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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Cardwell UFO Festival

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Free Entry
13 May 2017
The Cardwell UFO Festival highlights the extra-terrestrial activities around Cardwell. This annual event begins on Saturday morning with a monster market day filled with family fun activities and visitors from throughout the Universe.
Free Entry
29 April 2017
The Battle of the Coral Sea is celebrated annually in Cardwell and commemorates an air and naval battle fought between the Japanese Imperial Navy and US and Australian Naval and Air Forces at a critical stage of the Second World War, from 4 - 8 May 1942 .
From AU$85 - 100
3 September 2017
Ona Mission Multisport Adventure weekend - paddle, run, paddle, bike, run - Mission Beach and Dunk Island, Tropical North Queensland. Set amongst two World Heritage areas - the event course is sensational!

Mission Beach Monster Market

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Free Entry
16 April 2017
The Monster Market at Mission Beach is held at Marcs Park, a tremendous location on a grassed sports field with a large undercover area and on the same site as Mission Arts. Markets operate between 7.

Mission Beach Markets

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Free Entry
5 March 2017
Held on the first and third Sunday of each month with between 60 and 90 stalls, the Mission Beach Market is held in the park opposite the Hideaway Caravan Park in Porter Promenade. Markets operate between 7.
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