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Upcoming Events

25-28 May
2017
Great Barrier Reef Masters Games Cairns

Great Barrier Reef Masters Games 2017

Come along and watch the best Masters-age athletes from Australia and abroad compete across 20 individual and team events over 3 big days in Cairns, Far North Queensland. Along with the sporting events there will be lots of fun social activities for athletes, officials and spectators to join in on. Over 2000 athletes are expected to compete in the 2017 event so if you're planning on attending it's important to book your Cairns accommodation now so you don't miss out!

29 Oct - 11 Nov
2017
Rugby World Cup 2017

Rugby League World Cup Cairns 2017

Experience all the excitement of world-class rugby when the Rugby League World Cup comes to Cairns in 2017. Enjoy watching the small island nations of Tonga and Samoa take on Scotland in respective matches as well as a match between Ireland and Italy, all being held at Barlow Park. Don’t miss out on the ultimate Rugby League experience in Cairns!

Past Events

31 Dec
2016
New Years Eve Cairns 2016

New Years Eve 2016 - 2017 - Cairns & Far North Queensland

Cairns is the perfect place to spend your new years eve and enjoy an amazing holiday with unique tour experiences while you're at it! Cairns city comes alive on New Years Eve, with multiple fireworks displays and live entertainment, as well as a huge selection of different parties and events across the many nightlife venues in Cairns. Cure your hangover with a day spent on the reef or in a cool rainforest creek. Come for the party, stay for the reef and rainforest!

16 Oct
2016
Taste of the Tablelands Festival 2016

Taste of the Tablelands 2016

Taste of the Tablelands Festival is a day of celebrating of the local Far North Queensland produce with a range of activities throughout the day including cooking demonstrations and local entertainment. Come meet the local farmers in the Farmer's Lane where you can taste and purchase a variety of local products from locally grown coffee, boutique wines, ice cream, fresh local fruit and vegetables plus more....

08-10 Sep
2016
Cairns Amateurs Racing Carnival 2016

Cairns Amateurs Racing Carnival 2016

Experience the fun, fashion, glamour, food and entertainment surrounding the two days of horse racing in Cairns each year! Celebrating 58 years in 2016 the Cairns Amateurs attracts visitors around the world including interstate and local visitors. Enjoy a variety of social events in the region including the annual Amateurs Ball.

26 Aug - 04 Sep
2016
Festival Cairns 2016

Cairns Festival 2016

Festival Cairns 2016 - a festival celebrating the tropical lifestyle, culture, music and entertainment! After a record Grand Parade in 2015, this year the 2016 Cairns Festival is set to be even bigger! Enjoy the colour and entertainment at Cairns Festival's Grand Parade which winds along the Esplanade along with Fireworks, and street performers - A great family festival with something for everyone!

20-22 Jul
2016
Cairns Show 2016

Cairns Show 2016

The Cairns Show 2016 is sure to have something for everyone - from show bags, thrilling rides, petting zoo, horses, wood chopping displays, arts and crafts and of course the nightly Fireworks show at 9pm! Open for 3 consecutive days - ensure to bring the family for a great time!

10-13 Jun
2016
Cooktown Discovery Festival - June 2016

Cooktown Discovery Festival 2016

The 2016 Cooktown Discovery Festival is a weekend of history, celebrations and entertainment. Relive history with the fully costumed re-enactment of Captain Cook's landing and meeting the local Australian indigenous people.

05-12 Jun
2016
Cairns Airport Cairns Adventure Festival 2016

Cairns Airport Cairns Adventure Festival 2016

The 2016 Cairns Adventure Festival is an event for everyone with the highlight being the 'Cairns Airport Ironman Cairns" triathlon that includes a 3.8km swim, a 180km bike leg along the stunning coastal road to Port Douglas and a 42.2km run back along Cairns Esplanade. More information coming soon...

29 May - 05 Jun
2016
Cairns ECOfiesta 2016

Cairns ECOfiesta 2016

Enjoy a FREE community festival which celebrates the natural environment, unique to Tropical North Queensland. Enjoy entertainment, street performances along with a range of businesses and organisations providing awareness and eco-inspiration. A day full of fun for all!

23-24 Apr
2016
Mountain Bike UCI World Cup - Cairns 2016

Mountain Bike UCI World Cup - Cairns 2016

Cairns is about to host world’s best mountain bike riders for the 3rd time in the history. Previous UCI Mountain Bike World Cup events took place in 1996 and 2014. This year there will be 268 mountain bike riders from over 35 different countries participating in Cross Country (XCO) and Downhill (DHI) competitions and the event is estimated to attract more than 20,000 spectators alone!

26 Jan
2016
Australia Day 2016

Cairns - Australia Day Celebrations 2016

Come join in the celebrations for Australia Day 2016. Whether it's relaxing on the Cairns Esplanade listening to the local talent lineup; lively cricket match on the beach; backyard BBQ; or spending the weekend to discover the natural wonders of North Queensland, Australia Day will be fun in the sun!

31 Dec
2015
New Years Eve 2015 - 2016, Cairns Esplanade, Queensland, Australia

New Years Eve 2015 - 2016, Cairns Esplanade, Queensland, Australia

Cairns Esplanade, Tropical North Queensland, Australia is a great place to view the fireworks for the coming 2015 New Year’s Eve celebrations and of course it is nice and close to all the most popular restaurants, bars and Cairns holiday accommodation hotels and resorts. With two amazing pyrotechnic displays planned for 9.00 pm for the children and then another for 12.00pm everyone can join in the New Year’s Eve celebrations. Why not make a short break of your visit to tropical Cairns, Tropical North Queensland Australia and book holiday accommodation so you can really enjoy celebrating and welcoming the New Year in style. Here are some ideas for dining, partying and your holiday accommodation. Be near the 2015 New Year Eve’s action and book your Cairns holiday accommodation now!

11-12 Sep
2015
Racing Cannon Park - Cairns Amateurs 2015

Cairns Amateurs Racing Carnival 2015

Every year in early September, Cairns social calendar lights up with glamour, entertainment, fashion and food! A 57 year institution, the Cairns Amateurs draws visitors from all over the country to join in the party atmosphere and sporting excitement. Whether you are a racing enthusiast or fashionista there is a great event to suit everyone!

07-15 Jun
2015
Cairns Airport Adventure Festival

Cairns Airport Adventure Festival

The Action Starts Here! The Cairns Airport Adventure Festival takes place is one of the most beautiful destinations in the world, Cairns, North Queensland. Whether you are pushing your self to do your PB or just a enthusiastic supporter, don't miss the Adventure Festival of the year, featuring the prestigious Cairns Airport IRONMAN Cairns triathlon!

31 Dec
2014
Fireworks at Cairns Lagoon

Cairns Esplanade New Years Eve 2014

Ring in the New Year 2015 .. Cairns Style. Head to the Cairns Esplanade Western Event Lawn to celebrate with the biggest party in town! A great night of free fun concert for all ages with two spectacular firework displays lighting up the tropical night sky.

22-23 Nov
2014
Yungaburra Triathlon

Yungaburra Triathlon

This is the inaugural YungaburraTriathlon taking place in the historic town of Yungaburra in the Atherton Tablelands only one hour from Cairns. The event will start at the Afghanistan Avenue of Honour Memorial and will help create awareness and support for the Soldier On Organisation.

04-11 Oct
2014
Cairns Tennis International 2014

Cairns Tennis International 2014

If you love to play tennis or just love to watch the elite tennis players on television then you had better book your courtside seat for the Cairns Tennis International in October 2014 The Cairns Tennis Centre in the host of this annual event and you can be there to see the ITF Men and Women hit it out for the Futures tournaments around the world and compete for the USD$15,000 that is up for grabs

12-13 Sep
2014
Cairns Amateurs Fashions on the Field

Cairns Amateurs Fashions on the Field

The Cairns Amateurs Fashions on the Field is recognised as the most colourful and hotly contended regional race wear competition in North Queensland.

12-13 Sep
2014
Cairns Amateurs Horse Racing Carnival 2014

Cairns Amateurs Horse Racing Carnival 2014

Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s time to dust off those top hats and fascinators and get frocked up! Cairns’ biggest horse racing carnival the Amateurs is on in only 15 weeks and if you haven’t already booked your premium tickets and accommodation, you had better get cracking or you just may miss out!

06-07 Sep
2013
Cairns Amateurs

Cairns Amateurs

For four days in early September, the entire city of Cairns stops to celebrate the Cairns Amateurs Racing Carnival. The event began in 1959 as a small race meet, over the years it grew so steadily that today it is known as one of Australia's premier fun racing events. With race goers flocking to Cairns for the event from southern states and nearby towns, Cairns population swells by a few thousand over the fun filled weekend.

30 Aug - 07 Sep
2013
Festival Cairns

Festival Cairns

Cairns comes alive during the annual seventeen fun filled days of food, fun, festivities and frivolity. With so many excellent events running in Cairns each day, it is hard to choose what to do and what to see. Perhaps catch a world famous singer performing at Tanks Art Center, wander along the Cairns waterfront Esplanade admiring the giant works of art on display, laugh at the world renowned buskers, or savor some fresh local produce as prepared by a world famous chef? As you can see you need to plan your calendar with care during Festival Cairns, as you do not want to miss out on any of the action.

11 Aug
2013
The Great Pyramid Race

The Great Pyramid Race

Once a year, local fitness enthusiasts gather together for the great Pyramid Race just south of Gordonvale. While some may find the idea of running up Walsh's Pyramid, a 922m high steep mountain located 20km south of Cairns, not very appealing, the fine tradition ha been a well attended event for more than 50 years.

13 Aug
2011
timeOUT

timeOUT

The annual timeOUT concert not only brings some major groups to Cairns to headline the gig, but showcases the talent of local bands for 10 hours of solid rock on the Cairns Esplanadecairns c. The 2009 timeOUT concert drew a crowd of over 7000 to watch big name bands such as the Hiltop Hoods, Grinspoon, and The Fumes as well as two local bands The Solemn Prophets and All Said and Done.

01-07 Jun
2011
Cairns Adventure Festival - Challenge Cairns

Cairns Adventure Festival - Challenge Cairns

"There is no better place in the south pacific region than Cairns to host a Challenge Iron Distance Triathlon" said Mr Walchshofer from the family owned German company TEAM Challenge GmbH. From the first week of June 2011 to 2015 Challenge Cairns will become part of the global Challenge Family series of half and full day iron distance races that feature events in Germany, France, Spain, Denmark and Austria, New Zealand and now Cairns Australia.

01-10 Jun
2010
Babinda Harvest Festival

Babinda Harvest Festival

A week long celebration of the sugar cane harvest featuring a Harvest Queen Quest, a harvest cabaret,a Street Festival with a Grand Parade and float processions, a 10klm Babinda Boulders fun run, and from 3.30pm on the final day a big event at the showgrounds with show rides, a helicopter lolly drop, pony rides, stalls and displays of local goods and produce to purchase, all the sticky hot and cold food a child would just love to get their hands on with the grand finale of fireworks, and a live band and bar until midnight.