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.


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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Crocodile Trophy

Cairns, Cairns Area
13 – 20 October 2018
The Crocodile Trophy is the oldest Mountain Bike (MTB) stage race in the world and has its home in the heart of one of the most beautiful holiday destinations on earth: Tropical North Queensland in Australia.

Lizard Island Black Marlin Classic

Lizard Island,
13 – 20 October 2018
During the marlin season from September to December each year, the Lizard Island Game Fishing Club organises a unique seven-day tournament for members and qualified visitors. Because of the size of the black marlin encountered in the fishery, the Lizard Island Black Marlin Classic is the only tournament worldwide that justifies the use of heavy (60kg or 130lb) tackle.

Ravenshoe Torimba Festival 50 years

Free Entry
15 – 17 October 2018
Torimba is a combination of Tourism and Timber. The festival runs for a full fortnight in October. Displaying an exhibition of woodwork created by recreational and professional craft persons. Ravenshoe community organisations develop fun events throughout the fortnight.

Innisfail Art Deco Tours

Innisfail, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 16 October 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 18 October 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.

Speakeasy Port Douglas

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
From AU$10 - 10
19 October 2018
Back again by popular demand after the phenomenal success of their 2017 show! Come witness the roaring 20s come back to life with a modern day twist! The only event of its kind in far north Queensland.

King Reef Twilight Markets

Kurrimine Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 19 October 2018
Come along to the Twilight markets on the beachfront, held every third Friday of the month. You will find local arts and crafts, condiments, natural products, plants jewellery and bric a brac. It runs from 5pm to 9pm.

Speakeasy Suspender Soiree

Cairns Area
Free Entry
20 October 2018
After a little hiatus Speakeasy are back again at their favourite venue in town, Elixir Bar, for a very monumental occasional... National Suspender Day! So don your finest vintage get-up and don't forget that essential accessory which has been keeping pants up for the last 200 years as they pay homage to the mighty suspenders!

Mission Beach Markets

Mission Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
21 October 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.

ACCA DACCA Does The Jack

Cairns Area
25 October 2018
You’ve seen all the claims, the ultimate, the biggest, Australia’s number one and so on. Well they’re here to tell you “You Aint Seen Nothin” unless you’ve seen ACCA DACCA. ACCA DACCA is a lesson in Australian rock history, not a tribute not a cover band this is a full blown show, Cannon’s, Bells Bagpipes Bon and Brian.
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