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August 2016

Black Mountain Unplugged

August 12, 2016 - August 14, 2016

Set at the foot of the mysterious Black Mountain, Black Mountain Unplugged is a non-profit music festival like no other. With only 350 tickets available, this small music festival promises good music and good times without the hassle of crowds or toilet queues. Organised by musicians for musicians and music lovers, this intimate concert also boasts good food, spacious camping, weird and wacky games, and awesome music to enjoy. Tickets are cheap, people are friendly and this festival will no…

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September 2016

Mount Franklin Cardiac Challenge

September 17, 2016 - September 19, 2016

The Mount Franklin Cardiac Challenge is an annual three-day recreational bike ride and camping trip all for a good cause. This fundraising event raises money for the Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation, which endeavours to improve cardiac care in the Far North through the purchase of specialised equipment. Taking place in the September holidays, this is a family-friendly event, which welcomes both amateur and experienced cyclists. The planned route begins in Cairns, travels up the Kuranda range, goes through Speewah,…

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June 2017

Weipa Fishing Classic

June 9 - June 11
Western Cape College,
Weipa, Australia

This three day event in Weipa lures in heaps of tourists and locals as they try their luck for the ‘big one’. Major prize draws, random draws, live entertainment, stalls and much much more is availble this weekend in Weipa! This is a great way to start your trip up through Cape York, bookings for this competition are essential and it is advisable to pre-book your accommodation/ camp grounds. For more information on this event contact Brooke Courtnage on 0477762108…

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Cooktown Discovery Festival

June 9 - June 11
Various venues around town,
Cooktown, QLD Australia
cooktown discovery festival

A fully costumed re-enactment of the landing of Captain James Cook and his first meeting with the Guugu Yimithirr people is just part of the entertainment available on the June Long Weekend. Come join our celebrations all weekend throughout the town. The 2016 Cooktown Discovery Festival will take place from June 10-13 – the Queen’s Birthday public holiday remains! This is one of Cooktown’s premier events and most FNQ residents would have fond memories of the travelling up to experience the…

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Laura Rodeo, Races and Horsesports

June 23 - June 25
Laura,
Laura QLD Australia
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laura races

The Laura Rodeo and Races are the premier social events for many people who call Cape York Peninsula home. The Horsesports are also held over the same weekend, with locals and visitors competing in traditional events such as the barrel races. The annual Laura Rodeo and Races are traditionally held over the 3rd or 4th weekend in June, just 3 kilometres north of Laura township. This is an action-packed weekend with something for all the family to enjoy. This year…

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Bramwell Cup Bush Carnival and Races

June 30 - July 2
Bramwell Tourist Park,
Cape York,
Bramwell Cup

Our 1330 sq km Bramwell Station is welcoming over our neighbours and opening up for Cape York visitors for the 4th fun carnival. We wish to promote beautiful Cape York and let our visitors get to know our station as we do, while at the same time have some fun and involve our neighbouring communities and stations with some old style horse races – only grass fed local horses – and events for our younger carnival goers, including poddy rides (see video), foot races, calf scruffing (see video), and a talent quest along with evening music and…

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Laura Dance Festival

June 30 - July 2
Laura Dance grounds,
Laura,
Laura dance festival

Beginning 30 years ago, this bi-annual event has become one of the largest gatherings of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia, and the most varied display of Indigenous culture in the world. Share in the celebration of the world’s oldest living culture. 500 artists, 20 Cape York Communities and guests, 5,000 visitors, 40,000 years in the making…all in 3 days What makes this event unique is that over 20 Communities travel to Laura to dance and share culture with one another…

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September 2017
$140

Wallaby Creek Festival

September 29 - October 1
Home Rule Rainforest Lodge

Wallaby Creek Festival is a 3 day celebration of music and the arts, surrounded by the beautiful tropical rainforest of far north Queensland. The festival is held September of each year at Home Rule Rainforest Lodge in Rossville, just south of Cooktown. With 3 magical days of musicians, artists and workshops entwined with an amazing and diverse collection of market stalls and crafters, healing spaces, dedicated childrens festival and activities, crafts, street artists and entertainers, Wallaby Creek Festival is a…

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October 2017

Lizard Island Black Marlin Classic

October 21 - October 28

Attracting entries from anglers all around the world, the Lizard Island Black Marlin Classic is an exciting tournament held annually on Lizard Island. This seven day tournament is organised by the Lizard Island Game Fishing Club and is in its 29th year. Due to the size of the black marlin in the area, the Lizard Island Black Marlin Classic is the only tournament in the world that allows the use of heavy (60kg or 130lb) tackle. For more information, please…

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November 2017

Cooktown Races

November 11
Unnamed Venue,
Cooktown,

The Cooktown Races is one of the highlights of Cooktown’s social calendar. Held at the second oldest turf club in Queensland, get ready for an exciting afternoon of horse racing, fashion, live music and good food. Whether you’re there to try your luck, meet the locals or be your partner’s arm candy, you’ll be sure to have a good time! For more information, contact the Cooktown Amateur Turf Club on 07 4069 6000.  

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