2011 Port Douglas Carnivale

2011 Port Douglas Carnivale: an overview


Port Douglas Carnivale began in 1994 when the locals created a fiesta around a yacht race. Today, it’s a magical festival held during the last 10 days of May within the seaside resort village and its surrounds. There’s music, arts, sports, food, culture and all styles of entertainment – every reason to head to Port Douglas for a ‘taste of paradise’.

The Exemplar Clipper Cup is still a feature, and it has been joined by popular family favourites like the Macrossan Street Parade and street party and the Four Mile Beach Fun Day. These free events draw thousands of spectators and participants each year, and this year the street parade’s theme is ‘Wonderland’ i.e. the Wonderland we live in here.

For gourmet travelers, there’s a feast of options. The festival’s program kicks off with the Sheraton Mirage Longest Lunch – an excellent excuse for a very very long lunch – and runs through to the Seafood Extravaganza, a traditional highlight. At its heart is the food and wine festival, Food, Wine & A Taste of Port, which is held each year outdoors under the coconut trees at Rex Smeal Park. Fine dining al fresco style and an 8 course degustation menu are a feature of Palates of Port, while the local chefs vie for the title of Port’s best during the Carnivale Food Fight and prepare succulent fare for the Wharf Street Food Fair – a new event in 2011.

If you’re adventurous by nature, Carnivale’s program of sports will satisfy both players and spectators. As well as the established Port Douglas Golf Challenge and the Bullride Spectacular, there’s kitesurfing and outriggers to watch. During Carnivale, USM Events will present the Coral Coast Triathlon, RRR Mountain Bike Challenge and the Big Paddle Outrigger Challenge.

Like to meet some local critters? Check out Wildlife Wonderland and get up close and personal with the creatures of Australia at this Carnivale event presented at the Wildlife Habitat.

Arts, crafts and culture are all represented with a songwriters competition, fashion awards, a masquerade party, stories and songs around the campfire beachside, art and craft exhibitions and free and ticketed outdoor music concerts at various venues around Port Douglas. Throughout the festival, the Carnivale Club at Sugar Wharf will provide a venue to chill, mingle and be entertained.

Finally, Port Douglas Carnivale showcases the beauty of the region, using heritage-listed venues like the Sugar Wharf contrasted with the waterfront parks, spectacular Four Mile Beach, and the waterfront marina. It attracts over 20,000 visitors, with the vibrant mix of tourists and visitors really making the region shine at its very best.

For more visit www.carnivale.com.au