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Great Barrier Reef ,Queensland, Australia » Entertainment » Festivals

  • Ayr
  • Burdekin Water Festival

Burdekin Water Festival is one of the longest running festivals in Queensland. It’s been 50 years the festival is being held to celebrate the abundance of water by organising a variety of events such as dance performances, art competitions, parades, magic shows and other family activities.

Address: Ayr, North Queensland, Australia

For more information, Visit Burdekin Water Festival.

  • Cairns
  • Festival Cairns

Festivals Cairns is the most awaited moment in Cairns with celebrations going on for about a month from August 27 to September 20. A variety of events are held in categories like ‘food and wine’, ‘sport’, ‘music’, ‘family’, ‘visual arts’ and ‘performing arts’. Transform into the festive mode to be a part of the festivities and be on time, so that you don’t miss the interesting events.

Address: 22-24, Abbott St.Cairns, QLD, 4870, Australia

Tel: +61 7 4052 6666

  • Charter Towers
  • Charter Towers Country Music Festival

The Charter Towers Country Music Festival is being held in Queensland for the last 30 years to honour the Australian culture its mining and agricultural heritage. About 800 participants take part in this music talent contest which attracts some of the biggest names from the music industry. Held for three days, visitors can become a part of the fun and festivities at this celebration of music.

Address: P.O.Box 20, Charter Towers, QLD, 4820, Australia

Tel: +61 7 4787 4500

Fax: +61 7 4787 4300

  • Cooktown
  • Cooktown Discovery Festival

Cooktown Discovery Festival is held every year the second weekend of June, in remembrance of James Cook landing on the banks of Endeavour River. The residents celebrate the festival by performing the scene of the Captain landing on the river. Men adorn naval and marine uniforms and 'Brown Bess' musket mock-ups are fired in the sky along with a flag raising ceremony. Wooden boats are used to transport the captain ashore.

  • Mackay
  • River to Reef Festival

A number of activities take place along the Pioneer River on the eastern end of Mackay. The residents celebrate their typical tropical lifestyle by arranging number of events like ‘Cancer Support Boat Ramp to Bridge Raft Race’, ‘Carnival and Helicopter Rides’, ‘Culinary Seafood Cooking Competition’ and ‘Acrobatic Fire Show’.

Address: River Street, Eastern End, Mackay, 4740, QLD, Australia

Tel: +61 7 4957 8994

  • Port Douglas
  • Port Douglas Carnivale

Port Douglas Carnivale held during 18th to 25th May was started in 1993 to celebrate the start of the tourist season and welcome the tourists, one and all. It was initiated to give a push to the tourism industry of Port Douglas to increase the influx of both local and international visitors. But with years, the festival is going from strength to strength and becoming one of the top rated events in Australia. The main attraction of this Carnivale is the Carnivale Masquerade Cocktail Party and the street party on Macrossan Street which marks the start of the festival. Food & Wine are overflowing to make sure that no tourist goes home unsatisfied.

  • Rockhampton
  • Big River Jazz Festival

Big River Jazz Festival is a three day event where jazz concerts are held in all bars and restaurants in Rockhampton. Held in mid-September, the festival commences on a Friday night with jazz evenings. On Saturday, a huge concert is held on the banks of Fitzroy River, where you can get to listen and enjoy different types of Jazz music.

Address: 208 Quay Street (PO Box 63), Rockhampton City, QLD 4700, Australia

Tel: +61 7 4922 2855

  • Townsville
  • Tropic Sun Young Playwrights Development Programme

Presented by the Tropic Sun Theatre Co., World Interplay celebrates this festival to bring together young playwrights from all walks of life to stage plays, discuss work, and arrange seminars and workshops. At the end of it, three lucky finalists will be chosen who will be able to stage their plays.

  • Hamilton Island
  • Hamilton Island Race Week

Hamilton Island Race Week has become Australia’s leading keelboat competition. The event was started by David Hutchen in 1983 along with his partner Keith Williams to generate tourism. At first 93 boats contested which later grew slowly but surely. The fleet of boats sail down from the coast of Sydney to Mooloolaba race and then via Brisbane to Gladstone at Easter, finally making their way to Hamilton Island. For the first few years the race was held in April but later shifted to August in favour of good weather conditions. The race completed its 25th anniversary in 2008.

  • Lindeman Island
  • Body and Soul Festival at Club Med

On the beautiful island of Lindeman, during the month of November, takes place the Body and Soul Festival wherein, different types of spa treatments, massages, meditation sessions, alternative therapies can be tried. Motivational seminars and lifestyle workshops are also arranged to keep your body and mind in a sound state.

Address: Broadwater Lindeman Island, Lindeman Island 4741, QLD, Australia

Tel: +61 1300 855 052

For more information, Visit Club Med Lindeman Island.

  • Whitsunday Island
  • Airlie Beach Triathlon Festival

The event is organised by the Whitsunday Triathlon Club which arranges a number of competitions such as Ergon Energy Junior Triathlon, Coral Sea Resort Open Water Swim, PRD Airlie Beach Triathlon, Citibeach Beach Volleyball Challenge, Business Team Challenge, Sport Expo, and a High School Team Challenge. The main event is the PRD Airlie Beach Triathlon which is a sprint distance race, where triatheletes of all ages and aptitudes can participate.

Address: Broadwater Avenue, Airlie Beach 4802, Queensland, Australia

Tel: +61 7 4946 5256

For more information, Visit Whitsunday Triathlon Club.

  • Whitsunday Reef Festival

The Whitsunday Reef Festival is the biggest festival in the region. The 10 day festival features 14 main events spread over 12 different venues. Wine, food and live entertainment for adults and kids are in plenty. Festivities include Cracker night, Esplanade dinner party which has the longest dinner table filled with the most scrumptious of dishes.

Address: Airlie Beach, Airlie Beach 4802, QLD, Australia

For more information, Visit Whitsunday Reef Festival.

  • Camping With Big4

Come Camp is countrywide organised by the Big4 group, so that families can enjoy the fun of camping at night at the Great Outdoors’, light bonfires under the stars and have your dinner without any artificial light, just the bonfires and moonlight.

Address 1: BIG4 Holiday Parks of Australia Pty Ltd, Level 1, Suite 1, 22 Gillman Street Hawthorn East, Victoria 3122 Australia

Address 2: 25-29 Shute Harbour Road, BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort Airlie Beach 4802 Queensland

Tel: +61 3 9811 9300

Fax: +61 3 9813 2899

For more information, Visit BIG4 Holiday Parks.