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“This place is struggling, it needs help”
Review of The Reef Marina

The Reef Marina
Ranked #6 of 14 Shopping in Port Douglas
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Owner description: 'The Reef Marina' Port Douglas, formerly known as 'Port Douglas marina - Marina Mirage' has taken on new ownership and management as of late 2013. The marina is home to an array of speciality shops, waterfront restaurants and numerous cruising, sailing and fishing tourism based businesses as well as private vessels encapsulated in a stunning tropical marina setting at the gateway to the famous Great Barrier Reef.
Melbourne, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
206 reviews
79 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“This place is struggling, it needs help”
Reviewed March 7, 2013

Over the years that we have visited Port Douglas I have watched the number of occupied shops in this centre dwindle and with it general facilities decline. It is a shame because if it was fully operating it would be a hive of activity and choice for visitors. There are a number of restaurants and cafes still operating, it is worth going down to have a beer and chips on the deck and watch the boats coming and going. Hopefully things pick up.

Visited September 2012
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2 Thank Tony P
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“Empty, run down, tired.”
Reviewed February 15, 2013

Such a disappointment. Needs to be completely renovated or maybe demolished and rebuilt.
So many empty stores, paint peeling off doors, walls, roof, faded signage/dated, just looks so tired.
Does not add anything to Port Douglas, lets it down.
Quite sad to see, as you can imagine how lovely it would have once been.
Shame.

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Thank MikeyandJanet2013
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Shopping at Marina”
Reviewed December 27, 2012

There were many empty shops, giving a slightly deserted and neglected air. The art exhibition supposedly upstairs was closed.

Visited December 2012
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Thank Ann and Ian C
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Murwillumbah, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
70 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Ageing and empty”
Reviewed August 26, 2012

Marina Mirage Shopping Centre is well due either a demolish or a revamp. Most of the centres shops are empty.
It's a shame as the Marina is the set off point for a number of Sailing and Snorkelling tours and is missing the opportunity to capture those tourist's looking to top off the day with a meal and drink in nautical atmosphere.

Visited August 2012
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4 Thank organicanni
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Brisbane, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
Reviewed July 21, 2012

Terrible, worn out building, vacant shops, expensive food places. Boats leave for trips to the reef.

Disappointing for port Douglas visitors.

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4 Thank robynk2765
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