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What’s On Around The Douglas Shire For The Anzac Day Long Weekend?

Enjoy our definitive guide to ‘What’s On’ in, and around, the Douglas Shire this Anzac Day long weekend...
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We present the Anzac Day Long Weekend Guide to Events around the Shire.


ANZAC Day services commence at dawn in Mossman and Cow Bay, while a morning March will take place in Port Douglas, followed by the ever popular tradition of Two-Up at the Central Hotel hosted by the inimitable Gusman.

Two-Up will also take place up at Mount Molloy National Hotel with live music afterwards.

Saturday afternoon sees the launch of live music at the Barrier Reef Tavern, which is under new management with fabulous new tenants in the kitchen too- Kai, serving great coffee, and even better food. Kicking off this weekend, Shannon, Lady Valiant and Sea Change will light up the ‘burbs of Four Mile with an afternoon jam. Be there!

The Tav is also now hosting a Sunday pool comp.

Markets will be held in Mossman and at St Crispins Cafe on Saturday and in Port Douglas on Sunday. Chillax over one of the many Sunday dining specials-including seafood platters, Sunday roasts and food vans at the markets.

Santiego is unloading a fresh haul of local prawns all weekend, so get down to the public jetty (real) early to stock up for your own afternoon session!

The Port Douglas Crocs AFL team will play their first home game at the Port Douglas Sports Complex this weekend-pop down to enjoy the launch of their home games, enjoy some great food, drinks and company, suss out the new team (no sign of Gary Ablett yet unfortunately😉) and hopefully witness both the Reserves and Seniors victorious over the Manunda Hawks.

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.

There is also a Beach Clean Up at Four Mile on Saturday morning if you are feeling the Earth Day vibes or Seaspiracy has motivated you to do your bit for our oceans!


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.



Did we miss anything? Let us know! Our calendar event listings are FREE!


Weather Situation

A trough lies offshore of the North Tropical Coast, and is expected to weaken as it moves east into the Coral Sea. A new ridge, extending from a high moving into the Great Australian Bight by tomorrow, will strengthen the ridge up the coast bringing strong winds as it is squeezed south of the trough.


Forecast for Friday until midnight

Strong Wind Warning for Friday for Cairns Coast

Winds / South to southeasterly 20 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots in the afternoon and evening. Inshore winds up to 10 knots lighter during the early morning.

Seas / 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres outside the reef.

Swell / Southeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres.

Weather / Cloudy. 90% chance of showers.


Saturday 24 April

Winds / Southeasterly 20 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots at times.

Seas / 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres outside the reef.

Swell / Southeasterly 1 to 2 metres outside the reef.

Weather / Cloudy. 90% chance of showers.


Sunday 25 April

Winds / Southeasterly 15 to 25 knots.

Seas / 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres outside the reef.

Swell / East to southeasterly 1 to 2 metres outside the reef.

Weather / Cloudy. 90% chance of showers.


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