Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - OPINION -

Re­cently you pub­lished a reader’s com­ment that too many self drive vis­i­tors are us­ing the Dain­tree ferry and maybe they should only be al­lowed to cross in bus tours.

I left Syd­ney in 2013 to live in the Dain­tree. I gladly left be­hind the daily rit­ual of be­ing herded into buses and trains.

Why would any hol­i­day­maker choose to re­peat that con­ges­tion when hol­i­day­ing – isn’t the whole idea to es­cape and find one­self?

Un­der­stand the cus­tomer you serve and you will then be able to give them the ex­pe­ri­ence they ex­pect.

Hav­ing two fer­ries or peak and off­peak trav­el­ling times is just a Band Aid so­lu­tion. Plan­ning needs to be for the next 50 years, not the next five years.

There should be bridge with ac­cess 24/7 with no wait times. As the wait times in­crease, areas out­side the Dain­tree will dis­cour­age tourism north of the river.

Surely the “quaint” ferry ex­pe­ri­ence can­not be the high­light of com­ing to see the old­est rain­for­est in the world.

I heard there is a lo­cal par­ent who

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