The Iron Bar is on the main strip in Port Douglas and it is famous for the
cane toad race which takes place twice a week. We went for the Thursday
night race. If you wish to participate in the race, you get a ticket from the waitress and hope your number is drawn from a hat. There were 3 or 4 rounds of racing. If you do get called up and get allocated a toad (all with very hilarious names) you have to wish it luck by kissing the back of the toad! It was great fun watching people cheer their toad on by blowing on party whistles (not sure if thats what you call them!). The last round of the race is an auction. Its amazing how people are willing to pay up to $20 to bid for a toad and enter into the race. Contrary to what some websites have said, they don't get patrons to kill the toad after the race, they just go back into the bucket that they came from. Cane toads were introduced in Australia to kill sugar cane beetles. Unbeknownst the authorities, they bred rapidly and killed native animals too. Now they are considered to be pests in Australia. The cane toad racing is worth a visit if you're in town on the race days!
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