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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The Gulf Country Frontier Days Festival

Burketown, Burke Area
16 – 17 August 2019
The Gulf Country Frontier Days Festival is the authentic Outback Australian experience, and brings together National and International musicians, Indigenous and First Nation's performers and Australia's best cowboys in the heart of Queensland's Gulf Country.

CraftAlive Cairns

Parramatta Park, Cairns Area
From AU$12 - 15
16 – 18 August 2019
CraftAlive, Australia’s longest running craft show series returning to Cairns with a fantastic line-up of craft experts. Featuring both local and interstate craft talent, the show is packed full of the latest craft supplies, kits and equipment.

Innisfail and District Historical Society

Innisfail, Cassowary Coast Area
From AU$0.00 - 0.00
Weekly from 16 – 23 August 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.

Mission Beach Markets

Mission Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
18 August 2019
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 19 August 2019
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 Tours

Innisfail, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 20 August 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.

Mission Beach Monster Market

Mission Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 25 August 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.

RunNation Film Festival 2019 - Cairns Central

Cairns, Cairns Area
26 August 2019
2019 marks the fifth year of the RunNation Film Festival. Founded in Sydney and now an international event, the festival has been attended by athletes and runners from all around Australia and many parts of the world.

Targa Great Barrier Reef

Cairns, Cairns Area
Free Entry
30 August – 1 September 2019
Targa Great Barrier Reef 2018 was the first ever Targa event held in Queensland and the event name joins two iconic brands under the one banner. This event is based in one of Australia’s iconic tourism locations, Cairns and will reach out to all of the surrounding regions.

Red Bull Defiance

Mission Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
31 August – 1 September 2019
Red Bull Defiance is an event that attracts many of the world’s best endurance athletes. Inspired by Braden Currie, New Zealand’s foremost triathlete and multisport racer, the courses have been designed to test athletes over two extremely challenging days, racing alongside the worlds best multisport and endurance athletes.
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