Latest & Current News

Latest & Current News in Port Douglas

Just because you're on holiday it doesn't mean that you can't keep up to date with what's going on in the world. You'll be able to find most Australian based newspapers and magazines at newsagencies.

If you're looking for up to the minute Port Douglas news then here are a few resources with the most current Port Douglas news available.

Port Douglas news from Google

The Google News service is updated constantly from sources around the world - if you click the next link you'll go to a page showing all the latest Port Douglas news:


Latest ABC Port Douglas (Far North Queensland) news

Below are listed news articles taken from the ABC News website, relating to the Far North Queensland region encompassing Cairns and Port Douglas.

Extreme heat pushes parts of Great Barrier Reef beyond recovery - Thu, 16 Mar 2017 05:51:29 +1100

Parts of the Great Barrier Reef will never fully recover from repeated bleaching of its corals, caused by spikes in the water temperature, a detailed analysis of the reef over the past 20 years shows.

Should tourists driving in Australia use 'T-plates'? - Fri, 30 Dec 2016 12:40:56 +1100

International visitors driving in Australia should mark their cars with 'T-plates' and be given a handbook on road rules in an effort to reduce accidents, an instructor who is fed up with tourists driving on the wrong side of the road says.

Record die-off of coral confirmed by scientists - Tue, 29 Nov 2016 07:05:04 +1100

Queensland scientists confirm this year's mass coral bleaching event resulted in the largest die-off of corals ever recorded on the Great Barrier Reef, but some tourist areas around Cairns and the Whitsundays showed remarkable improvement.

'Fingers crossed': Rainforest search for chopper passenger - Sat, 19 Nov 2016 10:45:52 +1100

A ground and air search is underway for a man who may have been a passenger on a helicopter when it crashed into dense rainforest in far north Queensland yesterday.

Man dies while diving on Great Barrier Reef - Fri, 18 Nov 2016 15:56:00 +1100

A man in his 60s dies while diving off Port Douglas in far north Queensland, just two days after a pair of French tourists suffered fatal heart attacks while snorkelling east of Cairns.

Authorities return to helicopter crash site amid reports of passenger on board - Fri, 18 Nov 2016 15:51:25 +1100

Authorities return to the scene of a helicopter crash in far north Queensland where a pilot was earlier rescued, following reports there may have been a passenger on board.

Most Great Barrier Reef coral now dead north of Port Douglas, scientists say - Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:43:00 +1100

Eighty to 100 per cent of coral reefs surrounding Lizard Island off far north Queensland are now dead as a result of coral bleaching, scientists say.

'It will take years to recover': GBR coral damaged, dead from bleaching - Tue, 20 Sep 2016 06:12:25

New images of the northern Great Barrier Reef reveal more evidence of the long-term impact of this year's coral bleaching event, with coral bleached and in danger four months ago now dying off.

Rex the Dog painting - Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:11:27

L.J Kidd at work - Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:11:27

Author with dyslexia writes and illustrates book series - Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:11:27

Dyslexia has stopped L.J Kidd from being able to easily read books, but it has not stopped her writing them.

Girl, 3, hit by truck in Port Douglas - Tue, 12 Jul 2016 12:35:00

A toddler is taken to hospital with serious head injuries after being hit by a truck in Queensland's far north.

Sideshow sword-swallowing Mormon travels the world - Fri, 13 May 2016 11:10:32

At 5-feet-three-inches tall Heather Holliday is not your average sword swallower, but her diminutive stature is exactly what made her famous in the world of sideshow.

Heather Holliday, sideshow performer - Fri, 13 May 2016 11:10:32

Baby dainty tree frog - Fri, 29 Apr 2016 11:15:52

WWII veteran John Hingley to march in first Anzac Day parade - Sun, 24 Apr 2016 12:33:40

John 'Cop' Hingley will be anything but a forgotten soldier when he marches with his medals in his first Anzac Day parade tomorrow at Port Douglas, in far north Queensland.

Only 7pc of Great Barrier Reef escapes bleaching: survey - Wed, 20 Apr 2016 07:56:29

Aerial and underwater surveys of the Great Barrier Reef by the National Coral Bleaching Taskforce find 93 per cent of the reef is affected by bleaching.

Helicopter pilot missing, passenger swims 800m to safety - Fri, 08 Apr 2016 06:49:16

An air and sea search fails to find pilot Brad Maisel, whose helicopter crashed into the sea off Cape Tribulation in far north Queensland.

Widow of truck crash victim says justice not done after accused acquitted - Thu, 07 Apr 2016 12:28:36

The widow of a British tourist killed in a crash in Far North Queensland nearly five years ago says she does not feel justice has been done after the driver accused of causing his death was acquitted.

Stinger season in far north Queensland - Wed, 02 Mar 2016 14:53:52 +1100

Captured irukandji jellyfish - Wed, 02 Mar 2016 14:53:52 +1100

Deadly jellyfish and crocodiles all in a day's work for north Qld lifeguards - Wed, 02 Mar 2016 14:53:52 +1100

While their southern counterparts contend with ocean swells and rips, far north Queensland lifeguards deal with different dangers — from potentially deadly jellyfish to the occasional crocodile.

Juvenile box jellyfish - Wed, 02 Mar 2016 14:53:52 +1100

Kuranda gets poor score for child vaccination rates in health report card - Fri, 19 Feb 2016 12:18:28 +1100

The latest report card on vaccination rates in far north Queensland has raised concerns about community immunisation.

NSW warned not to repeat Queensland council merger mistakes - Tue, 16 Feb 2016 18:06:55 +1100

Forcing NSW councils to merge could create "ungovernable" communities if residents' concerns are not properly considered, former Labor and LNP ministers who worked with merged councils in Queensland warn.

Stingers expected to spark more far north Qld beach closures - Tue, 16 Feb 2016 12:50:21 +1100

Beaches across far north Queensland are likely to be shut again this week due to the presence of potentially deadly jellyfish.

Far north Qld gets $23m for infrastructure work - Tue, 22 Dec 2015 11:04:15 +1100

The Queensland Government has committed $23 million towards infrastructure projects in the state's far north.

Fresh bid made to short-circuit electric ant pest - Thu, 03 Dec 2015 14:55:26 +1100

Biosecurity Queensland says it hopes to rid far north Queensland of electric ants by mid next year.

Rickshaw rider attempts world record for Lifeline - Mon, 19 Oct 2015 13:39:16 +1100

On board a bright yellow rickshaw, Crystal Davis is riding from far north Queensland to the Sunshine Coast in search of a world record while raising money for Lifeline.

Driver critical after car hits tree near Port Douglas - Mon, 06 Jul 2015 11:27:48

A man in his 40s is in a critical condition after his car left the road and hit a tree near Port Douglas in far north Queensland last night.

Croc that bit golfer won't become a wallet: Minister - Wed, 15 Apr 2015 13:12:08

The saltwater crocodile responsible for an attack on an elderly golfer in far north Queensland this week will not be turned into a wallet, Queensland's Environment Minister Steven Miles says.

Crocodile bite victim will not give up golf despite attack on course - Tue, 14 Apr 2015 12:35:52

A man in his 70s who was bitten by a 1.2 metre saltwater crocodile on a far north Queensland golf course says he will not give up the game.

Golfer bitten by crocodile on course owned by Clive Palmer - Mon, 13 Apr 2015 17:15:01

A man is bitten on the leg by a crocodile at the Palmer Sea Reef Golf Course at Port Douglas in Queensland's far north.

Queensland Premier expels Labor MP over criminal record - Sun, 29 Mar 2015 13:11:57 +1100

Queensland's minority Labor government is in jeopardy after Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk sacks MP Billy Gordon from the party over a string of undeclared criminal offences.

Cairns drug dealer jailed for five years - Wed, 18 Mar 2015 11:32:29 +1100

A far north Queensland man who pleaded guilty to trafficking cocaine, MDMA and steroids has been sentenced to five years in jail.

Tropical Cyclone Nathan could return to Queensland coast - Mon, 16 Mar 2015 12:39:55 +1100

Tropical Cyclone Nathan intensifies in the Coral Sea and the weather bureau warns the storm system could yet return to menace the Queensland coast later this week.

Truckie jailed over fatal far north Qld crash - Fri, 06 Mar 2015 12:19:24 +1100

A far north Queensland court has heard a truck driver, who was yesterday convicted over a fatal crash, has racked up a string of traffic offences in the three years since the collision.

Shark attack fatalities rise to five in 12 months - Tue, 10 Feb 2015 15:32:32 +1100

The death of a surfer off Ballina in New South Wales on Monday brings the number of people killed by sharks in Australian waters to five in the past 12 months.

Missing boat returns after avoiding bad weather - Sat, 27 Dec 2014 06:13:18 +1100

A boat reported missing off the coast of Port Douglas, in far north Queensland, returns to shore with crew safe.

Candlelight vigil for Queensland shark attack victim - Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:12:26 +1100

Hundreds of people attend a candlelight vigil in far north Queensland to remember shark attack victim Daniel Smith, who was killed while spear fishing in Port Douglas.

Far north Queensland mourns shark attack victim - Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:48:53 +1100

There is an outpouring of grief in a close-knit far north Queensland tourist town for teenage shark attack Daniel Smith, who friends say died what he loved doing.

Vigil to be held for Qld teenage shark attack victim - Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:23:09 +1100

A candlelight vigil will be held for a teenager who was killed by a shark while spear fishing in waters off far north Queensland.

Shark kills teenager off Port Douglas in far north Queensland - Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:18:16 +1100

Queensland teenager Daniel Smith dies after being bitten on his arm and leg by a shark off Port Douglas in the state's far north. He had just completed year 12 in Mossman.

US man dies snorkelling on Barrier Reef - Mon, 17 Nov 2014 10:50:07 +1100

Far north Queensland police are preparing a report for the coroner after the death of a US man on the Great Barrier Reef.

Stinger season officially begins with safety reminder - Mon, 03 Nov 2014 12:10:57 +1100

The Queensland Ambulance Service is reminding swimmers that vinegar is still the recommended first aid remedy for jellyfish stings.

Douglas Shire begins water bans amid push for new Port Douglas reservoir - Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:53:41 +1100

The Douglas Shire Council is seeking $8 million of Queensland Government funding to increase its water supply.

Douglas Shire keen to cash in on Pirates of the Caribbean gold - Fri, 03 Oct 2014 09:53:37

The Mayor of the Douglas Shire says producers from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise will be visiting far north Queensland next week to make more detailed plans ahead of filming next year.

Porcupine ray - Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:11:42

Truckies targeted in bikie drugs crackdown - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 10:24:55

Police say they are concerned parts of the trucking industry are involved in moving drugs around regional Queensland for outlaw motorcycle gangs.

Douglas Shire to gauge need for tougher croc removal scheme - Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:18:06

A far north Queensland mayor says calls for a tougher crocodile removal scheme in the Port Douglas area will be discussed at a community information session this afternoon.