Most are on late in the year, and all are good fun :-)
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
and the Friday Night Macrossan street parade.
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
Douglas Marathon Port
Douglas Marathon is also
a very popular Port Douglas events.
It is held in early
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.
Douglas Marlin Challenge Port
Douglas Marlin Challenge
is also held in early
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.
The ten day Port
Douglas Carnivale is the longest of all the Port Douglas
Held in late May every year, it consists of many different
It begins with the Friday night Macrossan
... and then there are events like the medieval jousting,
... the motorised esky
... the Radiant
Life Festival at the Sugar Wharf,
... and a couple of different food events such as
the Longest Lunch, the Feast and the Seafood Extravaganza.
There is also the Avenue
of the Arts,
... the Street
Arts and Music Festival,
... the Mickey
Ink Race Week,
... and fun for
kids like the Family Beach Day, slides and jumping castles.
During the Port
Douglas Carnival Week's first weekend, Daintree Station Bullride
And it's a very good one, one
of the best venues we have seen and we have been to many
It is called AME Stadium, and it has a great seating area with good views,
and a great bar, and food available.
very social event, with live
into the night, and you can camp
for the night.
The rides are also great,
like normal there are different age groups and levels.
While some rodeos are held day time, this one starts at the sunset and
is a night event.
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