Tropical North Queensland | Things to do

See the only place on earth where two World Heritage Sites meet – the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef – and where Australia’s two Indigenous cultures come together. Discover a castle in the rainforest at Paronella Park, walk through the vast Undara Lava Tubes or test yourself with an Ironman, mountain biking or marathon endurance event.

Great Barrier Reef

The northern end of the Great Barrier Reef is at your doorstep in Tropical North Queensland. Dive and snorkel over pristine coral, swim with dwarf minke whales every June/July, take a scenic flight for a private picnic on the white sand of Vlassof Cay and Mackay Cay, and tackle some of the country’s most epic fishing adventures in the Torres Strait or Gulf of Carpentaria. 


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Daintree Rainforest & outdoors

Froom Cooktown to Mission Beach, the Wet Tropics of Tropical North Queensland are the oldest rainforests in the world. Walk and hike through the verdant landscape, find hidden waterfalls and swim in fresh waterholes, and look for the elusive cassowary, the third largest bird in the world. There’s adventure, too – jungle surfing through the canopy, white-water rafting on the Baron and Tully rivers, and horse riding on the beach at Cape Tribulation.

Experience timeless culture

Connect with the oldest cultures on earth. Visit ancient Aboriginal rock art sites and contemporary Torres Strait art galleries, learn how to hunt with Kuku Yalanji guides in Cooya Beach, and join in the celebrations at the Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival and Cairns Indigenous Art Fair.

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Innisfail and District Historical Society

Innisfail, Cassowary Coast Area
From AU$0.00 - 0.00
Weekly from 17 – 24 May 2019
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.

Limbo - Up Close at the Wonderland Spiegeltent

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
From AU$59.00 - 69.00
22 – 25 May 2019
LIMBO - Up Close welcomes you to an exotic illogical world, where peculiar characters wait on the edge of false awakening with the whisper of spirits and domination, illusion, suspension; LIMBO - Up Close is boundless.

Great Barrier Reef Masters Softball

Edmonton, Cairns Area
23 – 26 May 2019
This is a biannual event for male and female players over 35 years of age. The next event will be held in Cairns in Far North Queensland on May 23 to 26, 2019. Bring your family and stay and enjoy this beautiful part of Australia, where the Rainforest meets the Reef.

Circus Wonderland – A Mermaid's Tale

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
23 May 2019
An all new all-star line up of fun and the Golden Era of Circus. Circus Wonderland – A Mermaid's Tale will keep everyone on the edge of their seats. Be astounded and amazed at the sideshow antics of a mesmerizing cast of world class circus performers presenting a hilarious and thrilling magical Circus Wonderland for the whole family.

Circus Wonderland - A Mermaid's Tale at the Wonderland Spiegeltent

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
From AU$30.00 - 35.00
23 – 25 May 2019
An ALL NEW all-star line up of fun and the Golden Era of Circus. Circus Wonderland - A Mermaid's Tale will keep everyone on the edge of their seats. Be astounded and amazed at the sideshow antics of a mesmerizing cast of world class circus performers presenting a hilarious and thrilling magical Circus Wonderland for the whole family.

Port Douglas Carnivale - Celebrating 25 Years

Port Douglas,
24 May 2019
Originally held to commemorate the start of the sugar cane harvesting season, Port Douglas Carnivale is now considered the official opening of the tourism high season in Far North Queensland. Attracting tens of thousands of keen local, interstate and international guests to the idyllic paradise of Port Douglas, Carnivale is a must-do for anyone who loves food, fun and sun!

Port Douglas Carnivale

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
24 – 26 May 2019
Proudly sponsored by the Douglas Shire Council, Port Douglas Carnivale celebrates the very best of Tropical North Queensland from the bounty of the sea, abundant fresh produce and world class wines, to talented local artists, musicians and performers.

Debauched - Late Night Burlesque at the Wonderland Spiegeltent

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
From AU$45.00 - 55.00
24 – 25 May 2019
Hosted by the gorgeous Gingzilla with special guests this fun, jaw dropping late night spectacle is sure to be a night you won’t soon forget! The multi award-winning Gingzilla is on a mission to conquer the world!

Best Ever Drinking Songs With Waking Ugly

Cairns Area
Free Entry
25 May 2019
Pull up a stool, order a beer and get ready to sing along to your favourite classics! Waking Ugly have a knack for playing forgotten hits that'll bring a smile to your face and keep your feet tapping until closing time.

Mission Beach Monster Market

Mission Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 26 May 2019
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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