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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Great Barrier Reef Chinese New Year

Cairns Area
Free Entry
24 January – 9 February 2020
The Great Barrier Reef Chinese New Year celebrations continue the age old custom of welcoming the Lunar New Year in Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef. A unique experience and way to celebrate the lunar new year and learn of the cultural history of the region.

Indigenous Stock Workers Display

Normanton, Carpentaria Area
Free Entry
24 – 27 January 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
26 January 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.

Mission Beach Monster Market

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

Cardwell Pioneers Tour

Cardwell, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 27 January 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 28 January 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.

Innisfail and District Historical Society

Innisfail, Cassowary Coast Area
From AU$0.00 - 0.00
Weekly from 31 January 2020
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.

International Ocean Film Tour - Cairns

Cairns, Cairns Area
From AU$18 - 22
12 February 2020
The International Ocean Film Tour is the ultimate film event for all ocean lovers. Adventure. Action. Ocean Life. The International Ocean Film Tour is headed to Australia with the best ocean adventures and environmental documentaries on board.

Bobby Alu Flow Australia Tour (All Ages)

Edge Hill, Cairns Area
13 March 2020
Cool, calm and collected, chill-master Bobby Alu wades deeper into the current today with the announce of an all ages 2020 headline tour in support of his third studio album 'Flow'. Armed with nothing but beats, rhythms and good vibes, the 'hammock music aficionado' and his band cover 14 dates across Australia at venues and festivals fit for young and old.

Feast of the Senses Festival

Innisfail, Cassowary Coast Area
27 – 29 March 2020
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!
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