Port Douglas, one of the most popular ports on the tropical coast of Queensland, is set to double its cruise ship capacity as part of an $85million plan to transform the town’s waterfront and marina.
The resort town, which enjoys vast tourist numbers thanks to its family-friendly amenities, has risen in popularity among cruise-goers in recent years, largely thanks to its beautiful beachfront and proximity to the Great Barrier Reef.
As part of the proposed development, Port Douglas’ marina will be completely transformed with a new apartment block and entertainment precinct. The marina itself will also be expanded, creating more space for Australia’s growing number of cruise liners.
Andrew Hooper-Nguyen, co-owner of the Reef Marina, the firm behind the development plans, said: “The proposed cruise ship transfer facility will comprise a new berth on Dickson Inlet dedicated to visiting cruise ships. The berth will provide docking for two tenders (currently we can only provide for one at a time) and therefore double our capacity to manage the comfortable transfer of cruise visitors to Port Douglas.”
The Port Douglas marina development is the latest in a string of new investments in the town’s tourism sector, which is on track to achieve its ever summer season since 2007. In the year to June 2016, domestic visits to Port Douglas rose by 12% to 360,000, whilst international visitors rose by 5%, to 97,000.
According to Reef Marina, the proposed upgrades will bring nearly $600 million in jobs, tourism and economic growth into Port Douglas and Northern Queensland over the next 30 years.
If the plans are passed and the marina project is given the go ahead, passengers travelling to Port Douglas on the tropical coast of Queensland can look forward to a unique and exciting welcome as they disembark in the town.
The development will include a rainforest style walkway and boardwalk connecting the marina with the town centre, complete with seating, restaurants, cafes, retail outlets, public art spaces, and even a performance venue for live music and street artists.
At the southernmost end of the new marina boardwalk, a series of apartment blocks and hotels will be constructed — potentially providing cruise guests with easy access to high-quality accommodation close to the main cruise port. These new developments will be restricted to a maximum of three stories, as not to detract from the town’s beautiful waterfront.
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