Tropical North Queensland | Events

Seeking true adventure? From the Daintree Rainforest to the Great Barrier Reef, Tropical North Queensland’s events deliver.

Sign up for mountain bike races through the rainforest, celebrate at Indigenous dance festivals and let your stomach guide you through foodie feasts on the reef.  


Find festivals that cater to all your senses; from the Port Shorts Film Festival to the eclectic Port Douglas Carnivale. Or give your tastebuds a treat at Feast of the Senses and Reef Feast Palm Cove.

Sport & Lifestyle

Love a little heart-stopping action? Feel the rev of motorsports in the tropics at Targa Great Barrier Reef or spend a day at the races at 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 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.

Endurance events

Put your endurance to the ultimate test at the Cairns Airport IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship Cairns, Reef to Reef MTB or Crocodile Trophy.

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Art in the Park

Cardwell, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
3 April – 13 June 2020
Bringing artistic expression out into a shared community space, it creates opportunities for everyone to engage with, be challenged by and be inspired by art in its many forms. Set along the Cardwell Foreshore.

Innisfail and District Historical Society

Innisfail, Cassowary Coast Area
From AU$0.00 - 0.00
Weekly from 29 May 2020 – 31 May 2021
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.

Indigenous Stock Workers Display

Normanton, Carpentaria Area
Free Entry
3 – 4 June 2020
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.

Cardwell Pioneers Tour

Cardwell, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 4 June 2020
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.

Mission Beach Markets

Mission Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
7 June 2020
The Mission Beach Markets are local community markets run by Rotary Mission Beach. The Mission Beach Markets are held in the shady Ulysses Day Park beside the beach on Porter Promenade, Mission Beach.

Innisfail Art Deco Tour

Innisfail, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 9 June 2020
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 Make Music Day

Cardwell, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
21 June 2020
Make Music Day is a free celebration of music making around the world on June 21. Make Music Day is open to anyone who wants to take part. It’s a DIY Music Festival! Every kind of musician — young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical persuasion to share their music with friends, neighbors, and strangers.

C2K Bike Ride

Cairns, Cairns Area
From AU$725 - 795
27 June – 3 July 2020
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 2020 Cairns to Karumba Bike Ride.

Australian Pole Sports Championships

Manunda, Cairns Area
Free Entry
28 June 2020
Welcome to Australia’s second World Pole Sports Championships (WPSC) qualifying event, taking place at the Cairns Basketball Early Settler Stadium. Pole is one of the fastest growing sports on the planet.

Mission Beach Monster Market

Mission Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 28 June 2020
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.
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