Businesses welcome small taste of freedom


Karlie Brady


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Riana Crimmins and Pia McKeown from Casa Mia Boutique have all your clothing, gifts, and homeware needs ready as restrictions ease putting non-essential shopping trips back on the agenda. Image: Karlie Brady.

After what feels like forever in lockdown, from midnight tonight some COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted in time for the long weekend, including shopping for non-essential items and travelling within a 50km radius of your home.

While strict social distancing rules are still in place, it is the perfect opportunity to responsibly get out and support local businesses who have been doing it tough over the last couple of months.

- An easing of restrictions allows some Douglas shops to re-open
- Time for a picnic as restrictions eased

Newsport put the call out to our readers and the following businesses wanted ‘you’ to know they are open and operating.

If your business missed out be sure to add it in comments below.

Aussie Campfire Kitchens: Locally handcrafted cooking gear great for backyard cooking or camping trips.

Bambooshak: Women’s clothing store in Port Douglas re-opening Saturday offering 20% off storewide during May. Every purchase comes with a chance to win a Mother’s Day voucher worth $50.

Beachwood’s Café Mossman: Daily takeaway food and coffee specials, now stocking locally crafted market items from local suppliers.

Beep Beep Toot: The new on-demand town shuttle and rideshare service.

Casa Mia Boutique: A variety of beautiful women’s clothing brands, gifts, and homewares in Mossman and Port Douglas.

Croc Express café: With some national parks opening, this café in the Daintree Village will re-open on Saturday for all your takeaway needs.

Four Mile Fish and Chips: Takeaway fish and chips, perfect for the family picnics you’re now allowed to have.

Funstuff by Lynda: Hand drawn and painted unique gifts, mugs, glassware, and artwork in Port Douglas.

Ginni Boutique: Quality Australian designer garments, accessories and shoes in Port Douglas. Reopening with limited hours initially 10:00am to 2:pm Monday to Friday.

In Port Shoes: Stocking a variety of quality brands of men’s, women’s, and children’s shoes in Port Douglas.

Ives Mensland: All your men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing and footwear needs in Mossman.

JayDee’s Variety Store & Bartolo’s Clothing & Shoes: Clothing, footwear, gifts, toys, homewares, school uniforms and more in Mossman.

Jungle Road: Natural Fibre Clothing in Port Douglas, reopening 10:00am to 3:00pm Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday every week during May 25% off storewide. Sales over $50 go into the draw for a bottle of French Champagne.

Lemonade and Sparkles: Women’s and Men’s clothing and coffee store in Port Douglas reopening for the long weekend.

Lou’s Hair Images: Experienced hair salon in Mossman.

Moonglow: Unique Jewellery store in Port Douglas reopening from Saturday with initially reduced hours 10:00am to 2:00pm every day.

Mossman Bait & Tackle: With recreational fishing back on the table you can get all your ice, bait, and tackle from the specialists in Mossman.

Mossman Golf Club: You can still play golf and the Mossman Golf club is open with strict government regulations in place.

N17: Burger specialists in Port Douglas ready with all your lunch and dinner takeaway needs.

Palmer Sea Reef golf course: Tropical links golf course in Port Douglas, still open following strict government regulations and offering local rates.

Port Douglas Thai Massage: A qualified remedial massage therapist in Port Douglas.

Scomazzon farming: Locally grown and sourced fruit and vegetable store north of Mossman.

Samadhi Soul Massage Therapies: Remedial massage therapist in Port Douglas to treat injury or pain.

Seashells & Co: Unique, handmade, decorative shells to add a touch of luxury and style to any interior design.

Splish Splash Swimwear: Swimwear store in Port Douglas has reopened its doors. Get a free gift with your purchases in time for Mother’s Day and enter the draw to win an Island escape at Fitzroy Island and a new swim wardrobe!

The Junction Cafe Mossman: Offering all your takeaway needs in Mossman.

The Mexican: Get your favourite Mexican takeaway in Port Douglas and check out the handmade craft pop up shop in-store.

Toast Sandwich Bar: The perfect lunch takeaway in Port Douglas currently putting the finishing touches on new picnic hampers now that picnics are back on the table.

Travel Safe Transfers: Private transfers and Airport shuttles abiding by all the Covid-19 safety guidelines.

Western Road Clothing and Tack: Get all your country wear, boots, saddles, and tack supplies right here in Mossman.

Windswell: The wind is back operating one on one lessons starting and family groups daily. Local discount rates available or use WSVIP20 when booking online.

Yum Yums Mossman: Grocer and health food store focussing on locally grown produce, natural foods, gluten-free, organic, vegan, snacks, juices, and smoothies.

Port Douglas Hospitality Supplies: Offers a range of products from homewares to commercial hospitality supplies. If you can’t make it to them they can deliver to you.

Ngarru Gallery: A collections of high-end indigenous art in Port Douglas currently open by appointment.

It has never been more important to support local businesses and in line with this Council is launching a Buy Douglas: Build Douglas campaign, a community partnership designed to encourage people to spend their money with local businesses.

The campaign will be launched in mid-May. 

Easing of restrictions

From 11.59pm Friday, 1 May, Queenslanders will be able to leave their homes for recreational purposes such as:

  • Having a picnic
  • Visiting a national park
  • Shopping for non-essential items
  • Going for a drive
  • Riding a motorbike, jetski or boat for pleasure

But there are three conditions that apply linked to the above:

  • Social distancing and hygiene must be maintained
  • You have to stay within 50km of home and
  • Outings are limited to members of the same household or an individual and one friend

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