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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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 – 6 July 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.

Mission Beach Markets

Mission Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
5 July 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.

Cardwell Pioneers Tour

Cardwell, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 6 July 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.

Innisfail Art Deco Tour

Innisfail, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 7 July 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.

Happy Hippy Foreshore Party

Cardwell, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
11 July 2020
Kicking off the 2020 Volksfest on the Reef in Cardwell will be our Happy Hippy Foreshore party. Join your friends on the Cardwell Foreshore, let your inner flower child out to play and party like they did in the 1960's.

VOLKS Fest on the Reef 2020

Cardwell, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
12 July 2020
2020 VOLKS Fest on the Reef will be staged in Cardwell along the beautiful Foreshore. Come along and see the impressive line up of VW's and Kombies. Stroll through the stalls, feast on scrumptious food and enjoy the entertainment.

Mission Beach Monster Market

Mission Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 26 July 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.

Tropical Art Deco Festival - Cassowary Coast

Innisfail, Cassowary Coast Area
From AU$0 - 90
29 July – 1 August 2020
Please join them in celebrating the return of the roaring 20s at the Cassowary Coast’s Tropical Art Deco Festival 2020. Keep up to date with the event by liking the Tropical Art Deco Facebook and Instagram pages.

Reef to Reef

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
6 – 9 August 2020
For four days in early August, Reef to Reef brings mountain biking goodness to the home of the one of the worlds most famed and fabled natural playgrounds. Around 200 kilometres of riding and 4000 metres of climbing on the kind of trails and scenery you normally only read or dream about.
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