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.

This ferry links the Daintree to the rest of the state — but locals are in a race against time to replace it - Fri, 28 Jul 2023 09:55:26 +0000
Two years ago the Daintree River ferry was purchased by Douglas Shire Council, which had plans to replace it. But after a major blowout in the project's timeline, the council is now looking to place the ferry back in private hands.

Work finally begins on delayed 94km trail through World Heritage rainforest in Far North Queensland - Wed, 26 Jul 2023 07:02:54 +0000
A year after it was initially scheduled to open to the public, construction is underway on the Wangetti Trail — designed to take hikers and mountain bikers through the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area between Cairns and Port Douglas.

Holidaymakers still dreaming of the tropics but international airlines slow to return - Tue, 27 Jun 2023 08:10:25 +0000
A cold snap in the southern states pushes more travellers to north Queensland but international tourists are competing for a limited number of flights into the region.

A man has died and two have been rescued after boat overturns near Port Douglas - Sun, 11 Jun 2023 20:19:15 +0000
Emergency services found the two survivors and the deceased man near Batt Reef, off the coast of Port Douglas, late last night.

Cost of living bites for the tourism industry as operators experience an underwhelming Easter - Sat, 22 Apr 2023 00:19:51 +0000
They enjoyed a golden run in 2022 but hotels and businesses in Queensland's tourism destinations are reporting a disappointing school holiday period.

Pacific solo rower arrives in Port Douglas - Wed, 05 Apr 2023 10:15:57 +0000
Michelle Lee, the first woman to solo row across the Pacific Ocean, celebrates her arrival in Port Douglas on her boat, 'The Australian Maid'.

Michelle Lee the first woman to row 14,000km across the Pacific Ocean with only sharks and a satellite phone for company - Wed, 05 Apr 2023 10:15:57 +0000
Rowing through cyclones and trailed by sharks, this woman has just completed one of the world’s greatest marine journeys alone by crossing the Pacific Ocean unassisted and without stopping in 237 days.

Crocodile bites man sleeping after dark on Newell Beach — wildlife officers to investigate - Wed, 05 Apr 2023 07:12:13 +0000
A 65-year-old man is discharged from hospital after being bitten on the foot by a crocodile north of Port Douglas, with wildlife officers to attend the beach to confirm if a crocodile is in the area.

Heavy rain, localised flooding cuts roads in Queensland's far north - Thu, 16 Feb 2023 01:20:20 +0000
A monsoon trough over Far North Queensland dumps more than 100 millimetres of rain overnight, with some areas facing six-hourly totals of up to 300mm.

The deadly stinger season has begun - Mon, 31 Oct 2022 05:35:05 +0000
Stinger experts are warning of a potentially big season for deadly jellyfish with several stings already recorded in north Queensland, on the eve of the official season.

Early start to jellyfish season stings lifesaver patrols into action - Mon, 31 Oct 2022 05:16:19 +0000
As reports of stings increase,  nets are being rolled out across Far North Queensland ahead of what experts warn will be perfect conditions for jellyfish.

Which city is putting the brakes on shared e-scooters? - Thu, 27 Oct 2022 23:51:00 +0000
While other Queensland cities are expanding the reach of shared e-scooters, one major tourism city is holding out.

Forget the reef and the rainforest, mountain bike tourism is the next attraction for the far north - Wed, 05 Oct 2022 19:46:29 +0000
Home to the oldest mountain bike track in Australia, Cairns and the far north experience a boom in bike sports with $20 million generated this year.

Proposal to remove crocodiles will create a 'false sense of security', says academic - Thu, 15 Sep 2022 00:35:49 +0000
A university academic believes education is better than removing large crocodiles from Queensland waterways because the latter may lead people to become more complacent.

Six months since Australia's border reopened, tourism operators have a question: Where the bloody hell are they? - Thu, 25 Aug 2022 19:02:09 +0000
Figures show international tourist arrivals are less than half what they were pre-COVID, as backpackers continue to stay away.

A new ferry will soon take more visitors into the Daintree. But how many can it handle? - Fri, 12 Aug 2022 04:37:48 +0000
There will soon be a new, bigger Daintree River ferry but conservationists and traditional owners warn the wilderness area can't cope with more visitors.

One of the world's rarest fish spotted off the coast of Queensland - Fri, 01 Jul 2022 21:34:01 +0000
A marine biologist had to ask around after struggling to identify a fish species known to dwell in deep stretches of the ocean.

Supporters fear 'iconic' Wangetti Trail could become suburban concrete pathway - Fri, 01 Jul 2022 02:14:13 +0000
Supporters of the proposed Wangetti Trail are concerned the Queensland government is trying to take shortcuts that could detract from its promised 'iconic' status.

One of the worlds rarest fish has been spotted on the Great Barrier Reef - Wed, 29 Jun 2022 08:55:39 +0000
Snorkelers off Port Douglas recently spotted one of the world's rarest fish on the Great Barrier Reef.

Despite the housing crisis in Far North Queensland, 11,500 homes are empty in this region - Tue, 28 Jun 2022 20:20:48 +0000
Housing advocates and community leaders want to know why so many properties are going unused despite plummeting rental vacancies and shortages of affordable housing.

Heading to the tropics this school holidays? Best to be prepared and book ahead - Thu, 23 Jun 2022 23:27:42 +0000
Visitation to far north Queensland is on track to exceed pre-pandemic levels this school holidays but businesses dealing with staff shortages are having to manage tourists' expectations. 

Empty nesters asked to spare their bedrooms as critical housing shortage rages in tropical paradise - Thu, 02 Jun 2022 04:42:26 +0000
Anyone with an extra room, granny flat or land for a tent or van is asked to get on board tourism authorities' new Adopt a Worker campaign.

Overseas trips and personal assistants: How employers are attracting new staff - Thu, 26 May 2022 21:55:28 +0000
One Port Douglas hotel is offering a host of benefits to successful job candidates, including a starting bonus, paid parental leave for full-time employees, subsidised private health cover, a free two-night stay and professional development funding.

From fortune-telling machines to risqué pictures, arcade games make a comeback at new museum - Wed, 18 May 2022 21:03:39 +0000
Before computers and electronic games, there were penny arcades, and a museum in Queensland is capturing their wackiness and fun.

Who will you be voting for in the far north Queensland seat of Leichhardt this election? - Wed, 11 May 2022 22:52:40 +0000
The marginal far north Queensland seat of Leichhardt  has long been won by the party that forms government, and this year it is shaping up to be one of the battles to watch.