The Australian INXS Show, a new gin festival, the signature Longest Lunch, and return of the Seafood Extravaganza headline an exciting week of celebration of everything tropical at this year’s Port Douglas Carnivale.
The all-new FNQ Gin Fest, presented by Hemingway’s Brewery at Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina, will showcase local botanicals from six distilleries – Devils Thumb, Wolf Lane, Wild River Mountain, Distil On The Hill, Narrow Tracks and Mt Uncle.
This year Tropic Rock is offering what many of us need right now – turning back the clock to the 80s and 90s – with classic songs and high-energy entertainment from two great tribute acts, the Australian INXS Show and “It’s My Life” – The Bon Jovi Story.
The heady mix of food, fun and festival begins on Friday, May 13, and builds to the Carnivale weekend on May 21-22. There will be nightly performances in the Wonderland Spiegeltent festival hub of ‘Rouge’, offering a decadent blend of sensational acrobatics, operatic cabaret and tongue in cheek burlesque.
Michael Kerr, Mayor of Douglas Shire, said Port Douglas was putting out the welcome mat and encouraging old friends and new to book a bed, pack their loud and flowery tropical print clothing and head to the world-famous seaside town for much-needed party fun.
He said family favourites were firmly on the fun agenda, including the spectacular Macrossan Street Parade, Family Beach Day events and the hilarious and thrilling ‘Circus Wonderland’ where first-class circus performers will delight all ages with jaw-dropping acrobatics and daring aerial feats from around the world.
He advised those new to Carnivale and those who never miss Port’s celebrated week of communal fun and frivolity to check the Port Douglas Carnivale website www.carnivale.com.au for the program and to secure their tickets so they didn’t miss out.
“Tickets are now on sale for Tropic Rock in Rex Smeal Park and the Wonderland Spiegeltent, while the Longest Lunch has now sold out,” Cr Kerr said.
“There will also be plenty of family friendly free-entry events, including the Seafood Extravaganza at the marina on May 22.”
For more information, visit the website www.carnivale.com.au.
Date: Wednesday, March 16
Time: 10.30am – 11.15am
Location: Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina, Port Douglas
Interviews Available from:
Douglas Shire Mayor Michael Kerr
Hemingway’s Venue Manager Chris Barber (GIN Festival and Seafood Extravangaza)
Salsa Bar & Grill Owner and Port Douglas Collective Spokesperson Rhys Bawden (The Longest Lunch)
The Wonderland Spiegeltent Director Melissa Head
Vision: Carnivale Footage can be downloaded from Dropbox: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/fk1g1imwu7xsaoz/AABJKQm4YnzGFyfeoBBgPDxaa?dl=0
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