Ferry trips break record
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.