February 3, 2023


Quality news, views and analysis of issues that affect and inform us in the Douglas Shire.

Dining and Drinks

This year’s “Race that starts the Nation ” is shaping up to be a beauty with events across the Shire featuring race calcuttas, luncheons, live broadcasting, race sweeps, raffles, prizes for best dressed and best hats, photo booths and people-watching galore.
Here’s a snapshot of what’s on offer…

Jayne caught up with Bec and Bennett, whose vibrant new business on Macrossan Street is changing the way we wake up in the morning, or recover from a walk around the headland. Hello healthy acai bowls, fresh juices and smoothies!

A Cairns-based commercial hatchery is creating history by successfully breeding coral trout fingerlings. The Company One is the home of world-class production facilities, including a state of the art breeding facility and a grow-out pond farm. Today’s development is the culmination of 18 years of dedicated research under the guidance of Dr. Richard Knuckey.

Oaks Kitchen & Garden is one of the Douglas Shire’s hidden foodie gems, a gracefully understated mecca of Southeast Asian cookery and a lush abundance of tropical ingredients. Ben Wallace and Rachel Boon are the talented and passionate couple behind Oaks, an outdoor cooking school experience at the heart of which is a lusciously abundant Southeast Asian garden located on the hill side of Oak Beach just south of Port Douglas.

The team at Zinc Port Douglas have been rewarded for their exceptional efforts in an extraordinary year. Last night they were announced as the winner of the Best Contemporary Australian Restaurant in Queensland and the Northern Territory at last night’s Restaurant & Catering Hostplus Association Awards.

St Crispins Cafe played host to a glamorous “Evening of Tropical Style” on Saturday, featuring fizz, finger food and fashion.
Creative energies from Whats On In Port, St Crispins, and Cairns & Port Douglas Creative, collaborated to host an evening to celebrate tropical spirit, style, and to be frank…simply making it through #COVID2020!

Today called for a long overdue lunch to try Inn Front, Mossman. Located on the premises of the former Mojo’s at the Demi View Motel, Inn Front opened in late August with some fresh, and some familiar faces.