Regional Tourism Guide for Tropical
Best Ever Drinking Songs With Waking Ugly
Date Sat 13th Apr 2019 to Fri 21st Jun 2019
Pull up a stool, order a beer and get ready to sing along to your favourite classics! Waking Ugly have a knack for playing forgotten hits that'll bring a smile to your face and keep your feet tapping until closing time.
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.

The marathon festival features something for all ages with 2 kilometre, 5 kilometre, 10 kilometre, half (21.1 kilometre) and full (42.2 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.
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 – 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 Queensland’s 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 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 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, Rafferty’s 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 region’s 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.
Limbo - Up Close at the Wonderland Spiegeltent
Date Fri 17th May 2019 to Sun 26th May 2019
LIMBO - Up Close welcomes you to an exotic illogical world, where peculiar characters wait on the edge of false awakening with the whisper of spirits and domination, illusion, suspension; LIMBO - Up Close is boundless. An intoxicating mix of cabaret, circus and acrobatics, LIMBO - Up Close will seduce Port Douglas audiences with a celebration of otherworldly proportions.

Directed by Scott Maidment, LIMBO - Up Close whisks audiences into a sinister netherworld of breath-taking acrobatics and jaw-dropping stunts. Music is a dominating force of the production, with New York’s Sxip Shirey composing exclusive music for the show with his ecstatic melodies, irreverent electric-acoustic noise and playful, sexy beats, performed by exceptional musicians Mick Stuart and Eamon McNelis.

LIMBO - Up Close comprises a stunning international cast performing world-class circus with performers including Coney Island’s sword swallower and vintage beauty, Heather Holliday and acrobatic tap dance sensation Hilton Denis.

★★★★★ 'Unimaginable human feats combined with an unceasing focus on entertainment to deliver a truly unmissable and original delight' – Time Out Sydney
★★★★★ ‘Limbo is no less than sensational. Dont miss it’ – WHATSONSTAGE UK
★★★★★ ‘Defies everything we know about human capability’- The West Australian
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.

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.
Circus Wonderland – A Mermaid's Tale
Date Thu 23rd May 2019 to Sun 26th May 2019
An all new all-star line up of fun and the Golden Era of Circus. Circus Wonderland – A Mermaid's Tale will keep everyone on the edge of their seats. Be astounded and amazed at the sideshow antics of a mesmerizing cast of world class circus performers presenting a hilarious and thrilling magical Circus Wonderland for the whole family.
Circus Wonderland - A Mermaid's Tale at the Wonderland Spiegeltent
Date Thu 23rd May 2019 to Sun 26th May 2019
An ALL NEW all-star line up of fun and the Golden Era of Circus. Circus Wonderland - A Mermaid's Tale will keep everyone on the edge of their seats.

Be astounded and amazed at the sideshow antics of a mesmerizing cast of world class circus performers presenting a hilarious and thrilling magical Circus Wonderland for the whole family.

The Wonderland Spiegeltent is excited to announce it will be returning to Port Douglas Carnivale in 2019!

From May 17th - 26th the Wonderland Spiegeltent will be showcasing incredible acts with something for everyone!
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 anyone’s bucket list.
Port Douglas Carnivale - Celebrating 25 Years
Date Fri 24th May 2019
Originally held to commemorate the start of the sugar cane harvesting season, Port Douglas Carnivale is now considered the official opening of the tourism high season in Far North Queensland. Attracting tens of thousands of keen local, interstate and international guests to the idyllic paradise of Port Douglas, Carnivale is a must-do for anyone who loves food, fun and sun!

Come and stay for Carnivale and enjoy all the other amazing attractions that make Port Douglas such a popular destination with Australians and international guests alike. Tropical Far North Queensland is known as the place where the reef meets the rainforest and with a wide variety of tour options for every budget, Port Douglas is the perfect base to explore the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest.

With an abundance of accommodation choices, from five-star absolute beachfront resorts to private holiday houses for families or groups, to adults-only retreats perfect for couples, you are sure to find something to suit your stay in Port Douglas.
Debauched - Late Night Burlesque at the Wonderland Spiegeltent
Date Fri 24th May 2019 to Sat 25th May 2019
Hosted by the gorgeous Gingzilla with special guests this fun, jaw dropping late night spectacle is sure to be a night you won’t soon forget!

The multi award-winning Gingzilla is on a mission to conquer the world! Smashing together 1950s films like Godzilla, Swamp Monster and King Kong, Glamonster subverts the idea that Gingzilla can only be either glamorous or monstrous. Witness this iconic 7ft ginger-bearded drag queen tear up the stage, question your orientation and leave you gagging for more!!

"Legs for days and an even more amazing voice." The Advertiser
"A sensational voice that the audience can't get enough of." Glam Adelaide
“This is hairy, in-your-face entertainment with a hell of a lot of heart.” FRITZ Magazine.
“This is a queen who isn’t afraid to get dirty.” Broadway Baby.
“You never truly know what's going to happen next.” Broadway World.
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.
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 world’s 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 festival’s 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.
Speakeasy presents Mr Manifold (Melb) Debut - Free Entry
Date Fri 7th Jun 2019
They are very proud to bring to you, for his debut in Cairns,... Mr. Manifold and The Resolution - DJ Set.

Introducing the multiverse of sound that is Mr. Manifold. Sculpting with frequencies of deep bottomless bass, glitch, ghetto, swing and funk. When he is not wielding the guitar and constructing the backbone and beats to Mr. Manifold and The Resolution, he is mixing a wild style of inspirational bass and beat. The Manifold experience is ever changing, diverse and multitudinous.

Supported by residents:
Ashcats Soundsystem
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!

Professional Bull Riders Cairns Invitational
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.
Yarrabah Music and Cultural Festival
Date Sat 15th Jun 2019
Australia’s most idyllic coastal festival returns for 2019! Yarrabah Music and Cultural Festival brings together the most impressive local music, visual arts and flavours, alongside some of Australia's brightest stars, to showcase the incredible artistic talent emerging from the Yarrabah community.

The festival has grown exponentially into a full-day of live music, food stalls, local art, rides and cultural experiences. With some of the best talent Australia has to offer joining us, it’s the perfect mix of music you love and acts you'll fall in love with.

Best of all, the event is free!*

The Festival is built upon the legacy of the Yarrabah Brass Band, which since 1901 has played a pivotal role in the community’s musical identity. Now in its seventh year, the Yarrabah Music and Cultural Festival has evolved beyond our wildest imagination and truly showcases all that this wonderful community has to offer. Come along and see for yourself why Yarrabah is known as ‘paradise by the sea.’

All ages event. Alcohol-free event.

*Cultural experiences available at an additional cost.

Ball Park Music – Good Good Mood Tour
Date Sun 23rd Jun 2019
Ball Park Music have announced their 'Good Good Mood Tour', taking their latest album 'Good Mood' and favourite hits to regional towns and cities all around Australia. Joining them on the road will be indie singer-songwriters Tia Gostelow and Butternut Sweetheart.

2018 was a tremendous year for Ball Park Music. Their fifth record 'Good Mood' debuted at #6 on the ARIA chart and received ARIA Award nominations for Best Cover Art, Best Producer and Best Engineer. triple j listeners voted it their #1 album of 2018 in triple j’s Album Poll. The euphoric single ‘Exactly How You Are’ landed at #18 on triple j’s Hottest 100 of 2017 and ’The Perfect Life Does Not Exist’ came in at #39 on Hottest 100 of 2018.

Their national tour with San Cisco saw them play the biggest venues of their career, taking on hometown venue the Riverstage, Big Top in Sydney, Fremantle Arts Centre and selling out Festival Hall in Melbourne. Regional fans, don’t miss this unforgettable live show when it comes to town.
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.

Malanda Show
Date Fri 5th Jul 2019 to Sun 7th Jul 2019
The Malanda Show Society with 'Dairy Farmers' are proud to bring to you a true family orientated agricultural show.

With 102 years of history and celebration, their show continues to be one of the most prominent community events of the year in our rural community.

Malanda Show Attractions:

Equestrian Events
Giant Pumpkin Competition
Fairy Garden Competition
Dairy and Beef Cattle Exhibits
Animal Nursery
Celebrity Hand Milking Competition
Huge Fireworks Display
Street Parade proudly sponsored by Ergon Energy
Sideshow Alley
Goat Display.

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
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.

CIAF’s 10th Anniversary will showcase the diverse cultures and artistic wealth of Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples through an impressive three day program of art, dance, music, talks and workshops.

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.

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!
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. 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 previously 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!
Tropical Steampunk
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 2018 was the first ever Targa event held in Queensland and the event name joins two iconic brands under the one banner.

This event is based in one of Australia’s iconic tourism locations, Cairns and will reach out to all of the surrounding regions.

The second Targa Great Barrier Reef will be held on August 30 and 31 and September 1, 2019 on a course of over 200 competitive kilometres, including the exciting range roads out of Cairns, 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 is 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.
Ona Mission Multisport Adventure, Mission Beach and Dunk Island
Date Sun 1st Sep 2019 to Sun 8th Sep 2019
Ona Mission Multisport Adventure weekend - paddle, run, paddle, bike, run - Mission Beach and Dunk Island, Tropical North Queensland.

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

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

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

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

Participate as an individual or as a team of three.

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.
Cairns Tennis International Pro Tour 2019
Date Thu 12th Sep 2019 to Sun 22nd Sep 2019
This pinnacle sporting event attracts National and International players, offering a prize pool of USD50000 and world ranking points. Hosted at the Cairns International Tennis Centre, in the beautiful city of Cairns with surrounds of Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.

Enjoy an exciting program of morning to twilight matches and VIP marquee functions throughout the week. Companies can enter the Crazy Corporate Challenge with on court action and exclusive court side VIP catering during the doubles finals.

A Cairns local Restaurant and Bar will be serving up a treat while you enjoy close proximity to world class tennis.

Tennis players can enter the lead in Cairns Platinum Open 12 to 15 September followed by the Cairns Tennis International Pro Tour 16 to 22 September. The Platinum offers a further AUD10000 in prize money.

The tennis week includes the Cairns Wheelchair Open 12 to 13 September with some of the countries top players competing.

Some of these players will be attending the State Wheelchair Development Camp in Cairns 14 to 15 September. If you would like some mentoring or would like to try Wheelchair Tennis, this camp is for you.

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.
Mission Beach Community Cassowary Festival
Date Sat 21st Sep 2019 to Sun 22nd 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.

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.
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.

Babinda Harvest Festival
Date Fri 11th Oct 2019 to Mon 14th Oct 2019
The Babinda Harvest Festival is a fun filled family event held annually in October.

The festival caters for all ages starting with a Grand Street parade, tractor pull and great stage entertainment and also great kids entertainment.

The town comes alive for the weekend to celebrate this great festival.

Great camping and accommodation available so come stay the weekend and enjoy the festival.

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.
Tour de Cassowary - Classic Car Tour
Date Sat 19th Oct 2019 to Sun 20th Oct 2019
A tour for Classic Cars and Motorcycles over 30 years old.

The 'Tour de Cassowary' starts in Innisfail and plans to travel to Mena Creek, Mission Beach, Tully and finishing in Innisfail for presentations.

This year Saturday evening will feature a special event - a Concours d’elegance at Castaways Mission Beach in the late afternoon.

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

Port Shorts Film Festival
Date Fri 25th Oct 2019 to Sat 26th Oct 2019
Port Shorts Incorporated is dedicated to promoting screen culture and Port Douglas and Daintree as a destination and potential film location with the Port Shorts Film Festival.

The Port Shorts Film Festival has been developed to showcase the best emerging filmmakers in Australia, attract film enthusiasts to the destination, promote Port Douglas as a premier location far film enthusiasts and provide pathways for participants to further develop their careers in the Australian film industry.

Port Shorts Film Festival categories cater for young filmmakers, local filmmakers and the best short films from around Australia and the world with significant prize money on offer and the chance to be mentored by some of the Australian film industry’s most accomplished exponents.

Wolf Creek and Rogue producer Matt Hearn and acclaimed actor Stephen Curry are Port Shorts official festival ambassadors and judges, with Stephen also MC on both nights of the festival.

As well as providing Port Shorts organisers with advice and industry links, the Port Shorts Masterclass Series attracts industry experts to share their skills with emerging filmmakers in the last week of October.

More than AUD15,000 in cash and prizes is up for grabs at the Port Shorts Film Festival.

Tablelands Folk Festival
Date Fri 25th Oct 2019 to Sun 27th Oct 2019
This pop-up festival, held on the weekend of the fourth Saturday of October each year is a colourful, vibrant celebration of music, poetry and the performing arts. It brings a sense of community, learning, fun, family and pure joy to all participants in the historic, friendly township of Yungaburra in tropical North Queensland.
The Grass is Greener Music Festival
Date Sat 26th Oct 2019 to Sat 2nd Nov 2019
The Grass is Greener Music Festival is Queensland's premier multi-genre music event, bringing the very best international and Austrian artists to Cairns and the Gold Coast in late October and early November.
Cooktown Races
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.