The Douglas Local Marine Advisory Committee (LMAC) covers Bloomfield River in the north to Buchan Point in the south and includes the towns of Daintree Village, Mossman and Port Douglas.
Gold fever first brought European settlers to the Douglas region in 1876, when a port was established to service inland goldfields. Port Douglas was eventually eclipsed by the port of Cairns about 70km south, but the Douglas region continued to grow. The coastal lowlands were cleared for sugar cane, and the regional centre of Mossman was established. It still retains its rural charm and a working sugar mill.
Tourism is now the largest industry in the region, mainly due to proximity of the World Heritage listed Daintree rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. Once again, Port Douglas has a busy marina with many tourist boats departing for the Great Barrier Reef. It is also the closest departure point for a visit to Low Isles.
Local Marine Advisory Committee members
For further information please contact: Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
Far Northern Regional Office
PO Box 6091
CAIRNS QLD 4870
Tel: (07) 4057 0700