Dain­tree River icon up for grabs af­ter 20-plus years

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS -

THE Dain­tree River Train has reached the end of the line snaking through lo­cal wa­ters.

Af­ter 23 years ply­ing the Dain­tree River giv­ing vis­i­tors a unique view of the area’s wildlife, the tourist at­trac­tion has been put up for sale by cur­rent owner, Dain­tree River Cruises op­er­a­tor Bruce Belcher.

“It’s been a great tourist at­trac­tion over the years and has been a huge hit with our Asian tourists in par­tic­u­lar be­cause of its dragon-like ap­pear­ance - for many that rep­re­sents a strong mys­ti­cal link to their cul­ture,” Mr Belcher said.

“That has been fan­tas­tic but it no longer fits in with our busi­ness and so we are cast­ing her adrift - but hope­fully she will find a good home.”

Mr Belcher said the new owner could re­lo­cate the river train to be the star at­trac­tion on a new lake or river.

Reg­is­tered as the MV Spirit of Dain­tree, the oneof-a-kind fi­bre­glass ves­sel was hand-built in the Dain- tree by boat-builder Alan Pat­ter­son.

“And with its low­pow­ered mo­tors it leaves no wave or wake that can dam­age or erode the frag­ile river­banks, and so can wind its way along the con­tours of the river ex­plor­ing dif­fer­ent creeks and trib­u­taries,” Mr Belcher said.

He has de­cided to sell the 64-seat ves­sel as it no longer fits in with the rest of his busi­ness and it is now listed for sale with a marine bro­ker for $100,000.

Photo supplied by TOURISM PORT DOU­GLAS DAIN­TREE

Needs a new home: the Dain­tree River Train

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