Life’s a beach in Port
PORT Douglas residents make an average of 65 beach trips a year, according to researchers.
CQ University researchers Professor John Rolfe and Daniel Gregg asked more than 1100 residents from Bundaberg to Port Douglas to find out how often they went to the beach and the time and costs involved.
The results showed Port Douglas residents love the easy beach access most of all.
Prof Rolfe said there were 15 responses from Port Douglas out of a total of 263 responses from the North Queensland region.
“Port Douglas residents make slightly fewer beach visits, estimated at 64.8 visits per person per year than the north Queensland average (70.9 visits/adult/ year), but still well higher than the average regional Queensland coastal resident (52.6 visits per adult per year),” he said. “Beach trips were shorter in duration for Port Douglas residents (average of 1.6 hours) compared to North Queensland (3.3 hours) or all regional Queensland coastal residents (4.7 hours).
“Port Douglas residents were estimated to have higher values for beach trips (about $31 per visit) than the Cairns/north Queensland region ($24 per visit) and were similar to the average regional Queensland coastal resident ($35).
“Most Port Douglas residents owned their own house, and one-third indicated that they had bought there to specifically be close to the beach.”