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Gympie Memorial Park

Gympie, Gympie Area

A triangular-shaped park with lawns, well-tended garden beds and shady trees creates the perfect spot for a picnic in Gympie, it's also a place where WWI soldiers are remembered.

Gympie's Memorial Park was officially opened in April 1921, although the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII) visited eight months earlier when unveiling the Gympie and Widgee War Memorial Gates which lead into the green-space.

The local council used the expertise of Brisbane's Parks Superintendent Harry Moore, also known for his landscape design of Yeronga's Memorial Park, Newstead Park, and New Farm Park.

Local returned servicemen were employed for much of the ground works: gently curving gravelled pedestrian walkways radiating from a few entrance points and raised, dry-stone walled rockery beds with dramatic displays of flowering annuals, perennials and roses. Palms, pines, poinsettias and jacarandas were also planted for this living tribute to the 167 men who died at war.

While intended as a soldiers' memorial, others are remembered within the park. The 1920 bandstand honours the memory of a much-respected bandmaster and a sandstone monument is dedicated to James Nash, the man credited with starting the Gympie gold rush.

Glimpses of the park can be seen from Calton Hill.

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Cairns Indigenous Art Fair

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14 July 2017
From where ever you are, come and join Cairns Indigenous Art Fair in 2017, and immerse yourself in a CIAF experience of your own. The CIAF 2016 cultural festivities welcomed more visitors than ever before - 50,000 people attended across all venues - enjoying the diversity of Far North Queensland Indigenous culture and taking the chance to attend and buy the latest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island art from across Queensland, at the very first CIAF Art Market.

Cairns ECOfiesta

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28 May 2017
The Cairns ECOfiesta brings you inspiration from across the region, with the best in music and entertainment, tropical cuisine, a children's program and over 120 stalls, all held at the waterfront Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal.

Cairns Festival

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25 August 2017
The Cairns Festival seeks to deliver a vibrant, progressive and collaborative arts and cultural festival that speaks to the region's unique stories and celebrates the distinctive colours and hues of the tropical lifestyle.
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12 May 2017
Far North Queensland's largest home, lifestyle and outdoor adventure event! The Cairns Home Show and Caravan, Camping and Boating Expo is back again for another three big days at the Cairns Showgrounds!

Tropical Mardi Gras

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1 October 2017
Tropical Mardi Gras is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender plus (LGBT+) festival to celebrate the diverse and beautiful people and places of the Cairns region. Once a year, Cairns Tropical Pride invites visitors from Australia and the world to join them for a week of play in the gorgeous environment that is Tropical North Queensland.
From AU$8 - 95
1 April 2017
The Dynamic in a Dress Running Festival is a female-focused event that celebrates female runners, their strength and their ability to use running as a means to connect with one another. The festival hosts a half marathon and 10 kilometre race on the Sunday and a 5 kilometre and Family Fun Run on the Saturday afternoon.

Rugby League World Cup - Cairns

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29 October 2017
Rugby League World Cup – Cairns to host three pool matches. In 2017, the best players and teams from around the globe will descend on Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea for the Rugby League World Cup.
22 July 2017
Cazalys Stadium in Cairns will see its seventh straight Toyota AFL Premiership Season match happen as part of the 2017 season. The match, to be held in Round 18 of the Toyota AFL Premiership Season, will see the reigning Premiers the Western Bulldogs host the Gold Coast SUNS on Saturday July 22.

Cardiac Challenge

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16 September 2017
The Mount Franklin Cardiac Challenge is a three day camping and recreational cycle ride in the September school holidays. The route includes some of the most stunning scenery in the Wet Tropics, Dry Tropics and World Heritage National Parks of Far North Queensland starting in Cairns and progressing inland through the Kuranda range, Speewah, Mareeba, Mt Molloy, Mt Carbine, the Desailey range, Lakeland and finishing in Cooktown.
30 September 2017
Premier of Queensland, Annastacia Palaszczuk, recently announced that music icon Sir Elton John and his band will return to Australian shores from 22 September for the Once In A Lifetime concerts, exclusive to Australia.
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