Radio Port Douglas - The Voice of The Douglas Shire since 1999
Radio Port Douglas was established in December 1999 by Jay Amundsen and Henry Ellison. Communicating from an old single-watt transmitter, the first radio sounds to be heard came from an antenna fixed to the guttering of a private residence atop Flagstaff Hill. Early music playlists were the directors’ CD collections and any other music that could be found.
The station continued to entertain the local community from that location until 2001 when a small group of passionate radio people undertook the mammoth task of relocating the station from the top of Flagstaff Hill to the new studios in the Pavilions Complex on Macrossan Street, where it remained until it was moved into a new studio at the Marina Mirage. In 2003 it was relocated back to Macrossan Street. In July 2017 Radio Port Douglas went into liquidation.
Paul and Marion Makin purchased the licences and started broadcasting throughout the Douglas Shire on Anzac Day 2018 from their studio in Adelaide SA. In November 2018 they relocated to Port Douglas to live and started broadcasting from their new Studio situated at the historic Bally Hooley Railway Station at the Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina.
The radio station has become a local tourist attraction. With their compact Studio very accessible and visibly open to the public, tourists & locals alike come down to watch the radio station functioning and to interact with the on-air hosts.