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Tropical North Queensland Events & Festivals

 
 
Cairns Chinese New Year
Queensland Events and Festivals
February 2016
Cairns
http://cairnschinesenewyear.org/

Chinese New Year is the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese calendar, and is celebrated around Australia in recognition of Australia’s long Chinese cultural heritage. Many Chinese-Australian families reunite to celebrate Chinese New Year in Australia and welcome the year in with good fortune and prosperity. Firecrackers, lanterns and silk dragons are in abundance. The Great Dragon appears at the Chinese New Year celebrations in the streets of Cairns CBD. Festivities include a Grand Parade, Dragon Boat races and markets.
 
Port Douglas Queensland Carnivale Event  
Port Douglas Carnivale
Queensland Events and Festivals
May 2016 (dates to be announced)
Port Douglas
www.carnivale.com.au

Port Douglas Carnivale celebrates everything wonderful about Tropical North Australia. With music, arts, sports, cuisine, culture and entertainment, there is every reason to head for a 'taste of paradise'. Carnivale is held over two weekends - each packed with great events with Carnivale Club and sporting competitions in between.

From glamorous, gourmet events like the Seafood Extravaganza and the Sheraton Mirage Longest Lunch to the community spirit celebrated by the Macrossan Street Parade and Four Mile Beach Day, Port Douglas turns on all its charm during Carnivale. Check out the full program of events - culture, sports, arts, entertainment and cuisine - and book your tickets online.
 
 
Taste Port Douglas
Queensland Events and Festivals
May 2016 (date to be announced)
Port Douglas
www.carnivale.com.au

Tastebuds are sure to be tantalised and food lovers delighted as Port Douglas Carnivale's biggest foodie event, Taste of Paradise, returns with a new name and an impressive line-up of high profile celebrity chefs.

Acclaimed celebrity chef Colin Fassnidge will headline the newly rebranded Taste Port Douglas with guest appearances throughout the day by other renowned chefs as the Sugar Wharf is transformed into a food lover's paradise for the day.
 
 
Cairns Airport Ironman
Queensland Events and Festivals
12 June 2016
Cairns
www.ironmancairns.com

Situated at the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns Airport Ironman Cairns is set in one of the world's most iconic tropical locations and boasts a stunning backdrop that will take your breath away.

Described as the "most spectacular bike course in the world" by World Champion Chris McCormack, the bike leg takes competitors 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.

World Championship Qualifying Race - Offering 40 qualifying spots for the 2014 Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, this is one event to lock in your race calendar!
 
Queensland Events - Festivals - Cairns Ukelele Festival  
Cairns Ukelele Festival
Queensland Events and Festivals
Be Back Mid-year 2016
Cairns
www.cairnsukelelefestival.net

Cairns has become the place to be for ukulele lovers and music lovers alike the first weekend of July. The Cairns Ukulele Festival is an annual multi-day, multi-arts festival that brings people from all over the globe and from all walks of life and ages together to enjoy and make music in the tropics. There are concerts, workshops, tours and even an art exhibition, all featuring the ukulele and the tropical lifestyle associated with the instrument. The festival comprises free and ticketed events with a world-class international line-up. Musical styles range from pop to rock to folk to jazz and blues - yes, all played on the ukulele. Always original, refreshing and eclectic, and known for its friendly, inclusive atmosphere, the Cairns Ukulele Festival is not to be missed!
 
Queensland Events - Festivals Cairns Festival  
Cairns Festival
Queensland Events and Festivals
29 August - 6 September 2016
Cairns
www.cairns.qld.gov.au/festival

We are lucky enough to live in paradise. So let's celebrate life in the tropics, our past, our present and our future. Reflecting the Celebrating Paradise theme, this year's program is centred on what it means to live in this glorious part of the world through events emphasising family and community - a return to the spirit of the very first festival back in 1961. Once again the festival will centre on our fantastic waterfront. The Paradise on Esplanade festival hub will host a wide range of performances and serve as the go-to location for information and inspiration. In keeping with the family-friendly program, the vast majority of Festival events are free, making it a truly accessible celebration for everyone in the Cairns region and our visitors.
 
Queensland Events - Festivals Cairns Amateurs Racing Carnivale  
Cairns Amateur Racing Carnivale
Queensland Events and Festivals
10 September - 13 September 2015
Cairns
www.cairnsamateurs.org.au

The Cairns Amateurs Racing Carnival is four days of Fun, Fashion, and Racing built around two days of horse racing in Cairns in early September each year. 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. The beautiful mild September climate entices large crowds of locals as well as interstate visitors. Our Carnival Events for the 2013 Cairns Amateurs are from Thursday the 11th to Sunday the 14th of September 2014.
 
Queensland Events - Festivals - Palm Cove Food and Wine  
Reef Feast - the best of Palm Cove
Queensland Events and Festivals
9 October - 11 October 2015
Cairns
www.tourismpalmcove.com

Reef Feast - the best of Palm Cove, is a three day food event showcasing the local produce at its peak, and is in the hands of some of Tropical North Queensland's most creative and imaginative chefs. This year will be bigger, brighter and better than ever, with restaurants and cafes offering tastes to tempt the most discerning palates.
Marquees offering mouth watering delights will line the Esplanade on the main day where visitors can stroll amongst the ancient Melaleuca trees of Palm Cove's famous, palm fringed, sandy beach and enjoy the sights, sounds, and flavours of this exciting family event. This showcase of their region and its lush tropical bounty is a must for the whole family. Experience exclusive wine and produce dinners, cooking demonstrations, live music, food seminars and a family market day teaming with an incredible array of divine food stalls.
 
 
Great Barrier Reef Festival
Queensland Events and Festivals
1 November 2015
Port Douglas
http://www.greatbarrierreefmarathon.com.au/WELCOME.3.0.html

The Great Barrier Reef Marathon Festival is a running festival for all shapes and sizes, across distances for all running enthusiasts. This Port Douglas event has six distances from an Ultra Marathon, to a 2.5km Junior Challenge that race over courses featuring the iconic Four Mile Beach, the surrounding rainforest and valley and the Port Douglas village
 
 
Mareeba Rodeo
Queensland Events and Festivals
16 July - 17 July 2016
Mareeba
www.mareebarodeo.com.au

Mareeba Rodeo is held in mid July every year, over a three day weekend at the Kerribee Park rodeo grounds.
It's a classic outback event which, like other rodeos, is a competition to test cowboys' skills in different rides.
 
 
Cooktown Festival
Queensland Events and Festivals
10 June - 13 June 2016 Queen's birthday weekend in June
Cooktown
www.cooktowndiscovery.com

Cooktown Festival is held over a three day weekend in early June, and it is one of the best events on the peninsula. In addition to eating competitions, a truck pulling competition, cane toad races and other fun, there is the re-enactment of Cook's landing, which is great to watch.
 
 
Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival
Queensland Events and Festivals
Mid-June (biennial event - odd years)
Laura
www.lauradancefestival.com

Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival is held over a three day weekend in late June, and is easily the best of all Cape York events. Aboriginal dance groups come from different communities from all over the peninsula to perform their dancing programs that consist of a few different dances each, and are excellent watching.

Visit www.queenslandholidays.com.au for these & more events & festivals or visit the individual event sites.
 
 
 

 
 
 

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