The Week/End Guide

whats on in port douglas this weekend

A Curated Guide to What’s On in Port Douglas, Daintree and Beyond.

Laura Festival

The Laura Quinkan Indigenous Dance Festival is a three-day camping festival that celebrates culture and recognises history. This weekend, dance troupes from across the Cape York and the Torres Strait gather in the small community of Laura to showcase stories through dance routines, sharing history and uniting as one.

The festival is held at the Ang-Gnarra Festival site, home of the traditional Bora grounds and is the ideal place to host this biannual event that provides a unique Indigenous experience. It’s a respected and sacred site. Here, people from communities located across Cape York will gather to celebrate with music, dance, singing and cultural performances.

It’s a place and event where families meet exchange and pass on history.

Everyone is welcome, bring the family, group of friends, school groups, there is no age limit and the festival is a drug and alcohol free event. Along with the dance performances there will also be a Didgeridoo competition, the Cape York Art Awards, Yarning Circles, Market Place and hands on ‘didge making, basket weaving and more.

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Douglas Shire will be hosting NAIDOC Week celebrations next week. The full guide is avaiable below.

An annual celebration of the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the local community is encouraged to get involved in the festivities.

The Hidden Geometry Of The Ocean ~ A Drawing Workshop

Hosted by Stephanie June Ellis, this extraordinary drawing workshop will be held at Mossman Shire Hall on Saturday from 10am-4pm.

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Explore pattern and the importance of timeless forms found in nature and traditions throughout the world and across time with a focus on Sacred Geometry using traditional methods, a compass and ruler.

The Drawing Workshop will begin with an informative presentation discussing fascinating facts about form and pattern of magical creatures, deepening your connection to the wonder and importance of the ocean.

Stephanie will draw upon the geometric forms of microscopic diatoms, seashell spirals and the foir-fold nature of jellyfish complimented by discussions on archetypal forms, symmetry, nature’s efficiency and ability to self correct and harmonise.

Stephanie June Ellis is an international artist, mentor, author and leading specialist in geometric and biomorphic patterns. Through her workshops and retreats she engages with global communities offering wellness through the creative process with a focus on sacred geometry, tradition and ritual.
Primarily working with ink on paper, her creative practice and offerings centre around crystalline and botanical patterns which aim to transcend viewers beyond the physical world and encourage a wider vision of awareness and connection.

Starlight Movies

Starlight movies are currently showing at Rex Smeal Park in Port Douglas for β€˜Cinema Paradiso! With music & refreshments from 6pm and the main feature movie after sunset at 7pm, this weekend’s line-up includes Elvis on Friday, Top Gun Maverick on Saturday and The Bad Guys on Sunday.

Ladies Day at the Rugby

A blockbuster weekend as the Reef Raiders take on JCU Mariners on the field and we celebrate the ladies off it! Free bubbles for the ladiesΒ πŸ₯‚ Free entry for everyone 🀩 Food β€’ Music β€’ Raffles

Zinc Jazz Lunch Sunday

Sunday is the perfect opportunity to treat yourself to a fabulous afternoon of food, drinks and live jazz in paradise.

Weekend Markets

Held in Mareeba on Saturday at Mareeba Turf Club 7.30am-12.30pm

Live Music


Mount Molloy Hotel/

Lady Valiant


Court House Hotel / Seachange 7.30pm

Ellis Beach Bar & Grill /Kaweyova 2-5pm

Julatten Hotel / Tim Woodz 5-8pm

The Tanks Cairns / The Waifs


The Yachty / Shannon Hunter 1pm

Ellis Beach Bar & Grill / Saxman from 1pm

Julatten Hotel / Lady Valiant 1-4pm

Central Hotel / Seachange with Cam Kettle Sunday 7.30pm


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Cairns Indigenous Art Fair

Experience the distinct and vibrant Indigenous arts & cultures of Queensland at Australia’s premier Indigenous art fair.

Join the Opening Night Party and experience the awe-inspiring Fashion Performance, catch some of the nation’s finest musical talent at the CIAF Music In The Park ‘Live It Up!’ music concert or culturally immerse yourself in hands-on artistic workshops.

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CIAF 2023 Masterclasses

Experience the distinct and vibrant Indigenous arts and cultures of Queensland with a range of hands-on Masterclasses during CIAF 2023, including ghost net object making, printmaking and weaving. With limited class sizes, tickets are almost sold out – secure your spot today.

Ever wondered why homemade pasta tastes soooo much better than store bought pasta? Manuela knows! Join a Pasta Making workshop with amazing volunteer Manuela. Learn the basics to making a fluffy delicious pasta dough.

REGISTRATION is essential and is by phone call only. Spots are limited to 15 people. This is a free all inclusive workshop. RSVP with Erica or Tahnee on 409828 36 opt 1 by Tuesday 11 July 3pm.

Next Saturday afternoon at the Tav

Lady Valiant will be returning to The Tav on Saturday with a crazy array of prizes and games to add to the fun:

πŸ— Two Meat Trays

🎰 The Winner of the Extra-Large Meat Tray Gets a Shot at Our Thrilling Prize Board Game: Choose from 25 Numbers, each Holding its Own Surprise! Will You Uncover the Cash Jackpot or Win Amazing 6 Packs of Beer and Wine?

πŸ’° Cash Prize Pool Starting at $500: The Money Raised from the Raffles will be Added to the Pot, Making it a Bigger and Better Prize with Each Attempt!

πŸ”’ Each Failed Attempt Narrows Down the Options: With Every Pick, One Number is Eliminated, Bringing You Closer to the Big Win!

And that’s not all! The Excitement Continues with our $125 Lucky Squares Game on Music Days! Test Your Luck and Grab Your Square for a Shot at the Prize! πŸŽŸ

Don’t Miss Out on this Unforgettable Evening of Music, Prizes, and Thrills at Barrier Reef Tavern.

Credit/ Lady Valiant

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