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“Cane toad racing”
Review of Iron Bar

Iron Bar
Ranked #2 of 5 Nightlife in Port Douglas
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: An alchemy of rusty iron, sophisticated cocktails, tropical beats, hearty steaks, and hustling cane toads, the Iron Bar is a restaurant, bar and late night venue, synonymous with entertainment in Port Douglas. By day, the Iron Bar is a popular dining destination, featuring a lip smacking steakhouse menu, classic Aussie pub style eats, and all your favourite burgers, buffalo wings and BBQ ribs. After dinner, you'd be a clown not to indulge in a little bit of unique Port Douglas entertainment, with the famous cane toad racing!
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Stairs / lift, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 27 August 2005

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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