Weekend Event Guide | Friday 24 June-Sunday 26 June 2022

School holidays kick off this weekend, and it’s hard to imagine the area possibly any busier than it already is. This weekend, the Laura Races and Rodeo is luring a few thousands locals away for what promises to be a huge event. There are markets up in Yungaburra tomorrow and at The Tanks on Sunday, as well as the regular Mossman and Port Douglas markets.

The Reef Eye Ferris Wheel opens today, from 10am to 10pm, seven days a week, beside the Lagoon on the Cairns Esplanade.

What is the weather doing?

A high [1025 hPa] moving eastward across New South Wales extends a firm ridge over northern waters. A new high will move into the Great Australian Bight over the weekend, maintaining the ridge, with strong wind warnings issued for both today and tomorrow. Partly cloudy and cool all weekend.

Credit / @_sarahlatham

Friday 24 June 2022


MT MOLLOY NATIONAL HOTEL / Live music by Torress and Jag the Joker sitting on $1100-tickets with your drink purchase 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!)

COURT HOUSE HOTEL / Live tunes by Lady Valiant from 7.30-11pm

CANE TOAD RACING / Chillis from 6pm


DAINTREE YOGA / 10am Buffs Hall, Mossman

ACTIVE8 FITNESS / Free Seniors Movement and Parkour at Mossman Gymnastics Club & Kindergym 10.30am


MOSSMAN COMMUNITY CENTRE / “SheShed” from 9am-1pm (also Tuesday and Wednesdays)

MOSSMAN COMMUNITY CENTRE / “Playgroup” each Friday for kids 0-5yrs from 9.30-11.30am

BOOMERANG BAGS COMMUNITY SEWING GROUP / Mossman Community Centre 9.30-11.30am

Saturday 25 June 2022


THE TAV / Lady Valiant live from 3-6pm

COURT HOUSE HOTEL / Live music by Gigi from 7.30-11pm

PADDYS / Seachange from 8pm

CANE TOAD RACING / Chillis from 6pm

KIKI COURTIDIS / Daintree Bar at Sheraton 8-9pm

BLISS N ESO / Gilligans Cairns from 7pm

FREEDOM OF ENTRY CEREMONY / The granting of the Freedom of Entry to the City, represents the highest civil honour that a city can bestow on a military unit. The Freedom of Entry dates back to medieval times when armed groups, including troops would request access to communities for food and shelter, in return for protecting the residents. It is a symbolic honour, demonstrating trust, loyalty and sense of community between the city and the military unit.

On Saturday 25 June the formal ceremonial event will take place in Cairns from 8:30-9:30am.

Personnel from HMAS Cairns will march with swords drawn, bayonets fixed, drums beating, colours flying with the Australian Navy Band playing.

The march will move from Lagoon Plaza up Shields Street, turning into Abbott Street through to the intersection of Aplin Street near the Cairns City Library as the Challenge Point for the formal ceremony, before continuing to Florence street and back down the Esplanade.

It also includes:

  • a challenge by the Assistant Police Commissioner
  • ceremonial scroll proclamation presented to the Cairns Mayor to grant approval
  • a Welcome to Country by the Traditional Owners
  • the parade then march unfettered through the streets, passing the Esplanade cenotaph back to the Lagoon.

Come on down and line the streets to witness this important symbolic march and ceremony and show your support.


Lady Valiant performing at Four Mile’s The Tav this Saturday afternoon.
Why not pop into Devils Thumb Distillery’s tasting bar this weekend? Enjoy the range made with local botanicals and enjoy views out over the cane fields.  Open daily 10am to 4pm, 1-3 Owen St, Craiglie. Make a booking via this link or by email at info@devilsthumbdistillery.com for bookings over 10. Image Credit/ sarahjonestravels


MOSSMAN / 7am-1pm



PORT DOUGLAS CROCS AFL V CAIRNS CITY LIONS at the Croc Pit, with “CROCCHELLA” afterwards from 7pm. Come down for a night of dance, beer pong and to bop the night away to ‘DJ Pure Lum’ at the Port Douglas Football Club $300 to the duo of winners of beer pong. Other prize giveaways including best dressed. Dress code is Festival / Beer Pong Athlete. $20 entry for the Beer Pong

YOGA WITH LUCY / 7am Buffs Hall Mossman

DAINTREE YOGA WITH SCHELL / 9am Buffs Hall Mossman

QUILT & CRAFT EXPO -AIRING OF THE QUILTS/ Display of quilt and craft items created from all over North Queensland. Delicious morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea available. Craft stalls with gifts and all of your quilt/crafting needs. All proceeds to Leukaemia Foundation. See details below.

Sunday 26 June 2022


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

COURTHOUSE HOTEL SUNDAY SESSION / Live music from 12-3pm by Yahdoh and State of Origin screening from 7.30pm

CENTRAL HOTEL / Live tunes from 7.30pm

ELLIS BEACH BAR & GRILL / $1 Oysters & Live Music from 1-4pm

THE JEZABELS / The Tanks Cairns

Ellis Beach. Image / Facebook.


PORT DOUGLAS / 8am-1.30pm



PALMER SEA REEF GOLF CLUB / Sunday Roast Special from 11.30am-2.30pm

BARBADOS / Seafood Sunday Session 3-5pm

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