Douglas Shire Week/End Guide

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Welcome to our guide for events around the region this weekend, as well as a recap of the week’s most popular stories, in case you missed them.

Highlights for this weekend include Port Shorts, the Shitbox Rally departing from Port, and a sultry afternoon of live music at the Yachty.

Don’t forget to cast your vote in the referendum on Saturday: Voting centres throughout the Shire are located in Port Douglas, Mossman, Wonga Beach, Daintree and Alexandra Bay.

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.


Locals get down to The Tav in Four Mile to enjoy the weekly members draw from 6 pm to 7 pm, complete with the weekend’s finest looking meat tray raffle, and a lucky squares game.

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

The Yachty presents Lady Valiant Duo from 6pm, the perfect venue to enjoy sunset, cold beer and good vibes…

Lady Valiant duo live at The Yachty tonight.

Port Shorts kicks off tonight, showcasing the best short films over two nights on the huge screen under the night sky at Rex Smeal Park, Port Douglas.

Whether you are a filmmaker looking to showcase your work, or simply a film enthusiast looking for an exciting cinematic experience, the Port Shorts Film Festival has plenty to offer. From workshops and masterclasses to screenings and networking opportunities, the festival is a feast for the senses, providing a unique platform for filmmakers to connect with one another and share their passion for the art of cinema. Tickets and further details:


Find farmer markets today at Mossman, Julatten and in Mareeba.

The Julatten Fairmarket will be held at Geraghty Park with a guest appearance by ‘Chelle’s Belles Belly Dance troupe. 2:00-5:00pm Geraghty Park Hall.

The Bake, Make and Grow Markets in Mareeba are held at Centenary Park from 7am-12pm.

The Shitbox Rally revs off from Port Douglas today, for the very first time, with over 500 participants bound for adventure, and ultimately, all things going swell, Adelaide.

The 3000 km long dirty, dusty, muddy and tough journey will (should) take seven days-but some of the starters realistically won’t make it. 

Shitboxes are worth less than $1,500, must be roadworthy, registered, 2WD, and teams need to raise a minimum of $5,000 to enter. So far, $2,148,885 has been raised by the spring 2023 Rally.

The event is officially endorsed and supported by Cancer Council-get on down to the Port Douglas Sporting Complex to show your support and cheer them on as they head off!


The Yachty has a huge day planned for lovers of live music with a wicked lineup of acoustic musos playing between 1-5pm.

Performers include:

CINNAMON SUN, Cairns-based multi-instrumentalist who weaves reggae, indie, hip-hop, and alt-pop with a commanding stage presence and soul-stirring songwriting. Get into the groove of his guitar, vocals, synth, foot percussion, and live looping.

KIKI, Aria Award-winning artist with albums recorded across the globe, from Sydney to London and Los Angeles, she’s a live music specialist who tailors her soulful artistry to any event, resonating with sensitivity, passion, and a unique soulfulness that connects deeply with her audience.

CHRIS MATTHEWS, a troubadour and artist in the truest sense, he’s a multi-instrumentalist and award-winning talent who’s graced our country’s stages for over two decades.

TIM WOODZ, presenting a tapestry of spontaneity and insight, blending storytelling and witty humour with clever sing-along songs inspired by folk legends of the late 60s. A cherished figure in Australia’s folk scene, Tim Woodz’s artistry adds a unique flavor to this captivating musical afternoon.

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