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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Indigenous Stock Workers Display

Normanton, Carpentaria Area
Free Entry
18 – 21 October 2019
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.

Innisfail and District Historical Society

Innisfail, Cassowary Coast Area
From AU$0.00 - 0.00
Weekly from 18 – 25 October 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.

Cardwell Pioneers Tour

Cardwell, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 21 October 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 22 October 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.

Port Shorts Film Festival

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
25 – 26 October 2019
Port Shorts Incorporated is dedicated to promoting screen culture and Port Douglas and Daintree as a destination and potential film location with the Port Shorts Film Festival. The Port Shorts Film Festival has been developed to showcase the best emerging filmmakers in Australia, attract film enthusiasts to the destination, promote Port Douglas as a premier location far film enthusiasts and provide pathways for participants to further develop their careers in the Australian film industry.

Sovereign Resort Barramundi Fishing Competition

Cooktown, Cook Area
From AU$10 - 60
25 – 27 October 2019
An all-tackle fishing competition - any breaking strain fishing line fished on rod and reel or handline is welcome and the champion angler will be defined by the closest to the random mystery weight!

Tablelands Folk Festival

Yungaburra,
From AU$55 - 130
25 – 27 October 2019
This pop-up festival, held on the weekend of the fourth Saturday of October each year is a colourful, vibrant celebration of music, poetry and the performing arts. It brings a sense of community, learning, fun, family and pure joy to all participants in the historic, friendly township of Yungaburra in tropical North Queensland.

The Grass is Greener Music Festival

Parramatta Park, Cairns Area
From AU$99 - 119
26 October 2019
TGIG is curated for music fanatics of the hottest Australian acts with a blend of Handpicked International Music Talent. It's about celebrating good times with friends, listening to the hottest music around under sunny blue skies.

Smile for Saturday Mornings Print Club

Edge Hill, Cairns Area
From AU$15 - 125
Weekly from 26 October 2019
Fancy something different? Print Club is their casual Saturday morning printmaking group. Drop in to their print workshop any Saturday morning. Set your own pace - come in for a chat about your art and ideas over a cup of tea and see what others are doing, delve deep into producing those long awaiting editions, or make a small print.

Mission Beach Monster Market

Mission Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 27 October 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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