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Cairns Festival
Date Fri 24th Aug 2018 to Sun 2nd Sep 2018
The countdown to the region’s favourite annual celebration is on!

Cairns Festival is set to showcase the vibrant, tropical lifestyle and creative spirit of Far North Queensland with a multi-dimensional program of family-friendly events and activities spanning music, art, craft, culture, dance, theatre, comedy and markets.

This year’s event runs over 10 action-packed days.
Mareeba Multicultural Festival
Date Sat 25th Aug 2018
The Mareeba Multicultural Festival (MMF) is a highly successful annual event that brings the Far North Queensland community together to celebrate the cultural depth of the region and promote cultural understanding and mutual respect. The free, one day Festival includes dance and music by hundreds of performers from 20 different ethnic groups and 15 religious faiths. Fabulous food is available from more than 20 stalls, providing opportunities to experience many different cuisines. Social cohesion, acceptance and mutual understanding are promoted through the sharing of different cultural experiences.
Kuranda to Port Douglas Ultra Trail Marathon and Relay and Bump to Beach, Port Douglas
Date Sun 26th Aug 2018
This 64 kilometre point-to-point race is incorporated in the Mowbray National Park within the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Teams of two to four runners can also complete the full course. It starts just off Kennedy Highway in Kuranda and follows Black Mountain Road through native rainforest, open eucalyptus forest, pine plantations and over picturesque creeks.

There is a shorter 16 kilometre race on the same day, starting at the top of the Bump on Black Mountain Road. The finish is on Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas. The tropical rainforest is home to the endangered southern cassowary, a flightless bird that can grow to two metres in height - you might see one!
Targa Great Barrier Reef
Date Fri 31st Aug 2018 to Sun 2nd Sep 2018
Targa Great Barrier Reef will be the first ever Targa event held in Queensland and the event name joins two iconic brands under the one banner. The new event will be based in one of Australia’s iconic tourism locations, Cairns and will reach out to all of the surrounding regions including Port Douglas and the Atherton Tablelands.

The inaugural event will be held on August 31 and September 1 and 2, 2018 on a course of over 200 competitive kilometres, including the exciting range roads out of Cairns and Port Douglas, which if you have ever been to the region, you will agree are some of the most exciting roads in the country.

Targa Great Barrier Reef will be a Targa event like no other as it passes through landscapes that are truly unique to Tropical North Queensland. Sugar cane and banana plantations will line the various stages and the weather will be anything but cold, being held at an ideal time of the year.
Cycle Queensland Adventure Tour - Daintree to Cairns
Date Sat 1st Sep 2018 to Sun 9th Sep 2018
Discover the tropics from Daintree to Cairns via the Atherton Tablelands as part of an all-inclusive event offering food, entertainment and so much more!

Ride through the World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest, spend a night in Port Douglas where the rainforest meets the reef, enjoy an afternoon swim at Lake Eacham, and savour a picnic beside the serene Millaa Millaa Falls.

With 4,550 metres worth of climbing on this tour, you’ll be keen to down a pint or two at Queensland’s highest pub before wrapping up at beautiful Cairns Esplanade.

Cycle Queensland is a fully supported adventure tour. Choose your own eight-day, four-day, or three-day adventure, enjoy great company, beautiful scenery and they’ll take care of the rest.
Normanton Sprint Races
Date Sat 1st Sep 2018
Quarter Horse Sprint Races – super exciting races over distances from 200 metres – 400 metres.

Includes the finals of the AQHA Classic Series and NQ Sprint Horse of the Year.

Top quality Fashions on the Field competition.

Bar and food available all day.

Jackpot rodeo – Bulls, Broncs and Barrels – to follow races, with DJ and Bar till late.

Reef To Rainforest Dinner
Date Tue 4th Sep 2018
Join them on a gastronomic adventure combining the fresh tastes of Far North Queensland with the fine wines of South Australia.

Executive Chef Simone Watts presents a spectacular five-course menu matched with wines from the Bleasdale Vineyards. The innovative menu is a fusion of the tropical tastes of the Daintree and the fresh tastes of the reef, featuring culinary delights such as sweet and sour crocodile and mud crab soufflé.

Places are limited. Please call or email to book.
Cairns Amateurs
Date Fri 7th Sep 2018 to Sat 8th Sep 2018
The Cairns Amateurs Racing Carnival is three days of fun, fashion, glamour, food and entertainment built around two days of horse racing in Cairns.

What began as a small meeting in 1959, designed to bring city and country together, has expanded over the years to become one of Australia's premier spring horse racing carnivals. Operated by the Far North Queensland Amateur Turf Club Inc., their event has become widely, and affectionately, known as "The Cairns Amateurs".

60 years on, the Cairns Amateurs is complemented by a host of social activities, some formal and some very informal including a number of Members-only and corporate functions as well as events and areas for the general public on both race days.

The beautiful mild September climate entices large crowds of locals as well as interstate visitors.
Winds of Zenadth Cultural Festival
Date Tue 11th Sep 2018 to Fri 14th Sep 2018
The Winds of Zenadth Cultural Festival showcases the rich Torres Strait diversity of culture over four spectacular days on Thursday Island.

The festival supports the practice, preservation, maintenance and revitalisation on traditional dance, song, art and ceremony.
Taste Port Douglas
Date Sat 15th Sep 2018 to Sun 16th Sep 2018
Taste Port Douglas is Far North Queensland's annual premier food, beverage and restaurant festival. Long regarded as one of the best holiday destinations in the country, Port Douglas is also considered the culinary highlight of the region, home to a thriving restaurant and food industry.

Over three days, Port Douglas transforms into a foodies paradise with a packed program of dinners, tastings, chef demonstrations, master classes and more, all in the most beautiful locations.

Enjoy the food culture and lifestyle of Tropical North Queensland with the best chefs and industry experts in the country.

At Taste Port Douglas, they celebrate the food culture and lifestyle of Tropical North Queensland with the best chefs and industry experts in Australia. The program features the ever popular, Big Taste Series, of lunches, dinners and cocktail style events in the best restaurants/locations in the tropics.

Welcome to Taste Port Douglas!

Crane Week
Date Sat 15th Sep 2018 to Sat 22nd Sep 2018
Every year, large flocks of stately grey birds gather on the Atherton Tablelands for the winter. Cranes are the subject of myth and legend around the world, they are immortalised in art and photography and are woven into the fabric of ancient cultures. They leap and dance, they bugle and call and they enrich lives.

It's crane season on the Tablelands!

If you live on the Tablelands, it's not hard to spot the cranes, feeding in farmers' paddocks during the day, and flying in v formation every evening across the winter sunset to their favourite roosting sites.

Crane Week is a celebration of these ancient mythical birds. Join them for Tablelands Crane Week: watch, learn and photograph, spread an appreciation of cranes and you will help to ensure a safe future for them in the beautiful region of Australia they call home.

Ona Mission Multisport Adventure, Mission Beach and Dunk Island
Date Sun 16th Sep 2018
Ona Mission Multisport Adventure weekend - paddle, run, paddle, bike, run - Mission Beach and Dunk Island, Tropical North Queensland.

Set amongst two World Heritage areas - the event course is sensational! Highlights include a paddle to Dunk Island, a rainforest run to the Dunk Island lookout, a mountain bike stage along spectacular Mission Beach and through World Heritage rainforests, with a beach run to the finish.



Ona Mission Multisport Adventure is a favourite event of many locals thanks to the unique combination of a well organised event, beautiful location and the tropical beachside hospitality.

Established over the years there are two course options: Short: 4 kilometre paddle, 6 kilometre run, 4 kilometre paddle, 23 kilometre ride, 4 kilometre run.

Long: 8 kilometre paddle, 11 kilometre run, 4 kilometre paddle, 27 kilometre ride, 10 kilometre run.

Participate as an individual or as a team of three.

Tableland Hardware Tinaroo Barra Bash 2018
Date Fri 21st Sep 2018 to Sun 23rd Sep 2018
This is a family Catch and Release Fishing Competition.

The Tableland Fish Stocking Society has been stocking Tinaroo Falls Dam since 1992 and has enhanced the recreational fishery for locals and tourists alike. There are 19 current Barramundi World records. There will be boat, kayak or land based fishing, you’re sure to catch the elusive Barramundi, Mangrove Jack or Red claw.

You don’t have to catch a fish to be in the draw for AUD10000 cash, Adult Nomination Draw or Lucky draws and Fishing Packages for Juniors/Small fry. Over AUD20000 of fantastic prizes are on offer and you just have to be there Sunday 23 September from 12pm.

There will be market and food stalls, casting competitions and entertainment including a community Barramundi release at 10.30am.
Cardiac Challenge
Date Sat 22nd Sep 2018 to Mon 24th Sep 2018
The Mount Franklin Cardiac Challenge is a three day camping and recreational cycle ride in the September school holidays.

The route includes some of the most stunning scenery in the Wet Tropics, Dry Tropics and World Heritage National Parks of Far North Queensland starting in Cairns and progressing inland through the Kuranda range, Speewah, Mareeba, Mt Molloy, Mt Carbine, the Desailey range, Lakeland and finishing in Cooktown.

Each year the Cardiac Challenge mission is to fundraise for the FNQ Hospital Foundation with the purchase of specialised equipment for improved cardiac care services for Far North Queensland.
Mareeba Arts in the Park
Date Sat 22nd Sep 2018
Mareeba Arts in the Park will showcase local artists and "bring art to the people".

The Festival will include market stalls offering quality, locally made arts and craft items as well as performances, arts demonstrations and food.

Festival attendees will be able to participate in a range of free arts activities throughout the day.

QCWA Gregory Horse Sports and Family Fun Day
Date Sun 23rd Sep 2018
The QCWA Gregory Horse Sports and Family Fun Day is a fun filled day for the whole family. Horse sports, three legged races, running, broom throwing and much more.
Wallaby Creek Festival
Date Fri 28th Sep 2018 to Sun 30th Sep 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.

Free camping is available in the lush grounds at Home Rule Rainforest Lodge for all ticket holders.

Workshops, live music, performers and activities are plentiful including craft, sculpture, face painting, movies, the Children’s Parade and much more!!

The festival provides an ideal September holiday destination for families.

Food and market stalls are presented throughout the festival area to tempt your viewing, tasting and shopping pleasures and an extensive music program is offered across three stages.

The festival grounds come alive with street theatre and dynamic activities, workshops and exhibits and walks to the spectacular Home Rule Falls and unique tropical rainforest displays are offered throughout the weekend.
Karumba Anglers Classic
Date Fri 28th Sep 2018 to Sun 30th Sep 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.

All details are the same including early bird and nomination draws, food stalls and lots more! The Gulf is the place to be in late September.

Weipa Billfish Tournament 2018
Date Fri 28th Sep 2018 to Tue 2nd Oct 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. It is a billfish tag and release only tournament with points based on line class and expects to attract around 20 teams of up to four anglers.

Fishing the western coast of Cape York, Weipa is fast becoming one of Australia’s hottest sailfish bites.

Georgetown Bushman’s Ball
Date Sat 29th Sep 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.
Georgetown Bush Races
Date Sun 30th Sep 2018
The Georgetown Bush Races is an annual event. There is a free jumping castles for the kids, and food and drinks are available. There will be an ice cream van and a coffee van with fresh coffee, pies, softdrink and water. Food is available from the Cardwell Coastguard volunteers. Free courtesy bus pick up from four pick up areas in Georgetown. Prizes for Fashion of the Fields.
Australian Irish Dancing Championships 2018
Date Wed 3rd Oct 2018 to Sun 7th Oct 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.

With over 1200 dancers from all states of Australia, competing in Solo and Team events, renewing friendships, socialising and above all enjoying the spectacle of these Championships, they invite you to be part of what is truly a unique and memorable event.
Cardwell UFO Festival
Date Sat 6th Oct 2018 to Sat 13th Oct 2018
The Cardwell UFO Festival highlights the extra-terrestrial activities around Cardwell. This annual event begins on Saturday afternoon filled with family fun activities, markets, show rides, and visitors from throughout the Universe. Saturday night is where the local party with the visitors as the Alien Invasion costume party. Also on Saturday is the C-Files forum this forum is the highlight of the festival for many visitors, a informative morning with guest speakers and visitors can listen to and share their personal experiences of all things unexplained. The festival sees visitors from all over Planet Earth come to visit their little seaside village - Cardwell, North Queensland Australia.
Ravenshoe Torimba Festival 50 years
Date Sat 6th Oct 2018 to Sat 20th Oct 2018
Torimba is a combination of Tourism and Timber. The festival runs for a full fortnight in October. Displaying an exhibition of woodwork created by recreational and professional craft persons. Ravenshoe community organisations develop fun events throughout the fortnight. Parade Day the second Saturday. Third Saturday Torimba Ball crowning the Queen.
Bikes and Bulls 2018 Tour: Battle of the States
Date Sat 6th Oct 2018
Bikes and Bulls is the Number 1 Family Entertainment event of its kind

In 2018 they have designed a brand new show that includes never seen before acts with the same heart-stopping Bikes and Bulls entertainment that everyone loves! Whether you have been to Bikes and Bulls in previous years or never seen this show before, there will be action packed entertainment that will keep you on the edge of your seat. They have combined two of the most dangerous sports in the world and turned them into a professionally staged production designed to have the adrenaline pumping from start to finish. Australia’s top FMX motocross riders and the toughest, craziest bull riders go head to head in this world-first event.

FMX riders turn themselves upside down over the top of the rodeo arena, while Australia’s top cowboys battle the toughest bulls in the country. With some of the craziest stunts ever attempted in a rodeo and freestyle motocross, they’re strapped in and tapped out. So get ready for some high jumping, adrenaline pumping action.
Palm Cove Reef Feast
Date Fri 12th Oct 2018 to Sun 14th Oct 2018
Palm Cove Reef Feast is a free entry, annual, tropical, four-day food and wine event which also includes Home Brew and Craft Beer awards, fashion and the 'Wayne Lapthorne Memorial Cup' Golf Day. The main event showcases the relaxed lifestyle of Tropical North Queensland and the award winning restaurants of Palm Cove presenting their local produce at its peak.

In the hands of some of Tropical North Queensland's most creative and imaginative world class chefs, restaurants and cafes offer tastes to tempt the most discerning palates.



Palm Cove Reef Feast also features the very best in local entertainment with top class acts performing over two days.

Family entertainment and special children's areas are spaced along the Esplanade which overlooks the Coral Sea, providing a spectacular backdrop.

Roaming performing musicians and jugglers along with various demonstrations are just some of the included activities.
Other events accompany these main days over the four days and these can be viewed on the website.

Cairns Tropical Pride
Date Fri 12th Oct 2018 to Sun 14th Oct 2018
Cairns Tropical Pride is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender plus (LGBT+) festival to celebrate the diverse and beautiful people and places of the Cairns region.

Once a year, Cairns Tropical Pride invites visitors from Australia and the world to join them for a week of play in the gorgeous environment that is Tropical North Queensland.

From dance parties to dive expeditions, from fashion shows to rainforest excursions, culminating in Fair Day at Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns Tropical Pride offers something for everyone in the rainbow family.

Cairns Tropical Pride promotes enjoyment, discovery, exchange and harmony, and asks LGBT+ folk from around the globe to share their pride and show their love in an idyllic festive holiday environment.
Tastes of the Tablelands
Date Sat 13th Oct 2018 to Sun 14th Oct 2018
The Tastes of the Tablelands is a showcase of what this beautiful region has to offer.

From local producers offering the special and innovative, to a superb entertainment program.

Competitions, demonstrations and tastings are all part of the day.

All manner of food, arts and crafts are on display and for sale.

All set under the magnificent trees in the grounds of the historic Hou Wang Chinese Temple in Atherton.

Many local innovative producers have kicked off international success from this festival.

The evening prior features a Gala Dinner held in the park under the big marquee.

Five courses showcasing ten of the best local food producers in the region.

This is the finest dining experience possible on the Atherton Tablelands.

And accompanied by some of the best local musical talent.

Crocodile Trophy
Date Sat 13th Oct 2018 to Sat 20th Oct 2018
The Crocodile Trophy is the oldest Mountain Bike (MTB) stage race in the world and has its home in the heart of one of the most beautiful holiday destinations on earth: Tropical North Queensland in Australia.

The race stages offer the biggest variety of mountain bike trails - eight days from the jungle in Cairns to the Atherton Tablelands with bush single tracks into the unique Australian Outback. Finish on the breath-takingly beautiful Four Mile Beach in Port Douglas.

Ride with cyclists from all over the world - you can camp on cattle stations and in the historic mining villages and even a coffee plantation or there are hotel and motel accommodation packages to choose from! The event is fully catered and supported by race mechanics and medical staff.

Visit the event web site for more details.
Mission Beach Aquatic Festival
Date Sat 13th Oct 2018 to Sun 14th Oct 2018
Mission Beach is brimming with natural landscapes from rainforests to reefs, mountains to beaches and wetlands to islands.

A celebration of this destination to all travellers that will enhance what they have to offer.

Showcase activities including skydiving, white water rafting, family events, markets, rainforest walks, local entertainment and much more.

So many activities for all ages and abilities. Come and see the festivities and the awesome music/entertainment program that is on offer!

Showcasing some exceptional sporting events (FNQ speed boat racing , Family marathon and Iron man/women events), there will be something for all the family to enjoy.

Tablelands Folk Festival
Date Fri 26th Oct 2018 to Sun 28th Oct 2018
The Tablelands Folk Festival is a community music festival held in the historic village of Yungaburra, North Queensland.



The festival celebrates world-wide folk traditions through music, storytelling, circus, dance, crafts and features musicians, dancers, circus and fire artists, comedians and festival performers. Yungaburra is surrounded by World Heritage rainforests, lakes, waterfalls and Queensland's tallest mountain, Mount Bartle Frere.

Intimate concert settings showcase music across a wide range of traditional and contemporary folk, blues, roots, jazz, and world music styles, plus comedy, poetry and dance. The combination of young and old, modern and traditional enhances the intimate, feel-good atmosphere.

Sovereign Resort Barramundi Fishing Competition
Date Fri 26th Oct 2018 to Sun 28th Oct 2018
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!
Flat Creek Finch Count
Date Sat 27th Oct 2018 to Sun 28th Oct 2018
Flat Creek Station's annual Finch Count offers bird lovers an exciting weekend camping in the outback. Flat Creek Station is passionate about the protection of important grassland habitats for finches, including the Gouldian Finch.
Chillagoe 3B - Bulls, Broncs and Barrels
Date Sat 27th Oct 2018
The Chillagoe 3B event will be held in October.

It kicks off with a barrel race for all ages, fast horses and gutsy competitors completing a clover leaf pattern in super quick times. This will be followed by nonstop action with bucking bulls and broncs continuing well into the night.

Tropical Journeys Great Barrier Reef Marathon Festival
Date Sun 28th Oct 2018
The Tropical Journeys Great Barrier Reef Marathon Festival is the largest marathon and running event in Tropical North Queensland, attracting over 5000 participants and spectators from all around Australia and 13 different countries. Held annually in Port Douglas, the Festival is the only running event located on the fringe of two world heritage listed sites, the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. From Four Mile Beach to the trails of the rainforest and back through the streets of Port Douglas, this is a race to mark on your calendar.

Where else can you run on the most spectacular course in Australia, stay on for an extended holiday and play on the most iconic natural wonder in the world, the Great Barrier Reef. So join them in paradise and Race, Stay and Play!

42.195 kilometre Marathon
21.095 kilometre Half Marathon
10 kilometre
5 kilometre
2.3 kilometre Junior Dash

Come for the run, stay for a holiday!
Weipa Billfish Club Ladies Gamefish Day 2018
Date Fri 2nd Nov 2018
The annual Weipa Billfish Club Ladies Gamefish Day is open lady anglers of all ages and has a focus of raising money for breast cancer whilst inspiring interest in the sport of game fishing – and of course having fun.



A huge day, teams begin in costume parading past the Evan’s Landing jetty before setting off to fish the local waters for both billfish and a host of other gamefish.

A weigh in late afternoon precedes a themed presentation night/party.

To date the ladies Day and the Weipa Billfish Club have donated will over AUD20000.

Yarrabah Band Festival
Date Sat 3rd Nov 2018
The popular Yarrabah Band Festival returned for its sixth year, celebrating the diversity of Australian music talent. Since the inaugural event in 2013, the Yarrabah Band Festival has continued to attract huge audiences. In 2017, the festival welcomed a crowd over 4,000 to the Jilara Football Oval to enjoy full day of live music, food stalls and local art.
Eco Fashion Week Australia
Date Sun 4th Nov 2018 to Sat 10th Nov 2018
As Australia’s first and only international eco fashion week event, Eco Fashion Week Australia (EFWA) provides the perfect platform to showcase
local and international talented eco designers, emerging designers and student designers, whilst providing Australia with a one of a kind community centric eco fashion event.

EFWA collaborates with designers, artists, local and rural communities and remote interstate Indigenous communities, along with the media, local businesses, educational institutions and local governments, to raise awareness for environmentally conscious fashion and use fashion as a vehicle for education, whilst providing support and encouragement to inspire all community members toward a sustainable future.

This innovative forward thinking event will feature nightly spectacular runway shows from international, national and local eco designers featuring the best in organic, handmade, local, re-cycled, up cycled, fair trade, sustainable fashion and textiles.

Also included in the fashion week will be: a seminar by industry experts, student design and excellence awards, opportunity for runway shows to promote young student designers and give them opportunity to show their work to audience, opening gala night, designer show room, designer challenge, fashion swap, eco market and mending workshops.
Cooktown Races
Date Sat 10th Nov 2018
One of the most popular events on the social calendar in Cooktown.

Come and experience a real country race meet at the second oldest turf club in Queensland.

Features include horse racing, fashions on the field, book makers, bar and catering on site and live music.
Future Agro Challenge Australia
Date Fri 16th Nov 2018
Future Agro Challenge (FAC) is a worldwide competition recognising innovative, commercially viable food and agribusiness start-ups that address national, regional and global challenges.

At the Australian FAC (Future Agro Challenge) you will be the first to hear all about the latest innovations in food, agtech and agriculture as visionaries from all over Australia, face-off live, on a national stage, to compete for the honour of representing Australia at theGlobal Future Agro Challenge.

Make connections and build relationships with like-minded startups, industry leaders, investors, and national media.

Soak up the vibrant energy of this one-of-a-kind event.
Festival of Small Halls – Koah Hall
Date Sat 1st Dec 2018 to Wed 5th Dec 2018
Festival of Small Halls is a series of tours that takes the best folk and contemporary acoustic artists (one national and one international) performing at two of the country’s largest festivals, and sends them on the road to tiny halls in communities all over Australia. It is produced by Woodfordia Inc in partnership with many other wonderful Australian festivals, regional partners and great lovers and supporters of folk and contemporary acoustic music. It’s an opportunity for music-lovers from welcoming communities to invite artists from Home and Abroad into their towns, and a way of exploring this vast country in the spirit of hospitality and great fun.

The Far North Queensland festival is at your local Koah Hall. This little Hall houses many activities, one of which is circus. This year the Festival of Small Halls held at the Koah Hall has the added bonus of a local circus show to kick off the evening with shazam!

This is a wonderful opportunity for the whole community to enjoy some great music and artistry.
Feast of the Senses Festival
Date Sat 30th Mar 2019 to Sun 31st Mar 2019
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!

Tropical produce is the hero of the festival and over the three day program visitors will be able to see, touch, taste, and smell the amazing fruit and food that comes from this vibrant region.

Held in March each year the program incorporates food events, farm trails, cooking competitions and culminates in a huge market day extravaganza showcasing all the local produce.

Market Day is held in the centre of Innisfail's Central Business District one of the best collections of art deco architecture in Australia and surrounded by rivers, reef and rainforest.

The Feast of the Senses is now the Guinness World Records Holder for the World's Longest Banana Split recorded at 8040 metres. They know a thing or two about bananas.

Yungaburra Triathlon
Date Sat 6th Apr 2019 to Sun 7th Apr 2019
Drawing over 500 competitors and 2500 spectators in 2014, 2015 and 2016 the annual event is delivered by Tablelands Regional Council with the assistance of an organising committee made up of local business and community representatives. Sponsorship and registration fees cover the cost of the event, with 10 per cent of registration fees donated to organisations that support returned service members.

Please consider participating in the event, volunteering or supporting the athletes at the Tinaburra foreshore or along the cycle or run courses. For further information or to register for the event please visit their webpage, like Yungaburra Triathlon on Facebook or contact the Event Coordinator.
Mareeba Art Society Annual Art Exhibition
Date Mon 8th Apr 2019 to Sat 13th Apr 2019
Mareeba Art Society's annual art exhibition featuring artists from all over the Far North. Open to all artists.

Monetary prizes to the value of AUD4,810. Everyone welcome. Entry details available on the website.

Easter at Einasleigh
Date Fri 19th Apr 2019 to Sun 21st Apr 2019
Easter at Einasleigh is a fun filled family weekend in the small scenic town of Einasleigh, North Queensland. Enjoy swimming, fishing and camping.

Main events are a Queensland Race meet on the Saturday and Full Rodeo event on Sunday. Cabaret bar on Friday, Saturday Sunday night.

The weekend starts with a Fishing Competition on Friday, held around the gorgeous Einasleigh River and Copperfield River.

Prizes for biggest fish, weigh-in afternoon. Barbecue dinner on Friday night included in ticket entry with bar and live music.

Have a flutter, dress up and hit the social event of the year with five race’s QLD race meet with 1-2 Sprint Races. Fashions of the field prizes all in the picturesque race track area. Bar open race day then dance your shoes off again that night at Bar with live music.

Sunday is the showstopper ABCRA Rodeo event. See these athletes on show, ride, buck, rope and catch their way to glory. Bar all day live music at night.

Undara Outback Rock and Blues
Date Thu 25th Apr 2019 to Sat 27th Apr 2019
The Undara Outback Rock and Blues festival held at Undara Experience will feature high quality acts, over the three days, to make this a weekend guaranteed to suit fans of all genres. Artists are sort from local areas as well as interstate to give guests to North Queensland a weekend to remember!

Undara can accommodate everyone with many different styles of accommodation. Roll out a Swag under the stars next to the fire or enjoy the Swags Tent Village with permanent tents or you may wish to stay in the turn of the century railway carriages that have been converted into multi award winning accommodation. If you would rather spoil yourself, indulge in one of the fully air-conditioned Pioneers Huts that have spacious bathrooms and large decks.

This is an amazing weekend of mates & music in one of North Queensland's most unique locations!

Croc Nash Hash 2019 Inc
Date Fri 3rd May 2019 to Sun 5th May 2019
Croc Nash Hash is Hash House Harriers 2019 biannual Australian meeting and runs. The event is held over three official days with lead up and post events totalling a week's activities in the local area.

This is a social sporting event and is non competitive, non ageist, non sexist. Cross county running and walking for all ages over 18 years old including masters.

The event encourages participation for all levels of fitness with an emphasis on the social side and exploring the local area.

Each biannual event is held in a different location across Australia.
The Feast of the Three Saints
Date Mon 6th May 2019
The Feast of the Three Saints is held at St Johns Parish School in Silkwood every year. Silkwood is a short 25 minute drive South from Innisfail

The Feast is held annually on the first Sunday in May, to celebrate and Commemorate the lives of three brothers, Saints Alfio, Filadelfo and Cirino, who were martryed for their Christian beliefs.

Sunday will see a 10.00am concelebrated Italian Mass with visiting Italian and local priests, a Solemn Procession through Silkwood at 2.00pm and an English concelebrated Mass immediately following , for the Blessing and Veneration of the relics of the Three Saints.

Other festivities include a barbecue, with traditional Italian food, stalls and entertainment and, of course, at 7.00 p.m. will herald the lighting of the night skies with a brilliant fireworks display.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

The day is a celebration of the cultural significance and contribution of the Italian heritage to the Australian way of life, by its food, music and customs.

It attracts around 4,000 people on the day and is the largest Religious / Cultural Festival of its kind held in Australia
IRF 2019 World Rafting Championships
Date Mon 13th May 2019 to Mon 20th May 2019
Over 30 years of rafting has now hit the Australian soil and organisers are ready to see who is going to Tame the Tully.

The World Rafting Championships is a coming together of rafters from all over the world participating and competing in the toughest white water rapids. The pinnacle event follows the much anticipated pre worlds 2018. The Rafting event is taking place in the heart of Tropical North Queensland, the Tully River.

Australia is looking forward to hosting such a thrilling world event and is sure to make it a memorable one. The peak event is a true celebration of the sport with national federations coming from around the globe. The event will feature international athletes competing in Open, Masters, Under 23 and Under 19 divisions through a combination of river rapids R6 ranging from Sprints, H2H, Slalom and Down River in one of the most iconic settings in Australia.
Great Barrier Reef Masters Games
Date Thu 23rd May 2019 to Sun 26th May 2019
The Great Barrier Reef Masters Games are a celebration of Masters sport in the beautiful location of Cairns, in partnership with Tourism and Events Queensland.

Now in its fourth games the GBR Masters will be held from Thursday 23 to Sunday 26 May 2019.

2,000 masters-aged men and women from Australia, Oceania and South East Asia are anticipated to compete in 20 individual and team sports across the four days of competition with sports for all masters ages and interests.

Cairns is the ideal location to host the Games, being one of Australia's most popular holiday destinations with a myriad of local attractions, dining, adventure sports, reef activities and entertainment within close proximity to the city centre.

The Great Barrier Reef Masters Games also offers a nightly entertainment program to complement the daily sporting program, providing an opportunity for participants to socialise and experience the destination’s adventure and hospitality.

Great Barrier Reef Masters Softball
Date Thu 23rd May 2019 to Sun 26th 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.
Rotary FNQ Field Days
Date Wed 29th May 2019 to Fri 31st May 2019
The Rotary FNQ Field Days is the region’s largest agricultural exhibition. Held over three days in May, the event attracts hundreds of local, regional and interstate exhibitors, and thousands of visitors. It raises funds for the Rotary Clubs of Atherton and Mareeba, who in turn donate monies to worthwhile causes in the local communities the event supports.

A jam-packed program of attractions complements the wide range of agricultural products and services on display, with the latest in innovation and technology in farming a key focus.
Cairns Airport IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship Cairns
Date Sun 9th Jun 2019
Cairns Airport IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship Cairns is situated at the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and boasts a stunning backdrop that will take your breath away.

Over it's eight year history the event has become known as the IRONMAN in Paradise, boasting an experience that extends past the race day excitement. Hosted in Tropical North Queensland athletes and their support crew have easy access to the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree Rainforest and the tropical island surrounds.

With arguably the most spectacular bike course in the world, competitors race up the Captain Cook Highway hugging the coastline from Cairns to Port Douglas. From reef to World Heritage listed rainforest, and a run along the stunning Cairns boardwalk, the race finishes in the heart of the city. This race has become a ‘must-do’ on the IRONMAN circuit, and there is every reason to believe the hype.
Cooktown Discovery Festival
Date Fri 14th Jun 2019 to Sun 16th Jun 2019
A fully costumed re-enactment of the landing of Captain James Cook and his first meeting with the Guugu Yimithirr people and celebrations all weekend throughout the town.

The 2019 Cooktown Discovery Festival will take place in beautiful and historic Cooktown.

This is one of Far North Queensland's premier events with hundreds of visitors flocking to Cooktown every year to experience the unique culture of Cooktown and have a great time making history fun!

Laura Races and Rodeo
Date Fri 28th Jun 2019 to Sun 30th Jun 2019
This is an action-packed weekend with something for all the family to enjoy. Talented jockeys vie for position on the outback track, testing their skills and pitting their steeds against each other. Ringers and stockmen compete with rodeo riders who travel great distances for a chance to take home some amazing prizes and trophies.

The Laura Rodeo and Races are a great social event. People travel from all over Cape York Peninsula to join in the fun and frivolity, together with friends and visitors from further south.

The Horsesports are also held over the same weekend, with locals and visitors competing in traditional events such as the barrel races.
C2K Bike Ride
Date Sat 29th Jun 2019 to Thu 4th Jul 2019
Cairns to Karumba Bike Ride is a truly epic adventure that you will talk about for a lifetime.

Whether you are a rider (road or dirt), a supporter or a volunteer, there is a place for everyone on the 2019 Cairns to Karumba Bike Ride.

The seven day Cairns to Karumba bike-ride has been Queensland’s greatest fun bicycle ride for the past 21 years. In June/July each year, over 250 riders, volunteers and support crews travel through the unique and historic outback towns of the iconic Savannah Way raising funds to make sure bush kids get a fair-go. The kids line the route and say g’day with cheering, banners and flags. Riders can choose to participate in the 780 kilometre 'Road Ride' - Rugged Roadies or the rigorous 'Dirt Ride' - Dirty Boys that works its way through stations right across the Cape.

The Cairns to Karumba Bike Ride is a brilliant adventure for everyone, riders, supporters or volunteers! Take in the sights and sounds of a magnificent part of Far North Queensland that most people will simply never get to experience.

ReefBeat Music Festival
Date Sat 6th Jul 2019
A New Music Festival for Cairns - ReefBeat is a one day event with a huge lineup of top musicians, bands and performers. Headlined by Thundamentals, Opiuo, Salmonella Dub Soundsystem and Tijuana Cartel with a huge swag of other support acts.

ReefBeat are proud to bring to Cairns an incredible all day music festival line up of some of the best live performance artists in the business.

This variety of music is supported with a mind blowing stage production with special effects, exotic creatures, dancers, circus performers, drummers, lighting shows, tribal performances and a sound system that is second to none.

There will be a main stage in the Fred Moule Pavilion and a dance stage outside called the Clam Shack - both have prominent sound and lighting producer Dave Masters (Rainbow Serpent/ Earth Frequency) at the helm of the production - so you can expect them to both be special!

Linking the two stages is a Reef-inspired tunnel with art pieces placed around and a photo booth for you to capture the fun day and get photos with some of the many roaming performers.
Australian Pole Sports Championships
Date Sat 6th Jul 2019 to Sun 7th Jul 2019
Welcome to a brand new Australian sporting event, proudly born in Cairns: Australia’s inaugural World Pole Sports Championships (WPSC) qualifying event, taking place at the new Cairns Basketball Stadium.



Pole is one of the fastest growing sports on the planet.

This inaugural competition will be open to all Australian pole sports athletes and athletes from countries that don’t have a WPSC qualifying event, including New Zealand and most Asian countries.



Includes male and female categories from ages six to masters 50 years and above, with a para-pole sports division for people with disabilities.

It is the only avenue for Australian pole athletes to win the opportunity to represent their country. This is an Australian first and will showcase this exciting and unique sport to the community for free

The Australian Pole Sports Federation is a not-for-profit sporting organisation, founded by a passionate group of elite Cairns pole sports athletes in 2017.

Together with the International Pole Sports Federation, they are pushing towards are their end goal: Olympic inclusion; they are half way there.

Come to see an amazing athletic spectacle, inclusive of all genders, ages and abilities; an Australian first and future Olympic sport.

Cairns Indigenous Art Fair
Date Fri 12th Jul 2019 to Sun 14th Jul 2019
From where ever you are, come and join Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, and immerse yourself in a CIAF experience of your own.

The CIAF 2019 cultural festivities will take place on 12 to 14 July, opening night 11 July 2019.

In 2018, 45000 people attended across all venues enjoying the diversity of Far North Queensland Indigenous culture and taking the chance to attend and buy the latest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island art from across Queensland, at the CIAF Art Market and Art Fair.



The now famous CIAF daily program offers free traditional dance and music performances, artist and industry talks, art workshops, theatre and film screenings. Cairns cultural venues offer a variety of art form events and gallery exhibitions, creating a celebratory feeling citywide.

Mareeba Rodeo and Festival 2018
Date Sat 13th Jul 2019 to Sun 14th Jul 2019
The Mareeba Rodeo has a history dating back to 1949 and has become a national icon on the rodeo calendar.

Top level competition and entertainment gives spectators plenty to watch over two days of full-on action from 7.30am each day. All the usual rodeo events including bull ride, saddle bronc, steer wrestling, ladies and junior events, Battle of the States Queensland versus New South Wales are held over the two days.

The lead up to the Mareeba Rodeo has loads of events and activities for everyone in the community.