Real talk, folks: do you want to go to another hens' or bucks’ night just like all the others? Ladies, if you're getting married, do you really want to wear a tiara and a sash? We love a game of ‘Never Have I Ever’ while singing mash ups of ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’ and ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ while drinking out of body-shaped straws as much as the next person, but the main rule for any hens (or bucks) night is to make sure your bestie is smiling all the way through to the ceremony and beyond.
Nothing says ‘sayonara singledom’ for your best bro or gal pal on a pre-wedding weekend away quite like taking it tropical and having an epic adventure. Whether your buck is into feather boas and novelty straws or your hen prefers the great outdoors, give them a grand salute to singledom with a bachelor/ette party they’ll never forget.
Saddle up! One of Australia's most beautiful strips of surf and sand, Cape Tribulation is a pristine place to channel your inner Darryl Braithwaite clip and go for a beach horse ride. Cape Trib Horse Rides is one of those picturesque little ventures that seems like never-ending fun and the dream of small businesses. With a team of certified trail guides and some of the prettiest and quietest horses this side of the equator, Cape Trib Horse Rides is the perfect adventure for everyone.
Admit it, we all know one of those gals who wears active wear to brunch with the legitimate intention of hitting the gym afterwards (they’re not just ‘decorative’ tights, you know). When it comes time for the Active Bride to celebrate, a Windswell tour is bang on. Their guided kite surf, paddleboard or combo of both tours runs every day, location dependant on weather. Snapper Island, Low Isles, Mossman River or Four Mile Beach – no matter where you end up, it sure is pretty as a picture. Oh, and the Henchmen Crew will surely love it too.
We’ve all followed a recipe from start to finish (some better that others) but how many of us can boast the ability to preserve your own lemons, discover the real green papaya salad or jackfruit curry or make herb and spice rubs direct from the garden? To quote the great poet Scribe, “Not many, if any”.
Aspiring culinary wizards visiting the north have probably heard of Oaks Kitchen & Garde, run by former Longrain head chef Ben Wallace and his partner Rachael Boon (who lovingly tends to the gardens where all the produce is sourced). Classes include making pantry essentials, an exploration of south east Asia, or – our favourite – the demo and eat. Settle back and enjoy the fruits of your labour, quite literally, overlooking their kitchen garden with glass of wine in hand. Your #IDoCrew will definitely thank you for it.
Who doesn’t love promises of visual and gustatory pleasure? Your bride and grooms are certainly no different! Hop aboard the tasting train (actually a bus) that visits all the very best tasting spots the tropical north. Fruit wines, local beers, award-winning spirits, locally crafted cheeses, home grown coffee and chocolate, all against the backdrop of the rolling green hills of the Wet Tropics and Atherton Tablelands. Book out a private tour, crank up the tunes on the bus, and you’ve got yourself a day date!
Sail before the veil! Cruising out on the Coral Sea on a luxury catamaran is a perfect solution for a low key, uber-glam Bachie Bash. Sailaway Port Douglas is totally kitted out for such luxe fun, with their sunset cruises. Hop aboard in the afternoon, enjoy the on-board canapes and champagne, and watch the sun go down looking back at the glorious views of Port Douglas from the great wide ocean. Want to make the cruise a bit longer? Opt for the half day tour, which leaves around midday and includes a trip out to the prettiest island in the land, Low Isles. Explore the natural habitat of the local turtle colony, go snorkelling on the reef that’s right in front of you and go rock-hopping and spotting for starfish. Did we mention lunch was included?
The lads are more the game fishing types? Never fear – luxury private fishing charters including MV Zulu, Norseman and Beluga X for the truly committed will make for an extraordinary and memorable day out.
Is there anything better than a proper queenly or kingly treatment in a softly room with the wafting scent of diffuser oils and a therapist whose sole job is to make you believe you’re #livingyourbestlife? No. No, there isn’t. Deep tissue massages, hot stone therapies, seaweed wraps and coconut coffee scrubs, your Luxe AF Hen or Gent will love it all. Book your gang into one of the luxury private homes in the area run by Executive Retreats, organise a spa therapist to come to you, and back it all up with a personal chef from Port Douglas Catering & Events to make sure you’re all well fed and hydrated. Bets on you’ll have one happy, glowing chook or rooster.
Having a destination wedding in Port Douglas with week-long itinerary rather than a weekend? We’ve got you covered. Well, the good folk at Adventures Port Douglas do. Group activities, tours, adventures, dinners and cruises are tailored for your group, no matter the size. Custom design your very own itinerary for before and after the big day and make a week-long party out of the nuptials!