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Ayr

Burdekin Water Festival

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

Address: Ayr, North Queensland, Australia

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: Cairns Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre, Collins Ave, Edge Hill QLD 4870, Australia

Charter Towers

Charter Towers Country Music Festival

The Charter Towers Country Music Festival is being held in Queensland for the last 30 years to honor 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

Cooktown

Cooktown Discovery Festival

Cooktown Discovery Festival is held every year on 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.

Port Douglas

Port Douglas Carnivale

Port Douglas Carnivale held from 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.

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 the 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 favor of good weather conditions. The race completed its 25th anniversary in 2008.

Whitsunday Island

Airlie Beach Triathlon Festival

The event is organized 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, Sports Expo, and a High School Team Challenge. The main event is the PRD Airlie Beach Triathlon which is a sprint distance race, where triathletes of all ages and aptitudes can participate.

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.