Daintree Ferry records busiest wet season ever

Published Thursday 19 May 2016

THE Daintree Ferry has recorded it’s busiest wet season ever.

Visitors flocked north of the Daintree River between January and April in unprecedented numbers with over 30,000 trips logged.

A whopping 25,569 return journeys were taken, with February and March the highest ever for those months.

Douglas Shire Mayor Julia Leu said the impressive statistics were indicative of just how strong tourism is north of the river, with visitors keen to explore places like the Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation and stunning beaches.

“We are lucky to have such a fantastic and unique area for tourism with the Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef,” Mayor Leu said.

“You can put this success down to the fantastic job our tourism operators are doing and it’s a real credit to them.”

Mayor Leu and the Douglas Shire Council can also take some of the credit with the implementation of the Douglas Card, which offers free travel to residents from Cassowary to Cooktown between November and March.

Tourism numbers continue to soar in the Port Douglas region. This has been influenced by the low Australian dollar, which is fetching just US72 cents, with Australians preferring to holiday at home than abroad.