What’s On Around The Douglas Shire This Easter Weekend?

THIS weekend, there is a wonderful selection of festive Easter and family events and experiences to choose from throughout the Shire and beyond!

Hotels, bottle shops and large supermarkets such as Coles and Woolworths will be closed for Good Friday but there are many smaller restaurants and cafes who will be open. Traditional Easter religious services will be held in Mossman and Port Douglas across the weekend.

FV Condamine and the crew from Santiego will be unloading fresh seafood and prawns from 7am tomorrow and Friday until sold out.

Music comes alive throughout the Port Douglas venues on Saturday, with live local bands featuring at the Court House Hotel, the Central, Paddys and the Barrier Reef Tavern. There’s live music up at Lions Den all weekend, culminating with an appearance by Kallidad on Easter Monday.

Wear the kids out with a visit to the Port Douglas 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 at Barbados, Sunday roast at Palmer Reef Clubhouse and $1 oysters at Ellis Beach Bar & Grill.

If you are looking to head north over the Daintree, Saturday a is a great day for it, with the return of live music by DrewBoy at PKs.


WOLFMOTHER / Tanks Cairns from 7.30pm. Led by vocalist/guitarist Andrew Stockdale, Wolfmother have played around the world, delivered show-stealing sets at star-studded festivals like Coachella, Lollapalooza, Reading, Rock In Rio, Download & more, and have been invited to share stages with rock icons Aerosmith, AC/DC, Guns N Roses & many more – including performing by personal invitation for Led Zeppelin’s induction into the UK Music Hall of Fame!

MT MOLLOY NATIONAL HOTEL / Live music with Kate Richards  and Jag the Joker sitting on a whopping $2350 with tickets from 5.30pm. Meat tray raffle at 7pm raising funds for the local community Clubs. Enjoy Happy Hour and a transfer bus home (book early!)

CANE TOAD RACING / Chillis from 6pm

SOUND HEALING JOURNEY WITH CRYSTAL BOWLS / Deep Yoga from 6.30-7.30pm. Deep relaxation session in which nothing is required of you-simply lie back, relax, let the sounds wash over you and the vibrations move through you.


PORT DOUGLAS CROCS AFL v SOUTH CAIRNS CUTTERS / Games kick off at 12pm with live entertainment by Kiki Courtidis and Sea Change live at the Croc Pit from 6pm

MAREEBA DRIVE-IN / Showing both Friday and Saturday-Dog and Off The Rails. Gates and cafe now open from 5.30pm. First movie starts at 7pm.



BARRIER REEF TAVERN / SeaChange live from 3-6pm

CENTRAL HOTEL / Live music from 7.30pm

PADDYS / Walker Brothers live from 8pm

SMOKEY PINT / Pig in the Pit ‘Tropical Easter
A whole hog cooked slowly in the off-set smoker, refreshing draught brews from Macalister Brewing Co.
Free entry all day with live tunes.

CANE TOAD RACING / Chillis from 6pm




TURTLE COVE FULL MOON PARTY / Jump in to your best rainbow theme to win a prize and get ready to sparkle like a unicorn! food truck, fire, LED, silk, stilt and drag shows along with fab DJs and lots more surprises. Early bird tickets for $38 end at 5pm on Friday-if you miss out tickets are $100 at the door with no FREE transport – GRAB YOUR TICKET NOW!

MAREEBA DRIVE IN / Peter Rabbit 2 and a visit from the Easter Bunny! with gates open from 5.30pm

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

Weather Situation

A high [1026 hPa] in Bass Strait extends a ridge along the east coast. The ridge will strengthen as the high moves into the Tasman Sea. A weak tropical low may develop in the eastern Arafura Sea or the Gulf of Carpentaria over the weekend.

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