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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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19 August 2017
The annual Mackay Airport Beach Horse Races are an iconic event on North Queensland’s sporting and social calendar. The showpiece of this is the Race Day attended by thousands of locals and visitors to the region, the event also features a legendary Opening Night Cocktail Party and post race day Garden Party.
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10 August 2017
Airlie Beach Race Week, is renowned amongst sailors Australia wide as a vibrant, exciting, fun and well run event. It is now the largest keelboat regatta staged on Queensland's mainland coast, last year attracting an equal size fleet to the 2015 Sydney to Hobart (108 vessels).

Airlie Beach Foreshore Markets

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29 April 2017
The Airlie Beach Saturday Markets are located on the foreshore of Airlie Beach, every Saturday morning. Complete with local produce, art, craft and all locally made souvenirs, it is a great place to spend some time, have a coffee or purchase a unique gift.

Airlie Beach Festival of Music

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9 November 2017
Located at the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, the Airlie Beach Festival of Music is set in the most beautiful tropical waterfront location in Australia. Geared to an over 30s audience, escape for an entertaining weekend of quality live music and glorious days under the sun.

Happy Daze Festival

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From AU$100.00 - 150
2 June 2017
Happy Daze is a three day long Music and Arts Festival. It is located in the tropical forest paradise of Queensland's world famous Whitsunday Coast. In it's sixth year , Happy Daze has established itself in the Australian doof festival circuit, providing central Queensland a premier alternative lifestyle gathering, focused on music, art, family and the outdoors, whilst maintaining a strong community based approach.
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14 May 2017
Don’t be late for a very important date with mum at Magpies Sporting Clubs Alice In Wonderland Mothers Day High Tea. Sparkling on arrival followed by Scrumptious Morsels, Boutique Teas, Live Music, Exhibitor Stalls, Best Hat Competition, Best Costume Competition and a Lucky Door Prize.

Mothers Day Buffet Breakfast

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From AU$9.99 - 19.99
14 May 2017
Treat Mum to an all you can eat buffet breakfast this Mothers Day at Magpies Centro Restaurant. Bacon, Sausages, Scrambled Eggs, Hash Browns, Grilled Tomato, Mushrooms, Baked Beans, Toast, Danish Pastries, Croissants, Cereals, Yoghurt, Fresh Fruit, Tea, Coffee and Orange Juice.

Global Grooves

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21 October 2017
Tour the globe at Global Grooves 2017 held at beautiful Queens Park, celebrating the cultural diversity of the Mackay region. This one-day open-air event is free to the public and they encourage all of the Mackay region to travel the globe in a day!

Whitsunday Writers Festival

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From AU$25 - 290
1 September 2017
The Whitsunday Writers Festival is a weekend event featuring talks from authors. There will be creative writing workshops, and Friday evening is a free opening party. Guests can mix and mingle with the authors on an intimate basis.

Whitsunday Latin Festival

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From AU$379 - 429
19 May 2017
Join some of Australia's friendliest Latin Dancers at the Cape Gloucester Beach Resort for the annual Whitsunday Latin Festival! With numerous workshops over three days, breathtaking performances from professional champion dancers as well as from local performers and two night time parties, this will be a weekend never to forget!
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