Douglas Shire Week/End Guide

savannah in the round

Savannah in the Round is back this weekend, for it’s fourth year featuring the likes of Jimmy Barnes, Chris Matthews, Gangajang, Kasey Chambers, the Roadtripper, The Black Sorrows, Russell Morris and loads more! Mareeba is bursting at the seams with an expected crowd of 12,000 attendees for the country music inspired festival with headliner Barnesy playing Saturday night. Tickets are still on sale.

SOLD OUT Yarrabah Music & Cultural Festival is also on Saturday afternoon. This unique and much-loved event celebrates the arts, cultures and talents of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Yarrabah community, alongside some of Australia’s most acclaimed musicians including Jessica Mauboy, Electric Fields, Jessie Lloyd and dance crews from around the region. The Festival provides a wonderful opportunity to explore traditional Gunggandji cultural practices and workshops, enjoy delectable flavours and soak up the grooviest sounds emerging from the Yarrabah community as they share the stage with some of Australia musical icons.

Mossman Boat and Fishing Club is running another one of their popular family fishing comps this weekend, for which the weather is looking not too bad- with weigh in on Sunday.

In Cairns, if country is not your thing, Kamahl (yes Kamahl!) is live at Brothers Leagues Club on Friday night. Oktoberfest is being held at Cairns Wharf at Hemingways Brewery on Saturday from 12pm, and Creedence Clearwater Collective are playing at at CPAC on Saturday night. For the rodeo lovers, there is a Bullride up at Malanda on Saturday night.

Electric Fields on stage from 7pm on Saturday night at Yarrabah Cultural and Music Festival. The unique voice of Zaachariaha Fielding and the spine-tingling electronica of producer Michael Ross is a seamless merging of pop, electronic and soul. Singing in Pitjantjatjara and English,Electric Fields bridge cultures and identities around the globe.

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, and also up at Mount Molloy National Hotel who host a weekly Jag the Joker and live band on Fridays. Enjoy live music for Saturday evening and Sunday lunch at Daintree Siesta in Cow Bay.


Cow Bay Cricket Club are hosting another of their popular Friday night live music gigs with a nautical theme for all the salty sea dogs. Port Douglas favourites, Sea Change, are performing live, there is an onsite food van, cocktail specials and prizes for best-dressed! Cash only.

Weekly local members draw at The Tav in Four Mile, with $1400 up for grabs this week, from 6 pm to 7 pm. The Member’s draw is complemented by a meat tray raffle, and a lucky squares game.

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


Miallo State School is hosting a Family Festival today with food, a bar, live music by the Walker Brothers and lots of family games and entertainment.

Pink in the Tropics are hosting their annual Pink Breakfast at Palmer Sea Reef.

The popular Seafood Marketplace Buffet is at Sheraton Grand Mirage for dinner.

Find farmer markets today at Mossman, and up at Koah.

Have you popped in to see DAB’s latest exhibition? This weekend is the last opportunity to pop in and suport our local artists.


Stuie Harcourt and Julian James perform at Ellis Beach Bar & Grill for an afternoon session, with $2 oysters from 1pm.

Mossman Boat & Fishing Club‘s competition weigh in is on Sunday afternoon- a fun, family friendly afternoon, with a great atmosphere and plenty of raffles and lucky door prizes.

Markets are held at Port Douglas, and along the beachfront at Holloways Beach.

Live music at the Tin Shed from 1pm for a decadent Sunday afternoon session on the water.

Coming Soon


List your event

Help support our work.

Support from our readers helps protect our editorial independence. We aim to report fearlessly on issues that affect Help us continue to deliver quality, trusted community news that is free to access.


Be the first to know the latest news from the Douglas Shire.


Be the first to know the latest news from the Douglas Shire.

Notify of

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments