$100m resort for Ellis Beach moves a major step closer
CONSTRUCTION of a luxury eco-resort at Ellis Beach could start next year after the $100 million project cleared another hurdle.
The Captain Cook Highway holiday accommodation has been in the pipelines for about a decade and yesterday received approval from Cairns Regional Council.
It will consist of 221 rooms catering to a range of budgets that will be built over eight stages, with the first being a three-storey motel at the Ellis Beach Bar and Grill site, which will be refurbished and incorporated into the resort.
Project director Stephen Harrison has described the green light from council as “a big step in the right direction”.
It comes at a good time as new figures from Hotels.com reveal that Port Douglas recorded the sharpest increase in hotel prices at 12 per cent in 2015. Visitors to Port Douglas paid, on average $200 per night, $17 above the national average for a hotel room.
The resort will create 250 full time equivalent jobs over the two-year construction phase, which Mr Harrison tentatively pegged to start in 2017.
He likened it to the Thala Beach Nature Reserve further north near Port Douglas.