Gold sugar and sunshine - Port Douglas - QLD - Australia
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member CADS11
S 16° 28.759 E 145° 27.780
55K E 335934 N 8177419
Quick Description: #08 information sign of the Port Douglas Trail
Location: Queensland, Australia
Date Posted: 11/24/2019 4:51:32 AM
Waymark Code: WM11P33
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Grahame Cookie
Views: 1

Long Description:
The sign reads:

Exercising Coastcare
08 Gold sugar and sunshine
In 1876, gold fever brought European settlers to Port Douglas. The local population soared and the town became a thriving community with banks, a court house, a hospital and more than 20 hotels (Mining was thirsty work!) But the gold rush did not last and Port Douglas soon switched its attention to sugar cane.

On 16 March, 1911, a tropical cyclone devastated the town and its future was no longer certain. The population dwindled. Industry declined. The last shipment of sugar left the wharf in 1958 and the school closed a few years later. Port Douglas was slowly fading away.

Then in the 1980's, tourist operators realised that Port Douglas offered extraordinary opportunities — access to the Reef, to the rainforest and the relaxed attitude of the locals — and the town was re-energised as an internationally renowned holiday destination.
Age/Event Date: 1876, 1911, 1958, 1980

Type of Historic Marker: Plaque only

Type of Historic Marker if other: Not listed

Related Website: Not listed

Historic Resources.: Not listed

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