Festivals and Events

Tropical North Queensland is the perfect location for a family friendly Port Douglas holiday. There's so many amazing things to see and do in Port Douglas that draws visitors in the thousands from all over the world. Snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef; spotting endangered species in the oldest rainforest on earth, the Daintree; relaxing on the pristine sands of Four Mile Beach and holding a baby crocodile at a near by zoo ... just to name a few.

But there's nothing better than immersing your family in the activities and events that the locals enjoy, after all, they know the best way to enjoy Tropical North Queensland! Check out the calendar of events to all the amazing experiences not often had by visitors on the #portdouglasdaintree website.



May  21 - 24    2021

Carnivale is celebrated each year during May in Port Douglas Queensland.  Commencing on Friday with the Longest Lunch in Rex Smeal park under the palms, the party continues on Friday evening with the Street Parade on main street.  Over the weekend live music in the park, the Seafood Extravaganza at the marina and the Family Beach day will provide fine food  and entertainment for all the family.

Port Shorts Film Festival

October 25 - 26

A breathtaking location and some of Australia’s most accomplished film exponents sharing their knowledge with emerging filmmakers – the Port Shorts Film Festival is a feast for the filmmaking senses. Port Shorts is staged under the stars in Port Douglas, Far North Queensland, Australia, where the Daintree Rainforest meets the spectacular Great Barrier Reef, The dates for the 2021 event will be notified .

Hot and Steamy Festival

19-22 February 2021

Hot and Steamy will be Australia's only LGBT festival held this summer in the lead up to Mardi Gras. More details

  • 19/02 White Party @ SUGAR WHARF
  • 20/02 Tropical Vintage Swimwear Show
  • 20/02 Sunset Booze Cruise
  • 20/02 After Dark @ CENTRAL HOTEL
  • 21/02 Mad Hatter's Tea Party @ ST CRISPIN'S CAFE
  • 21/02 Soaked Pool Party @ NIRAMAYA

Weddings in Port Douglas

Anytime of the year

Port Douglas is the ideal setting for an amazing wedding. Whether it is on the Beach, in the rainforest, St Mary's By the Sea or Rex Smeal park, the natural beauty of  Port Douglas and the surrounding area sets the scene for a perfect wedding in paradise.