10 things you need to know about the Douglas Business and Tourism Awards



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WINNER: Liam Hudson collecting an award for Paddy's Bar and Grill at the 2017 Douglas Business and Tourism Awards.

The 2018 Douglas Business and Tourism awards are almost upon us. Just three more sleeps!

The finalists have been announced, the special guest hosts at the ready, and the night that promises to be bigger and better than ever.

To make sure you don’t miss out on the biggest night in town, we’ve put together this cheat sheet to help you get the most out of the awards night.

Here are our top 10 tips to help you have a night worth remembering!

1. To get the most out of your drink package, guests are advised to arrive at the Sheraton Grand Mirage Lobby at 6.00pm sharp.

2. The dress code for the night is Gala Smart or Cocktail Ready with a splash of pink. Pants and button up shirts for blokes and ladies you will need no help with this!

3. Included in the ticket price is a sumptuous three-course gala meal and a sparkling, wine, and beer package that will keep you going all night.

4. After the red carpet photos and arrival drinks, the show kicks off from 7:00pm and finishes around 10:30. Don’t forget about the after party in the newly refurbished Daintree Lounge at the Sheraton. This party will be rocking until late.

5. Guests only need to bring themselves but charity partner Kids In Need of Donations (KIND) would appreciate a cash donation for their wonderful cause. Some cash for the bar at the after party wouldn’t go amiss either. Otherwise, everything else is looked after!

6. The Sheraton is offering a fantastic awards special rate for locals looking to spend the night. You must call direct as they cannot advertise – it’s so good a deal! Call 4099 5888 and get in quick for this special offer.

7. There is 29 minute interval during the evening so don’t worry about having to sit through the entire ceremony without a quick trip to the loo!

8. If you need to update the dietary requirements for people on your table, make sure you call Paula on 4099 4540 before it’s too late!

9. Guests are allowed to photograph/film on the night so make sure your phone has plenty of battery to capture those winning moments.

10. We have contacted the shuttle companies to tell them there will be additional demand to Sheraton from around 5:30pm and from Sheraton after 11:00pm so don’t be silly and attempt to drink and drive! 

Tickets are still available here but finalists are urged to book early to avoid disappointment due to limited seats. 

2018 Douglas Business & Tourism Awards Finalists
Listed in alphabetic order

Presented by N17 Burger Co.

Best Regular Local Event (daily/weekly/monthly)
Cane Toad Races @ Iron Bar
Hospitality Night @ Chilly's
Live Music @ Court House
Live Music @ Paddys
Live Music Sundays @ Plantation Resort
Mossman Saturday Markets
Port Douglas Sunday Markets
Port Douglas Yacht Club - Wednesday Sailing
Sunday Session @ Hemingway's Brewery
Trivia Nights - K-Star

Favourite Local Sporting Group
Bodies in Motion (dancing)
Douglas Heat (basketball)
Douglas Netball Association (netball)
Douglas United Football Club (The Dragon)
Mossman & District Gymnastics Club (Gymnastics)
Mossman Golf Club (golf)
Mossman/Port Douglas Sharks (rugby)
Port Douglas Crocs (AFL)
Port Douglas Junior Crocs (AFL)
Port Douglas Surf Life Saving Club (surf life saving)

Best Live Entertainment Venue
Clink Theatre
Hemingway's Brewery
Iron Bar
Paddy's Irish Bar
Plantation Resort
The Central Hotel
The Court House Hotel
The Tin Shed
The Yacht Club

Best Annual Event (once a year)
Anzac Day Dawn Service
Bodies in Motion Annual End of Year Production
Douglas Business & Tourism Gala Awards
Melbourne Cup @Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort
Mighty Mossman Show
Port Douglas Carnivale
Port Shorts Film Festival
Seafood Extravaganza @ Hemingway's Brewery
Tropical Journeys Great Barrier Reef Marathon

Best Live Local Entertainer/s
Bobby Maguire
Bodies In Motion
DJ Bart
Drew boy
Hill Billy Goats
Lady Valiant
Miss Tee
Shannon Hunter
The Kroovs
Walker Brothers

Presented by Exemplar Coaches and Limousines

Best Wedding / Commercial Photographer
Alison George - Catseye Productions
Ben Keating - Sass Photography
Blue Sky Photography
Jackie & Rob Cooke - Port Douglas Wedding Photography
Jessie Goetze - Port Douglas Wedding Photography
Lucas Teasdale
Matthew Evans Photography
Peppermint Lane
Perrin Clarke Photography
Sean Guest Photography

Best Wedding Planner (Company)
Dragonfly Weddings
Dynamic weddings
Event Core
Ocean Events
Port Douglas Catering
Port Douglas Weddings
Port Douglas Weddings & Hire
Roux blond
Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort Port Douglas
The Vintage Hire Company

Best Wedding Co-ordinator (Individual)
Anne Marie - Cali Roux Blond
Aradhna Prasad - Port Douglas Catering & Events
Bec McLean - Dragonfly Weddings
Dean Bland - Port Douglas Catering & Events
Jade Harold - Port Douglas Weddings & Hire
Jen Cope - Ocean Weddings & Events
Kylie Gilbert - QT Port Douglas
Louise Harris - Dynamic Weddings
Sarah Woods - Sarah Woods Marriage Celebrant
Vicki Kurth - Port Douglas Weddings & Hire

Presented by Mossman Print

Best Qualified Practice (Company)
Bolt Burchill Tranter
Coral Sea Vet Care
LiveLife Pharmacy Port Douglas
Mossman Veterinary Surgery
Mountain View Medical
New Horizons Medical Centre
Port Douglas Acupuncture
Port Douglas Physiotheraphy
Port Village Medical Centre
Rob Palethorpe Solicitor

Best Professional Service (Company)
Astute Financial Port Douglas
Australia Post
Body Corporate Services
Coral Sea Eyecare
Cosmetic Skin Therapies Port Douglas
Far North Training & Consultancy
Get A Life Accounting Solutions
Renegade Moss
Socialeyes Media

Presented by Raine & Horne Port Douglas and Mossman

Best Food Store
Coffee Works
Coles Supermarket Port Douglas
Cornett’s Supa IGA Port Douglas
Malone's Butchery
Mossman Butcher
OTZ Food
Port Douglas Sunday Markets
Seashells Seafood
Woolworths Supermarket Mossman
Yum Yums

Best Giftware Retailer
Coffee Works
Floral Edge
Fun stuff by Lynda
Lemonade & Sparkles
Moonglow Jewellery Port Douglas
Wildlife Habitat
With Sugar

Best Fashion Retailer
$22 Shop
Casa Mia
Cotton On
Lemonade & Sparkles
Rose & Boy
Tahitian Lime
Tommy Bahama
With sugar

Best Overall Service
Bike Shop & Hire
Coffee Works
Coles Supermarket Port Douglas
Cornett’s Supa IGA Port Douglas
Floral Edge
Lemonade & Sparkles
Livelife Pharmacy Port Douglas
With sugar
Yum Yums

Presented by Astute Financial

Best Trade Service (Company)
Alpha cool
Bellero's Electrical
BH Electrics
BME Electrical Services
Burmack Mossman
Chillydog Refrigeration
Craiglie Automotive
Geoff Ward Plumbing & Gas
Papillon Landscapes & Construction
Sy Dolphin Electrical

Best Tradesperson (Individual)
Brad Sims - BH Electrics
Brydie Maro - BME Electrical Services
Corey Frahn - Ghost Gum Gardening
Geoff Ward - Geoff Ward Plumbing & Gas
James Batten - Lighthouse Electrical Solutions
Jared Chamberlain - Papillon Landscapes & Construction
Kelly Burke - Top End Paint & Panel
Matthew Scoble - Last Frontier Electrical
Peter Murphy - Papillon Landscapes & Construction
Sy Dolphin - Sy Dolphin Electrical

Best Trade Supplier - Products / Equipment (Company)
Alpha Cool
Dickinson Milk
Gecko Gardening Centre
Mossman Hardware
Mossman Print
Port Douglas Hospitality Supplies
Port Douglas Pool Shop
Port Douglas Stationery Hub
Wholesale Glass Pool Fencing

Presented by Crystelbrook Superyacht Marina

Best Rental Property Company (Company)
Century 21
LJ Hooker
Raine & Horne
Ray White

Best Rental Property Agent (Individual)
Anne Kennedy - LJ Hooker Port Douglas
Jocelyn Schumacher - Raine & Horne Port Douglas & Mossman
Josephine Silva - Century 21 Port Douglas
Lars Peterson - Ray White Port Douglas
Monica Cartwright - Ray White Port Douglas
Monica Stievano - Ray White Port Douglas
Nicki Samson - LJ Hooker Port Douglas
Sam McLaughlin - Raine & Horne Port Douglas & Mossman
Shanae Hardy - Raine & Horne Port Douglas & Mossman
Suzie Scoines - Raine & Horne Port Douglas & Mossman

Best Real Estate (Company)
Century 21 Port Douglas
Colliers International
Cote Nord Property Port Douglas
LJ Hooker Port Douglas
Port Douglas Getaways
Queensland Sotheby's International Realty
Raine & Horne Port Douglas & Mossman
Ray White Port Douglas
The Pink Company Real Estate

Best Real Estate Sales Agent (Individual)
Callum Jones - The Pink Company Real Estate
Charlie Madgwick - Raine & Horne Port Douglas & Mossman
David Cotton - Raine & Horne Port Douglas & Mossman
Grant Law - The Pink Company Real Estate
Jenna Chamberlain - Ray White Port Douglas
Joel Cuman - Ray White Port Douglas
Matt Scott - LJ Hooker Port Douglas
Renae Mous - Raine & Horne Port Douglas & Mossman
Soula Kazakis - Century 21 Port Douglas
Travis Schumacher - Raine & Horne Port Douglas & Mossman

Presented by GBR Helicopters

Best Beauty Salon (Company)
Divine Beauty Mossman
DS Hair & Makeup
Hair by Julia
Hairdressers Unite
Jen Campbell for Hair
Just Jase Hair
Lea Bella Hair
Meraki & Co
The Beauty Room
The Hair Shop

Best Beauty Therapist (Individual)
Carly Jack - Carly Q Hair & Makeup
Carmel Santarossa - Port Douglas Hair & Makeup
Crystal McLennan - Hairdressers Unite
Danielle Scomazzon - DS Hair & Makeup
Jodi Gibson - U Beauty
Julia Styles - Hair by Julia
Micheala Sands - Meraki & Co
Nicole Matheson - Shantara Day Spa
Rachel Rebecca-Smith - The Beauty Room
Vicki Collinson - Divine Beauty Mossman

Best Spa Experience (Company)
Divine Beauty Mossman
Mai Thai
Ninn's Massage
Niramaya Spa
Port Douglas Day Spa
Pure Massage
Shantara Day Spa
Silky Oaks Spa
The Beauty Room
Vie Spa

Best Masseur / Masseuse (Individual)
Vicki Collinson - Divine Beauty Mossman
Nicole Matheson - Shantara Day Spa
Luke Murray - Samadhi Soul
Ninn - Ninn’s Massage
Jane Adams - 2 Healing Hands
Kelly Adair - Spa Q Port Douglas
Noy Greenhill - Noy’s Thai Massage
Tania Leischke - Pure Massage & Beauty
Kelda Walker - Daintree Eco Lodge
Stacey Yakich - Port Douglas Day Spa

Best Health and Fitness Service (Gyms and Personal Trainers)
Bodies in a Motion Dance School
Deep Yoga Studio
Ed McNally
It's My Time Fitness for Women
Lou's Fitness
Mirage Country Club
Mossman Fitness Health Club
Port Douglas 24/7 Gym
Port Douglas Yoga
QT Gym & Lap Pool

Presented by PORT DOUGLAS magazine

Best Holiday Letting Agency (Company)
Belle Property
Executive Retreats
LJ Hooker Luxury Collection
Port Douglas Accommodation
Port Douglas Getaways
Sanctuary Stays
Sanctuary Villas
The Boutique Collection
Ulysses Getaways

Best Holiday Home or Private Villa (Individual Property)
Bali Hai
Beach Pavilions
Concha Marina Sands Estate
Jelly Bean
Pineapple Pete's Beach House
The Bahama House
23 Murphy Street
15 Wharf Street
7 Wharf Street
61 Murphy Street

Best Low Cost Accommodation
At The Mango Tree Holiday Apartments
Big4 Port Douglas Glengarry
Coral Beach Lodge
Demi View Motel Mossman
Dougies Backpacker
Lazy Lizard Motor Inn
Mossman Motel
Port Douglas Backpackers
Port Douglas Motel
Tropic Breeze Caravan Park

Best Luxury Accommodation
Coconut Grove
Niramaya Villas & Spa
Peppers Beach Club
Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort
QT Port Douglas
Shantara Resort
Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort Port Douglas
Silky Oaks Lodge
Thala Beach Lodge

Best Apartment Accommodation (under 40 rooms)
Beaches Port Douglas
By The Sea
Cayman Villas Port Douglas
Coconut Grove
Mandalay Apartments
Mowbray by The Sea
Niramaya Villas & Spa
Oaks Lagoon
Peninsula Boutique Hotel
The Pavilions

Best Resort Accommodation (over 40 rooms)
Hibiscus Resort and Spa
Mantra Aqueous
Oaks Lagoons
Peppers Beach Club
Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort
QT Port Douglas
Ramada Resort
Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort Port Douglas
Silky Oaks Lodge
Thala Beach Lodge

Presented by Malone's Butchery

Best Visitor Information Service
By The Sea
Coral Beach Lodge
Dougies Backpackers
Port Douglas Tourist Information Centre
Fab FM Port Douglas
Reef Adventure Centre
Tourism Port Douglas Daintree (TPDD)
Tropical Journeys
What's On In Port
Wildlife Habitat

Best Transport - Airport Transfer Operator
Excellence Coaches
Exemplar Coaches & Limousines
GBR Helicopters
Hummers & Harley's
Krystal Transport
Port Douglas Transfers
Sizzling Wheels
SR Transport
Sun Palm Transport

Best Transport - Local Transfer Operator
Coral Coaches
Mossman Taxi Service
Port Douglas Taxis
Port to Port Tours and Transfers
Sizzling Wheels
SR Transport

Best Transport - Hire Service (inc Car, Bike, Moped, Boat)
Bike Shop & Hire Port Douglas
East Coast Car Rentals
Leisure Wheels
Port Douglas Boat Hire
Port Douglas Car Hire

Presented by Hemingway’s Brewery

Best Fishing Business
Aquis Fishing Charters
Dragon Lady
Far North Sports Fishing
Hook Up Charters
MV Norseman
Nautical Marine Sales
Out and About Sportfishing
Port Douglas Sportfishing
Zulu Gamefishing Charters

Best Sailing Tour
Aquarius Luxury Sailing
Indigo Port Douglas
Liquid Desire
Wavedancer Low Isles Cruises

Best Rainforest/River Tour
Back Country Bliss Adventures
Billy Tea Safari's
Brett's Tours
Bruce Belcher Daintree River Cruises
Daintree Discovery Tours
Daintree Wonder Tours
Dreamtime Walk at Mossman Gorge
Lady Douglas River Cruise
Tony's Tropical Tours
Walkabout Cultural Adventures

Best Reef Tour
ABC Dive & Snorkel
Calypso Reef Charters
Ocean Safari Reef Experience
Poseidon Outer Reef Cruises
Quicksilver Cruises
Reef Sprinter
Silver Sonic
Wavedancer Low Isles Cruises
Wavelength Reef Cruises

Best Tour Guide
Dean Nulty - Daintree Wonder Tours
Glen Morrissey - Back Country Bliss Adventures
Jason Heffernan - Back Country Bliss Adventures
Juan Walker - Walkabout Cultural Adventures
Mark Jenner - Back Country Bliss Adventures
Rich Morgan - Tony’s Tropical Tours
Rob Moss - Tony’s Tropical Tours
Steve Ladd - Tony’s Tropical Tours
Wayne Johnson - Back Country Bliss Adventures
Will Hancock - Back Country Bliss Adventures

Best Tourist Attraction (Commercial Venue)
Bally Hooley
Daintree Ice Cream Company
Flames Of The Forest
Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures
Hemmingway's Brewery Tours
Jungle Surfing
Mossman Gorge
Skyrail and Scenic Railway
Wildlife Habitat

Presented by Star 102.7

Best Takeaway
Beach Shack Restaurant
Beechwoods Cafe
Chilly's Pizza
Dave's Takeaway
Grant Street Kitchen
Lotus Leaf
N17 Burger Co
Port 'O Call Takeaway

Best Breakfast
Beechwoods Café
Bettys Bohemian Café
Cafe Fresq
Choo Choo's @ St Crispin's
Choo Choo's @ The Marina
Grant Street Kitchen
Hi Tide Café - Bar - Restaurant
Monkey Joe's
N17 Burger Co
The Little Larder

Best Coffee
Beechwoods Café
Cafe Fresq
Cafe Ziva
Choo Choo's @ St Crispin's
Dougies Backpackers
Little Larder
N17 Burger Co
Origin Espresso - Port Douglas
Sparrow Coffee Port Douglas
Whileaway Bookshop & Café

Best Bar / Pub
Central Hotel
Court House Hotel
Hemingway's Brewery
Iron Bar
Jimmy Rum's
Paddy's Irish Pub & Grill
Rattle N Hum
The Tin Shed - Combined Club
Zinc Port Douglas

Best Wait / Bar Service (Individual)
Alec Thomson - Jimmy Rums
Andrea Zanelli - Zinc Port Douglas
Dan Rolf - Arabella’s Port Douglas
Kurt Freitas - Arabella’s Port Douglas
Luke Headland - Little Larder
Madeline Diebolt - Barbados
Roxanne Camhaji - Arabella’s Port Douglas
Simon Macleod - N17 Burger Co
Steph Ager - Estilo Bar QT Port Douglas
Tyler Willhite - Zinc Port Douglas

Best Family Restaurant
Beechwoods Café
Chilly's Pizza
Choo Choo's @ St Crispin's
N17 Burger Co
Rattle N Hum Bar & Grill
Salsa Bar & Grill
The Mexican
The Surfy Port Douglas
The Tin Shed
Zinc Port Douglas

Best Restaurant
2 Fish Restaurant
Arabella’s Port Douglas
N17 Burger Co
Nautilus Restaurant
On The Inlet Seafood Restaurant
Salsa Bar & Grill
Seabean Tapas Bar Restaurant
The Mexican
Watergate Restaurant & Lounge Bar
Zinc Restaurant & Lounge Bar

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