Cultural in Laura

Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival

This sleepy settlement comes alive in June of odd-numbered years (next in 2017) with the three-day Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival, the largest traditional Indigenous gathering in Australia.
Race in Chillagoe

Great Wheelbarrow Race

This annual race pays tribute to the miners of the 1880s who pushed their belongings in wheelbarrows along the gruelling 140km track from Mareeba to Chillagoe. While today's race reverses their route (runners start …
Carnival in Cairns

Cairns Show

Three days of carnival rides, agricultural exhibits, enthralling events (think dancing diggers and wood-chopping competitions) and all the deep-fried delights you can stomach. The last day of the Show is a public ho…
Rodeo in Mareeba

Mareeba Rodeo

Mareeba's annual rodeo is one of Australia's biggest and best, with two days of all the buckin' broncos, bull riding and crazy clowns you can handle. Camp overnight (free!) and boot-scoot along with live country ban…
Cultural in Kuranda

Kuranda Festival

Day-long celebration of the diverse, creative community that makes Kuranda Kuranda. Expect art, acrobatics, fire-twirling and lashings of local treats.
Music in Kuranda

Kuranda Roots

Two days of eclectic live music, dancing in the rainforest and creative workshops. The festival is held every two years; the next will be in 2017.
Food & Drink in Atherton

Tastes of the Tablelands

One-day festival showcasing the produce of the Tablelands with paddock-to-plate exhibitions, demonstrations and, of course, feasts a'plenty.
Carnival in Port Douglas

Port Douglas Carnivale

Port is packed for this 10-day festival, which includes a colourful street parade featuring live music, and lashings of good food and wine.
Music in Cairns

Cairns Ukulele Festival

Uke players from around the world descend on Cairns every August to plinka-plinka in paradise. Events include workshops, jams and parties.
Music in Yungaburra

Tablelands Folk Festival

This fabulous community event held in Yungaburra and neighbouring Herberton features music, workshops, performances and a market.