Carnivale Program of Fun, Food & Fiesta Hits the Streets

Port Douglas Carnivale 2022 program is tropical-hot off the press today with a line-up of favourite and exciting new events to set May ablaze.

Burlesque and family circus is back in the ever-popular Wonderland Spiegeltent, mixing it with hot new attractions the Australian INXS Show at the Tropic Rock concert, FNQ Gin Fest, Go Troppo Art Exhibition and Tim Ellis Sugar Ants Projection Art.

Download the 20-page go-to guide to the fabulous annual celebration from or collect a printed version from key locations across Port Douglas, Cairns and the Atherton Tablelands. 

Douglas Shire Mayor Michael Kerr said Port Douglas’ biggest party would take place over two weeks, with all the razzle-dazzle of high-energy entertainment, fantastic food and family fun, culminating in a huge weekend over May 20-22. 

“Port Douglas Carnivale is great fun but events like this are not only a source of community pride, they also support local jobs and bring social and economic benefits to the community,” Cr Kerr said.  

“Event organisers, volunteers and the local community do a wonderful job making this event happen each year and I thank them for their dedication and sense of community.”  

The Wonderland Spiegeltent Festival Hub will provide a lead up to the festival with its signature eclectic mix of hilarious, naughty and nice international acts from May 6 to 22, including Rouge, Circus Wonderland and Debauched.



Renowned Australian recording artists Kate Ceberano and Joe Camilleri & The Black Sorrows, plus international comedy acts Karen From Finance and Akmal will round out the offering. 

Carnivale highlights include popular drawcards such as the Four Mile Family Beach Day and the Property Shop Tropical Wonderland Street Parade, the Seafood Extravaganza and the Paws and Claws Gala Luncheon and Pooch Party. 

New event FNQ Gin Fest is also set to be a crowd pleaser with Carnivale cocktails, all-afternoon entertainment, and a showcase of Tropical North Queensland’s six local distilleries. 

Live music gigs across town also add to the Carnivale mix, including the Australian INXS tribute show taking to the Tropic Rock stage at Rex Smeal Park on Saturday May 21, supported by “It’s my Life” – the Bon Jovi Story.

“We have a great line up of events again this year and have an exciting start to Carnivale with the Wonderland Spiegeltent opening on Friday, May 6 before leading into two weeks of free and ticketed events,” Cr Kerr said.

“There are lots of opportunities over the week to enjoy the best the region has to offer. The Seafood Extravaganza will feature a monster lineup of music and entertainment and showcase the best seafood the region has to offer – and of course, the best beer too.”

Carnivale’s Family Beach Day will also see plenty of action including a monster kites display presented by Kites Queensland, plus beach hockey and BMX fun. 

The eagerly anticipated Tropical Wonderland street parade will open Carnivale with street performers, food stalls, and the loud and lively float parade. Fireworks will complete the night’s entertainment for the thousands who line Macrossan Street.

Entries are now open for the annual street parade and can be submitted online. Tickets are still available to most events and there are also plenty of free activities and shows for families.