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12 BEAUTIFUL ISLANDS TO EXPLORE IN NQ

12 BEAUTIFUL ISLANDS TO EXPLORE IN NQ

The Great Barrier Reef stretches from Cape York down the Queensland coast to Bundaberg, spanning a length of 2,300km. Along the way there are over 3,000 coral reefs and 600 continental islands, as well as many cays – plenty to explore!

Whether you’re a long-time North Queensland local or are visiting, a trip out to the reef is a must. There are plenty
of beautiful things to see and do, and it really puts into perspective just how beautiful our world is.

Islands

Each island has its own unique qualities. Here are a few amazing ones to discover in North Queensland.

1. Frankland Islands, Cairns area

Frankland Islands is composed of five islands called Normanby, Russel, Round, High and Mabel. Every single one of them is uninhabited except for the spectacular wildlife. It has no facilities, but there are six campsites if you’re after an adventure in untouched nature.

2. Green Island, Cairns area

A small, flat island off the coast of Cairns, perfect for a quick getaway. Did you know that Green Island is technically a sand cay?

3. Fitzroy Island, Cairns area

A popular day trip option, Fitzroy Island has a turtle rehabilitation hospital, walking tracks (with one leading up to a lighthouse), and plenty of fun activities and tours.

4. Magnetic Island, Townsville area

Magnetic Island is home to a number of beaches, hiking trails and cute resident koalas.Hike up to WWII forts, visit the Bungalow Bay Koala Sanctuary or drive a topless car around the island. It is the only island on this list with its own postcode, and 2,500 residents call it home.

5. Hinchinbrook Island, Townsville area

Hinchinbrook Island is a hiker’s paradise. Only 40 people are allowed there at any time. It is massive and completely uninhabited and home to the famous 32km Thorsborne Trail. It is accessible by a ferry ride from Lucinda or Cardwell and is the perfect place for those seeking a real adventure.

6. Whitsunday Island, Whitsundays

The biggest island as part of the 74 Whitsunday Islands, and home to the iconic picturesque Whitehaven Beach.

7. Hamilton Island, Whitsundays

Hamilton Island is car-free but has its own airport and loads of accommodation options are available. There is lots to do including hiking up to Passage Peak, offering stunning views of the surrounding islands.

8. Long Island, Whitsundays

Located just one kilometre from the coastline, Long Island features bush walking paths and a tropical rainforest.

9. Daydream Island, Whitsundays

It certainly lives up to its name. Daydream Island features 280 modern rooms making it perfect for families, along with three restaurants and a coral lagoon wrapping around the central building home to over 100 species of marine fish.

10. Hayman Island, Whitsundays

The most northerly of the Whitsunday Islands, Hayman Island features a number of accommodation options and restaurants as well as botanical gardens. It’s a popular honeymoon destination, but also popular with families.

11. Keswick Island, Mackay area

Spot vibrant blue butterflies, turtles cruising in clear waters and learn about fascinating bees. Explore the bushwalking tracks or simply relax.

12. Newry Island, Mackay area

Newry Island is close to the mainland and is popular with camping, fishing and bushwalking, and it has some spectacular lookouts. The area has been designated as a dugong protection area.

Remember…

The Great Barrier Reef is a world heritage listed site. When visiting, show respect for mother nature and leave it the same way you found it.

Do not collect souvenirs – Avoid collecting natural souvenirs such as shells or seeds. Take only photos and memories
with you.

Respect the flora and fauna – Don’t touch, pick up, feed or otherwise disturb the wildlife, and avoid making loud noises.
If an animal seems agitated by your presence, carefully move away. Stay on marked paths and don’t tread on any vegetation
or snap off any branches.

Do not litter – Take all rubbish with you, including food scraps. Many islands are uninhabited, so take extra care as there
won’t be any bins. Take an extra moment to pick up any rubbish along the way, even if it isn’t yours.

28 FRESHWATER SWIMMING SPOTS IN NORTH QUEENSLAND

28 AWESOME SWIMMING SPOTS IN NORTH QUEENSLAND

One of the best ways to immerse yourself in nature is by swimming in natural waters, such as a creek, lake or water hole, and there is nothing quite as refreshing as taking a dip when it’s hot and humid. Thankfully, North Queensland is filled with beautiful swimming spots, and many of us love to spend our free time taking a dip in the water or lounging by the water’s edge. Here are just a few of the stunning spots around the region where you can go swimming. Here are some of the best freshwater swimming spots in North Queensland, from Mossman down to Finch Hatton.

Creeks, Rivers & Water Holes

1. Mossman Gorge, Mossman – Clear water with a beautiful rainforest backdrop.

2. Crystal Cascades, Redlynch Valley – Creek with multiple small waterfalls, ideal for floaties.

3. Stoney Creek, Redlynch – Swim in a creek beneath the rainforest canopy.

4. Behana Gorge, Aloomba – Tucked behind Walsh’s Pyramid with huge boulders and crystal-clear water.

5. Davies Creek, Tablelands – Featuring rocky platforms and shady trees as well as a spacious picnic area.

6. Babinda Boulders, Babinda – Boulders to laze around on in between emerald coloured water.

7. Cardwell Spa Pools, Cardwell – This spa pool turns an amazing milky aqua blue colour under certain conditions.

8. Paradise Waterhole, Paluma – Waterhole with plenty of room and deep pools, surrounded by forest.

9. Crystal Creek, Paluma – Featuring a large swimming hole as well as super fun rock slides.

10. Rollingstone Creek, Rollingstone – A relaxing spot surrounded by trees perfect for a stroll, picnic or swim.

11. Alligator Creek, Townsville (no alligators here) – Keep your eyes peeled for turtles at this creek in the forest.

12. Keelbottom Creek, Hervey Range – A popular bush swimming spot, especially in the wet season.

13. Finch Hatton Gorge, Finch Hatton – Rainforest location featuring two waterfalls and three swimming holes.

Lakes

14. Lake Eacham, Tablelands – Crater lake ideal for kayaking, with a walking track around the whole lake.

15. Lake Tinaroo, Tablelands – Huge lake with plenty to do for families and ideal for water sports.

16. Lake Paluma, Paluma – Nestled among rainforest, this lake is great for water activities including non-motorised boats.

Waterfalls

17. Fairy Falls, Redlynch Valley – A hidden gem with a tumbling waterfall and deep swimming hole.

18. Emerald Creek Falls, Tablelands – A number of crystal clear, small pools running along Emerald Creek.

19. Ellinjaa Falls, Tablelands – Accessible by a rainforest staircase and has a hidden ledge behind the falls.

20. Millaa Millaa Falls, Tablelands – These falls are 18.3m high and truly something out of a dream.

21. Souita Falls, Tablelands – A pair of small waterfalls nestled in the cool Misty Mountains.

22. Halls Falls, Tablelands – Picturesque swimming hole overlooking the Herberton Range National Park.

23. Josephine Falls, Wooroonooran – A natural playground with rock slides.

24. Ponytail Falls, Tully – Gorgeous single-drop waterfall on the Tully River.

25. Jourama Falls, Paluma – Fringed by rainforest, you’ll find multiple swimming spots here.

26. Cedar Creek Falls, Proserpine – Set in a natural rock amphitheatre surrounded by abundant flora.

27. Araluen Falls, Eungella – Large swimming hole living up to its fantasy-like name.

28. Cameron’s Pocket, Eungella – A hidden gem surrounded by rainforest.

Swimming Tips

Never swim in creeks or rivers during or after heavy rain, especially in the wet season (November-April).

Take care on wet rocks. They can be incredibly slippery, so avoid walking on them unless you must. Obey warning signs
alerting shallow water, dangerous currents and slippery rocks.

Never dive into water as it is difficult to determine how deep the water is, and you could seriously injure yourself on hidden rocks.

Can you swim at the beach? You can. Lifeguards are present at many beaches and stinger nets are put in the water between November and May. However, the deadly Irukandji jellyfish is so tiny that it can make its way through the nets, and crocodiles and sharks are sometimes spotted in the water too. While it is possible to swim at the beach, many locals stay away.

6 WAYS TO SEE THE GREAT GREEN OUTDOORS IN CAIRNS

6 WAYS TO SEE THE FLORA & FAUNA IN CAIRNS

We are surrounded by gorgeous nature here in the Far North. With the Daintree Rainforest on our doorstep, rolling green hills on the Atherton Tablelands and plenty of wildlife parks, we are spoilt for choice. Here are the best ways to see the flora and fauna in Cairns.

Rainforestation Nature Park

All Ages | Prices start from $25.50

Rainforestation is an eco-friendly attraction has everything for a great day out, including Army Duck rainforest tours,
Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience and a koala and wildlife park, located on 100 acres of World Heritage Rainforest. Test your
boomerang throwing skills, meet an abundance of iconic Aussie animals, hand-feed wallabies and kangaroos and
get your photo with a koala or crocodile.

P 07 4085 5008
A 1030 Kennedy Hwy, Kuranda
www.rainforest.com.au

Kuranda Koala Gardens

All Ages | Prices start from $9.50

A boutique wildlife attraction home to a number of iconic Australian species, situated in the middle of the Heritage Markets in Kuranda. This tranquil wildlife oasis has koalas, freshwater crocodiles, kangaroos and wallabies, snakes, wombats and lizards, monitors and other reptiles. At an extra charge, get a photo holding a fluffy koala or scaly python for an experience you’ll never forget.

P 07 4093 9953
A Kuranda Heritage Markets, Rob Veivers Dr, Kuranda
www.koalagardens.com

Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

All Ages | Prices start from $18.50

Immerse yourself in a range of natural environments at Port Douglas’ #1 attraction. Discover birdlife, reptiles, kangaroos, turtles, gliders and more. Stick around for the crocodile feeding and get your photo taken with a photogenic koala, crocodile or snake. Make your experience extra special by having Breakfast with the Birds or Lunch with the Lorikeets.

P 07 4099 3235
A Port Douglas Rd, Port Douglas
www.wildlifehabitat.com.au

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

All Ages | Prices start from $10

Located in the heart of Kuranda, the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is the largest butterfly flight aviary and exhibit in Australia, home to over 1500 butterflies. If you stand still, there’s a good chance one will land on you. There is also a
laboratory, museum, gift shop, microscope, UV Light Display and more to discover.

P 07 4093 7575
A 8 Rob Veivers Dr, Kuranda
www.australianbutterflies.com

Gallo Dairyland

All Ages | Free entry

If you love chocolate and cheese, you’ll love Gallo Dairyland. Providing a large variety of cheeses and chocolates, Gallo
Dairyland offers an insight into the making of the much-loved products on their working dairy farm. They also provide an
animal nursey for a hands-on experience with some friendly farm animals such as the cute calves, of course! Be sure to try
the delicious food at the café on-site.

P 07 4095 2388
A Malanda Rd, Atherton
www.gallodairyland.com.au

Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures

All Ages | Prices start from $20.50

Be taken on a journey of discovery into the ‘wild’ world of Australian native and exotic animals. Enjoy educational and
entertaining wildlife shows featuring crocodiles, reptiles and much more. Explore the Gondwana Gateway and the Gallery
of Living Art where you can see colourful snakes and lizards from Australia and abroad. Be amazed by the world-famous
crocodile attack show and take a cruise on Hartley’s Lagoon.

P 07 4055 3576
A Captain Cook Highway, Wangetti
www.crocodileadventures.com

MUST-DO WALKS AND HIKES AROUND NORTH QUEENSLAND

MUST-DO WALKS AND HIKES AROUND NORTH QUEENSLAND

The Wet Tropics is 80 million years older than the Amazon and covers a massive 9,000 square kilometres, including 30 national parks, and stretches from Cooktown to Townsville.

It is a massive living natural wonder, and it is also a spectacular ecosystem serving home to many plants and animals, some of which aren’t found anywhere else in the world. There are plenty of ways to explore the forest, whether it be swimming, hiking or a guided tour.

Walks and hikes

One of the best ways to explore the beautiful greenery of North Queensland is by lacing up those boots and going for a walk.

Cairns region

Kulki Walk, Cape Tribulation (easy, 10 minutes) – This walk takes you from the Kulki car park through the rainforest,
onto a boardwalk to the beautiful Myall Beach.

The Arrow Tracks, Cairns (moderate, 1-5 hours) – The yellow, red, blue and green arrow tracks wind through Mount

Whitfield, behind Cairns’ botanic gardens. There are stunning views along the way, some of the Cairns Airport where you
can spot planes taking off and landing.

Mount Hypipamee National Park Crater Track, Tablelands (easy, 30 minutes) – This track leads to a viewing platform
with incredible views looking into a volcanic pipe.

Townsville region

Djyinda Walk, Wallaman Falls (moderate, 2 hours) – Starting from the spectacular lookout of Australia’s highest sheer drop
waterfall, Wallaman Falls, make your way down the mountain to the base of the falls. It’s a stunning sight to behold.

Forts Walk, Magnetic Island (moderate, 2 hours) – Take a hike up to a historic WWII fort with stunning views of the ocean
and mainland at the end. It’s also an amazing location to spot koalas in the wild.

Mackay region

Dugong-Sawmill track, Whitsunday Island (easy, 1 hour) – Stroll through the rainforest and a fairyland of mosses, lichens
and fungi on this walk from Dugong Beach to Sawmill Beach.

Coral Beach track, Conway National Park (moderate, 1.5 hours) – Take a walk to the fantastic Coral Beach, enjoying glorious views across the Whitsunday Passage.

Bluewater Trail, Mackay (easy, walking time varies) – This trail will show you some of the best parts of Mackay, including the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens, Bluewater Lagoon and Iluka Park playground. Stop off wherever you wish and enjoy
all the city has to offer.

Other spectacular ways to see the forest

Curtain Fig Tree, Yungaburra – Around 500 years ago, a small mammal or bird dropped the seed of a fig tree in the crown
of a tree – and thanks to them, we now have the spectacular Curtain Fig Tree, measuring a gigantic 39m in circumference.
You’ll feel as if you’ve stepped into a fantasy movie (and if you really love it, you can visit its buddy the Cathedral Fig Tree
nearby in Danbulla).

Lookouts – There are numerous lookouts around the region that’ll give you stunning views over the rainforest, sometimes
without even needing to leave your vehicle. Check out the Mount Alexandra Lookout in Cape Tribulation, Henry Ross
Lookout on the way to Kuranda, Hinchinbrook Island Lookout near Ingham, Castle Hill Lookout in Townsville, Lion’s Lookout
in Airlie Beach and Lamberts Lookout in Mackay.

Remember…

Look out for stinging trees. The heart-shaped leaves are covered in needle-like hairs causing intense and longlasting
pain.

Don’t go bushwalking alone. Many trails lead into areas with no mobile reception. It is a smart idea to take somebody with
you, and take extra care not to let children out of your sight when hiking as a family.

Be wary of wildlife. Forests are often frequented by snakes, cassowaries, dingoes and more. If you do happen to run into
one, keep your distance, don’t aggravate them and quietly move the opposite way. Talk to children on how to treat
wildlife respectfully.

Wear appropriate clothing, especially if you are going on a longer walk or hike. Wear comfortable, protective footwear,
dress in cool but sun-safe clothes, wear a hat and always carry plenty of drinking water.

BEST THINGS TO DO IN CAIRNS WITH KIDS

BEST THINGS TO DO IN CAIRNS WITH KIDS

What are your plans for the weekend? Far North Queensland is jam-packed with activities, so it’s unlikely you’ll ever
run out of things to see. Whether you’re up for an exhilarating adventure or something more slow-paced yet still
educational, we’ve got 30 ideas to get you started. Here are the best things to do in Cairns with kids.

Rainforestation Nature Park

All Ages | Prices start from $25.50

Rainforestation is an eco-friendly attraction has everything for a great day out, including Army Duck rainforest tours, Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience and a koala and wildlife park, located on 100 acres of World Heritage Rainforest. Test your boomerang throwing skills, meet an abundance of iconic Aussie animals, hand-feed wallabies and kangaroos and get your photo with a koala or crocodile.

P 07 4085 5008
A 1030 Kennedy Hwy, Kuranda
www.rainforest.com.au

Frankland Islands Reef Cruises

All Ages | Prices start from $109

Looking for a way to experience the reef that is a little different? Frankland Island Reef Cruises provide a great family-friendly experience.

It is a pristine location and they are the only tour there, so it’s free from crowds. All equipment is provided as well as a guided snorkelling tour, island walk with the marine biologist and a tropical buffet lunch. Snorkelling provides a great activity for all ages and swimming abilities, and allows you to get up close with the beautiful reef.

P 07 4033 0081
www.franklandislands.com.au

Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures

All Ages | Prices start from $20.50

Be taken on a journey of discovery into the ‘wild’ world of Australian native and exotic animals. Enjoy educational and entertaining wildlife shows featuring crocodiles, reptiles and much more. Explore the Gondwana Gateway and the Gallery of Living Art where you can see colourful snakes and lizards from Australia and abroad. Be amazed by the world-famous crocodile attack show and take a cruise on Hartley’s Lagoon.

P 07 4055 3576
A Captain Cook Highway, Wangetti
www.crocodileadventures.com

Australian Armour and Artillery Museum

All Ages | Prices start from $16.50

See the largest collection of armoured vehicles and artillery in the Southern Hemisphere. Learn the history of where they’ve been and the duties they served. The kids will be in awe of the huge tanks, armoured vehicles and combat equipment as they wander around this unique museum.

Experience the thrill of riding in an armoured vehicle – it’s an experience your family won’t forget anytime soon.

P 07 4038 1665
A 2 Skyrail Dr, Smithfield
www.ausarmour.com

Kuranda Koala Gardens

All Ages | Prices start from $9.50

A boutique wildlife attraction home to a number of iconic Australian species, situated in the middle of the Heritage
Markets in Kuranda. This tranquil wildlife oasis has koalas, freshwater crocodiles, kangaroos and wallabies, snakes, wombats and lizards, monitors and other reptiles. At an extra charge, get a photo holding a fluffy koala or scaly python for an experience you’ll never forget.

P 07 4093 9953
A Kuranda Heritage Markets, Rob Veivers Dr, Kuranda
www.koalagardens.com

Cairns Zoom and Wildlife Dome

Prices start from $12.50

This unique and innovative attraction is located inside a dome in the heart of Cairns City, incorporating a wildlife park with a challenge ropes course. Take a stroll through the dome and discover vibrant flora and captivating fauna, or take on the ropes course and even zipline over Goliath the croc. It’s completely indoors, making it a great all-weather activity.

P 07 4031 7250
A The Reef Hotel Casino, 35-41 Wharf St, Cairns City
www.cairnszoom.com.au

Birdworld Kuranda

All Ages | Prices start from $9.50

Immerse yourself in one of the most unique wildlife attractions in the region. Listed as one of the largest free-flight bird aviaries in Australia, Birdworld replicates the natural habitats of more than 60 birds.

This attraction allows you to get up close and personal with some of the most beautiful birds in the world. Don’t be surprised if one of these feathered friends lands on your shoulder!

P 07 4093 9188
A Heritage Markets, Kuranda
www.birdworldkuranda.com

Cairns Central

All Ages

Cairns’ largest shopping centre with over 180 stores including Myer, Target, Kmart and Coles. The parent’s rooms and children’s stroller or kiddy cruisers make visiting the centre with children even easier. The centre also has a large food court  and cinema with V-MAX, as well as a playground for children and regular free activities such as stage shows and workshops.

P 07 4041 4111
A 1/21 McLeod St, Cairns City
www.cairnscentral.com.au

Jump Mania

All Ages | Prices start from $16

Jump Mania is an indoor free jumping trampoline park responsible for bringing the trampoline revolution to Cairns. Have hours of fun and burn off some of that energy on the wall-to wall trampolines and obstacles.

There are toddler only, basketball, dodgeball, Olympic and flip zones for endless fun. There are toddler sessions on a regular basis for the littlest jumpers. Mum and dad can join in too!

P 07 4212 4066
A Raintrees Shopping Centre, Manunda
www.jumpmania.com.au

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

All Ages | Prices start from $10

Located in the heart of Kuranda, the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is the largest butterfly flight aviary and exhibit in Australia, home to over 1500 butterflies. If you stand still, there’s a good chance one will land on you. There is also a laboratory, museum, gift shop, microscope, UV Light Display and more to discover.

P 07 4093 7575
A 8 Rob Veivers Dr, Kuranda
www.australianbutterflies.com

Sugarworld Adventure Park

All Ages | Prices start from $10

A favourite with both tourists and locals. The waterpark features two exciting tube slides, a mat-racing slide, an interactive play system with a huge tipping bucket and a toddler pool. Gather up family and friends and have a go at mini-golf. If you get hungry, there’s a café with lots of yummy options on site. The kids won’t want to go home!

P 07 4055 5477
A Hambledon Dr, Edmonton
www.sugarworldwaterpark.com.au

Tobruk Memorial Pool

All Ages

Tobruk Memorial Pool has something for everyone, including an Olympic-sized swimming pool, warm water pool and toddler splash pool with fountains for the littlest ones. There are also trampolines for little ones to burn off energy and a coaching zone for parents. Be sure to have a go at riding the only wave in Cairns on the thrilling Flowrider.

P 07 4051 2604
A 370 Sheridan St, Cairns North
www.tobrukmemorialpool.com.au

Paradise Palms

All Ages | Prices start from $4

Paradise Palms is the ultimate fun destination for the younger and older adventurers in the family. Play zones include a super slippery slide, climbing frame, and beautiful Queenslander style cubby homes. The flying Fox is always a favourite and the giant 21 metre jumping pillow is fun for all the family.

Want to extend the fun? Book in for a night at paradise and try our all day menu restaurant.

P 07 4059 9922
A Paradise Palms Drive, Kewarra Beach
www.paradisepalms.com.au

Lava Tubes Undara

All Ages | Prices start from $30

Undara is Australia’s accessible piece of the outback set in the Gulf Savannah country. Explore the incredible lava tubes at Undara and learn about the environment and its geological and historical facts. Here, you can walk in the path of a volcano. Take a full day or half day tour with a local guide who will tell you some fascinating things about the caves.

P 07 4097 1900
A Undara Volcanic National Park, Savannah Way
www.undara.com.au

Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

All Ages | Prices start from $18.50

Immerse yourself in a range of natural environments at Port Douglas’ #1 attraction, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Discover birdlife, reptiles, kangaroos, turtles, gliders and more.

Stick around for the crocodile feeding and get your photo taken with a photogenic koala, crocodile or snake. Make your experience extra special by having Breakfast with the Birds or Lunch with the Lorikeets.

P 07 4099 3235
A Port Douglas Rd, Port Douglas
www.wildlifehabitat.com.au

Reef Teach

6+ years | Prices start from $14

Learn about the Great Barrier Reef in a fun and family friendly environment. Presentations are full of amazing facts and the opportunity to touch marine sea life that you wouldn’t normally handle in the wild. It will amaze, inspire and captivate both parents and kids alike as you learn the weird and wonderful things about the reef. Reef Teach will have you laughing in their fun-filled presentations.

P 07 4031 7794
A 2nd Floor, Main Street Arcade, Cairns City
www.reefteach.com.au

Mungalli Creek Bio-Dynamic Dairy

All Ages

Ever wanted to have a meal at a working dairy farm? The Farmhouse Café is situated in the heart of Mungalli Creek Bio-Dynamic Dairy Farm and serves decadent meals as well as morning and afternoon tea, using dairy products and locally sourced organic produce. The location boasts gorgeous views of the rolling hills of the farm, rainforests and Mt Bartle Frere in the background.

P 07 4097 2232
A 254 Brooks Rd, Ellinjaa
www.mungallicreekdairy.com.au

The Crystal Caves

All Ages | Prices start from $12.50

Explore a unique museum like no other.

Located in Atherton, this extraordinary museum has been transformed into a 300m2 man-made cave featuring
the world’s most beautiful crystal collection as well as a gift store with a variety of natural crystals, gemstones and fossils. Crack your very own geode to take home and be the first person to see the crystals that grew inside!

P 07 4041 1031
A 69 Main St, Atherton
www.crystalcaves.com.au

Rainforest Mini Golf

All Ages | Prices start from $5

Enjoy Rainforest Mini Golf in the heart of the Original Kuranda Markets under the cool shady canopy of Tropical
Foliage. A fun and affordable activity suitable for all ages and abilities.

Open 9.00am – 3.00pm, six days per week (closed on Tuesdays). Adjacent to Jungle Juice which serves delicious
fresh tropical juices, smoothies and organic coffee.

P 0417 999 102
A Shop 39, Original Kuranda Rainforest Market, 13 Therwine St, Kuranda
www.jungle-juice.com.au

Cairns Art Gallery

All Ages | FREE

Head down to Cairns Art Gallery to observe professional artists’ works. With a wide variety of art, the whole family can enjoy what the gallery has to offer. The gallery also offers a number of art classes throughout the year for both kids and parents in drawing, painting, animation, fashion design, ceramics and much more. Let your imagination run free.

P 07 4046 4800
A 40 Abbott St, Cairns City
www.cairnsregionalgallery.com.au

Cairns Night Markets

All Ages

Here you’ll find something for the whole family to enjoy. Traditional Chinese massages, Reef Fresh Fish Spa, Indigenous crafts, jewellery, beauty products and services, delicious treats, Aussie souvenirs and handmade, unique gifts. Have a bite to
eat at the food court with the choice of multiple cuisines, and don’t forget to grab a yummy dessert too. All a stone’s throw from the esplanade.

P 07 4051 7666
A 71-75 The Esplanade, Cairns City
www.nightmarkets.com.au

Cairns City Lagoon

All Ages | FREE

Enjoy free entry to Cairns City Lagoon and beat the heat. This massive pool is located in the heart of Cairns along the beautiful esplanade, offering views over the ocean. With BBQ facilities and plenty of spots for a picnic, the whole family can enjoy a day by the cool and refreshing lagoon. If you don’t feel like cooking, there are plenty of restaurants nearby.

P 1300 692 247
A 52-54 The Esplanade, Cairns City
www.cairns.qld.gov.au

Laserfun Family Entertainment Centre

6+ years | Prices start from $10

Looking for an adrenaline rush for the whole family? Laserfun is Cairns’ ultimate indoor family entertainment centre with laser tag, arcade and virtual reality and is awesome fun for children and adults alike. Come during the school holidays for the incredible MEGA laser tag sessions. Best value family fun in air-conditioned venue. You can even get a great coffee!

P 07 4031 9865
A T1, DFO Shopping Centre, 274 Mulgrave Rd, Westcourt

Muddy’s Playground

All Ages | FREE

Featuring a number of playgrounds tied into one with plenty of places to climb, slide and run, there is plenty to do for all ages and abilities. There is also an interactive water playground, café with plenty of yummy options and a playground specifically for younger children. An outing to Muddy’s Playground means endless entertainment for the kids and peace and quiet for the parents.

P 1300 692 247
A 174 The Esplanade, Cairns City
www.nautilusaviation.com.au

YOUR GUIDE TO NORTH QUEENSLAND EVENTS IN 2020

YOUR GUIDE TO NORTH QUEENSLAND EVENTS IN 2020

There’s always plenty happening in our beautiful region to keep the whole family entertained. Check out some of the awesome things happening in North Queensland in 2020, from Cooktown all the way down to Sarina.

January

New Year’s Day
Date: January 1st

Cairns Taipans vs Brisbane Bullets
Date: January 3rd
www.taipans.com

JCU Townsville Fire vs Adelaide Lightning
Date: January 3rd
www.wnbl.com.au/townsville

Cairns Taipans vs NZ Skysport Breakers
Date: January 9th
www.taipans.com

JCU Townsville Fire vs Canberra Capitals
Date: January 10th
www.wnbl.com.au/townsville

Whitsunday Clipper Race Festival
Date: January 11-16th
www.tourismwhitsundays.com.au

100 Club Race Day
Date: January 21st
www.cairnsjockeyclub.com.au

Chinese New Year
Date: January 25th

Great Barrier Reef Chinese New Year Celebrations
Date: January 24th – 9th
www.cairns.qld.gov.au

Australia Day / Great Australian Bites
Date: January 26th
www.townsville.qld.gov.au

February

World Travel Expo
Date: See website
www.travelexpo.net.au

Marty Sheargold
Date: February 8th
www.ticketlink.com.au

International Ocean Film Tour
Date: February 12th
www.oceanfilmtour.com.au

Hotter Than Hell
Date: February 15th
www.hotterthanhell.com.au

Castle Hill Trail Run
Date: February 23rd
www.outerlimitsadventure.com.au

Rare Disease Day Fun Run
Date: February 23rd
www.rarefriends.org

Up, Up & Away!
Date: February 28th
www.themecc.com.au

Elton John – Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour
Date: February 29th
www.ticketmaster.com.au

Cowboys Community Day
Date: See website
www.cowboys.com.au

March

Ocean Film Festival Tour
Date: See website
www.oceanfilmfestivalaustralia.com.au

10CC – The Things We Do For Love Tour
Date: March 3rd
www.ticketlink.com.au

Mission Songs Project by Jessie Lloyd
Date: March 12th
www.themecc.com.au

The 91-Storey Treehouse
Date: March 17th
www.ticketlink.com.au

The 91-Storey Treehouse
Date: March 19-20th
www.themecc.com.au

Sleeping Beauty by Moscow Ballet La Classique
Date: March 19th
www.ticketmaster.com.au

Sleeping Beauty by Moscow Ballet La Classique
Date: March 21st
www.ticketmaster.com.au

Cupid’s Undie Run
Date: March 22nd
www.cupidsundierun.com.au

Innisfail Feast of the Senses
Date: March 27-29th
www.feastofthesenses.com.au

Dynamic in a Dress Running Festival
Date: March 29th
www.dynamicrunning.com.au

April

Nitro Circus Live
Date: April 4th
www.nitrocircus.com

PakMag Easter Eggstravaganza
Date: April 5th
www.pakmag.com.au

Life Festival
Date: April 7-10th
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au

Townsville North Queensland Games
Date: April 10-13th
www.nqsports.com.au

Kuranda Easter in the Park
Date: April 11th
www.kuranda.org

Red Hot Summer Tour
Date: April 18th
www.redhotsummertour.com.au

Undara Outback Rock and Blues
Date: April 24-26th
www.undara.com.au

Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow
Date: April 26th
www.themecc.com.au

Townsville PakMag Easter Eggstravaganza
Date: See website
www.pakmag.com.au

May

Silkwood Feast of the Three Saints
Date: May 3rd
www.feastofthethreesaints.com.au

QLD Labour Day Public Holiday
Date: May 4th

NQ Cowboys vs Gold Coast Titans
Date: May 9th
www.cowboys.com.au

Mothers Day
Date: May 10th

Cairns Children’s Festival
Date: May 16-17th
www.tanksartscentre.com

Port Douglas Carnivale
Date: May 22-24th
www.carnivale.com.au

NQ Cowboys vs South Sydney Rabbitohs
Date: May 22nd
www.cowboys.com.au

Townsville Magneticon Cosplay and Gaming Expo
Date: May 30-31st
www.magneticon.com.au

Herberton Pioneer Weekend
Date: See website
www.historicvillageherberton.com.au

Velos In The Valley
Date: See website
www.mackayregion.com

June

McDonalds IRONKIDS Cairns Triathlon
Date: June 6th
www.ap.ironman.com

NQ Cowboys vs Sydney Roosters
Date: June 6th
www.cowboys.com.au

Cairns Ironman Triathlon
Date: June 7th
www.ap.ironman.com

Cairns Airport Adventure Festival
Date: June 7th
www.tropicalnorthqueensland.org.au

Eco Fiesta
Date: June 7th
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au

Palm Creek Folk Festival
Date: June 11-14th
www.palmcreek.com.au

PakMag Expo Cairns
Date: June 21st
www.pakmag.com.au

Bowen Show
Date: June 23rd
www.bowenshow.com.au

Burdekin Show
Date: June 24th
www.burdekinshow.org.au

Cairns Eco Fiesta
Date: June 24th
www.cairns.qld.gov.au

July

Laura Quinkan Dance Festival
Date: July 3-5th
www.anggnarra.org.au

Atherton Show
Date: July 6-7th
www.athertonshow.com.au

Cairns Indigenous Art Fair
Date: July 10-12th
www.ciaf.com.au

Mareeba Rodeo & Festival
Date: July 11-12th
www.mareebarodeo.com.au

Cairns Show
Date: July 15-17th
www.cairnsshow.com.au

Mackay Festival of Arts
Date: July 17-26th
www.mackay.qld.gov.au

Cooktown Expo
Date: July 17th-4th
www.cooktown2020.com

Mossman Show
Date: July 19-20th
www.queenslandshows.com.au

Cooktown Discovery Festival
Date: July 24-26th
www.cooktowndiscovery.com.au

Charters Towers Show
Date: July 26-28th
www.visitcharterstowers.com.au

August

Airlie Beach Race Week Festival of Sailing
Date: August 6-13th
www.abrw.com.au

Hamilton Island Race Week
Date: August 15-22nd
www.hamiltonislandraceweek.com.au

NQ Cowboys vs Cronulla Sharks
Date: August 20th
www.cowboys.com.au

Taste Port Douglas
Date: August 27-28th
www.tasteportdouglas.com

Townsville Expo 2020
Date: August 28-30th
www.townsvilleexpo.com.au

Sarina Beach Coconut Festival
Date: August 29th
www.sarinabeachcocofest.com

Cairns Festival
Date: August 28th – 6th Sept
www.cairns.qld.gov.au

Australian Italian Festival
Date: See website
www.australianitalianfestival.com.au

The Great Pyramid Race and Country Fair
Date: See website
www.pyramidrace.com.au

The Cairns Cup Carnivale
Date: See website
www.cairnsjockeyclub.com.au

September

Targa Great Barrier Reef
Date: September 4th
www.targa.com.au

Father’s Day
Date: September 6th

Carnivale On Collins
Date: September 6th
www.cairns.qld.gov.au

Giru Show
Date: September 12th
www.queenslandshows.com.au

Rollingstone Pineapple Festival
Date: September 12th
www.festival.paradisepines.com.au

Mission Beach Community Cassowary Festival
Date: September 19th
www.cassowaryfestival.com

Chilliville – Townsville’s Chilli Festival
Date: September 19th
www.chilliville.com.au

Mission Beach Aquatic Festival
Date: September 19th
www.tropicalnorthqueensland.org.au

Wallaby Creek Festival
Date: September 27th
www.wallabycreekfestival.org.au

Opera in the Outback
Date: See website
www.undara.com.au

October

Palm Cove Reef Feast
Date: October 2-4th
www.reeffeast.com.au

Yarrabah Music and Cultural Festival
Date: October 3rd
www.yarrabahfest.com.au

Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday
Date: October 5th

Malanda Bull Ride
Date: October 10th
www.facebook.com

Tastes of Tablelands Festival
Date: October 10th
www.tastesofthetablelands.com.au

Babinda Harvest Festival
Date: October 10th
www.babindaharvestfest.org

Halloween
Date: October 31st

Tablelands Folk Festival
Date: See website
www.tablelandsfolkfestival.org.au

Ingham Maraka Festival
Date: See website
www.facebook.com

The Grass is Greener
Date: See website
www.thegrassisgreener.com.au

PakMag Spooky Spectacular
Date: See website
www.pakmag.com.au

November

Melbourne Cup
Date: November 3rd
www.flemington.com.au

It’s Still Rock & Roll to Me – Celebrating Billy Joel
Date: November 7th
www.billyjoeltributeoz.com.au

PakMag Expo and Family Fun Day
Date: November 8th
www.pakmag.com.au

Townville Wedding Expo
Date: November 8th
www.idealbride.com.au

Remembrance Day
Date: October 5th

Gene & Judy
Date: October 27th
www.themecc.com.au

Queensland Country Home Hill Harvest Festival
Date: See website
www.hhharvestfestival.com.au

Airlie Beach Festival of Music
Date: See website
www.airliebeachfestivalofmusic.com.au

Ingham Family Race Day
Date: See website
www.hrjc.com.au

December

Christmas in the City
Date: December 1st
www.cairns.qld.gov.au

PakMag’s Christmas Party
Date: See website
www.pakmag.com.au

Stable on the Strand
Date: December 18-22nd
www.stableonthestrand.com.au

Christmas Day
Date: December 25th

Boxing Day Public Holiday
Date: December 26th

New Year’s Eve Celebrations at the Strand
Date: December 31st
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au

New Year’s Eve Celebrations at the Cairns Esplanade
Date: December 31st
www.cairns.qld.gov.au

New Year’s Eve Celebrations at the Bluewater Quay
Date: December 31st
www.mackay.qld.gov.au

New Year’s Resolution Fun Run
Date: December 31st
www.cairns.qld.gov.au