Port Douglas

Port Douglas, a coastal resort town, is 60 km north-west of Cairns. It was named after John Douglas, Premier of Queensland (1877-79). Established as a port and then sugar growing area, Port Douglas fell on hard times after the 1911 cyclone. Tourism came to its rescue in the 1980s.

Further Reading: 

Historical souvenir booklet of Port Douglas, Port Douglas, N. Lodge, 1975

Pam Burden, Port's people: local stories of Port Douglas, from 'sleepy fishing village' to 5-star resort, Port Douglas, Douglas Shire Historical Society, 2005

Keith and Valda Prince, Early days of the Douglas Shire, Cairns, Prince Photographics, 1977

Craiglie entry


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