The best things to do around the Douglas Shire this week

weekend events in port douglas

This weekend is sure to be a little more low key than last weekend’s wild celebrations-thank goodness! Hold out a little longer for most community and sporting groups and wellness classes to resume for the year-but you’ll find there are plenty of opportunities to entertain your family this weekend, no matter what the weather brings! Remember that there are free passes to travel to the Daintree available for FNQ locals at the moment. It is the perfect time of the year to visit the rainforest.

Head for the Hills

Always an absolute cracker of a night up at Mount Molloy’s National Hotel every Friday. Live music by a vibrant rotation of local and visiting talent, sure to get you toe-tapping under the table over one of their delicious pub style meals (and most likely up dancing with the locals afterwards!)

Friday is especially popular because of Jag the Joker and hearty meat raffles-tickets with your drink purchase from 5.30pm. Meat tray raffle at 7pm raising funds for local community clubs. Enjoy Happy Hour and a transfer bus home (book early!) or a room at the inn upstairs.


Live Loud & Local

Back in town, you’ll find live music at Paddy’s, Court House and the Central Hotel on Friday and Saturday nights and again at the Courty for a Sunday market session.

This weekend, at the Courty, you can catch Dennis Rose on Thursday, Steve Rockman on Friday, D’NA on Saturday, Yahdoh for Sunday followed by Portemento Belle.

Down & Dirty with Toads

It’s Game On for what has been described as “amphibian debauchery at its finest”. Several nights a week, weather permitting, join in the with hilarious, politically incorrect cane toad racin’ and kissin’ at Chilli’s Pizza & Trattoria-where the food also happens to be absolutely fabulous!

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Support Your Local Watering Hole

Have you popped into Mossman’s latest venue, Hughies Bar? Open Fridays only from 4pm, and for events, it is another world once you are inside!

Or tried the Central for Bingo on Tuesdays from 7pm?

Parmy night is Thursdays at the Yachty-new chefs Alex I and Alex II are making a fabulous impression on our growing bellies!


Library Screening of Miriam Margolyes: Australia Unmasked

Miriam Margolyes is back on the road to understand what the Fair Go means in Australia today and how it is playing out in the diverse lives of her fellow citizens.

No bookings required. Snack and drink provided. Friday 6 January 1-2.30pm onwards.

Community Spirit & Support

Douglas Shire is home to a diverse range of community groups throughout t Port Douglas, Mossman and the Daintree. Mossman Support Services groups include the “SheShed” from 9am-1pm (also Tuesday and Wednesdays), “Playgroup” each Friday for kids 0-5yrs from 9.30-11.30am and the Boomerang Bags Sewing Group 9.30-11.30am.

Port Douglas’ Neighbourhood Centre also have a full calendar of weekly events including a walking group, men’s breakfast on Wednesdays, Tai Chi, Chatty Cafe, foodies network, book club, table tennis, creative, play groups and all kinds of other social and creative groups, as well as visiting support services.

Farmers & Cotters Market Calendar

Mossman markets are held each Saturday from 7am-1pm and Port Douglas markets are Sundays from 8am-1.30pm.

Bookmark the regional market calendar here:

Yungaburra markets by @cairns_channel

Trivia Buffs Unite

A heads up for the next Topics in the Tropics Trivia night at Hemingways where our brightest sparks gather to challenge their brains, their memories and each other.

Monthly with the next gig on January 19th.

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Family Fun Holiday Programs

Cairns Museum Summer School Holiday Program 22/23 continues to run over the next few weeks with a jam-packed calendar of fabulous education and entertainment for the whole family.

Next week the Museum is honouring our local sea life’s battle with marine plastics by rescuing garbage-bound items and reusing them to create a special sculpture of a turtle’s favourite meal.
Booking essential –

During the following week, make your own Hologram-Viewer from old plastic containers and use a special QR code to discover, in 3D, what it is we are saving in our plastics mission, and create a very vintage kid’s TV from paper craft of the 1950’s.
Booking essential – book here

There are also lots of daily events that are free with your entry to the museum including a marine creature scavenger hunt, colouring in competition, activity trails, and an audio self-guided tour. See the whole program online >…/summer-school…

Taste of the Tropics Grand High Tea

The longstanding grand tradition of high tea comes alive on Friday afternoons at the Sheraton, tête-à-tête amidst a delectable selection of sandwiches and sweet treats served with bubbles and tea.

With a tropical take on the classic British meal, Executive Chef Belinda Tuckwell, has created a high tea menu inspired by the abundant fresh local produce from the region.

2-4pm at the Daintree Bar at Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, from $49 per person

Highlights include:

  • Dainty Sandwiches with Seasonal Fillings including Chicken, Apple and Macadamia, Smoked Salmon and Cucumber, Avocado, Tomato and Cress
  • Cheese and Onion Croquettes with Truffle Emulsion
  • Lemon Myrtle Scones served with Jam and Cream, Daintree Tea Cake, Atherton Tablelands chocolate Indulgence and Coconut Panacotta with Raspberries.

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Visit the Daintree for Free

Douglas Shire Council offers residents from Cardwell to Cooktown, including the Atherton Tablelands, free travel on the Daintree Ferry from November 1 until  the end of February annually with a free “Douglas Card”.

This includes the following Council areas: Douglas Shire Council , Mareeba Shire Council, Cairns Regional Council, Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council, Tablelands Regional Council,  Cook Shire Council, Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council, Hope Vale Aboriginal Shire Council and Cassowary Coast Regional Council

The card also provides discounts to local attractions including two free adult tickets (per season) for the Mossman Gorge shuttle bus.

Use of the Douglas Card is restricted to fare categories Motor Car and Utilities (private use), Pedestrians and Bicycles and Motor Bikes.

To obtain a free Douglas Card, applicants need to provide photographic identification and additional proof of residency with their application to confirm local status at any one of the above local government areas. 

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Our Daintree, captured in all its glorious rainy loveliness by @racson_1990 is one of our favourite shots for this week!

A bright start to the New Year captured by @theverticalpixel at Rex Smeal Park in Port Douglas.


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