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As I slipped out of the pool on Sunday, popped a sarong over my bathers and handed some chargrilled fresh chilli crab (caught that morning, straight from the BBQ – talk about fresh to plate!), I took a moment to reflect – you really do have to love what summer and the Douglas region has to offer over these few quintessential balmy months.
It’s time to slow down a little, isn’t that what a holiday or even just the weekend is all about? So I have promised myself that my family and I will take the edge off life’s pace a little and remember why we chose to settle in this beautiful region.
We plan to find those heavenly spots to refresh and invigorate – naturally in the fresh water of the mountain foothills, a pool crawl (I said pool!) through some of the fantastic resort facilities on offer … iron out some of those everyday stresses.
My partner I know will choose some spa time and a long lazy lunch, but for the kids, just add water (pool, river, the reef, even the garden sprinkler), markets and of course ice cream. And I guess that just leaves shopping, coffee and maybe a sneaky afternoon sunset drink – well someone’s got to haven’t they….
Our cover model and instapreneur, Renee Somerfield, was looking for just that. Partnering with tourismPORTDOUGLAS.com.au, she exclusively enjoyed luxury accommodation at Dune and got to explore the region. The result … a new campaign "Lost in Paradise" featuring Mackay Sand Cay, a sensational destination that you too will soon be able to experience in April 2017 with local eco warriors, Sailaway.
Another local and a true gentleman who certainly deserves a rest is our next Shaper for Port Douglas, Andrew Renwick. A quiet achiever, he has certainly led an interesting life investing his heart and soul into Port. This is also true of the sisters extraordinaire from boutique Rose&Boy. Perfect examples of what hard work can achieve – just add bags of style and creativity!
On a final note - yay we made it, our 21st edition! (Sorry I just had to have my moment).
I would like to thank all of our writers, contributors and advertisers who have jumped on board over the years for the journey. We appreciate them, and of course you, the readers!
And now it’s time to slow down the pace and …
Simply enjoy YOUR time
Any time of year is fabulous in Port Douglas but I have to say Winter/Spring is the season I love! A daily ritual of an early morning run on the beach, a refreshing dip in the ocean and starting your day with a freshly brewed coffee as you contemplate the day ahead is hard to beat.
Visionaries John Morris, John Rumney and Dr Dean Miller are three gentlemen who also have an innate love of the ocean and Port Douglas. John Morris first sailed into town with his family in 1970 and quickly became synonymous with tourism and development, and is considered by many as the founding father of Port Douglas. A humble, hard working man, we were honoured to hear John’s perspective on Christopher Skase and the Sheraton deal, responsible development and what the future might hold in The Shapers of Port Douglas.
From above the water to below came the perspectives of well-respected conservationist John Rumney and scientist Dr Dean Miller. Leading the way, they intend to redefine the way research, education, communication and conservation of the Great Barrier Reef is approached. John and Dean firmly believe that we can all make a significant difference and ensure this natural wonder of the world is preserved as they explain in the feature Undersea to Legacy.
As a town that is so reliant upon the reef and tourism, once you have enjoyed your “must do” reef tour, please then take a moment to think about how each of us can make a difference. Get on board now with significant projects like Legacy, get the family involved and run for reef at the Great Barrier Reef Marathon Festival or start by saying ‘no thanks’ to a plastic bag when shopping. All these actions will help to ensure this national treasure remains our jewel and is around for future generations to enjoy.
On a lighter note, for this edition we asked local resident Agatha Lugowski to shoot the cover. She reluctantly said yes but fell into model and sea faring adventurer with ease and finesse. Wearing Robb & Lulu swimwear from Tshinta, Agatha embraced everything we love about Port Douglas and the simple life. With the introduction of major swimwear and fashion brands joining our wonderful array of high quality boutiques, the shopping experience in Port Douglas continues to excite and deliver.
Since moving here in 1999, the array of fabulous restaurants, events, accommodation and activities has never disappointed and I have found there always seems somewhere to be in Port Douglas. This trip why not enjoy a beer at Hemingway's Brewery (new home to the legendary Porttoberfest), take the family to watch the latest release under the stars at the Moonlight Cinema, or enjoy some rest and relaxation and finally visit the spa. Not sure what to do first? Then go to YOUR GUIDES in the Magazine. Whether you are looking to stay, play, relax or dine we have all the best recommendations.
Ultimately though, whatever you choose…
Simply enjoy YOUR time!
Welcome to Autumn/Winter and everything we love about living in the tropics! Relaxing with friends and family, enjoying good food and wine alfresco, immersed in our pristine surrounds. An environment, some say is thanks to the vision of Mike Berwick, see “The People That Shaped Port Douglas.”
And then there’s my ultimate love, our long endless beach days.
One brand that certainly epitomizes Australia beach lifestyle is Seafolly. We were very excited to work with this global brand and access an exclusive cover shot for our quintessential beach edition. With the launch of their latest A/W collection Sunset Diaries and the opening of their new Macrossan Street retail store, Port Douglas was hand picked as a destination that represents the heart and soul of Australian Swimwear. We are thrilled to help celebrate the return of Seafolly campaigns to Australian shores by offering this edition of the magazine at selected Seafolly concept stores within Australia.
We travel from beach fashion to our regions best events. With the arrival of the Wonderland Spiegeltent, Port Douglas Carnivale 2016 provides countless reasons to find that new outfit as you enjoy a taste of paradise. With over 30 events, an abundance of fresh produce, family fun, talented artists and international performers it is a local must do and annual tourist pilgrimage on the events calendar.
This edition of the Magazine is again full of adventures, experiences and things to do. We invite readers to share their dining experiences for a chance to win in our Good Food Dining competition and #shareportdouglas.
So as you unwind at your favourite hotel or resort, or relax and rejuvenate with some of the region’s best spa treatments, maybe it is time to consider a sea change, buy an investment and join us?
Whatever you choose... Simply enjoy YOUR time.
With an average daytime temperature of 30-31 degrees through Summer and Autumn its easy to see why Port Douglas continues to attract new and return visitors. Among these were the face on our cover, well known Australian actor Stephen Curry and famous producer Matt Hearn with their families.
As Ambassadors for the recent and successful event, PORT SHORTS Film Festival, it was a pleasure to meet them and witness them discovering the natural beauty, the depth of talent and future potential our region has to offer the film industry in Destination - Location (page 34).
This edition is packed full of things to do so if you enjoy action and adventure, shopping, health and wellbeing, maybe you are thinking of getting married or moving here and building a home, we have you covered! You have no doubt also heard the expression,"local's secrets." Well trust me, all of our locals are friendly and willing to share, so don't hesitate to spark up a conversation as you order your morning coffee.
Exciting times lay ahead too in the world of business. Howard Salkow meets some of the industry leaders to discuss their visions and future plans - Revitalisation, expansion and innovation, Port Douglas 2.0 (page 84), moving us into the new generation.
This is such a unique time of the year with often-flat glass seas and lush green rainforest laden with fruit and active wildlife. That said, I am poolside, book and cocktail in hand (well computer and coffee actually) enjoying one of the many beautiful places to stay - yes, even the locals take a break and holiday here.
It really is that good!
Simply enjoy YOUR time.
It is my pleasure to welcome you to our 16th edition of PORT DOUGLAS Magazine. Our illustrious editor Roy is taking a step back from this issue to ensure that one of the jewels in our destination's events calendar, Port Douglas Carnivale, with Roy as GM, continues to offer one of the best ten days you will experience in Port! Don't forget too an event that has graduated from under the wings of the Carnivale, to stand alone as Taste Port Douglas in August 2015, a food and wine lover's dream weekend. Roy and Reina, we can't wait!
In the meantime, the team has been busy meeting some of our wonderful local people, including four prominent Port Douglas women who epitomise success, hard work, family commitment and great company. In fact, make that seven as Di Perry from Tzusk allows us a first-hand peek into her world of design and Shanelle Young grants us a rare insight into The Dilly Bag, its importance within her indigenous community, and shows us what the first designer handbag really looked like. Finally, but by no means least, we meet Betty Hinton, revered as a world-renowned botanical artist. She's also the woman responsible for driving us in flocks to the Daintree, not for the stunning World Heritage Rainforest but for simply delicious ice cream!
In this edition the team and our creative partners, SASS Studios and Port Douglas Hair and Make Up venture out to magnificent Mackay Sand Cay. Our gorgeous new local model Althea stole the show, while the rest of us rather less glamorously got down and dirty helping to create the Island Queen.
Supporting this adventurous spirit, Jess Coleman from the Great Barrier Reef Marathon delves deeper into the growth of women in running, and our Features Writer Rosie Wang gets up close and personal with some of the front runners in the growing sports of Kite Surfing and Stand Up Paddle Boarding. Whilst on a more relaxed note taking time out to enjoy (several I'm sure) fantastic cups of finely brewed coffee as she discovers more about our local vibrant coffee scene.
Finally, it would be remiss of me not to mention the fabulously opulent properties reviewed with Ulysses Getaways in our "Wherever you lay your hat is your home" property feature. Find out exactly why these beach houses are deemed some of the best luxury living in Far North Queensland. Simply bliss!
All that is left to say is enjoy all the regular features and soak up the best of Port Douglas. Whether you choose to live, visit or invest in dining, shopping, getting married, what's on, accommodation, business and investment, we can guide you to the best the region has to offer.
Sit back, relax and enjoy the read!
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Four Mile Beach this morning was nothing less than mesmerising, fringed by palm trees, the ocean pristine with Low Isles & Snapper Island shining beacons on the horizon. The perfect temptation to the Great Barrier Reef! Glancing north, mountains covered in ancient rainforest and thoughts of a cleansing dip in fresh mountain water, surrounded by flora and fauna steeped in history.
You could not help but notice the beautiful day, but as I strolled hand in hand with my youngest, catching up on the past few days of school and life as an 8 year old, I felt moments of pure enjoyment.
Jumping the streams, engaging in the friendly competition of beachcombing with a loose hello to friendly faces passing by, any of the worries of everyday life could not have been further from my mind.
I had accidently left my phone at home, (oh the insta pic I missed!) but I quickly realised and appreciated my Apple was exactly where it was supposed to be this morning (Yes Cassie Flinn! See page 68)
Another person who would have enjoyed this morning is Wendy Morris. She is a pioneering force in marine biology in Port Douglas, conservation, tourism and an advocate for Reef Awareness. Whilst educating, she encourages us all to “tread lightly” and has now developed a fashion line, The Reef Society. You can now wear and share stories from the Great Barrier Reef and raise awareness to celebrate its beauty and conservation into the future (see page 14).
Port Douglas in Autumn/Winter offers the perfect temperatures (average X) and provides a great excuse to get out and about. Why not try something you have never done before, a tour, restaurant, or a spa treatment? Or perhaps a good book poolside with a cocktail in hand is all the planning you need.
If you are feeling social and enjoy good food, wine and entertainment then book your tickets to one of our best annual events, Port Douglas Carnivale which is in it’s 23rd year. The town will be alive and buzzing as Wonderland Spielgeltent returns.
Join VIP (portdouglasvip.com.au) and your next holiday could be free!
Need we say more?
Whatever you decide, if my morning is anything to go by, you won’t regret it … you may even find you want to live here!
Simply enjoy YOUR time.
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