The Week/End Guide

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Cairns Festival wraps up this weekend but not before you have the opportunity to enjoy live performances by Cub Sport,The Jungle Giants, Soweto Gospel Choir, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and Jazz under the Stars at the Botanic Gardens. For the full weekend program head to  Cairns Festival website.

Live, Loud and Local

The Barrier Reef Tav has three live acts playing this weekend. The Walker Brothers will be playing on Saturday 1pm to 3pm, with Stuie Harcourt to follow at 3:30pm to 6:30pm. Then for Fathers Day, Ritchie Langford and The One Man Blues Band will be playing with a Sunday BBQ!

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 host a weekly Jag the Joker and live band on Fridays.


It’s semi-finals time for the Douglas United Rugby Club. Dragons will be taking on the Mareeba Bulls at 7.30pm tonight.

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.


Fresh local prawns are on sale direct from Santiego Seafoods at the public jetty in Port Douglas. Freezers are open from 7am on both Saturday and Sunday.

Sea Change are live at Paddy tonight from 8pm while Stuie Harcourt is on the deck at the Barrier Reef Tavern from 3.30pm.

Seafood Marketplace Buffet at the Sheraton Grand.


Devils Thumb Distillery Dry Season Gin launch with Oaks Kitchen and Garden is a wonderful opportunity to experience award-winning spirits and food. Devils Thumb Distillery in collaboration with hatted chef, Ben Wallace, from Oaks Kitchen & Garden, presents a 6 course degustation menu paired with three Dry Season Gin cocktails.

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

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.

Carnival on Collins in Cairns closes out the Cairns Festival, from 8am. Carnival on Collins is a great opportunity to explore the Tanks precinct, go for a walk and enjoy the Botanic Gardens. The day’s events include market stalls, street performers and live music. Over 200 stalls will showcase the full spectrum of local art, craft and creativity.

Coming Soon

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

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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