The Week/End Guide

It’s heating up-in more ways than one! This weekend sees the Douglas Shire vibrant with the Gran Fondo Festival, bringing adventurers on two wheels to the region to enjoy our breathtaking destination as they pedal around the region.

Frock up for Cairns Amateurs this Friday and Saturday, barrack for the Port Douglas Crocs as they take on Cairns Saints at Cazalys, enjoy lots of great live music, Gran Fondo festivities, Child Protection Week community events, farmers markets, and fire twirling on the beach at Ellis.

Congratulations to the Year 12 graduates from Mossman High who enjoyed graduation celebrations on Friday night at Palmer Sea Reef, and to the Port Douglas Crocs AFL team who celebrated their 35 year anniversary on Saturday night with quite a do post game on Saturday. Buddha Hocking entertained members and guests, with former players and coaches coming from far and wide to enjoy a re-cap of the Club’s adventures over the past 35 years.

Live, Loud and Local

There will be live music at all the usual Port Douglas venues-Paddys, Central Hotel, Court House Hotel, up at PK’s 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.


Have you ever considered volunteering with Tangaroa Blue and ReefClean to help clean up our local beaches? There are a few local beach clean ups scheduled for the coming weeks, kicking off with the Dickson Inlet Monitoring Clean-up in Port Douglas today.
Meet on the corner of Port St and Wharf St, just down from the Coral Beach Lodge at 8am.
Registration is essential: Please email

Registration is essential so get in early to


St Augustines in Mossman presents Tropic Trivia 2.0 , a night of entertainment for the whole community. Doors open at 5.30pm for a 6pm start. Delicious food, cold drinks, raffles and prizes are on offer to raise needed funds for sensory play equipment.

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Mossman Youth Centre are also hosting a Family Evening, dedicated to child protection awareness, in the Mossman Shire Hall from 2.30-8pm, with free activities, movies, games and a BBQ.

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

Satya Matteo & Frank Ridge are on deck at Ellis Beach Bar & Grill tonight 6 – 9pm with $15 pizzas served between 12-4pm. Drop in on the way home any day for the $25 “Prawn to be Wild” special daily 2 – 5pm.


Find farmers markets today at Mossman and up at Mareeba Turf Club.

Footy finals season has arrived, as the leading Port Douglas Crocs AFL team take on Cairns Saints today at Cazalys at 3.45pm.

For collectors of eclectic and vintage fashion, The Preloved Project is a local market held in Cairns today, specialising in secondhand, vintage and emerging designers’ pieces of clothing, shoes, jewellery and accessories. The market will be held from 11am – 2pm at 179 Bunda Street, Parramatta Park. Become a stallholder or learn more:

For another rollicking Saturday option, why not head on over the Daintree to join in the Child Protection Week Family Funday hosted by Cow Bay’s Cricket Club.

Saloon doors swing open at midday, with food and bar available into the night.

Family friendly activities will be held from 12.30-4.30pm. Enjoy live music by Sea Change from 12.15-4.15pm and by The Walker Brothers from 7-11.30pm.

Battle it out in Tug of War at 1.30pm followed by an entertaining Cricket Match from 2pm.

There will also be Belly Dancing displays and lots of other great family entertainment.

Ever considered a night picnic at Ellis Beach? Tonight’s the night, with a flow, fire and drum gathering. Bring a picnic rug, treats, dancing feet, smiley faces for a night of drumming, twirling and tribal goodness.


Remember that local roads are affected by today’s Gran Fondo Festival cycling event. Further details for road closures and events here.

Markets are held at Port Douglas and Holloways Beach.

Shannon Hunter is live at the Tin Shed at 1pm for a decadent Sunday afternoon session on the water.

Fraser Scott is live at Ellis Beach Bar & Grill 2-5pm accompanying the seafoodie masses for $2 oysters from 1-4pm (while stocks last).

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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