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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Tropical Permaculture Design Course

Kuranda,
17 September – 2 October 2018
Gain the skills to design and grow sustainable edible landscapes. Join this two week live-in retreat to explore Permaculture to gain a deep understanding of this ecological science, practical principles and guiding design methods.

Innisfail Art Deco Tours

Innisfail, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 25 September 2018
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 27 September 2018
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.

Karumba Anglers Classic

Karumba, Carpentaria Area
28 – 29 September 2018
Karumba Anglers Classic 2018 has been postponed due to local flooding and road closures - this event will now be held on the Queens Birthday Weekend - 28 to 30 September - this is a fun fishing, family event with AUD25,000 plus in prizes.

Weipa Billfish Tournament 2018

Rocky Point, Cook Area
From AU$45 - 120
28 September – 2 October 2018
Run annually, the Weipa Billfish Tournament is held on the Queen’s birthday long weekend with three full days fishing beginning with a spectacular shotgun start. Most teams opt to camp out for both nights creating an extremely social atmosphere.

Wallaby Creek Festival

Rossville, Cook Area
From AU$110 - 140
28 – 30 September 2018
Wallaby Creek Festival is a celebration of music and arts in the rainforest - set in the stunning grounds of Home Rule Rainforest Lodge near Rossville, via Cookown, Queensland. Wallaby Creek Festival is a multicultural, family-friendly and community orientated event with a relaxed, nurturing, intimate atmosphere.

Georgetown Bushman’s Ball

Georgetown, Etheridge Area
From AU$25 - 25
29 September 2018
The Georgetown Bushman’s Ball is an annual event that draws a crowd ready to dance and enjoy live music, raffles and games. In 2018, the Ball is celebrating its 80th Anniversary. This is a long running tradition of the community and is unique to the area.

Wildlife of Australia's Rainforests

Daintree, Cairns Area
From AU$2055 - 3910
Quarterly from 30 September – 14 October 2018
The wet tropics of northern Queensland are the last remaining part of the huge forest that once dominated half of Australia. This lush landscape is home to species like cassowaries, parrots, pythons, possums, tree kangaroos, and primitive-looking reptiles, many of which live nowhere else in the world.

Mission Beach Monster Market

Mission Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 30 September 2018
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.

Australian Irish Dancing Championships 2018

Cairns Area
3 – 7 October 2018
They are proud to announce that, for the first time ever, the Australian Irish Dancing Championships will be held in Cairns and tropical Far North Queensland. Competitors and spectators alike will be immersed in a week long festival of Irish Dance, Music and Culture.
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