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Posted: 21 Sep 2016
We're excited to announce Quicksilver's sponsorship of the annual Port Douglas Yacht Club Race Week for 2017. To be held over five days from 16-20 May, the colourful sailing regatta will take place in the beautiful waters of the Coral Sea off Port Douglas. The sailing schedule includes racing around the stunning Low Isles and Snapper Island, as well as some technical racing off Four Mile Beach. Tony Baker, Quicksilver Group Managing Director said the annual regatta is a wonderful event for our region and community and one in which Quicksilver is delighted to support. It will also provide a perfect lead up to the annual Port Douglas Carnivale to be held from 26-28 May.
Posted: 21 Sep 2016
Quicksilver's flagship wavepiercing catamaran and Agincourt 3 (AG3) activity platform are once again welcoming visitors to experience the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef after both having recently completed million dollar makeovers. And they are looking great! Quicksilver VIII's interior transformation provides a super stylish and luxurious interior for our passengers to enjoy, while the 50 metre (164 ft) activity platform provides the most spacious and comprehensive facilities on the entire Great Barrier Reef. To complete the platform's refurbishment, she was towed into the mainland, quite a feat in itself. Taking 36 hours to tow, this photo courtesy of Great Barrier Reef Helicopters shows a bird's eye view as she commenced the return journey from Cairns back to Agincourt Reef at the edge of Australia's Continental Shelf. Whilst refit maintenance is conducted annually, this is the first time since originally installed on the GBR 21 years ago, that the AG3 platform has been taken out of the water to make possible the one million dollar refurbishment. Ten weeks in the making, Quicksilver VIII's extensive internal refurbishment saw her interior gutted and refit with a new contemporary design and colour scheme. Her makeover includes new ceilings, walls, tabletops, counters, bar area and toilets. In addition there are new carpets, LED lighting and larger TV screens throughout the vessel. These total refurbishments, in addition to regular annual refit maintenance across our fleet, reflects the Quicksilver Group's commitment to ensure our passengers have the newest and best facilities available to enjoy their time at the Great Barrier Reef.
Posted: 21 Sep 2016
Eight years and 2,500 dives - that's how long Silversonic dive instructor Craig 'Macca' McKay has been diving on Agincourt Reef. He's experienced many amazing things in that time, but nothing gets close to swimming with a humpback whale! Macca, along with his group of certified divers were at our 3 Sisters dive site, when a 12 metre (39ft), 30-tonne beauty, emerged from the shadows and swam by to say hello. "This would have to be the most mind blowing experience that has ever happened underwater for me. We saw a shadow as the whale came into sight and as he swam past us he looked like he was going to breech but then slowly turned and showed us his belly and then just swam past us again. My heart was pumping - a truly majestic and incredible moment for me as a diver". Special thanks to Robert Divine for capturing and sharing this very unique moment with us. Swimming with Humpbacks is an extremely rare opportunity. Humpbacks are generally seen on the Great Barrier Reef between the months of June to September with regular sightings at the Outer Reefs, bringing an added bonus for passengers at this time.
Fully Guided MTB tours and custom designed riding. Cairns – Atherton Tablelands – Cape Tribulation – FNQ Dan, born in Cairns and hooked on mountain biking (MTBA coach, commissarie, represented Australia in 1996 World MTB cross country and is a National accredited MTB instructor). Dan and his ski...
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.