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Celebrate Carnivale 2017 in true Port Douglas style at The Meridian! This year’s theme is ‘Party in Paradise’ and it is guaranteed to be the biggest and best yet. 

2017 marks the 23rd Birthday of Carnivale celebrations in Port Douglas, and it will be held from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th of May 2017. Carnivale will be showcasing a Ferris Wheel overlooking the Dickson’s Inlet for the duration of the festival!

The Macrossan St Parade on the Friday commences the festivities at 5pm with a spectacular show of fireworks at 9pm. You can also expect to see some amazing performances from jugglers, stilt walkers and fire twirlers! 

Watch locals and visitors alike flock to Port Douglas to celebrate the start of the tourism season. There really is something for everyone at this highly anticipated event including arts, entertainment, sports, food & wine, comedy, culture and music.

Across the 3 days there are a huge variety of events for the whole family to enjoy and participate in! Are you a self confessed foodie? Indulge your tastebuds with the various events that span over the weekend at different locations. 

  • Paradise on a Plate long lunch on Friday 26th May 
  • Port on a Fork Food, Wine & Music festival on Saturday 27th of May
  • ‘Port Douglas Fisherman’s Village Seafood & Music Festival’ on Sunday 28th May. Enjoy fresh seafood straight from the back of the trawler and live music.

There’s also plenty of sporting and game events to keep the kids entertained like the Family Beach Day Party on Monday 29th May which has something for the whole family with kite flying, sand castle building, entertainment, stalls and of course – great food! 

The Wonderland Spiegeltent is back by popular demand with more wild & wacky circus acts, saucy late night burlesque shows, fun & flirty cabaret, hilarious comedy shows and fun for the kids too. 

  • La Soiree Circus Act – 19th to 28th May
  • Stand Up Comedy with Jeff Green plus special guests Even Hocking & Bev Killick – Thursday 25th May 
  • Carlotta Caberet – Friday 26th May 
  • Carnivale Sensualé – Saturday 27th May 
  • Lah Lah’s Big Live Band ABC Kids – Sunday 28th May
  • Children are Stinky – Sunday 28th May

Come and experience one of Australia’s most exciting and diverse events that has been named a ‘must’ by many. Discover the beauty of Tropical North Queensland, soak up some sunshine, relax by the seaside and celebrate with family and friends.

For bookings and a comprehensive list of events and times,

Ensure you book your accommodation early to avoid disappointment as Port Douglas is VERY busy during this period!

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