Local Events

June 2024


Ironman Cairns

With a truly spectacular destination, stunning course and electric atmosphere, you can see why the Cairns Airport IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship Cairns earned the title of World’s Best IRONMAN in the 2022 Athlete Choice Awards. It’s a race where a world heritage-listed rainforest meets one of the natural wonders of the world – the Great Barrier Reef … no wonder it’s known as the ‘Race in Paradise’.

JULY 2024


Cairns Marathon

The Cairns Marathon Festival is a must-do destination event in Australia for all running and lifestyle event enthusiasts. Event distances include the Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km, 5km and the 2km. Each road race will take in the best that Cairns has to offer. The event hub is a hive of activity hosting running clubs, corporate teams and sponsors. On-course and post-race entertainment in Fogarty Park are an integral element of the participant’s overall event experience.

Thursday – Sunday

Reef to Reef

Part of Australia’s Triple Crown of Australian MTB Stage Racing, the four-day, 185 km stage Reef to Reef begins on the reef-fringed Coral Sea coast before turning inland.  Crossing through a network of trails through tablelands, hinterland, farmlands, MTB parks, and tropical rainforest before finishing back at the coast, each stage has its own unique terrain and character to keep things interesting with a mix of fast-flowing single trail, farm track, groomed downhill trails and fire trails – many through private land that can only be ridden while racing the Reef to Reef.

There’s nothing too technical but enough to get your attention including 2450m of vertical climbing. Achievable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness and MTB skills.


FRIDAY – sunday

Taste Port Douglas 2024

Taste Port Douglas presented by the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort returns for its eighth season from 8 – 11 August 2024 delivering a four-day feast of masterclasses, signature long lunches, celebrity chef lead dinners, cocktail soirees and the pinnacle foodie celebration of Festival Village.

Immerse yourself in the company of renowned Australian chefs and hospitality experts amidst the breathtaking beauty of Tropical North Queensland.

In between bites, make time to explore the region’s two World Heritage listed sites, the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.

Start planning your ultimate winter escape in Australia’s favourite tropical culinary destination, today!



Cairns Cup Carnival – Ladies Day

The Cairns Cup Carnival is a headline event of the Cairns social calendar and a major highlight each year for the locals and guests in our region. With superb fashion, racing, fun and entertainment, the Carnival will run over two days with a variety of packages on sale.


FRIDAY – sunday

Cairns Festival

Mark your calendars, Cairns Festival is back from 23 August to 1 September and it’s going to be a feast for the senses.

Last year, over 100,000 people attended an array of events, from the ever-popular Grand Parade and Carnival on Collins, to projections and immersive lighting installations and live music, as well as fireworks and art exhibitions.


september 2024

Friday – Sunday

Port Douglas Gran Fondo Festival

The Port Douglas Gran Fondo Festival will be held in one of the most beautiful locations in the world, Tropical North Queensland. The three-day festival is the perfect excuse to visit and explore this stunning region.

The 136km and 100km Gran Fondo, the 60km Semi Fondo and the 48km Medio Fondo will be held on Sunday 8 September. These rides will be timed but are not a race, so you can choose to challenge yourself for a best time, or take the time to soak in the beautiful surroundings. Stop to take photos, enjoy the experience with family and friends and most importantly, stay safe.

October 2024


Great Barrier Reef Ocean Swim Series

Take part in an ocean swim on the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy a full day out on the reef with Sunlover that includes briefings, warm-up, the race, merchandise packages, photography, lunch, a semi-submarine tour, snorkelling, scuba diving, presentations and drinks.

All swimmers must be competition swimmers and able to comfortably swim the distances entered. No buoyancy or swimming aids, such as fins, snorkels, or pull buoys are permitted on the 3km or 5km swims or the relay. The 1km Swim the Reef event does allow the use of these swimming aids.

May 2025


Port Douglas Carnivale

Get ready to savour the excitement as Port Douglas Carnivale, the ultimate celebration of Tropical North Queensland’s lifestyle and natural wonders, introduces two dynamic additions to its event line up – Savour TNQ and The Paradise Picnic.

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