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It’s Party Time In Port Douglas As Carnivale Kicks Off

Port Douglas will go into party mode in May with three full days of action as the seaside town celebrates the event of the year – Port Douglas Carnivale.

Douglas Shire Mayor Michael Kerr said Port Douglas Carnivale officially kicks off Friday, May 19 with The Longest Lunch, offering a slightly gentler but no less memorable Carnivale experience.

“This is the social event of the year,” Mayor Kerr added. “It is a day out and sets the tone for the Carnivale weekend,” he said.

Fabulous food, creative floats, art and photography, daring burlesque, beach day fun, gin, seafood and a full lineup of live music – the Tropical North’s favourite event returns in 2023 with three full days of action kicking off from May 19-21.

Jampacked Weekend!

This three-day festival is packed with music, fun and feasting from The Longest Lunch, FNQ Gin Fest, to Australia’s ultimate Seafood Extravaganza. Enjoy the vibrant Macrossan Street Parade, presented by the Property Shop Port Douglas and Mossman, as colourful floats, lively entertainment, and roving street performers make their way through the centre of Port Douglas. Be sure not to miss the kid’s disco at 4.30 pm to get the party started.

You Am I

Rock on under the palms with Australian rock Royalty You Am I, enjoy all-day family fun at the Tin Shed Family Beach Day or take a seat under the big top for some wickedly naughty entertainment at the Wonderland Spiegeltent.

Later Port Douglas comes alive with the boisterous, balmy, bash that is the Property Shop Tropical Wonderland Street Parade. It’s a big booming welcome to Carnivale with floats, dancers, performers, music, food stalls, music, costumes and carousing.

Wonderland Spiegeltent

The Wonderland Spiegeltent will be hosting its family fare Circus Wonderland – A Neverland Adventure and adult entertainment Late Night Debauched with Tash York & Popcorn Underground to close out its three-week season in Port Douglas.

The Spiegeltent is a luxurious and exciting setting for some of the most unique and exhilarating performances to be seen in Tropical North Queensland.

Seaside Fun

Carnivale goes to the seaside all day Saturday with the Tin Shed Family Beach Day, with competitions, food stalls, roving entertainers, sky diving displays as well as the chance to participate in kite surfing, beach hockey and BMX.

For The Love Of Gin

On the opposite side of town, the inaugural FNQ Gin Fest kicks off at 12 noon at the Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina Port Douglas.

Offering an afternoon of laid-back indulgence with cocktails, and food trucks. The distilleries taking part are:

  • Devils Thumb from Port Douglas
  • Wolf Lane and Narrow Tracks from Cairns
  • Distil On The Hill from Kuranda
  • Atherton Tableland distilleries
  • Wild River Mountain from Wondecla
  • Mt Uncle from Walkamin

Seafood Extravaganza

Sunday is all about succulent seafood. The bounty of Port Douglas and the Coral Sea will feature at the Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina in the Seafood Extravaganza. With a monster lineup of music, and entertainment this is a day for families and friends, visitors and locals to come together and enjoy free entertainment, and best of all it’s FREE!!!!

Sunset Sessions

In the spirit of community, Sheraton Sunset Sessions invites locals, visitors and guests to come together for a poolside tropical sunset accompanied by atmospheric music, colourful cocktails and tasty Mediterranean bites.

This special Carnivale 2023 edition of Sheraton Sunset Sessions will feature a guest DJ – details and ticket pricing to be announced soon!


For more information click here to download the full Carnivale program.






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