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1. Float along to the Dive-In Movies

Douglas Shire Council is bringing Hollywood to Mossman Pool these school holidays with the inaugural Dive-in-Movies program.

Bring your lilos, pools toys and picnic blankets to settle in for a matinee-style screening of Jumanji – Welcome to the Jungle.

Snack food and non-alcoholic drinks will be available. Free BBQ facilities are also available for use if you want to make an afternoon of it.

Book online to avoid disappointment as there will be limited tickets available for walk-ins.


Doors will open from 3pm, with the movie commencing from 3:30pm

Book tickets here
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

2. Sing-along at Carols by Candlelight at the Mossman Showgrounds

Local artists, special guests and Santa & Mrs Claus will star at the Douglas Shire Carols by Candlelight at the Mossman Showgrounds on Sunday.

You will be treated to all your favourite Christmas carols for night out of family fun that finishes with a dazzling fireworks display.

Douglas Theatre Arts Groups and Douglas Shire Council proudly present the annual event which will be hosted by Triple M’s Mark Littler.


5.30PM – Food, drink and entertainment
6PM – Concert starts
8.30PM – Fireworks

3. Get a family snap at the Christmas Tree

Grab a selfie in the main street of Mossman with the new sparkling Christmas tree installed by Douglas Shire Council last week.

Located outside the Exchange Hotel, the Christmas tree and white picket fence has been a popular among local families. New wash lights are also splashing colour onto the iconic raintrees with changeable coloured lighting – now green and red – also shining on trees in Front Street.

If you are in town during daylight hours, make sure you check out the new new Jarramali seasonal banners, which depict major moments in the Eastern Kuku Yalanji seasonal calendar like turtles nesting, fishing for barramundi, the time for building shelters and hunting and gathering in the wetlands.

4. Buy local for Christmas at the Mossman Markets

The Mossman Markets are held every Saturday morning under the shade of the raintrees outside the historic St. David’s Church.

You can see what locals have to offer with farmers bringing plenty of produce such as tropical and exotic fruits, vegetables and herbs and spices.

There are cake stalls, plants and arts & crafts. Why not make a morning of it and grab a coffee at one of the local cafes?


The Mossman Markets are held each Saturday from 7am to 12pm.

5. Cool off at Mossman Gorge

A weekend in Mossman is hardly complete without a trip to the Mossman Gorge.

With its crystal clear rock pools and breathtaking tropical surroundings, submerging yourself in the clear crisp water will have you feeling reinvigorated and refreshed like never before. More adventurous locals can cross the Rex Creek suspension bridge and enjoy the 2.4 kilometre Rainforest circuit track through lush rainforest.

Remember – the shuttle bus is free for locals and Douglas Cardholders!

Image courtesy of Tourism Tropical North Queensland

6. Take the kids to the crocodile pump track

A relatively recent additions to the sugarcane town, the Mossman pump track is believed to be the first crocodile themed pump track in the world. Local schoolkids love using the  asphalt course at George Davis Park, complementing the popular skate park and nearby playground area.

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