Daintree tourism operators welcome free ferry crossing
Marketing Cooperative, said the free ferry pass came at a perfect time for people to get involved in the Daintree Gateway master-planning process.
“This is the perfect opportunity to visit this truly amazing part of our region, which contains World Heritage-listed rainforest, and have some input into its future,” Cr Leu sai.
“It’s a fantastic result,” said DMC chair Michaela Flood.
“I’m quite amazed council has opened it up to everyone, rather than just to Cairns residents.”
Vince O’Flaherty of Crocodile Express said the move would allow the 150,000 residents of the wider Cairns region to come to the Daintree without worrying about the cost of the ferry.
“I did a web survey recently, which was capped at 100 responses because I was using free software,” he said.
“Most of the responses came from people living in the Cairns region.
“The overall impression I got was that people love the Daintree, but the price of the ferry does put them off.
“If people don’t go to the rainforest, they can’t recommend it to their friends.
“I know some tourists get caught by surprise, to find they have to pay to use the ferry.
“At the moment, we need every tourist we can get.
“The friends and relatives market is very important to us, and the self-drive market is increasingly more important than people on organised tours.”
Douglas residents who have ferry concession cards will have access to a priority lane to avoid delays.