Why I love com­ing to Port Dou­glas

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - LOOKING BACK - Carlotta

AS Carlotta I have been en­ter­tain­ing around Aus­tralia for the last 50 years. I was first in­vited to per­form my show three years ago in Port Dou­glas at the Clink Theatre.

How unique it is. An old court­house that was turned into a theatre, at first I won­dered why they were mak­ing me per­form in that run­down lit­tle scout hall. But I have grown to cher­ish that lit­tle theatre and the au­di­ences in their gor­geous lit­tle Tar­get out­fits.

What can I say? Aus­tralians and over­seas vis­i­tors to our shores – Port Dou­glas, WOW. Un­touched, unique, and best of all it doesn’t look like those money mak­ing vul­tures have yet de­stroyed a beau­ti­ful, true Aus­tralian tourist Mecca.

This year started with vis­it­ing the amaz­ing Won­der­land Spiegel­tent, and what a fan­tas­tic ad­di­tion to Car­ni­vale. Re­fresh­ing drinks and a funny lit­tle lep­rechaun wear­ing a cow­boy hat – a great way start to the week­end.

The Longest Lunch was the fol­low­ing day. Af­ter last year be­ing thrown around in the back of a stretch Hum­mer, I was re­lieved to have a sen­si­ble walk across the road from the lovely Club Trop­i­cal Re­sort where I stayed.

It was won­der­ful to get up and say hello to many old ac­quain­tances that I have met over the years. I do hope next year they re­alise the heater was still set for Mel­bourne weather.

Thank god mummy got rid of the sil­i­cone years ago, she would have melted oth­er­wise. Per­haps next year we might see the palm trees again and en­joy the wind in our hair.

Thank­fully I was part of the Street Pa­rade again this year. How much it has grown! How ex­cited the lo­cals were and the tourists in awe of it all.

I must say I have never ex­pe­ri­enced a ride like Shaun gave me, though I don’t think he knew if I was Arthur or Martha when I ar­rived.

The fab­u­lous S & S Trikes – do your­self a favour, the boys are lovely po­lite and not to men­tion pleas­ant on the eyes.

I was then blown away with the amaz­ing fire­works dis­play... who needs Syd­ney. What a show you pro­vided from the lux­ury of my cin­e­matic cov­ered bal­cony away from that hor­rid rain that came to dampen other events over the week­end.

My god Port Dou­glas you are unique and un­changed! I love it that small busi­nesses have the chance to thrive still. Thank you once again for my in­vite. I hope I’ll al­ways be back.

Con­grat­u­la­tions on a won­der­ful Car­ni­vale.

Love to you all.

Pic­ture: LISA LAURIN

Carlotta pens a few thoughts on the Port Dou­glas ex­pe­ri­ence be­fore her show

Pic­ture: LUKAS TEASDALE

We trike it: Carlotta and Ja­son Win­tle in the pa­rade

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