Cairns

As the heart of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics rainforest, Cairns pulses with energy. More than 600 tours a day make the most of the year-round outdoor lifestyle while world-class sporting events and festivals embrace the cosmopolitan city's vibrant tropical culture.

Energised by nature, Cairns is the place to soak up the tropical lifestyle. Discover an exciting city that takes pride in its cultural heritage and where time seems to last a little longer. Swim at the Esplanade lagoon, sample local produce at a farmer's market, enjoy free entertainment, shop for a summer wardrobe or cruise around the marina.

Take a tip from the locals for a cool dip at a secluded freshwater swimming hole, jump on a bike for a sightseeing tour along the city's network of cycle paths, marvel at tropical plants in the Botanic Gardens, browse the galleries or catch an act in a unique rainforest venue.

After dark choose a lively bar for drinks, taste local seafood at an award-winning restaurant, party on a dance floor, discover treasures at the markets or watch a local cultural show.

Choose from a wide range of accommodation including five-star international hotels, luxurious resorts, waterfront apartments, family-friendly motels and fun backpacker hostels.

The compact city is easy to get around and has the reef, rainforest and outback on its doorstep. With the Cairns International and Domestic airports only 10 minutes from the Central Business District, Cairns is the ideal entry point for a Tropical North Queensland adventure.

Travel from the city's Reef Fleet Terminal to the Great Barrier Reef and its islands, raft the white water rapids in the rainforest, step back in time with a train ride to Kuranda or treat your tastebuds to one of the many food and wine trails on the Atherton Tablelands.

Whether you want to flirt with adventure or be enchanted by exotic experiences, Cairns has it all.

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29 April 2017
Celebrate 21 years of the iconic Maleny Wood Expo with three days of clean country family fun in the beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Telling the whole timber story and designed to promote sustainable use of native timbers through the work of regional wood artisans, the Expo is now recognized as one of the best wood shows in Australia.
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15 April 2017
Come and enjoy the Cheese, Wine and Food Fest, showcasing the unique range of the Mary Valley's finest foods, liqueurs and wines. There will be a great variety of food stalls, gourmet cooking demonstrations, wine and cheese tastings all day.

Big Pineapple Music Festival

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27 May 2017
The hottest music event on Queensland's Sunshine Coast is back! This May 27, Big Pineapple Music Festival will transform the lush hills of Woombye Queensland into the ultimate party playground, playing host to some of the biggest and best names in Australian music.

Australian Body Art Festival

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Free Entry
8 April 2017
Australia's premier body art event, the Australian Body Art Carnivale is free for spectators and attracts great crowds keen to watch artists at work using human bodies as their canvas. The body art at this event is amazing with three styles on display as well as face painting.

Gympie Music Muster

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24 August 2017
The Gympie Music Muster is Australia's favourite outdoor country music and camping festival. Held in the beautiful and normally peaceful Amamoor Creek State Forest Park, this iconic Aussie music festival brings music and mateship together under one big open roof, offering an experience like no other.

Retro Rocks Nambour

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Free Entry
30 September 2017
Retro Rocks Nambour is an annual fun, free event in and around the streets of Nambour incorporating custom culture, fifties nostalgia and rockabilly. Firstly there are the cars. Start with the Twilight Cruise to the coast and back on the Friday night, then check out the fabulous vintage cars, bikes and caravans Show and Shine on Saturday.

Jungle Love Festival

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30 November 2017
A boutique music festival that celebrates up and coming local musicians, artists and art workers. They follow a different model to most other festivals whereby they closely curate the entire program and add in different acts that they know most people are unaware of but will thoroughly enjoy, creating an element of surprise.
From AU$8 - 10
21 April 2017
The South Queensland Caravan, Camping, Boating and Fishing Expo is one of the region’s largest events, showcasing the latest in caravans, camper trailers, motorhomes, boating, vehicles, auto and 4x4 accessories, camping gear and outdoor accessories.
From AU$220 - 250
15 September 2017
A unique boutique music and camping event designed to get you out of town and take you on an adventure that connects you with friends, music and like minded people in an intimate and inspirational setting.

Mary Valley Art Festival

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29 June 2017
The Mary Valley Art Festival is held on the first weekend each July in Imbil, Mary Valley Country, and showcases entries from talented artists throughout South-East Queensland in a competition offering more than AUD6,000 in prize money.
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