|Date||Thu 28th Feb 2019|
|After an extremely emotional final performance with the Beasts of Bourbon, Tex Perkins hit upon the idea of getting all of the bandâs members, past and present into a recording studio with no particular agenda other than to do just that. It was more of a celebratory thing he had in mind than anything. Sadly, bassist Brian Hooper didnât make it along as he passed away a week after the Beasts last show.
Assembled in Soundpark Studio a couple of weeks later were, Charlie Owen, Boris Sujdovic, Tony Pola, Spencer Jones, Kim Salmon and Tex Perkins. They were unprepared save for some some sketchy ideas, loose ends and a couple of covers. With limited time the band knocked together a collection of jams pretty much true to the crazy M.O. employed back when The Axemanâs Jazz got laid down in that fateful eight-hour session in 1983.
Songs werenât so much learned as ideas thrown together and recorded the moment they began to coalesce.
|Printmaking Weekend Workshop - create a print of a holiday sketch|
|Date||Sat 16th Mar 2019 to Sun 17th Mar 2019|
|Learn how to translate your drawing into another medium â etching, aquatint or drypoint print, and then make a small edition (multiple originals).
No previous printmaking experience necessary - maximum 10 participants.
|Ocean Film Festival World Tour - Cairns|
|Date||Fri 22nd Mar 2019|
|With a vision to mesmerise and captivate, the Ocean Film Festival World Tour showcases more than two hours of sublime footage taken above and below the waterâs surface.Â
Featuring all new films this carefully curated selection of short films document the beauty and power of the ocean, and celebrate the divers, surfers, swimmers and oceanographers who live for the seaâs salt spray; who chase the crests of waves; and who marvel at the mysteries of the big blue.Â
The films feature captivating cinematography, complete with awe-inspiring underwater scenes and fast-paced wave sequences that have been captured from unbelievable vantage points.
Inspiring and thought-provoking, the Ocean Film Festival World Tour is filled with moving footage, touching interviews and insightful narrations. Each of the festivalâs films conveys a deep respect and appreciation for the worldâs oceans and the creatures that call them home.
Find out more atÂ their website.
|Feast of the Senses Festival|
|Date||Thu 28th 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!
|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.
|Normanton Barra Classic|
|Date||Sat 20th Apr 2019 to Sun 21st Apr 2019|
|The Normanton Barra Classic is an annual event usually held over Easter weekend.
Nominations from 5pm to 9pm Friday and 7am to 9am Saturday at Albion Hotel.
Fishing starts Saturday 6am through to Sunday 4pm and is allowed over more than 60 kilometres of the pristine Norman River.
Participants vary from local families to grey nomads to hard core fishos. All are most welcome.
Weigh-in times 7am to 5pm Saturday and 7am to 4pm Sunday . Prizes in Junior and Open sections for Heaviest Barra , Salmon, Catfish And Other Scaled Fish.
A large range of prizes and raffles over the weekend. AUD6000 heaviest Barra (open), AUD10,000 Raffle, Mega Raffle with variety of prizes up to AUD1000.
Lucky Nomination AUD500 drawn Saturday evening (must be there to win). Presentation of prizes on Sunday evening at 7pm.
All activities take place at the Albion Hotel, Haig Street, Normanton.
Proceeds from this event are distributed to various Not for Profit organisations.
|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!
|7 Cairns Marathon|
|Date||Sun 28th Apr 2019|
|Up to 3000 athletes from Queensland, interstate and overseas are expected to participate in the inaugural 7 Cairns Marathon and Community Run Festival.
|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 totaling 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. There are currently over 640 registered participants.
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.
|Gregory Downs Races|
|Date||Sat 4th May 2019|
|Gregory Downs Jockey Club has been racing for over 100 years in the Gulf Country.
The Gregory Downs Races is a weekend of family fun not to be missed.
Entertainment includes a luncheon, fashions on the field, dinner, music and fun for the kids.
Continue the celebrations the next day with the Gregory River Canoe Race and enjoy lunch by the river.
|Karumba Barra and Blues Festival|
|Date||Sat 4th May 2019 to Sun 5th May 2019|
|A weekend festival celebrating the legendary barramundi, live blues music with Ash Grunwald, Emily Wurramara supporting and more to be announced â along with the opening of a major tourist attraction, the Les Wilson Barramundi Discovery Centre. This annual event is the first of its kind for the very remote location in Queenslandâs Gulf country. Not to be missed!|
|Gregory River Canoe Race|
|Date||Sun 5th May 2019|
|The event now is in its 44th year at the Gregory River in the township of Gregory. The Gregory river is a crystal clear spring feed river which flows all year round.
The event has two distances, 18 kilometre recreational race and the marathon 40 kilometre race.
Both races are open to all types of plastic kayaks through to the serious racing K1 racers and anything in between.
Both races can be made up of teams or individuals.
Event competitors numbers range from 80 to 120.
|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
|Chillagoe Bushman's Carnival Association - Annual Rodeo|
|Date||Sat 11th May 2019 to Sun 12th May 2019|
|Friday night kicks off with their annual Fred Burdell Ultimate Cowboy Challenge which sees 10 cowboys compete over five different events vying for the title of the âUltimate Cowboyâ. Each of the competitor are up for âsaleâ in their rodeo auction. This event is in memory of long serving member Mr Fred Burdell who was committed to seeing this rodeo shine. Friday night also sees action with a barrel race for all ages as well as the bucking bull events. Saturday morning kicks off early with a horse sports for all ages followed by their full rodeo program at 12pm going well into the night concluding with our signature event, the open bull ride.
There is camping facilities available as well as food and drinks, local childrenâs art on display as well as some market stall running over the weekend. This is a family friendly event for all ages but is a no dog event.
|IRF 2019 World Rafting Championships Powered by Experience Co.|
|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.
|Senior Moments A Comedy Revue: Cairns|
|Date||Wed 15th May 2019|
|By popular demand, Senior Moments is back for another national tour from February 2019, with Gold Logie winner and veteran actor John Wood (Blue Heelers, Raffertyâs Rules) and Max Gillies (The Gillies Report, Once Were Leaders) joining Play School icon Benita Collings, Kim Lewis (Sons and Daughters, The Restless Years) and Russell Newman (A Country Practice, Underbelly) in this senior theatrical sensation, with Midday Show Maestro Geoff Harvey on piano.
Senior Moments is a comedy revue about old people and the young people they have to deal with, with sketches and songs and performers who are old enough to know better, all making wicked fun of the trials and tribulations of growing old disgracefully.
|The Great Wheelbarrow Race|
|Date||Fri 17th May 2019 to Sun 19th May 2019|
|On the third weekend in May of each year, Mareeba Shire Council plays host to 'The Great Wheelbarrow Race'.
This is an event where competitors push an empty wheelbarrow along the 'Wheelbarrow Way' between Mareeba and Chillagoe in three stages.
|Cairns Expo 2019|
|Date||Fri 17th May 2019 to Sun 19th May 2019|
|The Cairns Expo is the regionâs largest event of its kind, showcasing the latest products and services for homes, lifestyles and outdoor adventure.
The home show has something for everyone, from sustainable living ideas to finance, gardening, homewares, roofing, beds and more. Talk one-on-one with local experts and learn about exotic fruits and plants grown in the region.
The outdoor adventure area has the largest display of caravans, camper trailers, boating, vehicles, accessories and more in Far North Queensland. Browse through close to 100 local and national companies, discover new release products and save with Expo only deals.
The whole family will enjoy the day out and the entertainment on offer, including camp oven cooking, reptile shows, jumping castles for the kids and more.
Friday 8.30am to 4pm.
Saturday 8.30am to 5pm.
Sunday 8.30am to 4pm.
|Pint Of Science (Cairns)|
|Date||Mon 20th May 2019 to Wed 22nd May 2019|
|Pint of Science is a three day festival bringing the latest in science research to pubs across Australia (and the world!).
In 2019 the festival will run on May 20, 21 and 22.
Please visit the Pint of Science Australia website for all updates regarding venues.
|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.
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 destinationâs 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.
|Port Douglas Carnivale|
|Date||Fri 24th May 2019 to Sun 26th 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.
Held in one of the most beautiful parts of the world and attracting tens of thousands of local, interstate and international visitors, Port Douglas Carnivale was originally held to mark the start of the sugar cane harvesting season, but is now considered the official opening of the tourism season.
A mecca for lovers of all things food, fun and sun, Carnivale is a must do on anyoneâs bucket list.
|Rotary FNQ Field Days|
|Date||Wed 29th May 2019 to Fri 31st May 2019|
|The Rotary FNQ Field Days is the regionâs 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.
|Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2019|
|Date||Fri 31st May 2019|
|The original and the best mountain film festival is coming back to Cairns for one huge night!
The 2019 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour showcases over two and a half hours of the most enthralling mountain adventure films that will have you planning your next adventure before the credits roll.
The tour is hot on the heels of the largest and most prestigious mountain festivals in the world, the Banff Mountain Festival, which takes place every November in the mountain town of Banff, in Canada.
More than 300 of the worldâs best mountain sport, culture, environment, adventure, and exploration films are shown during the week-long event. A selection of award winners and audience favourites then tours the globe, visiting 390 communities and 35 countries as part of the festivalâs official world tour.
This year, the Australian line-up features two-and-a-half hours of captivating short films shot in some of the most wild and remote corners of the world. The program is packed full of mesmerising cinematography, thought-provoking storylines and adrenaline-inducing action sequences.
Presented by World Expeditions.
For more details, visit Banff Mountain Film Festival website.
|Trip to the Tip|
|Date||Sat 1st Jun 2019 to Sun 9th Jun 2019|
|An all inclusive nine day Mountain Bike Adventures from Laura to the Tip of Cape York and onto the Torres Straits. Camping and riding the remote Telegraph Track, they visit all of the major cultural, historical and environmental attractions of Cape York.
They operate each year directly after the wet season, taking a limited number of riders on the trip of a lifetime.
|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 âmust-doâ 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!
|Professional Bull Riders Cairns Invitational|
|Date||Sat 15th Jun 2019|
|The PBRâs (Professional Bull Riders) Monster Energy Tour will bring its thrilling, adrenaline-filled, edge-of-your-seat excitement back to the Cairns Entertainment Centre on Saturday, 15 June 2019.
For one-night only, some of the best bull riders in the world will battle the sportâs toughest bovine athletes. The thrilling eight-second rides and heart-stopping wrecks make the PBRâs Monster Energy Tour the toughest sport on dirt and one HUGE night that you wonât want to miss.
Choreographed with pyrotechnics, lasers, concert sound system and mega screen replays, with multiple camera angles that will take you behind the scenes and inside the bucking chutes as riders prepare for the ride of their life whilst delivering you the ultimate live event bull riding experience.
This is a sport where eight seconds can cost you everything. Welcome to the world of the PBR.
|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.
|Oak Park Races|
|Date||Fri 5th Jul 2019 to Sat 6th Jul 2019|
|Join in the excitement of a traditional country race meeting. The Oak Park Races, set in beautiful shady grounds, feature a ten-race program over two days with bookies on site.
Professional horse racing.
Bar and food facilities are available, along with children activities.
|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: Australiaâs inaugural World Pole Sports Championships (WPSC) qualifying event, taking place at the new Cairns Basketball Stadium.
This inaugural competition will be open to all Australian pole sports athletes and athletes from countries that donât have a WPSC qualifying event, including New Zealand and most Asian countries.
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
Together with the International Pole Sports Federation, they are pushing towards are their end goal: Olympic inclusion; they are half way there.
|Cairns Indigenous Art Fair|
|Date||Fri 12th Jul 2019 to Sun 14th Jul 2019|
|In 2019, CIAF will celebrate its 10th Anniversary as it continues to introduce innovative and exciting opportunities for Queensland Indigenous artists. CIAF has gone from strength to strength since the inaugural fair in 2009, attracting significant attention from both international and national collectors, curators, media and the general public.
|Mareeba Rodeo and Festival|
|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.
|Audi Arrow Experience|
|Date||Sun 14th Jul 2019|
|Bring your friends and family and join them on the Arrow Experience along the beautiful Red, Blue, Green and Yellow Arrows. This spectacular event is not only a chance to get into the great outdoors, but to help fund raise for your community. Both the short and long courses are fully supported with medics and volunteers. Which one will you choose?
They care for a population of about 270000 people and aim to fund modern equipment, facilities, education, training and research through the provision of support services. Every cent you fund raise goes to its intended cause and makes a difference to healthcare in Far North Queensland. Funds raised from this year's event will go towards the Emergency Department at Cairns Hospital. Just by going for a walk, you can make a difference.
|Christmas in July|
|Date||Thu 25th Jul 2019 to Sun 28th Jul 2019|
|Enjoy a tropical Christmas in July celebration hosted by Far North Nomads. Enjoy four days of live entertainment, raffles, novelty events, markets and a special Christmas dinner under the stars.
No bookings required. Must be a CMCA Member.
A weekend not to be missed.
|Cairns Gem Festival 2019|
|Date||Sat 27th Jul 2019 to Sun 28th Jul 2019|
|Annual festival celebrating all things Lapidary! Gems, minerals, jewellery and more.
Stall holders from around the country come together to display and sell their rock, mineral, gem and jewellery collections. Enthusiasts, hobbyists and professionals alike enjoy the variety of items on display and for purchase.
|Tour of the Tropics|
|Date||Fri 2nd Aug 2019 to Sun 4th Aug 2019|
|Tour of the Tropics is the re-branded Tour of the Tablelands cycling event which has been in operation since 1997.
Tour of the Tropics has come to life to incorporate not only a sporting event for cyclists, but a festival inspired food, wine and music event for not only sporting enthusiasts, but leisure travellers and families of all ages.
The event is about immersing yourself in the tropics and experiencing the wonderful fresh produce grown in Far North Queensland through the many food and beverage pop up food stall offerings available at the event, while also witnessing the cascading World Heritage Rainforest, lush green fields where the produce is grown and the native flora and fauna present at each race destination throughout the three day event between Cairns and the Atherton Tablelands.
|Reef to Reef MTB|
|Date||Thu 8th Aug 2019 to Sun 11th Aug 2019|
|For four days in early August, Reef to Reef brings mountain biking goodness to the home of the one of the worlds most famed and fabled natural playgrounds. Around 200 kilometres of riding and 4000 metres of climbing on the kind of trails and scenery you normally only read or dream about.
The tracks and trails of Tropical North Queensland have long been a bucket-list destination for MTB riders from all over the world. Through rainforests and cattle stations, across granite hills and along coast lines, the varied terrain offers a heady mix of fast flowing single trail, farm tracks, groomed downhill, fire trails and a final beach section to the finish line and the festival beyond.
This race is doable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness and bike skills â ride full gas or enjoy the terrain at a more leisurely pace. Either way itâll be heaps better with mates â so start recruiting and the good times roll!
|Cardwell UFO Festival 2019|
|Date||Sat 10th Aug 2019 to Sun 11th Aug 2019|
|The Cardwell UFO Festival highlights the extra-terrestrial activities around Cardwell, North Queensland and Australia. This annual event begins on Saturday morning with the C-Files forum this forum is the highlight of the festival for many visitors, an informative morning with a line-up of renowned guest speakers talking on unexplained phenomena including local sightings of UFO's, bigfoot and the mysterious Cardwell lights. Visitors can listen to and share their personal experiences of all things unexplained.
Saturday night is where the locals party with the visitors at the Alien Invasion costume party. The festival wraps up on Sunday morning with the Cardwell Foreshore coming alive filled with family fun activities, markets, show rides, and visitors from throughout the Universe.
During this festival Cardwell welcomes visitors from all over Planet Earth and beyond the stars to enjoy their little seaside village - Cardwell, North Queensland Australia and explore the Cassowary Coast.
|Mt Carbine Bull and Bronc Ride|
|Date||Sat 10th Aug 2019|
|The Mt Carbine Bull and Bronc ride is an annual event held on every second Saturday of August.
Action starts at 5pm with the Calf rides, Junior and Juvenile Steer, Junior, Novice and Open bull. Bushmanâs Saddle Bronc and Menâs Saddle Bronc. The arena is small so you can see all the action.
|Mareeba Military Muster|
|Date||Sat 10th Aug 2019 to Sun 11th Aug 2019|
|The Mareeba Military Muster is planned for August 10 and 11, 2019 within the Mareeba Turf Club, Fenwick Street, Mareeba, Queensland.
A weekend of military vehicles, and displays for anyone interested in honouring our veterans.
A weekend to honour and also give thanks to all serving and non serving veterans for their service and to ensure future generations are reminded of the wars and conflicts once served.
These Musters have and will continue to contribute to many memorials and projects throughout the Mareeba and Tablelands Districts, remembering this military history.
|The Gulf Country Frontier Days Festival|
|Date||Thu 15th Aug 2019 to Sun 18th Aug 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.
The Festival revolves around the Frontier Days Rodeo and the National Indigenous Rodeo Championships. This APRA affiliated event is one of the richest on the Rodeo circuit, and attracts Australia's top Rodeo talent to the Gulf.
Indigenous Australian and First Nations cultural performers from around the world take to the stage each night, for dance and theatrical performances in the Kabarrijbi Wangkijbi Spectacular - The Coming Together of Nations.
And then there's the music, headlined by Australian music royalty. Troy Cassar-Daley, Kasey Chambers and Shane Howard have performed at the Festival, together with local and international Indigenous musicians.
If the authentic Outback experience is what you're looking for, the Gulf Country Frontier Days Festival is a Must Do for you!
|Date||Sat 17th Aug 2019|
|Tropical Steampunk is a dedicated dress up theme event with wicked costumes, awesome staging and elemental surprises to delight and excite the senses!
Featuring great local DJs, live acts, projection art, excellent staging, lighting and atmosphere and tonnes of epic costumes!
Organised by key collaborators in many of Cairns' most innovative festivals and parties - this event is not to be missed as you don't want to hear about it afterwards!
This is a Costume Party Event so please dress up!
|Targa Great Barrier Reef|
|Date||Fri 30th Aug 2019 to Sun 1st Sep 2019|
|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 Australiaâs 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.
|Date||Thu 12th Sep 2019 to Sat 14th Sep 2019|
|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.
|Mission Beach Community Cassowary Festival|
|Date||Sat 14th Sep 2019|
|The Mission Beach Community Cassowary Festival is a weekend of activities celebrating nature.
|Date||Sat 21st Sep 2019 to Mon 23rd Sep 2019|
|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 Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation to buy specialised equipment for improved cardiac care services for Far North Queensland.
|Wallaby Creek Festival|
|Date||Fri 27th Sep 2019 to Sun 29th Sep 2019|
|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 Childrenâs 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.
|Palm Cove Reef Feast|
|Date||Fri 4th Oct 2019 to Sun 6th Oct 2019|
|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.
|Crocodile Trophy 2019|
|Date||Sat 12th Oct 2019 to Sat 19th Oct 2019|
|The Crocodile Trophy is one of the toughest and definitely the most legendary 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 and racing in a multi-cultural peloton with cyclists from all over the World and Australia - for 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.
The 2019 event will be the 25th Anniversary Edition: for a quarter of a century the Crocodile Trophy has challenged racers from all over the World to compete in an ultra-endurance mountain bike race, which also offers an incredibly authentic eight-day Australian adventure.
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 website for more details.
|Date||Sat 9th Nov 2019|
|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.