What’s On in Port Douglas

There is a wealth of world-class attractions, events and things to do and see in Port Douglas and surrounding areas. It’s a thriving local and tourism community with a unique depth of arts and culture, weekend markets, live music and entertainment, food and wine, sporting and lifestyle festivals. Check out the highlights and book your Great Barrier Reef holiday to coincide with them.

Port Douglas Seasons

June – August: Whale Watching is popular as the winter humpback and dwarf minke whale annual migrations offer sensational viewing experiences and the chance to swim alongside them.

December – April: The Wet “Green” Season brings the waters and rainforests to life. It’s a magical time to visit the Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef as the sunny days and lush greenery create picture-postcard backdrops. Fewer crowds and amazing deals on tours and accommodation make it pretty special, too!

September – December: Famous for black marlin game fishing, the warm waters stretching from Cairns to Lizard Island are a delight for marine-life enthusiasts. From September through to late December, the giant female black marlin arrives to spawn along this stretch of the Great Barrier Reef.

November – December: Time for the annual amazing spectacle of coral spawning, critical to the health of the reef ecosystem.


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St. Mary’s Church, Port Douglas


Port Douglas Hot & Steamy Festival

14 – 17 February 2020

Australia’s newest LGBTIQ+ festival, Port Douglas Hot & Steamy, is the perfect lead into the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Balmy evenings and lush tropical greenery is the backdrop for reef and rainforest visits, food, dance and parties.

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The Great Barrier Reef Running Festival Port Douglas

March 2020

Devoted marathoners and visitors can pit themselves against the challenge of a number of running events staged in a beautiful natural environment during the Run for the Reef Finale in Port Douglas.

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Half Marathon being ran in Port Douglas

Port Douglas Carnivale

22-24 May 2020

Port Douglas Carnivale celebrates the very best of Tropical North Queensland from the bounty of the sea, abundant fresh produce and world-class wines, to talented local artists, musicians and performers. Held in one of the most beautiful parts of the world and attracting many thousands of local, interstate and foreign visitors, Port Douglas Carnivale was originally held to mark the start of the sugar cane harvesting season but is now considered the official opening of tourism season.

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Cairns Airport IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship

27 September 2020

The headline event of the Cairns Adventure Festival is the IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship, a full-distance triathlon that features a 180km bike leg along the scenic coastal road from Cairns to Port Douglas.

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Reef to Reef MTB

6 – 9 August 2020

Over four days in early August, Reef to Reef brings gruelling mountain biking to the home of one of the worlds most famed and fabled natural playgrounds. It involves around 200 km of riding trails and 4000m of climbing on the kind of trails and scenery you normally only read or dream about.

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Mt Carbine Bull and Bronc Ride

2nd Saturday of August

An annual event, held every second Saturday of August, sees cowboys and cowgirls compete in calf rides, Junior and Juvenile Steer events, Junior, Novice and Open bull and bronc events.

Jungle Ride


For over a decade, Jungle Ride charity bike ride between Port Douglas and Cape Tribulation has been raising funds for local charity KIND who support local children suffering from serious or chronic illnesses or injuries. Riders of all ages and levels, including kids, can sign up for 90K / 120K / 180K rides.

Crocodile Trophy mountain bike race


One of the World‘s oldest and most iconic mountain bike stage races takes place over 8 days with a variety trails over more than 600km. Riders travel through rainforest trails and bushland, finishing on Four Mile Beach in Port Douglas. Riders can camp on cattle stations, in historic villages and even in a coffee plantation, or opt for more conventional accommodation.

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Port Shorts Film Festival

25 – 26 October 2019


The Port Shorts Film Festival showcases Australian films and artists to an eager crowd gathered under the stars in Rex Smeal Park.


Wednesday Afternoon Sailing (WAGS) @ the Port Douglas Yacht Club

Weekly; Register for a free sail with members from 4 pm followed by dinner and drinks at the club.


Cane Toad Racing @ The Ironbar

Every night at 8 pm at the Ironbar, sit back and watch or place a bet on a champion toad.

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Live Music

Regular live music at popular destinations including Ironbar, Court House Hotel, Central Hotel, Hemingway’s Brewery, and Paddy’s Irish Pub.

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