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Mission Beach

Nature takes centre stage at Mission Beach with its long unspoilt beaches, deserted islands and white-water rivers fringed by rainforest. There are no crowds at this seductive and easy going destination which is perfect for relaxation or discovering adrenalin pumping outdoor activities.

This is the birthplace of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, so exploring the reef is a must. Reef boats leave from the Clump Point jetty, join a kayaking tour or hire a dinghy and take a picnic to a deserted Great Barrier Reef island.

Mission Beach has 14 kilometres of sandy beaches, so it is easy to find a quiet place to relax with a book or indulge by checking into the couple's room at a day spa and relaxing with the fabulous beach views. There are four villages that are collectively known as Mission Beach: South Mission Beach, Wongaling Beach, North Mission Beach and Bingil Bay.

Lush rainforest touches the shores of Mission Beach, hiding the elusive southern cassowary. Look for these majestic creatures on an easy rainforest walks and keep an eye out for the brilliant blue Ulysses butterfly, another local icon.

Nearby is the spectacular Misty Mountains Trail, a series of long-distance walking tracks through high-altitude rainforest. Several follow the ridgelines used by the area's traditional owners, the Jirrbal and Mamu Aboriginal people.

The serene beauty of Mission Beach hides another side to this friendly beachside retreat - adrenalin-pumping adventure. Skydive from a plane on to the beach, head into the heart of the rainforest for white water rafting or explore the area on a jet ski or mountain bike.

Luxurious resorts, elegant hill-top apartments and beach houses are favourites for those wanting to escape from their busy lives, or choose from family-friendly motels, beach caravan parks and popular backpacker hostels. Mission Beach is about a two hour drive south of Cairns.

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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.
From AU$8 - 10
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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From AU$50 - 50
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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