The Week/End Guide

port douglas weekend guide

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

Julatten State school celebrates 100 years this weekend, there is a Disability Expo in Cairns on Saturday, monthly markets and an annual Book Fair up in Yungaburra, Port Douglas State School’s Great Debate at the Clink..and plenty more!

Cairns Festival kicks off on Friday with a stellar line up of performances and entertainment for the whole family. Stages are set up down on the Esplanade with a fusion of free music events. The Grand Parade will be held on Saturday night,and Reef Lights: Where the Rainforest Meets the Reef will be displayed throughout the weekend.

We love the concept of Light Moves by Bonemap on Lake Placid. Billed as a world of performance, colour and projection art reflecting in the waters of Lake Placid, the destination’s narrative is told through an animated projections of creation motifs, by Yirrganydji/Djabugay artist Bernard Lee Singleton Jr, along with other artists and performers. Three sessions will be held on Tuesday 29 August. For the full program of this 10-day event , head to the Cairns Festival website.

Live and Loud

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

Cairns Disability Expo

Cairns will see over 100 disability services take part in their Expo this weekend.  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.

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Julatten State School celebrates their Centenary this weekend, inviting past teachers, staff and students to participate in a weekend of celebrations.

Bushy Creek State School started in 1923, later changing its name in 1975 to Julatten State School. Anyone who attended nearby Euluma Creek State School (1935-51) is also invited to join in with the celebrations.

Friday 25 August 9am

School Parade with invited dignitaries, guest speakers, unveiling of the Memorial plaque, student performances, morning tea with the cutting of the Centenary cake.

Saturday 26 August 6pm

Bush Dance at Geraghty Hall, Julatten.

Sunday 27 August 10am

Family Fun Day with music, entertainment, rides and games, Roll Call by the decades, Mareeba Heritage Museum display, student performances, best decorated Centenary themed cake, oldest past student and youngest current student in attendance to cut the Centenary cake, opening of Time Capsule, BBQ lunch and bus tour for past Euluma Creek State School students to visit their old school. Open mic for past principals and students to share their memories.

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


The weekly Mossman farmers markets will be held under the Raintrees and the Mossman Branch of the QCWA are hosting markets stalls (think divine home cooked cakes and sweet treats!) in their Hall on Front St from 8am. The markets will be followed by a social game of aHoy after lunch. Scones, tea and coffee are available all day.

The monthly markets are also being held in Yungaburra today, as well as Yungaburra’s annual Book Fair. Back for its fifteenth year, this is a celebration of books, authors, booksellers and booklovers. Community Hall, 8am – 4pm.

Port Douglas State School will host another adults-only mad-capped night of lively Great Debate on the topic “Winners are Grinners: Not everyone gets a prize” .Teachers vs Parents at the Clink Theatre from 7pm. Tickets.


Diggers Golf Day is on today at Mossman Royal.

Cairns Airport Careers Day

The Cairns Aviation Skills Centre will open its doors from 9am – 12pm to all budding aviation enthusiasts for the Cairns Airport Careers Day. The day is an opportunity to check out information about pathways and potential careers in the airport and aviation sector. You can even get up close with some aircraft and vehicles in the Aircraft Display area and the CQU Flight Simulator at the CQU Aviation Centre will be open for Careers Day attendees on the day. Further details and registration.

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

There is live music at Plantation Resort and Slice Slice Baby serving up pizza!

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


Matilda’s legend Mary Fowler visited the Great Barrier Reef onboard Nautilus this week.

Credit/ Nautilus Aviation

Coming Soon

Hughies’ popular wine night is on again next Thursday, featuring hand-picked wines by Sorby Adams, a multi award-winning family-owned winery from the Barossa.

Tickets are $40 including a selection of six wines and Chef Jed’s famous grazing platters. Bookings are essential. Call Paul on 0418 995 683.

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!

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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.



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