Port Douglas Area Events

On this page you have some Port Douglas area events.

Most are on late in the year, and all are good fun :-)

Port Douglas Events

port douglas events

Port Douglas Carnivale
This ten day festival is held in mid to late May every year and is one of the most popular Port Douglas events. It consists of many different smaller events such as kids' fun, street entertainment, gourmet lunches, feast dinners, arts, markets and even the Daintree Station Bullride. Some of the more popular things are the fireworks and the Friday Night Macrossan street parade.


Portoberfest is obviously the Oktoberfest of Port Douglas, held in early October, just like the one in Germany.

Beer jugs are also the same size, and the whole event is fun, at the 2 Fish Restaurant in the Port Douglas Marina, with scene entertainment and bars of almost every European country.

port douglas marathon

Port Douglas Marathon
Port Douglas Marathon is also a very popular Port Douglas events.
It is held in early November and is a very popular one.
There is the full marathon (42km), half marathon (21km), also 10km, 5km and 2.5km races, as well as the ultra marathon that does a 72km loop to Julatten.

port douglas marlin challenge

Port Douglas Marlin Challenge
Port Douglas Marlin Challenge is also held in early November.

It is a five day fishing competition out on the Coral Sea and good fun if you are into some serious marlin fishing (if not you could get to be crew on some boat). On the last day there is a presentation night at the Lure in Port Douglas Marina.

Mossman Events

mossman show

Mossman Show
Mossman Show is held in about third week in August, and is like any other agricultural show. Apparently with lots more going on than I expected for the small town (made me think, have I been living up in the remoteness of the Cape for too long?). All the amusement rides I would have imagined, lots of food, and agricultural displays from farm animals to all the food they grow.

Port Douglas Carnivale

The ten day Port Douglas Carnivale is the longest of all the Port Douglas events.

port douglas carnivale

Held in late May every year, it consists of many different smaller events.

port douglas carnivale parade

It begins with the Friday night Macrossan Street Parade,

port douglas carnivale parade

... and then there are events like the medieval jousting,

port douglas carnivale medieval jousting

... jabusame,

port douglas carnivale yabusame

... the motorised esky riding competition,  

esky riding competition

... the Radiant Life Festival at the Sugar Wharf,

port douglas radiant life festival

... and a couple of different food events such as the Longest Lunch, the Feast and the Seafood Extravaganza.

port douglas carnivale seafood extravaganza

There is also the Avenue of the Arts,

port douglas avenue of the arts

... the Street Arts and Music Festival

port douglas street art and music festival

... the Mickey Ink Race Week,

mickey ink race week port douglas

... and fun for kids like the Family Beach Day, slides and jumping castles.

port douglas carnivale food stalls

Daintree Station Bullride

During the Port Douglas Carnival Week's first weekend, Daintree Station Bullride is held.

daintree station bullride

And it's a very good one, one of the best venues we have seen and we have been to many bullrides!

daintree station bullride stadium

It is called AME Stadium,
and it has a great seating area with good views, and a great bar, and food available.

daintree station bullride arena

It's a very social event, with live bandparty into the night, and you can camp for the night.

daintree station bullride bar

The rides are also great, like normal there are different age groups and levels.

daintree station bullride

While some rodeos are held day time, this one starts at the sunset and is a night event.

UPDATE late 2016 Daintree Station has been sold and unfortunately it is not known if the event will be on again.

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