Old guard return to a ’tamer’ Port
SOME visited and never left, others scattered to the corners of the globe, but there was a party at Salsa Bar and Grill this week kicking off a reunion of people who have one thing in common between all of them – a love of Port Douglas.
Started as a Facebook group reconnecting hospitality workers from the ’90s in Port Douglas, what was a way to keep in touch became a celebration of good times, and an excuse to have a party.
Organisers Cameron Walton and Bryce Wearne said they expected well over a hundred people to attend the Tuesday afternoon party, which drew long-time locals and members of the Port Douglas diaspora from as far away as Sweden.
Mr Walton said that the ’90s was a fantastic era for Port Douglas workers.
“A lot of the staff have stayed really close.”
Attendees of the week of activities all had common connections as workers at Salsa Bar and Grill, Mangiare’s Italiano and Portofino Pizza among many more.
The Salsa Bar and Grill party was just the beginning of the reunion of friends, with plenty of outings planned over the week, including a reef trip, beach volleyball and a walk.
“We organised things we all used to do years ago,” said Mr Walton.
“It’s going to be heaps of fun – nobody’s changed that much, only their situation.”
Port FM radio station owner and longstanding Port Douglas reisdent Mike Gabour said: “The 20-year PD reunion is a testimony to the benefits of over-indulgence or the effect it has had on my eyesight – because nobody has aged.
“It’s been such a treat to stumble down memory lane with some of the most interesting people I’ve ever met,” he said.
“Port Douglas is still the most exciting place on the planet but it is quite a bit tamer than it was 20 years ago.”
Perrin Clarke and Richard Towers at Salsa Bar and Grill for the 20 year reunion
Michael Gabour, Julia Leu, Helen Gabour and Rod Davis
Rhys Bawden, Renae Reddrop, Dave Barry and Tonya Guild at Salsa Bar
"Mango" with Kirsten Putland