Coun­cil rolls out the Dain­tree wel­come mat

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

LO­CALS liv­ing across Trop­i­cal North Queens­land are be­ing urged to head north of the Dain­tree River this sum­mer as the Dou­glas Card is once again rolled out to would be trav­ellers want­ing to ex­pe­ri­ence a slice of par­adise right on their doorstep.

The Dou­glas Card is a pro­gram of­fered by Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil (DSC) to en­tice lo­cals from as far south as Mis­sion Beach, across the Ather­ton Table­lands to the Cook Shire and Cairns re­gion, to hol­i­day in their own back­yard over the sum­mer pe­riod.

Mayor Ju­lia Leu said the Dou­glas Card was a great way for Coun­cil to pro­mote eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment north of the Dain­tree River.

“Free ferry travel en­cour­ages more than 200,000 bona fide res­i­dents from neigh­bour­ing lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas to take a trip to the Dain­tree dur­ing sum­mer and dis­cover the fab­u­lous range of ac­com­mo­da­tion and ac­tiv­i­ties avail­able as well as ex­plore the nat­u­ral beauty of the area,” Mayor Leu said.

“The Dou­glas Card has proven to be ex­tremely pop­u­lar with lo­cal vis­i­tors keen to ex­pe­ri­ence our spec­tac­u­lar Dain­tree Rain­for­est who might not oth­er­wise make the jour­ney and with the sup­port of lo­cal busi­nesses there’s some great deals avail­able to them.”

Tara Ben­nett, ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Tourism Port Dou­glas and Dain­tree (TPDD), said this would be the fifth year the Dou­glas Card had been of­fered. It is valid for four months from Novem­ber 1, 2015 to Fe­bru­ary 29, 2016.

“The self drive mar­ket is in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant to the Dain­tree com­mu­nity, and the Dou­glas Card of­fers a won­der­ful in­cen­tive for lo­cals to take vis­it­ing fam­ily and friends to one of the most iconic des­ti­na­tions in Aus­tralia.”

Ms Ben­nett added that the Dou­glas Card “spe­cials” brochure, which has been put to­gether by TPDD and sup­ported by Dain­tree-based op­er­a­tors, would also be is­sued with ev­ery card.

“Of­fer­ing great travel ad­vice, maps, as well as dis­counts to many at­trac­tions north of River in­clud­ing ad­ven­ture ac­tiv­i­ties, ac­com­mo­da­tion and din­ing, vis­i­tors have ev­ery rea­son to stay for more than just one day,” she added.

“Get back to na­ture with all day kayak­ing, horse rid­ing on the beach, zip lin­ing, jet boat­ing to the outer Great Bar­rier Reef, in­ter­pre­ta­tive cen­tres to dis­cover the hid­den se­crets of the world’s old­est rain­for­est, crocodile spot­ting on the Dain­tree River and more.”

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