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Saturday, December 19, 2015

BINDU media includes Port Douglas Daintree

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Welcome to Port Douglas Pacific Dawn

Pacific Dawn

WELCOME

Welcome passengers and crew of Pacific Dawn to Port Douglas.

Feel free to use the Port Douglas Cruise App

cruise.portdouglas.daintree.info


Sunday, December 13, 2015

A little rain about?

Live weather radar
Keep track of the rain with your phone.

The weather radar is one of the features of the Keys to Port Douglas

qwe.com.au/4877


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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Sheraton Port Douglas - Digital Visitor's Guide

Screenshot from an Android Phone

Working on a digital visitors guide for Sheraton Port Douglas.


So far I only have the Keys to Port Douglas on there and a booking link to booking.com but the staff are getting back to me soon.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Latitude 16 information App


This is a revamp of a web app that was done in 2012 before Latitude 16 was re-organised. It has some good info for overnight visitors staying in that area of Port Douglas.



Keeping our visitors happy.

Monday, November 9, 2015

WELCOME SEA PRINCESS



Taken before 7am this morning in light rain. The weather has improved and I welcome passengers on my guided walk around Port Douglas:



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Keeping our visitors happy

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Great Barrier Reef Drive



From the Cairns Post - on line:

"THE picturesque drive from Cairns to Cape Tribulation will now be known as the Great Barrier Reef Drive after getting the nod from State Government.
The idea to brand the 140km section of the Captain Cook Highway and Cape Tribulation Rd has been three years in the making and is set to rival Victoria’s Great Ocean Rd.

Tourism Port Douglas Daintree executive officer Tara Bennett said an agreement had been reached between the tourism body, Tourism Tropical North Queensland (TTNQ), Douglas Shire Council, Main Roads and the Wet Tropics Management Authority to start marketing the drive."

The Cairns Post on line articles don't get many comments, this one had 18 comments within 24hours:


5  FOR

13  AGAINST


COMMENT:
It just goes to show how out of touch some of these organisations are with normal people and how much they care for the safety of ourselves and our visitors.
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Sunday, October 11, 2015

A bit of rain about? See it on the Keys to Port Douglas

Screenshot of the Keys to Port Douglas website

Here is a little tip for dodging the rain:

Go to the Keys to Port Douglas ( you can do it on your phone ) and look at the weather radar.




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Friday, October 9, 2015

Port Douglas Accommodation App

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Screenshot of Port Douglas Accommodation App

More work has been done on the Port Douglas Accommodation App.

Keeping our visitors happy App


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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Commercial Wildlife Viewing Vessel


8 Passenger Vessel currently in Daintree.

For Sale - $22 000

Easy entry into the lucrative tourism industry.

The reputation that Daintree has for seeing wildlife was established by wildlife viewing boats like this one.

Large enough to handle an eco-tourism group but small enough to access the more interesting parts of the Daintree River system. (This is where the 50 seaters cannot go because of their size and crippling speed restrictions for larger boats.)

Rarely do these vessels come up for sale. They are a delight to drive and can be used privately and also used for filming nature documentaries for which the Daintree is famous.


Sunday, September 27, 2015

A NEW APPROACH - Curated travel in Port Douglas.

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Like many locals, visitors and tour operators I am disheartened by the absolute rubbish that gets written about Port Douglas Daintree by visiting journalists. 


That is where I come in. I am not visiting, I am not getting free things and I have a passion for accuracy in reporting on a place where I have lived for more than 30 years. On top of that my partner and I are experienced in tourism here. We pioneered dawn wildlife tours and B & B accommodation in the Douglas Shire. We were also the first bloggers and App writers.

Today I have started on the BINDU Media guide to Port Douglas Daintree.

In the first line of my brief:
Be authoritative, conversational, enthusiastic but candid and direct in your writing style.








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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Douglas Shire Visitors are Digital Savvy



San Francisco based Sutro Media is the biggest travel app producer in the world with 442 travel apps. The Port Douglas & Daintree Discovery Guide rates as #13 in popularity giving a clear indication that Douglas Shire visitors are digital savvy.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

CRUISE PASSENGER APP for Port Douglas


Edition 2

Just completed this morning in time for the Sea Princess visit.









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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

PORTS HORSE FARM

Undercover horse rides

The closest horse riding facility to Port Douglas is at Craiglie just 1 km from the
Port Douglas turn off.

Principal Prue Reid is gearing up for a busy school holiday season, details are on the website:

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Macrossan Street Map for cruise ship passengers and crew.



This is what we have got so far:
  1. Guided Walk
  2. Toilet
  3. Free BBQ
  4. Picnic Area
  5. Toilet
  6. National Bank
  7. Bottle Shop
  8. Port Douglas Property
  9. Doctors & Pharmacy
  10. ANZ Bank
  11. Free Wifi - Target
  12. Bottle Shop
  13. Pharmacy
  14. BYO Sushi
  15. Commonwealth Bank
  16. Saltwater Gallery
  17. Free Wifi
  18. LJ Hooker
  19. Ngarru Gallery
  20. BYO - Off The Track
  21. Nic Nak Shed
  22. Centrelink Agency
  23. Century 21
  24. Westpac Bank
  25. Studio 49 Artisan Gallery
  26. Post Office
  27. Ray White
  28. Art Gallery
  29. Bottle Shop
  30. K-Star's Electric & Beach Bikes
  31. Ratne & Horne
  32. Thrifty Car Hire
The map will go into here soon: cruise.portdouglas.daintree.info

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Cruise Passenger App for Port Douglas

Screenshot of the Macrossan Street map
In work at the moment is adding points of interest for
cruise ship passengers and crew on this map.

Any Ideas?



Working to make our visitors happy:








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Saturday, July 25, 2015

PORT DOUGLAS ACCOMMODATION APP

Get the most out of your accommodation choices. Stay in town.

To save on Shuttle Bus costs and waiting times consider staying in town. 
Aim for the RED CIRCLE on the: 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Beware of Crocodiles on Douglas Shire beaches


Facebook posting yesterday 15 Jul 15, by local man of a big croc at Cooya Beach.

We have had 2 croc attacks this year, one an elderly man on a golf course in Port Douglas and another at Daintree where a pet dog was taken.

As he says beware. 





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Saturday, July 11, 2015

News Agent in Port Village



Opening on Wednesday 15 July 2015

The new News Agency in Port Village near Coles.





Helping Port Douglas get back on top







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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

101 things to do in Daintree - on your phone.


New responsive website for 101 things to do in Daintree:




Making things easier for our visitors:






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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Port Douglas guided walk


This is a quick response code (QR code) for a website that will fit your phone.

A QR code reader app can be downloaded from the app stores for free and you can read QR codes with it.

Our walkers today found out about the walk by reading a QR code that I put on a lamp post in 2011.

You can read about the guided walk by tapping on this link:














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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Rare bird sighting on the Port Douglas guided walk.

Beach Stone-curlews

Sighted on the Port Douglas Walk this morning was a single Beach Stone-curlew. Considered scarce or rare by birdwatchers it was a delight for the walkers.



Photo supplied by: Jim Snedden taken by him at Daintree in 2008




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Friday, June 19, 2015

Visitors show interest in the "Keys to Port Douglas Visitor's Guide"

Responsive website for visitor's mobile devices

The Keys to Port Douglas have been around for 3 years and been modified many times to fit the changing technology.

I was able to show the Keys and the Coastcare walk to 3 visitors yesterday and noticed that people accept this technology more readily than in previous years. With all the hype about innovation and business opportunities in the paper and Mayoral Messages wouldn't it be good to see some Port Douglas Daintree tourism identities come onboard and use the Keys to everyone's advantage?

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Combined Clubs - renovations are complete?

Grand Opening





The present committee might think it is alright to change the name to "The Combined Club" but some long term members and past committee members most certainly do not.




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Sunday, June 14, 2015

WELCOME PACIFIC PEARL - 15 June 2015


Use this web app in Port Douglas Daintree, and see if you can find this up to date edition of the Savings Passport for more discounts:






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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Cruises Ship Passengers welcome.


Port Douglas welcoming committee is handing out the old 
Savings Passport to passengers and crew of the Sun Princess today.
What a pity it is out of date.


It is the latest one they want.

Such is the weakness of printed media.


Perhaps they can try something digital and environmentally friendly?









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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Strong Wind Warning yesterday, today and tomorrow...

Screenshot of weather radar from the "Keys to Port Douglas"

Strong wind warning yesterday, today and tomorrow. Bit of rain about? On holiday? What will we do?

Firstly put the "Keys to Port Douglas" on your phone.
Then you can access the weather radar and plan your day. See the rain in Daintree? That is exactly where the Daintree River delta is. That strong wind we are experiencing pushes the rain cloud into a natural funnel and explains why Daintree gets more rain than Port Douglas. 
So while that rain stays like that forget a Daintree River trip. When it comes clear take a Daintree River Tour - maybe a dawn trip before the wind comes in?

What to do around Port Douglas?
Take a guided or non-guided walk around the headland and see some really interesting things:


Dine out, Macrossan Street yesterday was a buzz with diners in relaxful settings. Get some ideas from the dining blog:


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Plan a great day!




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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Budget Dining in Port Douglas

Screenshot on an iPod

2016 TOURIST SEASON

We at Port Douglas Websites are gearing up for the tourist season with visitor guides to fabulous Port Douglas:

Some serious updating has been done to the budget dining guide:




Savings Passport

Many of the dining discounts can be found in this free booklet which is available from Information Centres.









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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Port Douglas Apps


Port Douglas has free to air apps for visitors:







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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Carnivale 2015 unofficial App

Screen Shot from an iPod

There are some mistakes and omissions on the printed programs and the Gazette lift-out.

We at qwe will do our best to present the Carnivale unofficial daily program mistake free.









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Thursday, May 21, 2015

PORT DOUGLAS CARNIVALE 2015 APP


The unofficial app for the daily program of Carnivale 2015:









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Saturday, May 9, 2015

WALK PORT DOUGLAS

Screenshot from an iPod

Take a guided walk of Port Douglas, Details:

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Port Douglas gets ready for the 2015 tourist season.


Two new shops opening in Macrossan Street and other new ones getting ready has got Port Douglas buzzing. Down at the Reef Marina new piles have been added to start new slips for the super yachts and locals are getting their websites mobile ready for Google's new algorithm.




A Booking.com Affiliate has launched a mobile friendly booking system for Port Douglas which will make it easy to book on line:



And Port Douglas Carnivale is only weeks away.









Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Living with Crocodiles


In light of the golfer being bitten by a small crocodile in Port Douglas the day before yesterday it may be time to do a safety audit?



I know of at least 2 children's playgrounds where there are fake crocodiles for children to play with.
I also know of a set of swings next to a Crocodile warning sign near St Mary's by the sea.


Posted on Facebook this year near a bike/walking track near IGA.


We can and should do something about these things but in the end we have to live with crocodiles.





Thursday, April 2, 2015

PORT DOUGLAS ACCOMMODATION APP


Port Douglas accommodation booking just got easier:-


We want our visitors to get the best deals and prices and you can do that with Booking.com

Do it on the app:-




Don't forget the shortcut icon


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Friday, March 20, 2015

Port Douglas Cruise Ship visitor app



Welcome Passengers and crew of the Diamond Princess.

You can put this app on your phone:





Sunday, March 15, 2015

CYCLONE NATHAN - BOM forecast



Put it on your phone and get the updates automatically:







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Friday, March 13, 2015

Port Douglas Boat Minder - Cyclone Nathan

Professional Boat Minding in
Port Douglas

We hear that a boat owner from Melbourne flew up to Cairns so that he could look after his boat in Port Douglas. 

One of the reasons for setting up this service was that people can leave their vessels at Port Douglas and know that they will be professionally looked after:



Image is a screen shot of the responsive website on an iPod.



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Friday, February 20, 2015

FREE WIFI - PORT DOUGLAS

The Keys to Port Douglas

Just to stop the confusion in Council's Facebook page and other renderings in Facebook and the Cruise Ship Welcoming Committee cheat sheet I thought that I would put it all together in the Keys to Port Douglas.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

qwe.net.au





Add this to the Home Screen of your phone you will be glad you did.


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Friday, February 6, 2015

A HANDY TIP WITH YOUR PHONE


This is a screen shot of the weather radar at Cairns this morning.

You can get it from your mobile device by going to:


Then Add a short cut icon to the Home Screen