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Editor's Welcome Issue 26

Romance is in the air!  But then again in Port Douglas whether you are talking about the climate, the scenery or the overall vibe then it’s not hard to fall in love with our region.

As someone who arrived as a visitor, extended her stay, met and fell in love with her husband, got married and yes, you guessed it, added some children and some family members of the furry kind, I am a shining example.  Port Douglas welcomed, offered and provided a tropical lifestyle that was hard to beat.

With an international airport only an hour’s drive along one of Australia’s most scenic coastal roads and a world famous Reef and Rainforest on your doorstep, whether it’s a holiday, celebration or to live, you can see why Port Douglas should be on your “bucket list” to discover for yourself.  

With our temperate climate it is easy to explore. Don’t know where to start? Let local talent, Katie Purling’s adventures inspire you as you, “Step into Our World.”  Alternatively, let one of knowledgeable locals take you on a tour of our region and share their personal experiences. Tropical North Queensland, quite simply, it’s good for mind and spirit!

Striving to keep us healthy on the inside too and fortunate enough to have an abundance of fresh produce, start-up businesses in the region have flourished.  Meet some of our local entrepreneurs aka movers and shakers in ”Wild Women of Food.”  With our natural desire to enjoy paddock to plate, Port Douglas provides a home to some fantastic restaurants and caterers to suit all occasions, tastes and budgets. So make sure you save some time for sampling too!!

There is an expression, ”If you want something done, then ask a busy person to do it.”  This could certainly be true of federal MP Warren Entsch.  Champion of marriage equality and a driving force behind the “Yes Vote” we ask what’s next from this “Man on a Mission”

Now all that is really left for me to say is: “Kick off your shoes” (or hopefully your thongs by now!), and whether you are planning your next adventure, your wedding, or simply some well needed relaxation …

Whatever you choose…  Enjoy YOUR time.

Editor's Welcome Issue 25

As some of our southern friends feel the temperatures fall, this is the perfect time to reward yourself, book a flight and that holiday you deserve! Whether you are discovering Far North Queensland for the first time or making your annual migration North, let the PORT DOUGLAS magazine become a perfect companion and ensure you get the best out of your holiday.

Join the team at who have partnered with Virgin Australia, talented lifestyle and travel photographer Katie Purling, and @ mycolourfulworld_ to bring you their latest campaign, “Step into Our World”. Port Douglas offers access to such a diverse and beautiful landscape that you will be inspired visually and motivated to create your very own experience.

Andrew Watson certainly did when he ventured out to sample the new Flagstaff Hill Walking Track in Port Douglas. Fast becoming established as a must do activity with an iconic view, we could not look past Andrew‘s capture of sunrise overlooking the Coral Sea, featured on our cover. Simply beautiful!

From sunrise to picture perfect days and beautiful sunsets … that’s what Port Douglas offers to its visitors. If you prefer to lounge, then do it in style, treating yourself to some new swimwear and hit the beach or your pool, with cocktail and magazine in hand. Discover how far swimwear has come since the 1800’s when women literally had to sew weights into their gowns to ensure they were considered “suitable” in public.

Organise your family activities, browsing our “best of” in PLAY, or discover how one of the oldest rainforests in the world, the Daintree Rainforest, came to be World Heritage Listed. It was a story that caused quite a stir around the world! And of course, Port Douglas has such a fantastic array of food and drink, so keep those holiday vibes alive and keep tantalising those taste buds along the way.

Whatever you choose…Enjoy YOUR time.

Editor's Welcome Issue 24

Welcome to Summer in Port Douglas. In this issue the team explores the enormous talent the region has cultivated over the decades.

No one can be attributed more to shining the light on Port Douglas and Far North Queensland (FNQ) than the subject of our feature story, Diane Cilento. One of the world’s original Sirens of the Silver Screen, Diane took solace in remote FNQ after the breakdown of her marriage to Hollywood’s leading man Sean Connery.

Senior feature writer, Howard Salkow was privileged to catch up with Diane’s daughter, Giovanna Volpe, to consider the inspiration behind Port’s Leading Lady.

There is no bigger name in environmental cinematography than David Attenborough. Port Douglas Magazine’s Rosie Wang finds out exactly what it is like to work side by side this great man. Former Mossman High School graduate and now BBC researcher, Yoland Bosiger, shares her highlights of growing up in Mossman, her love of the Great Barrier Reef and working on Attenborough’s upcoming sequel Blue Planet II, due for release in early 2018.

What makes Millennials tick? We meet model and influencer Jessica Roche on location in stunning Cape Tribulation, the Great Barrier Reef and Port Douglas for’s latest Lost in Paradise campaign. We find out why millennial travel is important to the future of the region and Jess shares why she believes her contemporaries and their tens of millions of social media followers will love what Port Douglas has to offer too.

September 2017 marked what might be considered one of Queensland’s most significant conser vation measures; the ban on single use plastics bags by all Queensland retailers. Not only will this reduce our great State’s impact on sustainability, it now gives Queensland an action currency in the fight for environmental responsibility.

And finally, taking humility and inspiration from their Aboriginal ancestry, meet the Burchill Family. Their love and talent of the arts are as impressive as they are diverse. With progressive views on traditional vs contemporary arts and their hard work, the future will remain bright through the generations.

Now, sit back, relax and enjoy what Port Douglas has to offer – everything!

Simply enjoy YOUR time.

Editor's Welcome - Issue 23

From the very first day I arrived in Port Douglas I have been in awe.  

The natural beauty, the laid back lifestyle, the array of outdoor activities, abundance of fresh produce, but most of all the wonderful mix of people. The diversity of this Far North Queensland destination that creates in the words of Rosie Wang, a “colourful cocktail of humanity.” (People, Places, Faces)

This edition we had the pleasure of meeting “Those ladies” (Virginia Donovan and Judy Piat), whose tireless efforts secured one of our region’s jewels, St Mary’s By the Sea, for future generations.  And then quiet achiever and consummate professional Charles Wright, whose work in architecture in the Far North region continues to build our destination’s international profile …. in a region more commonly known for its beauty rather than its built environment. 

Up and coming stars, Tiana Ernst, flying high with the Western Bulldogs in Women’s AFL league and Kylie Sackley, a talented songwriter who now calls Nashville home.  Both inspirational and paving the way for young women to work hard, challenge the boundaries and fulfil their ambition!  

Embracing the community spirit, beauty and history, read about the exciting new plans for the Mossman Botanical Gardens, then take the time to enjoy a bird’eye view (digital video) of what will be another amazing attraction for our region. 

For those looking for more adventure, all of our favourites!  Use our guides to the best in tours, restaurants and bars, accommodation and events.  This season is filled with some of the best. Experience TASTE Port Douglas, Porttoberfest (celebrating ten years) or join us on the Rose Revolution! Watch new release movies under the stars at the Moonlight Cinema; or enjoy our landscape whilst taking the challenge, Run for the Reef and tackle your first Great Barrier Reef Marathon Festival.

But quite simply …

Whatever you choose, enjoy YOUR time.

Editor's Welcome - Issue 22

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 ( 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.

Editor's Welcome - Issue 21

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, 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

Editor's Welcome - Issue 20

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!

Editor's Welcome - Issue 19

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.

Editor's Welcome - ISSUE 18

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.

Editor's Welcome - ISSUE 16

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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