Tropical North Queensland Events

Tropical North Queensland | Events

From the Daintree Rainforest to the Great Barrier Reef, the events in Tropical North Queensland have true adventure at their heart. From mountain bike championships through the rainforest to Indigenous dance festivals and foodie feasts on the reef, you’ll find the perfect next event for you.

Festivals

Find festivals that cater to all your senses; from the celebrations of Captain Cook’s landing in Cooktown at the Cooktown Discovery Festival, to the eclectic Port Douglas Carnivale, complete with street acts and gourmet food. You can even give your tastebuds a treat at the Feast of the Senses.

Sport & Lifestyle

Motoring enthusiasts will love the Targa Great Barrier Reef Tour and punters will love to compete in fashions on the field at the Cairns Amateurs Carnival. You can also catch club AFL and NRL matches in Cairns.

Indigenous events

Tropical North Queensland is home to both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island cultures and these cultures shine at the Keep the Flame of Culture Burning Festival. Find unique Aboriginal art or catch performing acts that merge culture and contemporary dance at the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF).

Heading north to the Torres Strait? Grab a spot on the grass and enjoy traditional Torres Strait Island dancing at the Winds of Zenadth Cultural Festival or hear live bands at the Yarrabah Band Festival, just 50 minutes south of Cairns.

Endurance events

Put your endurance to the ultimate test at the Cairns Airport Adventure Festival, Reef to Reef festival or the Tropical Journeys Great Barrier Reef Marathon Festival.

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Mission Beach Markets

Mission Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
19 August 2018
The Mission Beach Markets are local community markets run by Rotary Mission Beach. The Mission Beach Markets are held in the shady Day Park beside the beach on Porter Promenade, Mission Beach. They run from 7am until 12noon, and are held on the first and third Sunday of each month all year round.

Innisfail Art Deco Tours

Innisfail, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 21 August 2018
Join them on a free 30 minute tour of the Art Deco inspired Innisfail Shire Hall! The Innisfail Shire Hall is the jewel in the crown, of the Art Deco Capital of Australia - Innisfail. It was built to provide jobs as part of an employment relief scheme instigated by the Queensland Government during the great depression of the 1930's It was in this climate that the Johnstone Shire Council erected the Shire Hall which has dominated the Innisfail Skyline for over 70 years.

Cardwell Pioneers Tour

Cardwell, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 23 August 2018
The Cardwell Pioneer Tours are currently operating every Thursday morning from the Visitor Information and Heritage Centre located in Cardwell. The tour incorporates all the buildings in the historic precinct and takes visitors on a fascinating journey of the area’s colourful history as they move through each building.

Cairns Festival

Cairns, Cairns Area
24 August – 2 September 2018
The countdown to the region’s favourite annual celebration is on! Cairns Festival is set to showcase the vibrant, tropical lifestyle and creative spirit of Far North Queensland with a multi-dimensional program of family-friendly events and activities spanning music, art, craft, culture, dance, theatre, comedy and markets.

Mareeba Multicultural Festival

Mareeba, Mareeba Area
Free Entry
25 August 2018
The Mareeba Multicultural Festival (MMF) is a highly successful annual event that brings the Far North Queensland community together to celebrate the cultural depth of the region and promote cultural understanding and mutual respect.

40th Anniversary Community Concert with Busby Marou

Aurukun,
Free Entry
25 August 2018
Aria award winning duo Busby Marou are bringing their hit songs to Aurukun with a free concert to celebrate the Aurukun Shire Council's 40th anniversary celebration on Saturday August 25th . Please contact the council for more details about the event.

Kuranda to Port Douglas Ultra Trail Marathon and Relay and Bump to Beach, Port Douglas

Kuranda, Mareeba Area
From AU$20 - 85
26 August 2018
This 64 kilometre point-to-point race is incorporated in the Mowbray National Park within the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Teams of two to four runners can also complete the full course. It starts just off Kennedy Highway in Kuranda and follows Black Mountain Road through native rainforest, open eucalyptus forest, pine plantations and over picturesque creeks.

Mission Beach Monster Market

Mission Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 26 August 2018
The Mission Beach Monster market is a local community market run by Rotary Mission Beach. Traditionally this market starts on Easter Sunday and then on the last Sunday of each month up to and including November.

Targa Great Barrier Reef

Cairns, Cairns Area
Free Entry
31 August – 2 September 2018
Targa Great Barrier Reef will be the first ever Targa event held in Queensland and the event name joins two iconic brands under the one banner. The new event will be based in one of Australia’s iconic tourism locations, Cairns and will reach out to all of the surrounding regions including Port Douglas and the Atherton Tablelands.

Cycle Queensland Adventure Tour - Daintree to Cairns

Daintree, Cairns Area
1 September 2018
Discover the tropics from Daintree to Cairns via the Atherton Tablelands as part of an all-inclusive event offering food, entertainment and so much more! Ride through the World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest, spend a night in Port Douglas where the rainforest meets the reef, enjoy an afternoon swim at Lake Eacham, and savour a picnic beside the serene Millaa Millaa Falls.
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