About Douglas Shire Council

About the Shire

About the Shire

The Douglas Shire covers an area of 2,445km from north of Ellis Beach in the south to the Bloomfield River in the north. The economy of the shire depends mainly on tourism, with 1.2 million visitors annually exploring our many natural wonders, and agriculture of sugar cane farming and processing.

The First Peoples of the Douglas region are the Kuku Yalanji whose country extends from Mossman in the South to Cooktown in the North and Palmer River in the West. The Kuku Yalanji are rainforest people whose connection to the region extends back 50,000 years to be among the earliest human occupations in Australia.

Where the rainforest meets the sea, the Douglas region is a world-renowned tourist destination enveloped by several of Australia’s World Heritage listed, magnificent natural boundaries: Wet Tropics rainforest-covered mountain range to the west and north, and 95km of Coral Sea coastline and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park to the east.

FIND OUT MORE AT: http://douglas.qld.gov.au/

News By Douglas Shire Council



By Douglas Shire Council

05 Sep 2019

THE first look at a once-in-a-generation project capable of elevating the tourism appeal of Port Douglas has been revealed.

World-leading designer Phillip Johnson and Douglas Shire Council have released the design of a stunning new water park alongside Four Mile Beach after months of finetuning behind closed doors.

The lagoon, which would become the first chemical-free swimming hole in the country, would be built on land surrounding the Port Douglas Surf Club after they ticked off on the concept last week.

An overhaul of the lifesaving facilities and ocean viewing restaurant would form part of the game-changing multimillion-dollar development.

Mayor Julia Leu said it was an exciting glimpse of the town’s future.

No Ferry Tale … It’s Free!

No Ferry Tale … It’s Free!

By Douglas Shire Council

28 Nov 2018

DAINTREE CALLING FOR FNQ LOCALS | The Daintree Ferry will be FREE to regional FNQ residents for the next three months. 

The free ferry trip is the best incentive for local residents to get out and visit one of the world’s most enchanted places ¬– or make that much anticipated return visit to this unique tropical location.

The usual fee of $28 will be scrapped for local residents until February 28.

Local is classed as residents from Cardwell to Cooktown, including the Atherton Tablelands.

GET YOUR DOUGLAS CARD HERE: http://bit.ly/ApplicationforDouglasCard


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