25 May - 27 May


Showcasing the best of Tropical North Queensland from local food and wines, to talented musicians and friendly family fun, Port Douglas Carnivale is one of Australia's most exciting and diverse events. Now in its 24th year, Carnivale celebrates the 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 tens of thousands of local, interstate and international 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 the tourism season. A mecca for lovers of all things food, fun and sun, Carnivale is a must do on anyone’s bucket list.

Kicking off the festival proceedings from Friday May 18 will be the Wonderland Spiegeltent, which is returning for its third year.

Expect an eclectic and entertaining mix of shows including the Family friendly Circus Wonderland, risqué circus cabaret Rouge, and outspoken comic Akmal Saleh.

Love rock? What about tropical rock? What about Mr Daddy Cool himself – Ross Wilson Live at Rex Smeal Park on Saturday, May 26.

This year’s Longest Lunch and the Seafood Extravaganza will both be held in the beautiful Rex Smeal Park with a fusion of performance and food that will have your mouth watering for more.

There will also be a plentiful program of Family Friendly Free events devoted to Fun, Sand, and Sun including the Tropical Magic themed Macrossan Street Parade which has long been the opening highlight of Port Douglas Carnivale and regularly draws eager crowds of thousands.

Family Beach Day located on Four Mile Beach will include the annual and much loved sand castle competition, family entertainment, face painting, kids’ activities, market stalls and more.

Bringing the local community and visitors together, Carnivale is proudly supported by the Douglas Shire Council, Tourism Port Douglas & Daintree and Tourism Events Queensland.

Join us for a Truly Magical Party in Paradise!

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Contact Info

Rex Smeal Park - Under the Palms
Port Douglas 4877

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