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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Indigenous Stock Workers Display

Normanton, Carpentaria Area
Free Entry
1 – 15 October 2019
An informative and interactive display in recognition of the resilience, spirit and sheer hard work of the indigenous men and women who played a vital role in the establishment of the cattle industry in the Gulf Region.

Innisfail and District Historical Society

Innisfail, Cassowary Coast Area
From AU$0.00 - 0.00
Weekly from 11 – 18 October 2019
The Innisfail Museum which is run by the Innisfail and District Historical Society Inc. contains a plethora of historical local artifacts which a volunteer will guide you through each Friday morning. You will learn about what life was like in the early days of Innisfail and its surrounding area.

Crocodile Trophy 2019

Cairns, Cairns Area
12 – 19 October 2019
The Crocodile Trophy is one of the toughest and definitely the most legendary 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.

Come See Do - AFC Tinaroo (Freshwater)

Lake Tinaroo,
From AU$6595 - 6595
13 – 16 October 2019
Learn from Australia’s top anglers while exploring Australia’s great outdoors in breathtaking Tropical North Queensland. • The ultimate fishing, camping and outdoor Australian experience • Learn the A-Z of fishing from Australia’s best anglers • Try Indigenous bush tucker and sleep under the stars • Experience spectacular tropical landscapes and genuine natural encounters • Hike and swim below natural waterfalls • Come, see and do it all over three days of adventure in Tropical North Queensland Whether you’re an experienced angler, keen photographer or just want to learn some new skills and experience the real Australia, join them at Lake Tinaroo in August 2019.

Babinda Harvest Festival

Babinda, Cairns Area
From AU$5.00 - 10.00
13 – 14 October 2019
The Babinda Harvest Festival is a fun filled family event held annually in October. The festival caters for all ages starting with a Grand Street parade, tractor pull and great stage entertainment and also great kids entertainment.

Cardwell Pioneers Tour

Cardwell, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 14 October 2019
The Cardwell Pioneer Tours are currently operating every Monday and Thursday morning from 10am at 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.

Innisfail Art Deco Tours

Innisfail, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 15 October 2019
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.

Maiden - Cairns

Earlville, Cairns Area
From AU$18 - 20
16 October 2019
The sailing documentary Maiden is coming to Cairns. Maiden is the inspirational story of how Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook in charter boats, became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World in 1989.

Tour de Cassowary - Classic Car Tour

Innisfail, Cassowary Coast Area
19 – 20 October 2019
A tour for Classic Cars and Motorcycles over 30 years old. The 'Tour de Cassowary' starts in Innisfail and plans to travel through the region with stops including Mena Creek, Mission Beach, Tully and Innisfail.

Smile for Saturday Mornings Print Club

Edge Hill, Cairns Area
From AU$15 - 125
Weekly from 19 October 2019
Fancy something different? Print Club is their casual Saturday morning printmaking group. Drop in to their print workshop any Saturday morning. Set your own pace - come in for a chat about your art and ideas over a cup of tea and see what others are doing, delve deep into producing those long awaiting editions, or make a small print.
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