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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InkMasters Print Exhibition

Edge Hill, Cairns Area
Free Entry
15 – 16 August 2018
Inkmasters biennial exhibition shows a magnificent range of prints selected from regional, national and international artists both indigenous and non-indigenous. Printmaking methods and techniques include the traditional such as etching, linocut and woodcuts.

The Gulf Country Frontier Days Festival

Gregory, Burke Area
15 – 19 August 2018
The Gulf Country Frontier Days Festival is the authentic Outback Australian experience, and brings together National and International musicians, Indigenous and First Nation's performers and Australia's best cowboys in the heart of Queensland's Gulf Country.

Cardwell Pioneers Tour

Cardwell, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 16 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 Tropical Writers Festival

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:

CraftAlive Cairns

Parramatta Park, Cairns Area
From AU$12 - 15
17 – 19 August 2018
CraftAlive is Australia’s longest running craft event series is in Cairns for the first time! Featuring both local and interstate craft talent, the show is packed full of the latest craft supplies, kits and equipment.

King Reef Twilight Markets

Kurrimine Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 17 August 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.

The Great Pyramid Race

Gordonvale, Cairns Area
18 August 2018
The event and the supporting pop up stalls, entertainment and music, cultural and craft events, children’s activities, rides and amusements have become the foremost community event for Gordonvale and surrounding areas, growing every year since its inception in 1959.

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.

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.
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