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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Weekly; Register for a free sail with members from 4 pm followed by dinner and drinks at the club.
Every night at 8 pm at the Ironbar, sit back and watch or place a bet on a champion toad.
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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