Ferry trips break record

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

RE­MOTE tourism op­er­a­tors north of the Dain­tree River are tip­ping more records to tum­ble this fi­nan­cial year.

Fig­ures re­leased by Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil show that last month was the busiest April on record for the Dain­tree Ferry.

Dur­ing this time 1654 oneway and 8702 re­turn jour­neys across the iconic river were booked: about 1600 more than in April last year.

The next high­est to­tal for April re­turn jour­ney book­ings was 8619 in 2004.

Tourism Port Dou­glas and Dain­tree chief ex­ec­u­tive Tara Ben­nett said she was not sur­prised by the data.

“The feed­back from op­er­a­tors has been that April was par­tic­u­larly good,” she said.

“Thanks to Easter and the school hol­i­days, we were able to max­imise our vis­i­ta­tion.

“There were a num­ber of months last year when the ferry broke records and it’s good that con­tin­ual growth is be­ing seen.”

The 8702 re­turn jour­neys booked in April was the high­est monthly fig­ure since last Oc­to­ber’s to­tal of 10,061.

“For­ward book­ings are in­cred­i­bly strong and I ex­pect there will be more records bro­ken this year,” she said.

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