Taroom

The tell-tale sign that you’ve arrived in Taroom is the Steel Wings windmill at the northern entry to town. Manufactured around the turn of the 20th Century, the windmill is a rare commodity, being only one of two known windmills of its type still in working order.

The landmark says a lot about the town. Taroom is steeped in early European history and built on primary industries – first sheep, now cattle and grain.

The region opened up to settlers in the 1840s with the northern exploits of early explorer Ludwig Leichhardt. The good doctor took a liking to the place while camped by the Dawson River, carving his initials and year date – LL 1844 – into the bark of a coolabah tree. The initials long since gone – in somewhat controversial circumstances – the tree still stands pride of place in the main street, which is as it happens, the Leichhardt Highway.

A pleasant walk up the hill takes you to Gilbert’s Lookout, named after Leichhardt’s companion who met a violent end here.

Across town in Yaldwyn Street, Leichhardt Park is the site of Leichhardt’s memorial. The park is dedicated to the region’s native flora with weeping bottle brush, flaxleaf paperbark, lemon scented gum, swamp mahogany and bloodwood found throughout the grounds. The exception is a single Aleppo Pine, seeded from Lone Pine on the Gallipoli Peninsula.

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Yaldwyn Street
Taroom, Banana Area
Queensland
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Port Douglas Carnivale

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26 May 2017
Port Douglas Carnivale is an annual celebration of the tropics where you can "Taste. Watch. Dance. Play" in nature's playground over four days and nights of fabulous events and activities. Celebrating its 22nd year, Port Douglas Carnivale features local and international performers and producers showcasing the region's spectacular tropical lifestyle and location.
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11 March 2017
The inaugural Port Douglas Rugby Sevens was run in 2011 and has since grown to be one of the leading Sevens events on the rugby calendar. As we celebrate the elevation of Rugby Sevens to an Olympic sport, there has been interest from local, interstate and international teams.
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11 August 2017
Taste Port Douglas is Far North Queensland's annual premier food, beverage and restaurant festival. Long regarded as one of the best holiday destinations in the country, Port Douglas is also considered the culinary highlight of the region, home to a thriving restaurant and food industry.

Port Douglas Race Week

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17 May 2017
A week of racing, entertainment and cuisine held in tropical Port Douglas and the surrounding waters of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. A multi-division racing event that sails around Low Isle, Snapper Island and famous Four Mile beach.
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