Just north of Port Douglas is the sugar town of Mossman. Chalk and cheese if you felt the urge to compare the two towns. Amazing. Mossman is a rural town that exists quite removed from the serious tourist scene. A visitor should delight in the fact this tourism factor should exist. Mossman is a nice town. Clearly sugar dependant. Tourism is a growing and acknowledged industry and is cultivated.
Originally known as Mosman — the name was changed to avoid confusion with the Sydney suburb of Mosman. Sugar cane farming is an important aspect of the local economy, with Mossman Central Mill, the only sugar mill in the district, processing the cane before sending it to Cairns for shipping domestically and internationally.