12th October 2016
Port Douglas has long been known as a family-friendly holiday destination and occasional high-roller playground but the far north Queensland town is set to attract even more tourists with a major $85 million dollar overhaul slated to transform the iconic waterfront.
Just when you thought Port Douglas holidays couldn't get any more impressive, the Reef Marina is about to boom thanks to the announcement of a highly anticipated makeover for the accommodation, entertainment and lifestyle precinct.
In what is set to be the region's largest investment in over 30 years, the $85 million makeover of the marina is expected to contribute almost $600 million in economic growth, tourism and jobs over the next 30 years. While the tourist hub has seen a slew of new investments recently, the marina development is certainly the biggest and is promising Port Douglas its best tourist season in almost 10 years.
The spike in visitors has largely been attributed to a number of revitalisation projects being carried out on shopping precincts and resorts, however the weakening Australian dollar has also seen many Aussies choose to holiday at home while international visitors are attracted to the opportunity to get more bang for their buck.
In the year to June 2016, domestic visitors to Port Douglas has risen to 360,000 going up by 12 per cent while international visitors have risen to 97,000 an increase of 5 per cent. The $85 million investment will further build on recent refurbishments that were completed on the marina. The new development will feature a rainforest walk as well as a boardwalk that will connect the marina to the town's famous cafes and restaurants, entertainment options and holiday resorts.
At this stage the application for development has been lodged but there is no estimation on when works are due to be completed.