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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 for Mothers Day weekend.

We celebrate mums on Sunday with Mother’s Day and there are plenty of options for spending time with your mum, or indulging her solo!

There are a few key events on all weekend including Cairns Expo, the Northern Nats and Herberton’s Pioneer Weekend Country & Music Festival.

Sporting fixtures include the Port Douglas Croc’s Pink in the Tropics Day-kicking off with the Pink Breakfast-this is a great day of community AFL and Sign Up for the Surf Life Saving Club on Sunday.

There are markets in Mossman, St Crispins, Port Douglas, and farther afield in Mareeba and Holloways Beach.

Cane toads are back and racing at their new home as of next Tuesday, Chilly’s Pizza & Trattoria, from Tuesdays to Saturdays from 5pm-great family entertainment!

One of our very best local favourites, Crossroads Cafe, will be showcasing the finest local musical talent with Open Mic tonight from 6pm along with great local fish and chips and ever entertaining company, while up the hill at Mount Molloy Shannon will be keeping the dance floor kickin’ and stompin’ as the Jackpot Joker soars to $2050.

Down in the big smoke, Tones & I will be rocking Munro Martin Park tomorrow, warming up FNQ for the Red Hot Summer Tour next weekend.


ALL WEEKEND

CAIRNS EXPO

The Cairns Expo is far North Queensland’s largest outdoor adventure and home and lifestyle event.

Over three huge days, the Cairns Showgrounds will be filled with the latest caravans, camper trailers, vehicles and 4×4 accessories, holiday destinations, boating, fishing gear and more, PLUS great ideas for your home and lifestyle such as sustainable living ideas, sheds, roofing, pools, homeware, bedding and more.

There is plenty to see and do across the weekend, including great entertainment for the whole family.

The weather doesn’t look too bad-get out there and enjoy three days of exploring and enjoying!

NORTHERN NATS

Whether you can pull this off as a weekend event mum would love to participate in is entirely up to each family, but the Northern Nats are on all weekend, three days of tyre torture, burnouts, drags and powerskids at Springmount Raceway, Mareeba.


FRIDAY 7 May 2021

ENTERTAINMENT

CROSSROADS CAFE

Fish N Chips & Open Mic Night from 6pm

After last week’s epic re-opening night, Crossroads is turning it on again with their beloved fish n chips and open mic night from 6pm. You can preorder for takeaway via text or call 0477 7777 35. The cafe is also now open from Thursday-Sunday-check out their fabulous new menu below!

MT MOLLOY HOTEL

Shannon Hunter is playing live in the beer garden tonight. The Jackpot Joker has reached a whopping $2050 and tonight’s meat tray raffle at 7pm supports the local Pistol Club. Enjoy Happy Hour and a transfer bus home.

EXCHANGE HOTEL MOSSMAN

Live Music 6pm & Meals on Wheels Raffles 5pm

COURT HOUSE HOTEL

Live Tunes from 7.30pm

CENTRAL HOTEL

Live Music from 5pm

PADDYS

Fraser Scott live from 8pm


WINE & DINE

INN FRONT

Tapas & Drink Special 5-6 pm

MAMAN

Live Acoustic Music Fridays 4-6pm

HIGH FALLS FARM

Happy Hour 5-6pm & Dinner from 6pm

PORT DOUGLAS YACHT CLUB

Sunset Tunes & Seafood Session

WHET, CAPE TRIBULATION

Parmy Fridays

THE FLYING MACKEREL

Tortellini Pasta Bake Special

ELLIS BEACH BAR & GRILL

$10 Pizza Specials


SPORT

MOSSMAN BOAT & FISHING CLUB

Fishing Competition

From 5pm today with weigh-in at the Clubhouse on Sunday 9 May at 3pm

BBQ at the weigh in on Sunday, for a gold coin donation.

Lucky door, kid’s prizes, as well as some prizes for our target species.

Seniors will be chasing Trout and Fingermark. Any Senior who weighs in or catches and releases a Trout and/or Fingermark will go into the draw to be our lucky target species winner

For the Juniors, simply weigh in any fish and you will go in the draw to win a prize

DAINTREE YOGA

10am Buffs Hall, Mossman

DOUGLAS UNITED DRAGONS v Mareeba

Borzi Park Mareeba from 6.30pm

ACTIVE8 FITNESS

Free Seniors Movement and Parkour

Mossman & District Gymnastics Club & Kindergym 10.30am

PORT DOUGLAS JUNIOR CROCS

Round 3 Pink in the Tropics Home Games 6-9pm

CAIRNS TAIPANS v BRISBANE BULLETS BASKETBALL

8pm Cairns Pop-Up Arena


SATURDAY May 8 2021

ENTERTAINMENT

CANE TOAD RACINGSTARTS NEXT WEEK

Chilly’s Pizza

From 5pm for 5.15pm start-6pm

PORT DOUGLAS YACHT CLUB

Latin Party! From 8pm

COURT HOUSE HOTEL

Live Music

CENTRAL HOTEL

Live Music

MUNRO MARTIN PARKLANDS CAIRNS

Tones & I

HEMINGWAYS CAIRNS

Cairns Craft Beer Festival 12-10pm

HERBERTON Pioneer Weekend Country & Folk Music Festival

Steampunk, vintage fashion and old school arts and trades such as blacksmithing, woodchopping and tin panning-take a step back in time at Herberton Historic Village.

Talented crowd pleasers the Littmus Steampunk Band will be spreading the word about the joys of steam-powered machines, while a fully restored 1905 Marshall Steam Traction Engine will be fired up for a rattling demonstration of these early mechanical wonders.

The entertaining Littmus Steampunk Band describe themselves as a “ragtag bunch of time travellers from the great Victorian Age of exploration and invention”.

Historic Village Herberton owners Craig and Connie Kimberley said the annual Pioneer Weekend really brought the old mining village to life, especially with so many guests dressing up in period costume for the event.

“We hope to see old friends and new at this year’s Pioneer Weekend, the first since 2019,” Craig said.

The two-day program also features performances by Whiskey Boat, Now & Never, Dave Kirk, and Rough and Ready.

9am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday.


WINE & DINE

HIGH FALLS FARM

Lunch

THORNTONS BEACH CAFE

Fish & Chips

THE FLYING MACKEREL

Tropical Chicken Parma, Potato Wedges & Salad Special


MARKETS

WONGA BEACH STATE SCHOOL CAR BOOT SALE

7am-11am

Wonga Beach State School are hosting a community car boot sale. Come along and sell your pre-loved items and/or grab a bargain while supporting this great little school.

Tea & Coffee and Sausage Sizzle provided by the P&C.

CAR BOOT SITES ARE LIMITED-Call or SMS Karen 0405491578 for site/stall enquiries – $10 per site

MOSSMAN 7am-1pm

ST CRISPINS 8.30am-1pm

MAREEBA 7.30am


COMMUNITY & ARTS

DAB ART EXHIBITION OPENS

“Our Paradise” 10am-2pm


SPORT

Port Douglas CROCS AFL “Pink in the Tropics”

Port Douglas V Cairns Saints from 12pm at the Port Douglas Sports Complex with Pink Breakfast for the ladies kicking off the celebratory day!

PORT DOUGLAS JUNIOR CROCS

Round 3 Pink in the Tropics Home Games 6-9pm

LUCY CHADWICK YOGA

7am Buffs Hall Mossman

DAINTREE YOGA

9am Buffs Hall Mossman

COME & TRY WATERPOLO

Mossman Pool 9am

Coaches and senior players from Cairns Water Polo are coming to Mossman for a free come and try water polo session from 9-10am. Take a splash in the pool with the team as they demonstrate how to pass a ball and shoot a goal. They’ll even play a modified game of water polo. Kids, teens, parents…all welcome!

MOSSMAN & DISTRICT RIFLE CLUB

Target Rifle Shooting Afternoon


SUNDAY May 9 2021

ENTERTAINMENT

CENTRAL HOTEL

Mereana from 7.30pm

COURT HOUSE HOTEL

Yahdoh from 1-5pm

PADDYS

Shannon Hunter live from 5-8pm

BARRIER REEF TAVERN

Weekly Pool Competition from 2pm

PLANTATION RESORT

Sunday Session by the Pool with live tunes by Yahdoh from 4pm

BARBADOS

Sunday Seafood Session

Seafood Specials from 3-5pm

Live Music from 4-6pm

ELLIS BEACH BAR & GRILL

$1 Oysters & Live Music from 1-4pm


COMMUNITY

MOTHERS DAY COMMUNITY RIDE & BREAKFAST

Wildlife Habitat 8.45am

Douglas Shire Council has proudly partnered with Wildlife Habitat and Bike Shop & Hire PD to announce the inaugural Mother’s Day Community Ride.

Participants can choose between a 4KM and 10KM ride along designated cycle paths starting from Wildlife Habitat A healthy FREE hot breakfast will be served up to riders after the community ride.

Some giveaways will also be provided to riders.

Bike Shop and Hire Port Douglas will offer discounted hire for those wanting to hire a bike for the ride (contact 4099 5799 to make arrangements).

The Mother’s Day Community Ride is open to local residents and visitors.

This initiative is supported by funding from the Queensland Government’s Community Road Safety Grants scheme


MARKETS

PORT DOUGLAS 8am-1.30pm

HOLLOWAYS BEACH MOTHERS DAY MARKETS 8am


WINE & DINE

PULLMAN PALM COVE SEA TEMPLE RESORT & SPA

Mothers Day Lunch

PALMER SEA REEF GOLF CLUB

Sunday Roast from 11.30am-2.30pm

HIGH FALLS FARM

Lunch will be served

THE FLYING MACKEREL

Roast Pork Special


SPORT

PORT DOUGLAS SURF LIFE SAVING CLUB SIGN ON DAY

Port Douglas Surf Life Saving Club-from 8.30am

Nippers from 5 years old up to adults.

8.30am – Meet at the Surf Club to Sign up
9.30am – Meet at the Mirage Country Club for the Pool Proficiency Swims (Only for kids from U6 – U13)

If you have any questions, please send the Club a Facebook message or email pdslsc@gmail.com


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


Weather Situation

A weak ridge extends along the east coast, persisting for the next few days.


Forecast for Friday until midnight

Winds / South to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots.

Seas / Below 1 metre.

Swell / Southeasterly around 1 metre outside the reef.

Weather / Mostly sunny.


Saturday

Winds / South to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots, reaching 15 to 20 knots north of Cape Grafton in the evening.

Seas / Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres outside the reef by early evening.

Swell / Southeasterly around 1 metre outside the reef.

Weather / Mostly sunny.


Sunday

Winds / South to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots, increasing to 15 to 20 knots north of Innisfail in the afternoon.

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

Swell / East to southeasterly around 1 metre outside the reef.

Weather / Partly cloudy. Possible shower.

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