Strutting the Stage for Port Douglas Carnivale

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The well-loved Wonderland Spiegeltent returns to the tropics for a celebration of circus, cabaret and sizzling burlesque.

Wonderland Spiegeltent, the beautiful 1930s nostalgic wooden mirrored travelling European circus tent, is coming back to Port Douglas Carnivale, with opening night next Friday May 14. For 10 days over Carnivale 2021, step inside the bevelled doors of the Wonderland Spiegeltent as they bring their spectacular program of live entertainment including circus, cabaret, comedy, burlesque, music and family shows.

From seductive sword-swallowers and punk rock knife-throwers to topless tap-dancers and eye-watering contortionists all hosted by an MC believed to be the evil love child of Liza Minelli and Jim Carey, the Wonderland Spiegeltent’s headline show, Popcorn Underground, is a rainbow show of diversity and glamour guaranteed to leave audiences breathless as the performers twirl their way through sex, skill and slapstick. Popcorn Underground, named after the Belgian dance party subculture, promises scintillating sexiness that will take audiences to a grittier place than they’ve ever been before.

The original bad-ass frontman of Australian rock and roll Tex Perkins will team up with Matt Walker as they grace the stage for a one-night-only intimate show, and Blunderland, the genuine New York variety show promises a trip down a rabbit hole of scintillating surprises audiences won’t soon forget. Award-winning family show The Greatest Magic Show is one for the kids, and here in Queensland for the very first time.

Located on the Port Douglas foreshore at Dixie Park, the Wonderland Spiegeltent Festival Hub will be a central arts and entertainment hub, featuring live performances, a licensed Garden bar, craft beers, delicious wines, sweet treats and food trucks ready to party in paradise. Bold, beautiful and frequently hilarious, this season’s circus-meets-cabaret-meets-vaudeville extravaganza should take top priority on your Port Douglas Carnivale to do list.


FRI 14th – SAT 22nd MAY (Various Times)

World class cabaret starring the obscenely intelligent, beautifully filthy and rib-crackingly funny Reuben Kaye in a night of sizzling cabaret, adult carnival, burlesque, magic, astounding circus and extraordinary artists. A riotous variety show like you’ve never seen before. Combining death defying thrilling acts and hilarious moments that will have audiences gasping with shock and delight. The creme de la creme of the cabaret world.

“Reuben Kaye is the evil love child of Liza Minnelli and Jim Carrey” – British Theatre Guide

“A dazzling array of circus acts set to a mesmerising and eclectic beat.” – The Adelaide Fringe Festival

©Martin Philbey Tex Perkins – The Beasts of Bourbon 15th February 2007 Melbourne – Australia All Rights Reserved


SAT 15th MAY 5:00pm

The original bad-ass frontman of Australian rock and roll, Tex Perkins has a celebrated history. A man whose career has taken him from experimental punktronica through to the dizzying heights of multiple ARIA awards and recognition with The Cruel Sea, he is now joined by Matt Walker, an equally celebrated blues musician. Matt has written, recorded and performed with a diverse range of artists which include Mick Harvey, Rob Hirst and Jim Mogine (both from Midnight Oil), Archie Roach, and many others. Now in an exclusive, intimate performance in North Queensland, Tex and Matt get their swamp blues groove on, a little reminiscent of the old days whilst fleshing out some new tunes. Not to be missed.

“…an artist who must surely be regarded as one of the greatest front men in the country.” – The Music


FRI 21st – SAT 22nd MAY 10:30pm

A genuine New York variety show with all the whimsical, surreal and psychedelic you can handle, served HOT and ready to dazzle you! Leave all expectations at the door and prepare to be titillated. Drawing from the finest, BLUNDERLAND is a trip down a rabbit hole of scintillating surprises you won’t soon forget. This show is, juicy, and super fresh for your viewing pleasure. This is not a show for the meek, and we serve nothing mild on this stage.

“Blunderland is an outrageous and subversive celebration of all that is weird, queer and extravagant…” The Advertiser


SAT 22ND – SUN 23rd (Various Times)

This multi-award-winning, sell-out sensation of 2020 and 2021, is headed to Queensland for the very first time, with more whimsical wonders than ever before! Having garnered international acclaim in countries such as Scotland, New Zealand and the UK; as well as being a sell out show at this year’s Perth and Adelaide Fringe Festivals, stars Sam and Justin will be hitting the stage in Port Douglas with brand new illusions direct from Las Vegas! As an added bonus, every child will receive a FREE MAGIC WAND on entry so they too can be involved with the magic every step of the way.

“A Rollicking Roller-Coaster Ride!” West Australian, ★★★★ ½ Stars
“The Penn & Teller of AU!” – Glam Adelaide, 
★★★★★ Stars



Wonderland Entertainment is the touring company popping up in locations across Australia, from Melbourne to Sydney, Barwon Heads, Sunshine Coast, Mackay, Townsville and Port Douglas and Adelaide Fringe Festival. Touring the nostalgic Wonderland Spiegeltent welcomes guests from all over the world, both onstage and off, as the good times flow on long after sundown.

You can follow the festival’s updates and tag images on Instagram @wonderland_spiegeltent or on Facebook @wonderlandspiegeltent