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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Innisfail Art Deco Tours

Innisfail, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 19 March 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 21 March 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.

Ocean Film Festival World Tour - Cairns

Cairns Area
From AU$22.50 - 30.50
22 March 2019
With a vision to mesmerise and captivate, the Ocean Film Festival World Tour showcases more than two hours of sublime footage taken above and below the water’s surface.  Featuring all new films this carefully curated selection of short films document the beauty and power of the ocean, and celebrate the divers, surfers, swimmers and oceanographers who live for the sea’s salt spray;

Waking Ugly

Cairns Area
Free Entry
22 March 2019
Waking Ugly will be playing acoustic versions of all their favourite cover songs and some of their own compositions at the latest hot spot in Cairns. Delicious food, craft beers and awesome tunes—what a way to start the weekend!

Beauty and the Reef Film and Forum

Kurrimine Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
From AU$8 - 12.50
25 March 2019
Beauty and the Reef - The Film that will Change A Nation March 25th - King Reef Resort - Kurrumine Beach - 6pm - 8.30pm March 26th - Mission Beach Resort - Mission Beach - 6pm - 8.30pm March 27th - Salthouse - Marina Point - Cairns - 6pm - 8.

Beauty and The Reef Forum

Mission Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
26 March 2019
A tragedy of the modern era created over millennia, devastated in mere decades, now is the time to turn the tide. This film takes us on a journey of the worlds largest ecosystem and the fight to save the Great Barrier Reef.

Feast of the Senses Festival

Innisfail, Cassowary Coast Area
From AU$5.00 - 100
28 – 29 March 2019
The Feast of the Senses is North Queensland premier tropical food event. Showcasing their amazing variety of exotic tropical fruits, produce, seafoods and meats it is like no other festival in Australia and is truly a feast for all of your senses!

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.

Feel-Good Friday With Waking Ugly

Cairns Area
Free Entry
5 April 2019
Ease into the weekend at The Cotton Club, right in the heart of the Cairns Central Business District. Lydia and Darren will be there to entertain you with easy-listening acoustic music. All you need to do is sit back and watch the world go by as you enjoy chilled drinks, delicious meals and great songs.

Yungaburra Triathlon

Yungaburra,
6 – 7 April 2019
Drawing over 500 competitors and 2500 spectators in 2014, 2015 and 2016 the annual event is delivered by Tablelands Regional Council with the assistance of an organising committee made up of local business and community representatives.
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