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What’s On Around The Douglas Shire This Weekend?

Enjoy our definitive guide to ‘What’s On’ in, and around, the Douglas Shire this weekend...

For the last weekend of the Easter holidays, the Shire is alive with the groove of live music all the way north to Cape Trib’s Safari Sunday session.


Further afield, legendary muso Ian Moss is performing at the Tanks both tonight and Saturday, with tickets still available here.

Markets will be held on Mossman, St Crispins Cafe and Port Douglas. Wear the kids out with a visit to the markets, pop in to the historical Court House Museum for a trip down memory lane, and a walk around Flagstaff Hill before indulging in one of our fabulous local Sunday dining specials-including seafood specials, Sunday roasts and $1 oysters.

The Tanks Markets also return this weekend, showcasing local arts, crafts and products and vintage bric-a-brac, with live tunes from 9am-2pm.

If you are oyster lover, take a cruise down the Great Barrier Reef Drive on Sunday for $1 oysters at 1:00 pm at Ellis Beach Bar & Grill, with live music to accompany fabulous beachside dining, cold beer and atmosphere.

If you are looking to head north over the Daintree, Sunday is a great day for it, with another popular Safari Sunday at the Turtle Rock Cafe, featuring live blues and drink and food specials for a decadent Sunday session. There is also a Bech Clean Up at Cape Kimberley on Saturday morning if Seaspiracy has motivated you to do your bit for our oceans.

A special preview of locally filmed This Little Love of Mine is showing at Smithfield’s Event Cinemas on Sunday night-tickets available here.


Art fans will enjoy the weekend in Cairns with the Archibald Prize exhibition continuing, as well as local artists featuring in the Call of the Running Tide Exhibition at Northsite Contemporary Gallery.

Prestigious and controversial, The Archibald Prize is Australia’s oldest and most respected award for portraiture, and it arrived in Cairns this week. The Exhibition is open through to 2 May 2021. Reservations are essential.



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Weather Situation

A high [1019hPa] over the Tasman Sea extends a ridge along the coast. The ridge my strengthen late in the weekend as a new high moves into the Great Australian Bight. A weak tropical low may move into northern Coral Sea over the weekend or early next week.


Forecast for Friday until midnight

Winds /Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots north of Cape Grafton in the evening.

Seas / 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres north of Cairns by early evening.

Swell / Easterly 1 to 1.5 metres outside the reef.

Weather / Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers.


Saturday 17 April

Winds /Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots north of Cape Grafton in the afternoon and evening.

Seas / 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1 to 2 metres north of Cairns.

Swell / Southeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres outside the reef.

Weather / Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm north of Cairns.


Sunday 18 April

Winds / Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots, increasing to 20 to 25 knots in the morning. Offshore winds north of Cairns possibly reaching up to 30 knots from late morning.

Seas / 1.5 to 2.5 metres.

Swell / Southeasterly below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres outside the reef.

Weather / Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.


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