Looking to escape to the tropics this Autumn and indulge in some colourful festivities near Port Douglas? The Port Douglas Carnivale 2012, running from the 18th to the 27th of May, could be just your thing.
Beginning in 1994, the Port Douglas Carnivale took shape when locals decided to celebrate a yacht race in colourful fashion. Eighteen years later and the event has blown into a full-bodied tropical fiesta, featuring all manner of food, dancing, art and sporting events.
The Port Douglas Carnivale 2012 kicks off with the ‘longest lunch’ (from 11:30 to 3:30), followed by a food and wine festival beneath coconut trees in the evening. Later in the week one can experience various sporting activities and art displays, the latter including work from the local indigenous community.
There’s also Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea (supporting the fight against cancer), a Seafood Extravaganza, cabaret ensemble, photography exhibition, local golf tournament, the Exemplar Clipper Cup (a regatta held off Port Douglas), a sit down comedy show, and a live sporting panel – including “cold beer, hot pies and raw jokes” (if the mood’s not already light enough).
The second half of the carnivale explodes with the annual iconic Macrossan Street Parade, which includes around 50 floats and 10,000 spectators. Typically a festival highlight, the parade showcases the community spirit in a colourful festive fashion. The 2012 parade has a ‘heavenly bodies theme’, which will become apparent upon observation.
Other activities include the Daintree Station Bullride Spectacular, where some of the country’s best riders take on the toughest bulls, and the Four Mile Beach Day, which comprises outrigger racing, treasure hunts, tug-of-war, beach cricket and sand castle building for some family friendly frolicking.
Finally, to top it off, the Port Douglas Carnivale 2012 concludes in the ‘Tin Shed’ with the Rio Carnivale Party, a masquerade party including DJ’s, South American tapas and cocktails on arrival.
There’s also a chance to be a part of the festivities by entering the Miss Carnivale 2012 or the Song of Carnival competition. You could also get behind the street parade flotilla, or get involved in one of the many food and market stores available. Have a look at the Port Douglas Carnivale website for more details.
Stay at Thala for Port Douglas Carnivale 2012
Located just 10-15 minutes south of the Port Douglas village, a regular shuttle bus service makes Thala an ideal destination to relax between the Carnivale frivolity!
Stay in a Jungle Walk Bungalow for only $99 per person per night, including tropical breakfast daily! Rate is based on two guests per room and is subject to availability. Direct bookings only – email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07 4098 5700.