepy village of Port Douglas. Sharing the same tropical latitude as Tahiti, Port Douglas attracts visitors for its superb climate, enticing resorts, wide tree-shaded streets, international cuisine and accessibility to world class attractions.
As well as the Great Barrier Reef & Daintree Rainforest, Port Douglas is ideally located for day trips to Cape Tribulation, Mareeba and the Atherton Tablelands. Some of the most enticing resorts in the world are to be found around this seaside village and its lush coastal hinterland. At nearby Mossman Gorge you'll discover rainforest walking tracks and refreshing swimming holes. North, between the long sandy beaches and mist-capped mountains, are more well-concealed resorts, lodges and hostels, also sugar, fruit, tea and coffee plantations, a rainforest theatre, walking tracks and mangrove boardwalks.
Holiday accommodation in Port Douglas is available to meet all expectations and budgets: Including luxury resorts, rainforest retreats, self-contained family apartments, campgrounds, backpacker hostels and budget accommodation.
Offering the ultimate selection of Tropical North Queensland day trips, Port Douglas is an ideal base for Scuba diving, snorkelling or fishing on the Great Barrier Reef, exploring the Daintree Rainforest and River, or sailing away over the Coral Sea.
Port Douglas time is G.M.T + 10 hrs. (There is no daylight savings in Queensland).
Port Douglas Location
Port Douglas Location · Latitude 16'29' S - Longitude 145'47' E
Situated approximately 1 hour drive north of the Cairns International Airport, in Tropical North Queensland.