Tropical North Queensland | Events

From the Daintree Rainforest to the Great Barrier Reef, the events in Tropical North Queensland have true adventure at their heart. From mountain bike championships through the rainforest to Indigenous dance festivals and foodie feasts on the reef, you’ll find the perfect next event for you.

Festivals

Find festivals that cater to all your senses; from the celebrations of Captain Cook’s landing in Cooktown at the Cooktown Discovery Festival, to the eclectic Port Douglas Carnivale, complete with street acts and gourmet food. You can even give your tastebuds a treat at the Feast of the Senses.

Sport & Lifestyle

Motoring enthusiasts will love the Targa Great Barrier Reef Tour and punters will love to compete in fashions on the field at the 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 the 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 or hear live bands at the Yarrabah Band Festival, just 50 minutes south of Cairns.

Endurance events

Put your endurance to the ultimate test at the Cairns Airport Adventure Festival, Reef to Reef festival or the Tropical Journeys Great Barrier Reef Marathon Festival.

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Innisfail and District Historical Society

Innisfail, Cassowary Coast Area
From AU$0.00 - 0.00
Weekly from 14 – 21 June 2019
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.

Cardwell Pioneers Tour

Cardwell, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 20 June 2019
The Cardwell Pioneer Tours are currently operating every Thursday morning from 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.

King Reef Twilight Markets

Kurrimine Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 21 June 2019
Come along to the Twilight markets on the beachfront, held every third Friday of the month. You will find local arts and crafts, condiments, natural products, plants jewellery and bric a brac. It runs from 5pm to 9pm.

Best Ever Drinking Songs With Waking Ugly

Cairns Area
Free Entry
21 June 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.

Waking Ugly

Cairns Area
Free Entry
21 June 2019
Waking Ugly will be playing acoustic versions of all their favourite cover songs and some of their own compositions at the latest hot spot in Cairns. Delicious food, craft beers and awesome tunes—what a way to start the weekend!

Tell Your Story In a Linocut Print

Edge Hill, Cairns Area
22 – 23 June 2019
Join Tommy Pau winner of the works on paper section of the 2016 Telstra awards for linocut work Battle of Bikar which depicts an historical encounter between foreign sailors and the people of Erub Island in the Torres Strait.

Ball Park Music – Good Good Mood Tour

Cairns Area
23 June 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.

Innisfail Art Deco Tours

Innisfail, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 25 June 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.

Calling Indigenous Artists – Weekly Print Workshop

Edge Hill, Cairns Area
Free Entry
25 June 2019
Inkmasters and UMI Arts are delivering a series of workshops to increase your knowledge and abilities to make prints and learn to market them to a broad audience locally, nationally and internationally.

Laura Races and Rodeo

Laura, Cook Area
From AU$15 - 50
28 – 30 June 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.
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