The Week/End Guide

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

Saturday is jam-packed with events-from Reef to Reef MTB, community markets in Wonga Beach, preliminary finals for the Port Douglas Rugby Union team, the second weekend of the 10 day BMUP extravaganza (Neil Murray is live there this weekend) and for music lovers (and fans of Selling Sunset), G Flip drumming at Tanks (Sold Out).

Reef to Reef MTB is back in the Douglas Shire this weekend so bust out your bikes and your party shirts and crack open a cold one because its almost go time for #ReeftoReefMTB 2023!

In it’s 30 amazing years the Triple-R (formerly known as RRR) has developed its own unique character and culture.This year riders can choose the either the Triple-R Long Course or the Triple-R Classic options which will coincide with the final day of Reef to Reef.

Both race distances start at the same location, include a descent of the infamous Bump Track and finish with the same dash along Four Mile Beach to the finish at Port Douglas, a refreshing beverage and a huge birthday party!

This visually spectacular race dominated with three diverse terrains is adventure at its best.

Further information :

Live and Loud

There will be live music at all the usual Port Douglas venues-Paddys, Central Hotel, Court House Hotel and also up at Mount Molloy National Hotel who do a weekly Jag the Joker and live band on Fridays.


Rockin’ Rick hosts karaoke at Mossman Bowls Club tonight, and Hughies in Mossman is open from 4pm for their weekly evening of fabulous food and drinks.

Coral Beach Lodge are hosting a special Burger Night promo, after 8:30pm are serving chicken wings for $1.

Yahdoh will be performing with his popular repertoire of country folk songs. Check out the recently renovated venue.

Mount Molloy National Hotel will also host live music from 7-10 pm with Jag the Joker, great country hospitality and a complimentary shuttle service for local residents.


FV Condamine will be down at the public jetty selling fillets of coral trout and spanish mackerel from 7-11 am.

Dave Dusch is playing his beer garden classics at The Tav from 3pm to 6pm with lots of raffle prizes and games to add to the entertainment.

Ecstatic Dance will be held tonight, last one for the year, featuring DJ Solomon, fresh from RootBound Festival 2023. Tix and further details via

Wonga Beach State School invites the Douglas community to stop by for an afternoon of market stalls, raffles, delicious fresh food and cold drinks at their community markets.


Ash Grunwald is live at the Clink in Port tonight (now sold out), doors open at 6.30pm with Tessa Devine on stage at 7pm.

A journeyman, storyteller, and troubadour at heart, Australia’s foremost bluesman Ash Grunwald has inspired a generation to hit the road in an old beat-up Bedford to ‘surf by day jam by night’. With six Australian Top-50 albums to his credit, alongside five ARIA and four AIR Award Nominations, two APRA Awards, and gong for Best International Act at the LA Music Critic Awards in 2014, Grunwald is cast in bronze among Australia’s most successful blues musicians.Enshrined by Australian folklore, live on stage, Grunwald rocks the house yet touches the soul, serving a tsunami of dance, beats, roots, bass ‘n’ blues. Throughout his career, Ash has supported legends James Brown, The Black Keys, Jack Johnson, Xavier Rudd, and Keith Urban, among numerous others, and played sold out festivals across Europe, Japan, and North America.

There are the usual Sunday afternoon shenannigans at Ellis Beach Bar & Grill with $2 oysters and live music by Miss Tee from 1pm.

Paddys round out the Sunday sessions with local music live from 5-8.30pm.

Coming Soon

Mossman State School time capsule to be buried

The date is set for getting the time-capsule into the ground so that the school can celebrate 150 years in 2048!  If you would like to contribute a letter, a small item relevant to our current times, a photo or something else – please let us know or drop it to the School with your details. Mossman State School is hoping many can join in again, Wednesday August 30 at 10am to help seal and hide the capsule away again.  

Please spread the news, as we know the grapevine and bush telegraph are the best forms of getting the information out and about to everyone.

Wallaby Creek Festival has become one of Far North Queensland’s much-loved and “must-do” festivals and events.

This year, from 22-24 September, celebrate 21 years of music and magic, connection, culture and community, and art with heart, surrounded by the by the beautiful wet tropics rainforest of the far north. Headline acts include Tijuana Cartel, Nathan Cavaleri, Harry James Angus, Zennith, Roadtrippers and plenty more!

For more information, visit

Cairns Festival

Rock your soul, jazz up your winter blues and hip hop on down to enjoy a select lineup of live musical talent in Australia’s tropical cultural capital when this year’s Cairns Festival kicks off next Friday, August 25.

Free and ticketed events over the 10-day program range from family fun and interactive gigs to shows to set you thinking and your toes a-tapping, all at the same time.

Step into a world of pure musical magic at the Cairns Esplanade Main Stage and get ready to be dazzled by an explosive fusion of FREE pulsating beats, soulful melodies, and captivating energy that will leave you craving more. This three-day extravaganza features renowned artists, emerging talents, and a diverse lineup of musical styles that will ignite your senses and take you on an unforgettable journey.

Also, head down to the Festival HQ Stage, the beating heart of excitement and entertainment during Cairns Festival. As the sun sets, the stage comes alive with an array of captivating performances under the starlit sky. With a diverse lineup and themed nights, the Festival HQ Stage promises an unforgettable experience for all.

For the full program, head to the Cairns Festival website.

Cairns Disability EXPO 2023

Cairns will see over 100 disability services take part in the EXPO next weekend, August 29, 2023. 

The Cairns Disability Network (CDN) will hold its annual Disability EXPO at The Pier Marketplace in Cairns.

Everyone is welcome to come and visit the EXPO, chat to the stall holders, connect with providers and take away some information.

The EXPO is FREE to enter and is on from 9am – 5pm.

This year’s EXPO will host various providers including:

  • Employment, study and lifestyle supports and options
  • NDIS and non-NDIS services
  • Assistive technology and equipment
  • The opportunity to connect with advocacy, supports and services for people wti disability, injury or health conditions 
  • Allied health providers 

Further information: Facebook or

The Hussy Hicks at the Yachty

One of Australia’s best live blues ‘n’ roots bands, Hussy Hicks are a tour de force featuring powerhouse vocalist, Leesa Gentz and award-winning guitarist, Julz Parker.

Prolific and accomplished musicians, Hussy Hicks have honed their sonic dexterity over the past 13 years with six studio albums, multiple industry awards and more than 1,000 live shows under their belts, from Australia’s biggest blues, roots and folk festivals to 15 international tours, which now sell out across Europe.

“A not to be missed act that are ready for the world.” -Peter Noble, Bluesfest Director

“Hussy Hicks Rock!” – Michael Franti

“These girls epitomise everything I admire about great music – instinct, passion, courage, creativity and a distinct refusal to compromise their vision” – Kim Cheshire, Country Update Magazine.

TICKET LINK for the event October 1, 2023 –

PINK is coming to Townsville!

Three-time Grammy Award-winning singer, performer, and international pop icon P!nk is returning to Australia on her ’Summer Carnival’ stadium tour in Feb & March 2024! 

General public tickets go on sale on sale Friday 18 August, 1pm.

Ticket, tour and VIP details →


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