Life’s a beach in Port

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.”

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