5 Ways To Get Wet At Port Douglas Hot & Steamy Festival

In the lead up to the Sydney Gay And Lesbian Mardi Gras, Port Douglas in Tropical North Queensland will be hosting a hot LGBTQIA+ festival – Port Douglas Hot & Steamy.

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The action-packed four-day festival includes diva-filled drag shows, DJs and wet and wild pool parties. On day one, get Lei’d and tuck into food stalls and cocktails at Zinc’s annual luau.

On day two, enjoy a mouth-watering three-course lunch at the Taste in the Tropics Long Lunch and head to the Sugar Wharf for the White Party.

On day three, dance the night at the Central Hotel at the Main Festival Dance Party, featuring appearances from drag show divas, and DJS.

On day four, get wet and wild at the Soaked Pool Party at Oaks Resort.

Without further ado, here are five ways to get wet in Tropical North Queensland, at Port Douglas Hot & Steamy.


Chase waterfalls with Uncle Brian. If you feel like chasing waterfalls, Uncle Brian’s Waterfalls and Rainforest Tour is a fun filled journey through Tropical North Queensland’s spectacular Atherton Tablelands. You are invited to join Gus the Wonder Bus on a day’s journey where you’ll be swimming in pristine waterfalls and crater lakes like Josephine Falls, Milla Milla waterfall, Lake Eacham and Babinda Boulders.

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Glide down a rainforest river with Back Country Bliss. Go River Drift Snorkelling with Back Country Bliss – it’s swimming, snorkelling, floating and a rainforest walk, all combined! Step into the cool, crystal-clear river water in the Daintree Rainforest and drift with the current as you explore life under the water’s surface and ride gentle rapids under the rainforest canopy.

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Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef on a Frankland Island Reef Cruise. Spend the day on an exclusive Great Barrier Reef tour and head to Normanby Island in the beautiful Frankland Islands National Park. You have up to four hours to explore and enjoy this natural paradise, above and below the water. Go snorkelling, surrounded by vibrant fringing reefs, and see if you can spot all sorts of marine life, including an abundance of fish, turtles, octopus and the ever-popular anemone clownfish, Nemo.

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Kayak the Babinda River. If you’d rather relax than rush, set your own pace and glide along the crystal clear creek of one of Australia’s wettest towns, Babinda with Babinda Kayaking. Hire a kayak or stand-up paddle-board and wind your way between Queensland’s two highest mountains alongside fish, turtles, and the occasional platypus before pulling up on the banks for a picnic lunch of treats from Babinda Bakery.

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Float in the fresh water with Cairns Canyoning. If Indiana Jones is your fictional spirit animal, Cairns Canyoning is your chance to channel your inner explorer with an expedition to the depths of the tropics. Abseil down slippery cliffs, zipline across cascades, riverboard down rapids, jump from rocks, and swim under waterfalls in just a half or full day in the rainforest.

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Port Douglas Hot & Steamy is on from 24-27 February.