Low Isles

Situated 15 kilometres north-east of Port Douglas, the Low Isles comprise a four acre coral cay surrounded by 55 acres of reef. The reefs are very close to the island, which makes snorkelling an easy and enjoyable experience. The two small islands are separate but share the common reef.

The larger of the two, Woody Island, is uninhabited except for a large bird population. It is a vital habitat for many species.

The smaller of the Low Isles is a coral cay with a lighthouse that has been operating since 1878. Weather data has been gathered from the island since 1887, and scientific associations date back to 1928 when it was the base for a year-long scientific survey that examined the structure and ecology of the surrounding reef. This was the first scientific study of a coral reef anywhere in the world, and many current theories of coral reef ecology are based on the findings of this expedition.

There are 150 different species of hard corals in the waters surrounding Low Isles, although these are dominated by 15 species of soft corals. If you look closely, the feathery tentacles of soft corals can often be seen collecting tiny food particles from the water around them. Living amongst the corals is a large variety of fish, molluscs, sea cucumbers and other animals. Colourful blue, green and purple parrotfish are a common sight as well as angelfish, damselfish, anenomefish or clownfish, trevally, rabbitfish, sweetlip, moon wrasse and fusilleers, just to name a few! Plus, you might run into the resident turtles.

The lightstation (controlled by Queensland Parks and Wildlife) on the flat low lying western island, was completed and exhibited in 1878. The 18 metre tower was originally constructed on a timber frame with a galvanised sheath in the typical Queensland fashion, however Low Isles was the first to have porthole windows.

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Gold Coast SUNS versus North Melbourne in Cairns

Westcourt, Cairns Area
24 March 2018
The Gold Coast SUNS will play the North Melbourne in Round 1 of the 2018 Toyota AFL Premiership Season in Cairns. See Your SUNS under lights at Cazalys Stadium on Saturday 24 March, at 6.25pm. Tickets, corporate and travel packages will be available.

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Basketball - Cairns Prelims

Gladstone Area
From AU$15 - 30
5 – 10 April 2018
Individual athleticism and skill, combined with teamwork and tactics will have Basketball crowds cheering and chanting all over Queensland. With four captivating quarters of end-to end action each match, spectators will witness sporting entertainment like nothing else.

Dynamic in a Dress Running Festival, Cairns

Redlynch, Cairns Area
From AU$8 - 85
15 April 2018
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. Men are welcome to join in too.

Inkfest: a Festival of Printmaking

Edge Hill, Cairns Area
Free Entry
1 May 2018
Inkfest is a multi-event festival of arts in the print media held tropical Cairns. The biennial event is organised by Inkmasters Cairns Inc a not-for-profit arts organisation established in 2011. Inkmasters aims to raise the profile of printmaking as an art form and promote Cairns as a centre of printmaking excellence.

Cairns Expo

Parramatta Park, Cairns Area
From AU$10 - 12
11 – 13 May 2018
The Cairns Expo (Incorporating Cairns Home Show and Caravan, Camping and Boating Expo) is back again in 2018 for another three big days at the Cairns Showgrounds! This event features plenty of local and regional businesses displaying the very latest products and services for your home and lifestyle and everything you need to get outdoors and about on wheels and water.

Tour of the Tropics

Edge Hill, Cairns Area
From AU$0 - 170
29 June – 1 July 2018
Tour of the Tropics is the re-branded Tour of the Tablelands cycling event which has been in operation since 1997. Tour of the Tropics has come to life to incorporate not only a sporting event for cyclists, but a festival inspired food, wine and music event for not only sporting enthusiasts, but leisure travellers and families of all ages.

C2K Bike Ride

Cairns, Cairns Area
30 June – 6 July 2018
Cairns to Karumba Bike Ride is a truly epic adventure that you will talk about for a lifetime. Whether you are a rider (road or dirt), a supporter or a volunteer, there is a place for everyone on the 2018 Cairns to Karumba Bike Ride.

U18 State Hockey Championships - Women

Cairns North, Cairns Area
Free Entry
1 – 3 July 2018
Hundreds of athletes and their supporters from all across Queensland will converge in Cairns for the U18 State Hockey Championships. Spectators are welcome to come along and see the best Under 18 hockey players from across Queensland battle it out everyday.

Cairns Indigenous Art Fair

Cairns, Cairns Area
Free Entry
13 July 2018
From where ever you are, come and join Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, and immerse yourself in a CIAF experience of your own. The CIAF 2017 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 CIAF Art Market and Art Fair.

Cairns Tropical Writers Festival

Cairns, Cairns Area
17 – 19 August 2018
The Cairns Tropical Writers Festival is held in Cairns, North Queensland. It is the heart of literature in the tropics. The program is now available and tickets are for sale at their website. Some of the highlights are:
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