Regional Tourism Guide for Tropical
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.
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.
Innisfail Art Deco Tours
Date Tue 16th Oct 2018 to Tue 12th Nov 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.

The Shire Hall was built by Peter and William Van Leeuwin who built many other buildings in the town which are still standing today.

When it was opened it was said to rival any Hall built in Sydney.

After extensive damage in Cyclone Larry the Hall was modernised but kept its Art Deco features to bring it to modern day standards.

Speakeasy Port Douglas
Date Fri 19th Oct 2018
Back again by popular demand after the phenomenal success of their 2017 show! Come witness the roaring 20s come back to life with a modern day twist!

The only event of its kind in far north Queensland. Music meets circus, cabaret, carnival, burlesque and more. The Dance floor is always full power with the unique future vintage sounds that are electro swing!

Port Douglas! Don your waistcoats, tighten up your suspenders and puff up your boa's. Join them on a journey to days gone by.

Ashcats Soundsystem

* 1920s dress-up encouraged
* State of the art sound and lighting
* Custom 1920s vintage decor showcase
Wayne Leonard's Motorcycle Muster
Date Sat 20th Oct 2018 to Sun 21st Oct 2018
The Wayne Leonard's Motorcycle Muster is an annual motorbike (and car) ride to an iconic area in Far North Queensland, fundraising for improved health services.
Speakeasy Suspender Soiree
Date Sat 20th Oct 2018
After a little hiatus Speakeasy are back again at their favourite venue in town, Elixir Bar, for a very monumental occasional... National Suspender Day! So don your finest vintage get-up and don't forget that essential accessory which has been keeping pants up for the last 200 years as they pay homage to the mighty suspenders!

Their hosts for the night playing the best in electro swing and future vintage...

Ashcats Soundsystem

* 1920s dress-up encouraged
* Free entry all night
* Custom vintage decor showcase
Creative Art Workshop
Date Sat 20th Oct 2018 to Sun 21st Oct 2018
Create your own individual Christmas Cards or gifts at this colour lino cut workshop. Join experienced artist and tutor Lee Edwards in their art studio just across the road from the beautiful Cairns Botanic Gardens. You also have a chance to enter your art work in an exhibition at Vivo ArtSpace, Palm Cove. Suitable for beginners and those with more experience; all materials are supplied.

Booking essential, payment secures your place. All details including how to pay are at the InkMasters Cairns website.

Need more info? Feel free to send them an email.
Tour de Cassowary - Classic Car Tour
Date Sun 21st Oct 2018
A tour for Classic Cars and Motorcycles over 30 years old.

The 'Tour de Cassowary' starts in Innisfail and travels to Kurrimine Beach, Mission Beach, Mena Creek, finishing in Innisfail for presentations.

Cars can been seen on the road and at each of their destinations around the Cassowary Coast throughout the day.

ACCA DACCA Does The Jack
Date Thu 25th Oct 2018
You’ve seen all the claims, the ultimate, the biggest, Australia’s number one and so on. Well they’re here to tell you “You Aint Seen Nothin” unless you’ve seen ACCA DACCA.

ACCA DACCA is a lesson in Australian rock history, not a tribute not a cover band this is a full blown show, Cannon’s, Bells Bagpipes Bon and Brian.

What will you take home from a night with ACCA DACCA?
The knowledge you've jut witnessed live the closest replication/performance to the real AC/DC not only at present but the AC/DC of the Bon Scott era as well.

Big words?
Maybe but ACCA DACCA is a monster of a show!

See for yourself.
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.

An Evening with Johnathan Thurston - Cairns
Date Sat 27th Oct 2018
A unique opportunity to share An Evening with Johnathan Thurston live on stage as he reflects on an illustrious career on and off the field.
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 2018
Date Sat 3rd Nov 2018
Australia’s most idyllic coastal music festival, Yarrabah Band Festival, returns with a star-laden line-up – featuring Australian rock legends and some of the brightest rising stars – as well as food stalls, local art and children’s activities, this Festival promises to be the biggest yet.

Aussie icon Paul Kelly – with Vika and Linda Bull – headline a fantastic line-up, featuring North Queensland favourites Black Image, Torres Strait hip hop legend Mau Power, rising star Kira Puru and dance/pop powerhouse KLP.

With some of the best musical talent Australia has on offer taking the stage, there’ll be something for everyone. Best of all, the event is free! All ages event. Alcohol-free event.

Katchafire (New Zealand) and EarthKry (Jamaica) - Mission Beach Resort
Date Sat 3rd Nov 2018
Saturday 3 November at Mission Beach Resort with EarthKry and Pauly P at 6pm.

NZ’s Katchafire will be joined by Jamaican maestros EarthKry on the ‘Legacy Love Today’ Australia 2018 tour! Whilst this will be EarthKry’s first trip down under, earlier this year they joined Katchafire on their USA tour and they guarantee they are going soothe your soul with their wholesome fusion of Roots Reggae and Rock!

Katchafire’s new ‘Legacy’ album is exciting and fresh with messages of love, hope, togetherness, and family; with the 12 songs on this album being recorded in numerous studios around the world from New Zealand and Australia to LA and Hawaii to Jamaica, featuring collaborations with some of reggae’s finest.

Recent line-up changes have added new fuel to the ‘Fire and the first three singles from the ‘Legacy’ album—‘Addicted’, ‘Way Beyond’ and 'Love Today'—have been picking up airplay on roots reggae radio and added to playlists around the world with 'Love Today' hitting the Top 20 on the Global Reggae Chart and a new video for â€𦇄” will be revealed soon!

There is no stopping the Fire!
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.
Katchafire (New Zealand) and EarthKry (Jamaica) - Cairns
Date Sun 4th Nov 2018
Sunday 4 November at The Jack, Cairns with EarthKry and Jelly Oshen at 6pm.

NZ’s Katchafire will be joined by Jamaican maestros EarthKry on the ‘Legacy Love Today’ Australia 2018 tour! Whilst this will be EarthKry’s first trip down under, earlier this year they joined Katchafire on their USA tour and they guarantee they are going soothe your soul with their wholesome fusion of Roots Reggae and Rock! Also joining the line-up is up and coming Cairns roots artist Jelly Oshen.

Katchafire’s new ‘Legacy’ album is exciting and fresh with messages of love, hope, togetherness, and family; with the 12 songs on this album being recorded in numerous studios around the world from New Zealand and Australia to LA and Hawaii to Jamaica, featuring collaborations with some of reggae’s finest.

Recent line-up changes have added new fuel to the ‘Fire and the first three singles from the ‘Legacy’ album—‘Addicted’, ‘Way Beyond’ and 'Love Today'—have been picking up airplay on roots reggae radio and added to playlists around the world with 'Love Today' hitting the Top 20 on the Global Reggae Chart and a new video for â€𦇄” will be revealed soon!

There is no stopping the Fire!
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.
Festival of Small Halls - Georgetown
Date Sat 10th Nov 2018
Acclaimed Canadian multi-instrumentalists Madison Violet and rising Kimberley star Harry Jakamarra will join the Festival of Small Halls tour this Spring, playing 20 community halls across outback Queensland and New South Wales throughout October and November.

The tour kicks off in Rocky Creek, and will dip into inland New South Wales before it works its way through the Queensland outback, finally finishing in Felton, where just under 300 people call home.

Madison Violet are musical chameleons. Their voices blend together, symbiotically, like family as if they were born to sing the same songs. And over the past decade and a half, the pair have taken to genre-bending, moving effortlessly from folk to pop to electronic to Americana.

The Juno-nominated duo met in Toronto in 1999, only to find out that their fathers sat next to each other in high school, nearly 2000 kilometres away.

A “Mad Max” of the Kimberley, Harry Jakamarra is one of Australia’s most-talked about musicians. He has recently completed recording an EP with the legendary Jeff Lang, and counts Missy Higgins and John Butler amongst his fans. Harry is packing his brother Elwood in his suitcase for an extra-special show between two brothers.

Festival of Small Halls - Dimbulah
Date Sun 11th Nov 2018
Acclaimed Canadian multi-instrumentalists Madison Violet and rising Kimberley star Harry Jakamarra will join the Festival of Small Halls tour this Spring, playing 20 community halls across outback Queensland and New South Wales throughout October and November.

The tour kicks off in Rocky Creek, and will dip into inland New South Wales before it works its way through the Queensland outback, finally finishing in Felton, where just under 300 people call home.

Madison Violet are musical chameleons. Their voices blend together, symbiotically, like family as if they were born to sing the same songs. And over the past decade and a half, the pair have taken to genre-bending, moving effortlessly from folk to pop to electronic to Americana.

The Juno-nominated duo met in Toronto in 1999, only to find out that their fathers sat next to each other in high school, nearly 2000 kilometres away.

A “Mad Max” of the Kimberley, Harry Jakamarra is one of Australia’s most-talked about musicians. He has recently completed recording an EP with the legendary Jeff Lang, and counts Missy Higgins and John Butler amongst his fans. Harry is packing his brother Elwood in his suitcase for an extra-special show between two brothers.

T-Pain Live at Gilligan's-
Date Wed 14th Nov 2018 to Thu 15th Nov 2018
Kicking off Gilligan's 15th Birthday celebrations is non other than international mega star T-Pain!

T-Pain's only Australian side show off the RNB Fridays Live tour. This is an 18 plus only event.

Genre-smashing auto-tune king T-Pain will keep you dancing with his never ending party catalogue (‘Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin)’ ‘Blame It’, ‘Im N Luv (Wit A Stripper)’ and infectious hooks on tunes like ‘Get Low’ (Flo Rida), ‘Good Life’ (Kanye West), ‘Kiss Kiss’ (Chris Brown) and ‘All I Do Is Win’ (DJ Khaled). Get ready to make that ‘Booty Wurk (One Cheek At a Time)’!
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.
Georgetown Horse Sports
Date Sat 24th Nov 2018
The Georgetown Horse Sports is on again. Join in on the fun Saturday 24 November 2018. The family friendly day includes stake races, bending races, figure of eight, flag races, barrel races and ring races. Nominations open on the day.

Food available all day, barbecue dinner in the evening and bar from 10pm to midnight.

Don't miss out on the raffle with a chance to win a bucket of goods and AUD50 and AUD100 money boards up for grabs.

Free entry and free camping for competitors. A day not to be missed!
Festival of Small Halls – Koah Hall
Date 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.

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.

Scheduled for April 28, 2019, it is the first official run festival of its kind to be held in Cairns and is forecast to generate significant visitor activity to the region.

Early bird entries are set to open on October 16, 2018, with hundreds to sign up before Christmas to the April 28 event which will include 2 kilometre, 5 kilometre, 10 kilometre, half (21 kilometre) and full (42 kilometre) marathon distances.

Up to 3000 athletes are expected to compete in the first year over the five races with Ronald McDonald House Charities the major beneficiary of the event.

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.
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 race is well supervised with four checkpoints along the way, SES boats, a helicopter in the air above keeping an eye on things, plus a sweep boat trailing behind to guide the slower craft.

Total prize money is AUD7400. Late registration is possible on 4 May at the Gregory Racecourse.

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 ‘Ultimate Cowboy’. Each of the competitor are up for ‘sale’ 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 children’s 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
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.
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.
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.
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 ‘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!

Cairns Invitational PBR
Date Sat 15th Jun 2019
The PBR’s (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 sport’s toughest bovine athletes. The thrilling eight-second rides and heart-stopping wrecks make the PBR’s Monster Energy Tour the toughest sport on dirt and one HUGE night that you won’t 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.

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.

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.

There's also 'Fashions on the Field' both days and a monster auction after the races. Formal Ball on Thursday night with great prizes for Matron, Belle, Best Dressed Couple, Stallion and Colt of the Ball. Friday night is a Fancy Dress “Mad Hatters Party”. Children's fancy dress on Thursday. Pig racing Wednesday night at the Hall.

Oak Park Race Club will host the 115th Annual Race Meeting this year.

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
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.
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.

This event is unique as it starts in Cairns and then continues through to the Tablelands for the following two days taking in the picturesque scenery of both destinations and showcasing a diverse array of landscapes and signature tourist attractions.

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 – ride full gas or enjoy the terrain at a more leisurely pace. Either way it’ll be heaps better with mates – so start recruiting and the good times roll!
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. Bushman’s Saddle Bronc and Men’s Saddle Bronc. The arena is small so you can see all the action.

The events are under lights and finishes around 10pm and then a live band till 2am. There is free camping with a licensed bar and hot food. Next morning a recovery breakfast.

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.

2019 marks the 11th Anniversary of our early Military Muster beginnings, that began back in Ravenshoe in 2009.
The aim of the yearly military muster is an event planned to showcase military vehicles, displays, equipment, reenactors and in particular a weekend to remember our veterans of all wars and conflict.

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.

The overall goal of the Military Muster is to assist in remembering the military history in Far North Queensland during World War Two.

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!
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 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.
Cairns Amateurs
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.

The community, young and old are invited to participate by showcasing their talents and creativity through art, music and science.

A beach side marquee and stage hosts guest speakers, live music, competitions and performances, including an open mike for anyone with a message about 'Mission Beach Naturally - a Magic Place'.

Stalls display information from groups or individuals working with the natural environment, particularly wildlife, sharing knowledge about the work they do. The focus is on ecologically sustainable tourism and/or wildlife protection, and products.

Local businesses join in the festivities by holding their own themed events over several days leading up to and following the main festival day.

The colourful creative event including the spectacular 'Drumming of Cassowaries' parade featuring life size cassowary and wildlife sculptures attracts a large audience.

The festival promotes MISSION BEACH - naturally branding ​ with a vision for an ecologically sustainable future, supporting locally owned and operated businesses and encouraging low impact tourism and development at Mission Beach".

Please see the website, facebook page for more details on the event.

Cardiac Challenge
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 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.
Mission Beach Aquatic Festival
Date Fri 27th Sep 2019 to Sun 29th Sep 2019
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.

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.

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.