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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Lithography Workshop - Evening Course

Edge Hill, Cairns Area
From AU$380 - 420
Weekly from 28 March – 9 May 2019
Staying in Cairns for a while and need some creative outlet? Make an impression... be a printmaker! This course covers the basics of stone lithography, the print medium chosen by Picasso, Raushenberg, David Hockney and Camille Henrot.

Undara Outback Rock and Blues

Mount Surprise, Etheridge Area
From AU$85 - 170
25 – 27 April 2019
The Undara Outback Rock and Blues festival held at Undara Experience will feature high quality acts, over the three days, to make this a weekend guaranteed to suit fans of all genres. Artists are sort from local areas as well as interstate to give guests to North Queensland a weekend to remember!

7 Cairns Marathon

Cairns Area
From AU$15 - 115
28 April 2019
Up to 3000 athletes from Queensland, interstate and overseas are expected to participate in the inaugural 7 Cairns Marathon and Community Run Festival. Scheduled for April 28, 2019, it is the first official run festival of its kind to be held in Cairns and is forecast to generate significant visitor activity to the region.

Innisfail Art Deco Tours

Innisfail, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 30 April 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.

Cardwell Pioneers Tour

Cardwell, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 2 May 2019
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.

Croc Nash Hash 2019 Inc

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
3 – 4 May 2019
Croc Nash Hash is Hash House Harriers 2019 biannual Australian meeting and runs. The event is held over three official days with lead up and post events totaling a week's activities in the local area.

Karumba Barra and Blues Festival

Karumba, Carpentaria Area
From AU$65.00 - 65.00
4 – 5 May 2019
A weekend festival celebrating the legendary barramundi, live blues music with Ash Grunwald, Emily Wurramara supporting and more to be announced – along with the opening of a major tourist attraction, the Les Wilson Barramundi Discovery Centre.

Gregory Downs Races

Gregory, Burke Area
4 May 2019
Gregory Downs Jockey Club has been racing for over 100 years in the Gulf Country. The Gregory Downs Races is a weekend of family fun not to be missed. Entertainment includes a luncheon, fashions on the field, dinner, music and fun for the kids.

Mission Beach Markets

Mission Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
5 May 2019
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.

Gregory River Canoe Race

Gregory Downs, Burke Area
From AU$50 - 100
5 May 2019
The event now is in its 44th year at the Gregory River in the township of Gregory. The Gregory river is a crystal clear spring feed river which flows all year round. The event has two distances, 18 kilometre recreational race and the marathon 40 kilometre race.
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