Tropical North Queensland | Things to do

See the only place on earth where two World Heritage Sites meet – the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef – and where Australia’s two Indigenous cultures come together. Discover a castle in the rainforest at Paronella Park, walk through the vast Undara Lava Tubes or test yourself with an Ironman, mountain biking or marathon endurance event.

Great Barrier Reef

The northern end of the Great Barrier Reef is at your doorstep in Tropical North Queensland. Dive and snorkel over pristine coral, swim with dwarf minke whales every June/July, take a scenic flight for a private picnic on the white sand of Vlassof Cay and Mackay Cay, and tackle some of the country’s most epic fishing adventures in the Torres Strait or Gulf of Carpentaria. 


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Daintree Rainforest & outdoors

Froom Cooktown to Mission Beach, the Wet Tropics of Tropical North Queensland are the oldest rainforests in the world. Walk and hike through the verdant landscape, find hidden waterfalls and swim in fresh waterholes, and look for the elusive cassowary, the third largest bird in the world. There’s adventure, too – jungle surfing through the canopy, white-water rafting on the Baron and Tully rivers, and horse riding on the beach at Cape Tribulation.

Experience timeless culture

Connect with the oldest cultures on earth. Visit ancient Aboriginal rock art sites and contemporary Torres Strait art galleries, learn how to hunt with Kuku Yalanji guides in Cooya Beach, and join in the celebrations at the Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival and Cairns Indigenous Art Fair.

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Innisfail and District Historical Society

Innisfail, Cassowary Coast Area
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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.

The Gulf Country Frontier Days Festival

Burketown, Burke Area
24 – 27 September 2020
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 Lower Gulf Country.

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.

Mapoon Cullen Point Barra Bash

Mapoon, Cook Area
26 – 27 September 2020
The Cullen Point Barra Bash is an annual fishing competition hosted by the Mapoon Aboriginal Community in the pristine waters of western Cape York in Far North Queensland. Mapoon is situated on the shores of Port Musgrave and offers exceptional river, estuary and beach fishing.
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