The Week/End Guide

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

It’s Showtime folks, with the Cairns Show being held over the next couple of days, then moving on up to Mossman for Sunday and the local public holiday on Monday.

Enjoy the long weekend, whichever side of the range you are on!

Cairn Italian Festival kicks off this weekend too, there are markets in Yungaburra, a huge afternoon of AFL and live local music supporting RUOK on Saturday and a Re-Gen weekend up at Home Rule.

It’s Showtime!

The 71st Mossman Show is on this weekend, Celebrating our region’s agricultural industry, showcasing local horticulture, culinary, needlework, arts ‘n’ craft, and photography exhibits and a whole swag of family-friendly entertainment.

Take advantage of the Early Bird ticket prices available from 17 July until 22 July:

Family: 2 Adults & 2 Children $40

Single: 1 Adult $20

Child: 1 Child $8

Pensioner: 2 tickets, $20 | Single $14

Bonus Tickets: Purchase 30 tickets for $25

Early bird tickets are available from the from the secretary’s office at Mossman Showgrounds. The office is open from 9 am to 4 pm from 17-22 July 2023. Eftpos is available for early bird tickets at the office.

Indoor Pickleball arrives in Port Douglas

Pickleball arrives to the Douglas Shire this weekend. Odd name aside, this social and friendly game is now one of the world’s fastest growing sports. Combining elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong, the rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a fast-paced, competitive game.

Pickleball is a paddle and ball sport with a perfect balance of court dimensions, rules and equipment to afford all skill levels and age groups, enjoyment and success on the court. Using a paddle and plastic wiffle ball, played on a hard surface indoors or outdoors, the game is a combination of tactical shots, patience, and easy to learn strokes, which encourages and inclusive play environment with no need for modifications or adaptations to cater for gender, ability or age differences. 
Pickleball is both fun and challenging with a combination of long rallies and a blend of soft and rapid fire shots; where the best athlete must earn their points not purely by athleticism, power and speed, but also through the use of positioning, patience, tactics and touch. 
Finally, pickleball and the sense of community achieved through pickleball, provides connection, social, mental and physical well being benefits, which are just some of the reasons players are passionately embracing this sport at such a rapid rate both in Australia and globally. 
Pickleball in Australia is welcoming, accessible and safe; striving to be equitable, diverse and inclusive. 

Pickleball Australia Association

Bouncing off this Saturday, at the Cyclone Shelter at Port Douglas State School from 12-4pm.
Indoor pickleball.

Four courts. Bats and balls provided. Wear tennis shoes or runners. Children over eight. All children under 18 must be accompanied by their parent.
Cost: $5
Contact telephone: 0431038414
Email organiser:

RUOK Afternoon at the Port Douglas Crocs AFL Game

In support of the life changing R U OK? campaign, Port Douglas Crocs AFL Club are hosting an afternoon of live local music after their home game on Saturday. Local businesses have generously come on board donating prizes for raffles and auctions, including a signed Geelong guernsey. A whole host of local talent (pictured below) have alo come onboard, volunteering their services to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with the  people around them and start a conversation with those in their world who may be struggling with life.

DaddyShack Cup at the Mossman Royal

The DaddyShack Cup will be held on Saturday from 12:30 -6pm at the Mossman Golf Club.

DaddyShack Cup is a local Ambrose pairs event with big money up for grabs for “Nearest the Pin” as well as prizes for the first five teams. Enjoy the presentation and BBQ after the round.

Open to any golfer with an official Golflink handicap.

Places are limited, so get in early and secure your team.
Cost: $55 for members, $95 for guests with carts. $20 less if you would rather walk.
Telephone: 07 4098 2089

Sheraton Sunset Session

Another poolside Sheraton Sunset Session will be held on Sunday from 5pm – 8pm. We can’t think of a better way to spend a laidback Sunday afternoon than with cool drinks, Mediterranean bites and classic Ibiza chill out tunes as you float in saltwater lagoons, or beach yourself on the sandy shore. Sheraton Sunset Sessions is an exclusive event for Marriott Bonvoy members. Quote your Marriott Bonvoy membership number on arrival or join for free at the registration desk. Pool Safety Waiver must be signed on arrival by each guest. Reservations are essential as seats are strictly limited. Full payment is required to confirm your reservation. This event is non-refundable and non-transferable. No further promotional discounts or programs are accepted. For more information about this event, please contact the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Port Douglas.
Email organiser:

Lifestyle Weekend at Home Rule

Join a grassroots, lifestyle weekend of eco-wisdom, regenerative agriculture, connection and community as like-minded spirits come together to learn, grow and fundraise.

For more information on speakers, presenters and everything else that’s in store, visit

From backyards to acreages, wet tropics to dry savannah, there is so much wisdom that can be shared, and Re-Gen Weekend on 22-23 July 2023 is all about guiding you through the fundamental principles of creating healthy soil, a healthy environment, and an abundance of healthy food.

It’s about Diversity, and Synergy. It’s about understanding why and how we can achieve this.

It’s about challenging the paradigm that relies on external inputs, herbicides, and pesticides, to one that collaborates with nature.

It’s about living in harmony and balance, but most of all, it’s about connection. See you there!

Live Music


Mount Molloy Hotel/ Shannon Hunter 7pm delivering raw, authentic, Aussie campfire tune


The Tav/ Walker Brothers

Julatten Hotel / Chris Matthews 5-8pm

Ellis Beach Bar & Grill / Saturdaze 2-6pm

RUOK / Seachange and many others at the Port Douglas Croc Pit


Ellis Beach Bar & Grill / Stuie Harcourt from 1pm

Julatten Hotel / Dog Gone South 1-4pm

Join this special event series as Australia’s yesteryear comes alive through the heritage machinery, steam power and classic vehicles that helped build the nation.



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