Tropical North Queensland | Events

Seeking true adventure? From the Daintree Rainforest to the Great Barrier Reef, Tropical North Queensland’s events deliver.

Sign up for mountain bike races through the rainforest, celebrate at Indigenous dance festivals and let your stomach guide you through foodie feasts on the reef.  


Find festivals that cater to all your senses; from the Port Shorts Film Festival to the eclectic Port Douglas Carnivale. Or give your tastebuds a treat at Feast of the Senses and Reef Feast Palm Cove.

Sport & Lifestyle

Love a little heart-stopping action? Feel the rev of motorsports in the tropics at Targa Great Barrier Reef or spend a day at the races at Cairns Amateurs Carnival.

You can also catch club AFL and NRL matches in Cairns.

Indigenous events

Tropical North Queensland is home to both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island cultures, and these cultures shine at the Keep the Flame of Culture Burning Festival. Find unique Aboriginal art or catch performing acts that merge culture and contemporary dance at Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF).

Heading north to the Torres Strait? Grab a spot on the grass and enjoy traditional Torres Strait Island dancing at the Winds of Zenadth Cultural Festival.

Endurance events

Put your endurance to the ultimate test at the Cairns Airport IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship Cairns, Reef to Reef MTB or Crocodile Trophy.

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Innisfail and District Historical Society

Innisfail, Cassowary Coast Area
From AU$0.00 - 0.00
Weekly from 29 May 2020 – 31 May 2021
The Innisfail Museum which is run by the Innisfail and District Historical Society Inc. contains a plethora of historical local artifacts which a volunteer will guide you through each Friday morning. You will learn about what life was like in the early days of Innisfail and its surrounding area.

Indigenous Stock Workers Display

Normanton, Carpentaria Area
Free Entry
28 – 31 August 2020
An informative and interactive display in recognition of the resilience, spirit and sheer hard work of the indigenous men and women who played a vital role in the establishment of the cattle industry in the Gulf Region.

Mission Beach Monster Market

Mission Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 30 August 2020
The Mission Beach Monster market is a local community market run by Rotary Mission Beach. Traditionally this market starts on Easter Sunday and then on the last Sunday of each month up to and including November.

Cardwell Pioneers Tour

Cardwell, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 31 August 2020
The Cardwell Pioneer Tours are currently operating every Monday and Thursday morning from 10am at the Visitor Information and Heritage Centre located in Cardwell. The tour incorporates all the buildings in the historic precinct and takes visitors on a fascinating journey of the area’s colourful history as they move through each building.

Innisfail Art Deco Tour

Innisfail, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 4 September 2020
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.

Mission Beach Markets

Mission Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
6 September 2020
The Mission Beach Markets are local community markets run by Rotary Mission Beach. The Mission Beach Markets are held in the shady Ulysses Day Park beside the beach on Porter Promenade, Mission Beach.

Palm Cove Markets

Palm Cove, Cairns Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 6 September 2020
A 120 plus Stall Market showcasing local craftsmen and artisans of high quality hand made jewellery, clothing, products and art held 8am to 2pm on the first Sunday of the month except for January - March on Williams Esplanade at Palm Cove Cairns.

Cardwell Seafest

Cardwell, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
25 – 26 September 2020
Cardwell Seafest is an annual event celebrating Cardwell by the sea North Queensland. They love their lifestyle, food, culture, arts and crafts and ocal produce so they celebrate once a year. This is a fantastic family event.

Savannah in the Round

2 – 4 October 2020
Savannah in the Round is Tropical North Queensland's very own country music and camping festival, taking place at the Kerribee Park Rodeo Grounds in Mareeba (less than one hours drive west from Cairns).

Tablelands Folk Festival

From AU$65 - 130
23 – 25 October 2020
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.
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