Carnivale Adds New Events to Line Up

Get ready to savour the excitement as Port Douglas Carnivale, the ultimate celebration of Tropical North Queensland’s lifestyle and natural wonders, introduces two dynamic additions to its event line up – Savour TNQ and The Paradise Picnic.

Prepare for a gastronomic journey like no other at Savour TNQ, a two-day foodie event showcasing the vibrant flavours of Tropical North Queensland at Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina on Saturday May 25-26.  

From street-food delights infused with native ingredients to cocktail making demonstrations, Savour TNQ offers a festival atmosphere filled with food stalls, bars, live music and family-friendly entertainment.

Cap off the Port Douglas Carnivale weekend with an unforgettable afternoon at The Paradise Picnic featuring Australia’s leading female country singer, Amber Lawrence and a stellar lineup of local acts on Sunday, May 26.

With music, entertainment and family fun galore, The Paradise Picnic promises to be the perfect way to celebrate the vibrant spirit of Carnivale.

Both events are free to attend and are made possible thanks to joint funding from the Australian and Queensland Governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

They round out a broader Carnivale program, which includes Queensland Symphony Orchestra, The Wonderland Spiegeltent, Tin Shed Family Beach Day, Street Parade, The Longest Lunch, art and photography exhibitions, Port Douglas Music Trails and more.

Senator for Queensland, Nita Green said Port Douglas Carnivale was a significant event on Tropical North Queensland’s calendar and served to support its ongoing recovery.

“It is really great to see Douglas Shire Council put on Port Douglas Carnivale bigger and better than ever following the devastating impact of ex-Tropical Cyclone Jasper and the severe rainfall and floods,” Senator Green said.

“This is an important event that not only supports economic activity and creates jobs by attracting regional and interstate travellers to the area, but provides a focus for residents to come together and celebrate – an essential aspect of community recovery following a disaster of this magnitude.

“I encourage holiday-makers to visit Tropical North Queensland this winter to see how far the community has come and experience some of our world-class events, adventures and surrounds.”

Tourism Minister and Member for Cairns Michael Healy welcomed the new events to the already popular Carnivale program.

“Port Douglas Carnivale has always been a very special time to visit and experience the lifestyle, local community and world-class tourism experiences of Port Douglas.

“I am delighted we are able to support this event to grow and attract more visitors, with the aim of bringing a welcome boost to the local visitor economy.”

Douglas Shire Mayor Lisa Scomazzon said Council was grateful both the Australian and Queensland Governments could support the iconic event.

“The shire continues to recover from Cyclone Jasper and to add more colour and excitement to the Carnivale program is a morale boost for both the community and local businesses during the shoulder (tourism) season,” Cr Scomazzon said.

“Savour TNQ will appeal to foodies of our region while I’m sure families will be dusting off their rugs and marking Paradise Picnic in their calendars.”

For more information and to book tickets for Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Wonderland Spiegeltent events visit the website



Tanya Snelling

Strategic PR

P 4034 3404 | 0417 202 663


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