Cairns Events | QLD

C2K Bike Ride

26 June 2021 from 06:00 AM to 02:00 PM
Cairns to Karumba Bike Ride is a truly epic adventure that you will talk about for a lifetime. Whether you are a rider (road or dirt), a supporter or a volunteer, there is a place for everyone on the 2020 Cairns to Karumba Bike Ride. The seven day Cairns to Karumba bike-ride has been Queensland’s greatest fun bicycle ride for the past 21 years. In June/July each year, over 250 riders, volunteers and support crews travel through the unique and historic outback towns of the iconic Savannah Way raising funds to make sure bush kids get a fair-go. The kids line the route and say g’day with cheering, banners and flags. Riders can choose to participate in the 780 kilometre 'Road Ride' - Rugged Roadies or the rigorous 'Dirt Ride' - Dirty Boys that works its way through stations right across the Cape. The Cairns to Karumba Bike Ride is a brilliant adventure for everyone, riders, supporters or volunteers! Take in the sights and sounds of a magnificent part of Far North Queensland that most people will simply never get to experience.

Cairns Indigenous Art Fair

14 August 2020
CIAF 2020 – The Cultural Evolution will be officially rolled out through an online series of streamed presentations, performances, webinars, workshops, community spotlights and virtual gallery exhibitions from Friday 14 August to Sunday 23 August 2020.

Crocodile Trophy 2020

16 October 2020 from 08:00 AM to 04:00 PM
For 25 years the Crocodile Trophy has challenged racers from all over the World to compete in an ultra-endurance mountain bike race, which offers an incredibly authentic nine-day Australian adventure through Tropical North Queensland's majestic landscapes. The 26th Edition offers the biggest variety of mountain bike trails and racing in a multi-national peloton with cyclists from all over the World and Australia. The race will start with a prologue in Cairns and in total will take its participants for nine days from the jungle in Cairns to the Atherton Tablelands with bush single tracks into the unique Australian Outback. It will showcase the beautiful local landscapes covering 700 km and 13,000vm - experience the tranquility and adventure of an authentic and inspiring connection with the Australian nature as we race through rivers and past waterfalls, venture into the local bush and finish on the breathtakingly beautiful Four Mile Beach in Port Douglas. Camp on cattle stations, historic mining villages and a coffee plantation plus there are hotel accommodation packages too! The event is fully catered and supported by race mechanics and medical staff. The event offers a multicultural experience that no other mountain bike event in Australia can offer!

Great Adventures Green Island Ocean Swim

18 October 2020 from 08:00 AM to 12:00 PM
The annual Great Adventures Green Island Ocean Swim is set to make a splash with competitors taking on the 1.5 kilometre and 3 kilometre swims, as well as a shorter 500 metre distance swim. This unique Great Barrier Reef competition takes place on the leeward side of the island with each leg of the event offering a variety of conditions from shallows to wind chop and tidal flow. Water temperatures around this time of year average 24 degrees with air temperatures around 28 degrees. The Great Adventures Green Island Swim is a community event and is supported by Surf Life Saving Queensland and the Cairns Crocs. Race Information: The 500 metre, 1.5 kilometre and 3 kilometre swims are open to swimmers 12-years and over. Prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place overall for men and women in the 1.5 kilometre and 3 kilometre events. Prizes will also be presented to 500 metre swimmers. A nipper’s/beginner’s swim will take place on a course parallel to the beach. Registration is on the day and is free of charge.

Great Barrier Reef Masters Games

20 May 2021 to 23 May 2021
The Great Barrier Reef Masters Games is a celebration of Masters sport in the beautiful location of Cairns, in partnership with Tourism and Events Queensland. Now in its fifth games the GBR Masters will be held from Thursday 20 to Sunday 23 May 2021. 2,000 masters-aged men and women from Australia, Oceania, South East Asia and beyond are anticipated to compete in 20 individual and team sports across the four days of competition with sports for all masters ages and interests. Cairns is the ideal location to host the Games, being one of Australia's most popular holiday destinations with a myriad of local attractions, dining, adventure sports, reef activities and entertainment within close proximity to the city centre. The Great Barrier Reef Masters Games also offers a nightly entertainment program to complement the daily sporting program, providing an opportunity for participants to socialise and experience the destination’s adventure and hospitality.

Great Barrier Reef Underwater Film Festival

19 September 2020 from 05:30 PM to 10:30 PM
The Great Barrier Reef Underwater Film Festival - previously known as the Cairns Underwater Film Festival - is a showcase of images and films of the magical underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef as seen through the eye of the lens. Our goal is to inspire creativity and inspiration from local and international photographers and filmmakers, presenting the amazing natural beauty of the modern-day Great Barrier Reef. The Festival - organised by a team of passionate volunteers - gives photographers and filmmakers an opportunity to display their talent in Cairns, Tropical North Queensland, and is the only Australian festival of its kind. The Great Barrier Reef Underwater Film Festival will delight and surprise those who love to explore the underwater world, especially the Great Barrier Reef, and those who appreciate nature and have a passion for world-class imagery.

Oseanica, Culinary Art

07 December 2020 from 08:00 AM to 07:30 PM
Oseanica Culinary Art is a three-day Gastronomy Congress and Exhibition that brings together some of the Top Chefs and Industry Representatives throughout Asia/Pacific, Oceania and guest country, Spain. Speakers are exploring and sharing the latest culinary trends, methods and achievements while starting the conversation in the industry, around sustainability, culture, ethics and resource conservation. They are bringing together representatives from indigenous peoples throughout Australia and Oceania to showcase their culture, cooking and native ingredients to the international and local delegates. Oseanica is an exciting project bringing a lot of benefits to everyone involved. Network throughout the event with other delegates and exhibitors from around the world and regions that you do not usually get to meet. Find out a new technique or be inspired by the chefs, access the wild harvesters and their knowledge, link with suppliers, develop relationships with buyers, be encouraged to redesign your supply chains and ultimately enjoy what will be a fantastic group of people. The local restaurants are excited and working with Oseanica to showcase local produce, incorporate native ingredients, creating a week-long culinary experience. If you love food, cooking, and care about the environment, you cannot miss Oseanica Culinary Art.

QSuper Cardiac Challenge

19 September 2020 to 21 September 2020
The QSuper Cardiac Challenge is a three day fundraising bike ride from Cairns to Cooktown on the first weekend of the school holidays. The route includes some of the most stunning scenery in the Wet Tropics, Dry Tropics and World Heritage National Parks of Far North Queensland starting in Cairns and progressing inland through the Kuranda Range, Speewah, Mareeba, Mt Molloy, Mt Carbine, the Desailey Range, Lakeland and finishing in Cooktown. Each year the Cardiac Challenge's mission is to fundraise for the Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation to buy specialised equipment for improved cardiac care services for Far North Queensland.

TARGA Great Barrier Reef

04 September 2020 to 06 September 2020
TARGA Great Barrier Reef is a TARGA event like no other as it passes through iconic tropical landscapes that are truly unique to Far North Queensland. Sugar cane and banana plantations will line the various stages and the weather will be anything but cold. For thousands of years, the Great Barrier Reef has used its magnetic charm as a lure to attract the most adventurous souls. However, at TARGA Great Barrier Reef, they are not there to measure themselves against the challenges of the sea, but the Foreboding Mountains that lay adjacent to them. Over three days, cars will travel through Cairns and out to all of the surrounding regions including the Cassowary Coast (new for 2020).