A CURATED GUIDE TO WHAT’S ON IN PORT DOUGLAS, DAINTREE & BEYOND.
Strap in for a hot, wet and wild weekend-whether you’re down for the huge Hot and Steamy festival events or holding the fort for a downright soggy weekend, it’s gonna be full monsoon for the next few days…
Thursday 16 February
Hot & Steamy Festival 2023 will be held from Thursday 16 – Sunday 19 February, just before Sydney World Pride.
The Hot & Steamy Festival is an LGBTQI+ festival where all are welcome and is set across four days within some of Port Douglas most iconic venues, restaurants and spaces.
Featuring DJ Jason Conti and with amazing performances from some of Australia’s premier drag queens and hot dancing boys and girls – this is an Australian LGBTQI+ festival like no other.
🏳️🌈 GET LEI’D LUAU @ ZINC 5pm – 12am
Friday 17 February
🏳️🌈 TASTE IN THE TROPICS LONG LUNCH @ SALSA 12.30-3pm
🏳️🌈 WHITE PARTY @ SUGAR WHARF 5-11pm
Cairns Taipans are in full D-E-F-E-N-C-E mode for the second round of semis against Sydney Kings.
Details and tickets here⟼ https://www.taipans.com
Saturday 18 February
🏳️🌈 TRIP TO LOW ISLES 1.15PM – 5.15PM
🏳️🌈 COCKTAIL PARTY @ THE TIN SHED 5 – 7.30PM
🏳️🌈 LA CAGE AUX DOUGLAS @ THE CLINK 7PM
🏳️🌈 MAIN FESTIVAL PARTY @ CENTRAL 9PM – 2AM
Sunday 19 February
SOAKED POOL PARTY @ NIRAMAYA 2 – 7PM
STAYING CLOSE TO HOME?
Wildflowers by Peggy Frew, published by Allen & Unwin.
An unput-downable plunge into addiction, sisterhood, love, disappointment and family by Miles Franklin-shortlisted author Peggy Frew. Based in both Melbourne and an escape to near Mossman, this is a brilliant novel that takes the reader right to the heart of family ties and broken individuals.
City and Colour who have just finished up the Summersalt tour with Ben Harper, Angus & Julia Stone, and the Rubens-what a find!
Hailing from St. Catharines, Ontario, lead singer Dallas Green is a co-founder of hardcore luminaries Alexisonfire, and started City and Colour in 2005. Their first album Sometimes, won the JUNO Award for Alternative Album of the Year. They have since released five more albums and collected 4 JUNO awards, including two Songwriter of the Year awards, plus 1 Triple Platinum, 2 Double Platinum, 6 Platinum, and 1 Gold certification in Canada, and 1 Gold certification in Australia. In 2022, Green was honoured with the SOCAN National Achievement Award in recognition of his philanthropic contributions to music education in Canada. Add to playlist now!
If you haven’t heard of the steampunk urban fantasy series Carnival Row with Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne, catch up on Season 1 before Friday when the next season is released on Prime Video.
Human detective Rycroft “Philo” Philostrate, and faery Vignette Stonemoss rekindle a dangerous affair in a Victorian fantasy world, where the city’s uneasy peace collapses when a string of murders reveals an unimaginable monster.
Now Showing at Cairns Gallery⟼ Patricia Piccinini: No Fear of Depths
Patricia Piccinini is an Australian artist who works at the frontier of art, science and technology—a place where science-fiction, the surreal, feminism and environmentalism intersect. Her works are informed by research and a desire to understand and give form to ‘unexpected consequences’. Piccinini discusses her work No Fear of Depths,
“This work brings together many of the key relationships that I am interested in exploring through my practice – the relationship between the artificial and the natural, between humans and the environment, between beings within families and between strangers. The work shows a young girl resting in the arms of some sort of marine mammal. Much as the girl is transitioning towards adulthood, the creature appears to be caught at an evolutionary point between the land and the sea. It is a gentle scene, and it reminds us that we are nurtured by the nature around us.”
Patricia Piccinini: No Fear of Depths
18 Feb – 16 April 2023
Niche Gallery (First Floor)
COMING SOON ⟼
25 Mar – 18 Jun 2023
LIVE & LOCAL
You’ll find live music at Paddy’s, Court House Hotel and the Central Hotel all weekend.
Catch D’nA live at the Central on Friday night from 7.30pm. They’ll also be playing on Sunday at Paddy’s for an afternoon session from 5 – 8:30pm.
Hughies in Mossman is open again Friday for their once-a-week celebrity appearance from 4pm.
Ironbar present DJ FRAN & DJ HAIL MARY bringing the heat from 11pm on both Friday and Saturday nights.
Music at the Mount is also on this weekend. Details below.
Mount Molloy National Hotel features Jag the Joker and live music on Fridays with meat raffles-tickets with your drink purchase from 5.30pm. Happy Hour and a transfer bus home (book early!) or a room at the inn upstairs.
A bit farther afield, Jessica Mauboy at CPAC on Saturday night while Ellis Beach Bar & Grill’s new owners are hosting Sax at the Beach on Sunday wit the Saxman Troy Stevens live from pm. Shannon Hunter is playing all weekend up at the Lion’s Den.
Mossman markets from 7am-1pm on Saturday and Port Douglas markets are Sundays from 8am-1.30pm.
Bookmark the regional market calendar here: https://bit.ly/3QccTFT
WEEKLY DINING SPECIALS
The Yachty / Parmy night is Thursdays. Pay only $19 for your choice of Oz, French or Indian style Parmy. Plus on wednesdays they host a Pasta Night with delicious lasagne and cannelloni prepared by Italian chef Alex for only $20.
Palmer Sea Reef host a popular Sunday Roast special-2 roasts and a bottle of vino for $60. Bookings essential 40 87 2222.
WET & WILD WEATHER WARNING
A monsoon trough lies across Cape York Peninsula into the northern Coral Sea. A weak tropical low [998 hPa] over the southeastern Gulf of Carpentaria Waters will move slowly south and inland over the southern Gulf coast on Thursday. The low will drag the monsoon trough southwards to be located across Far North Queensland by Thursday, before potentially shifting back northward again over this weekend. Fresh to strong easterly winds may develop over the North Queensland Waters south of Cairns during Thursday and Friday.
SAND & SANDBAGS are available at:
WONGA -Wonga RFS/SES shed, Oleander Dr.
PORT DOUGLAS -Crocs AFL carpark, access via Wharf Street.
MOSSMAN – Mossman SES shed at the rear of Council’s Administration Building accessed via Front Street.
Remember to bring your own shovel.
Please don’t overfill your bags – they only need to be filled 2/3 full and there is no need to tie the top of the bag.
Douglas Shire Council is monitoring sand use and will replenish as required.
Be prepared, stay connected at Douglas Dashboard
PLEASE ALSO NOTE that the Daintree Ferry services can be delayed during periods of extreme high tides and heavy rainfall. Please check the Daintree Ferry website for service updates this weekend.
MOSSMAN LIBRARY TRIVIA
To celebrate Library Lover’s Day, join in for a night of fun and frivolity.
Date: Thursday 16 February
Where: Mossman Library
Cost: $5 per head
Phone: 4099 9496
Bookings essential, numbers strictly limited.
Book a table of 6, or individually and we will arrange a spot for you.
Substantial nibbles provided, BYO all drinks