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
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.

Innisfail Art Deco Tours

Innisfail, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 23 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.

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.

Cardwell Pioneers Tour

Cardwell, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 25 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.

Port Shorts Film Festival

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
26 – 27 October 2018
Port Shorts Incorporated is dedicated to promoting screen culture and Port Douglas and Daintree as a destination and potential film location with the Port Shorts Film Festival. The Port Shorts Film Festival has been developed to showcase the best emerging filmmakers in Australia, attract film enthusiasts to the destination, promote Port Douglas as a premier location far film enthusiasts and provide pathways for participants to further develop their careers in the Australian film industry.

Tablelands Folk Festival

Yungaburra,
From AU$100 - 130
26 – 28 October 2018
The Tablelands Folk Festival is a community music festival held in the historic village of Yungaburra, North Queensland. The festival celebrates world-wide folk traditions through music, storytelling, circus, dance, crafts and features musicians, dancers, circus and fire artists, comedians and festival performers.

Chillagoe 3B - Bulls, Broncs and Barrels

Chillagoe,
From AU$10 - 15
27 October 2018
The Chillagoe 3B event will be held in October. It kicks off with a barrel race for all ages, fast horses and gutsy competitors completing a clover leaf pattern in super quick times. This will be followed by nonstop action with bucking bulls and broncs continuing well into the night.

An Evening with Johnathan Thurston - Cairns

Cairns, Cairns Area
From AU$49.00 - 199.00
27 October 2018
A unique opportunity to share An Evening with Johnathan Thurston live on stage as he reflects on an illustrious career on and off the field.

Tropical Journeys Great Barrier Reef Marathon Festival

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
From AU$30 - 190
28 October 2018
The Tropical Journeys Great Barrier Reef Marathon Festival is the largest marathon and running event in Tropical North Queensland, attracting over 5000 participants and spectators from all around Australia and 13 different countries.

Mission Beach Monster Market

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