Cane Toad racing is back in Port Douglas

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Family affair: Chilly's owner Axel Bruening (second from left) with daughter and staff member Emily Bruening (left) and Cane Toad racers Nick Gibson (Nicky G), wife Jodi Gibson and daughter Hannah Gibson. Image: Karlie Brady.
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The legendary and iconic Cane Toad Racing has a new home and after an 18-month hiatus will be back bigger and better than ever.

Chilly's Pizza and Trattoria on Mowbray Street is excited to announce that it will play home to the brand-new show starting Tuesday May 11 - just days away.

Legendary Toad Racer and Show Presenter, Nick Gibson, better known as Nicky G, couldn’t be happier seeing toads back in Port Douglas once again.

"Not a day goes by where locals haven’t asked me when the toad show will be back, and up until now, I didn’t have an answer for them,” he said.

“It’s always been great family entertainment, but we needed a new venue close to the main street with a family friendly menu. Chilly's Pizza ticks all the boxes. 

“I met Axel and Michaela from Chilly's in Germany way back in 1994 and who would have guessed we would team up together to serve the best pizza and best Toad Show ever seen in Port Douglas almost 30 years later.

“I’m excited to be working with them again and believe the show will be the perfect complement to what they’ve already established with their family pizza restaurant.”

The Chilly's Toad Show will kick off from Tuesday May 11 at 5:15 pm and will run for about 45 minutes five days a week.

Nicky G, who’s been doing the show for 20 years added "it will be a similar format to what’s always happened.”

“The doors and bar will open at 5:00 pm and it will be just $5 a ticket to watch (cash or tap). 

“If you want to do ‘dinner and a show’ bookings at Chilly's for dinner will be essential. No need to book for toads - just hop on in.

“If we get the crowds anywhere like we used to I’m expecting this to be a winner for the whole Shire. People love this show and the more people that walk away with a smile on their face, the better for everyone. The show must go on.”

Chilly's and Nicky G have also committed a percentage of ticket sales to go to wildlife charities soon to be announced.

“So spread the news - the toads are back in town. For great family entertainment and food, Chilly's is now more than ever the place where you want to be from May 11,” Nicky G said.

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