Most are held
the dry season, between April and October.
During the rest of the
between November and March, the weather
is either too hot or too humid
even for the locals.
Festival is held over a ten
in late August / early September every year, and includes several
different things from exchibitions, competitions and street
entertainment to parades, fireworks, cooking shows, markets and food
stalls in different places in Cairns.
Cairns Cup Carnival is Cairns's version of Melbourne Cup, and up here it is held in early August every
It is at the Cannon Park Racecourse, Cairns Jockey Club in the
southern end of the town, and the two day weekend has Ladies' Day on
Saturday and the race on Sunday.
Properly called Cairns CARMA or Tropical Wave Festival, this event is held in late September
in Fogarty Park and is a dance festival with performances by the
different ethnic groups in Cairns, including many different European,
Asian and Oceanian countries.
is held on Cairns Showgrounds in mid
July, in the middle of our Dry
Season, and like any other similar event it has its rides,
agricultural, horticultural, and other displays and competitions,
including home brew wine, and up here also sugar cane.
Home Show and Caravan and
Camping Expo is held over a three
in late May or early June every year. It is mostly about home as well
as caravan and camping exhibitions, but there are also a few shows
including barramundi fishing.
Knob Festival is a one
day festival that is held on a
Saturday in late May or early June every year.
There is a fairly busy
programme with stage shows including crowning of the King and the
the Knob and other fun.
happening at Cairns Festival?
fair bit as the festival
is about two weeks long.
It's in late August to
and I like that in most years they put on something to celebrate my
birthday - the fifth of September :-)
Well all in all it's a
few weeks of
different events happening here and there, most in the
on the Esplanade.
concerts, even choirs and pipe organs...
... photographic exhibitions, poster competitions and street art, ...
cabaret and theatre,
And there is the usual - fireworks,
carnivals and street
on the beach, cooking
wine festivals, markets
and food stalls.
It is a good time in Cairns
with things happening
every day so join
in and enjoy Cairns festival if you are around :-)
show is held yearly in mid July.
over a three day
period at Cairns
It's the same thing as Sydney's Easter Show and Brisbane's Ekka, just a
smaller version of them.
The main things are livestock
and amusement rides,
so it is
mostly interesting for children.
If you have kids on your Cape York trip and a few spare days in Cairns
in mid July,
there is the
opportunity to go to the show. There are
plenty of opportunities
win prizes, ...
.. there are plenty of food
.. all sorts of displays,
.. kids activities,
... and amusement rides.
There is stage
.. such as live music
and indigenous dancing,
There is the Heritage
with historical displays,
There are even piglet
one of the most
popular part of this show,
.. and all the kids love
to pat the
.. and feed alpacas and
There are also wine making competitions
and local industry displays.
There are bars
so you can have
a drink, ...
.. and there is an extensive
with different events happening every half an hour during the three day
Every night, there is a performance
by Tjapukai dancers, and in the end of every day there are
Home Show and Caravan and Camping Expo is getting bigger.
course, it is still
smaller than similar expos in Sydney and Melbourne, even Brisbane, but it's getting bigger
It's a very popular family event and a great place to get products and
ideas for home
(inside and out) as well as your outdoor
adventure life - camping, boating and fishing.
You can buy stuff,
you can win prizes,
and you can watch
cooking and fishing shows. The event
is held yearly, over
a three day weekend in late May / early
June at Cairns
mostly inside the exhibition building, there are the products and
services for home
building and renovating: furnishings, patios, sheds, barbeques, lighting, home ware, floor coverings, kitchens, exercise
investment and sustainable
mostly outdoors, are the outdoor
four wheel drives, caravans and camper trailers, camping gear and
accessories. It's good stuff if you are into caravans (I am not into
caravanning nearly as much as roof-top-tent four wheel drives, but I
love watching the
insides of the new vans).
Then there are the boating
Fishing boats, ski
boats, trailers, accessories, motors, fish founders .. also kayaks, and
of course, fishing
There is also free
and prizes to win
Home Show -
appliances, fishing gear.
are fishing talks, casting and lure demonstrations, as well as cooking
shows. And of
there are food stalls
outlets at the Cairns Home Show so you won't go hungry.
Knob Festival is properly called Festival of the Knob.
held in late May or
early June every year, and it is a local event that indeed shows the
of this small community.
It is more than just your usual parade and market stalls.
For the little community they have a well organised party, with
almost every hour on the program, and some very
enthusiastic festival committee people.
got there in the
arvo this year and by then obviously most of the things were done on
this year's Yorkeys Knob Festival...
But I did get the program,
and it is impressive for a little community. There is the official
crowning of the King and the Queen of the Knob, the presentation of the
Yorkey Award to an outstanding local business, the 'Arrival of
Yorkey'.. There are guest artists such as music bands and dance clubs,
and school choirs and music at the Yorkeys Knob Festival.
There are also kids'
... market stalls,
... and of course, food
Kids had lots of fun, and all the
locals were right into it. Yorkey's
Knob is more than the boat club - it is a tight knit little
.. Apparently I won a competition :-)
There was that dengue
fever stand, and they had mosquitoes in a
cage, and the competition question was, how many??
them and constantly flying around so not easy to estimate.. so I wrote
170 mozzies and never thought about it again, until, a few days later,
my phone rang.. Apparently I was the winner :-)
July 2013 we had another great game of AFL Cairns.
may be bigger on
rugby with their Cowboys, but AFL
bigger in Cairns.
And we love it!!!
Since three years ago we
now have AFL
games in Cairns, and I really hope they don't stop it.
It may look like a country event compared to Melbourne's, but at least we can now watch AFL here. The event
is held at the Cazaly's
Stadium in Westcourt, southern Cairns.
It is the largest oval
Cairns and (still only) holds up to something like 13,000
is owned by the Cairns Australian
Football League, and is at the AFL Cairns club.
Apart from AFL, the
stadium is also
used byQueensland Rugby League and Queensland Cricket
Although the history of AFL in south eastern Queensland started as
early as in the late 1800s, in
Queensland it is fairly short.
Some short lived teams existed in the early 1900s in Atherton Tablelands and on Thursday Island, but it
1955 and 1957
Townsville and Cairns
Football League were
Today, the Townsville league is an amateur league, while the AFL Cairns
is semi professional, and
considered as the
Australian rules football league in
Cazaly's hosted AFL pre-season matches in the years 2000-2007, and
since 2008 the stadium has been redeveloped and the league has grown quickly.
In 2010, Richmond Tigers
contract to play one match per year against Gold Coast
Cazaly's Stadium, in the three following years.
In all the three years
with 10,382, 10,961 and 11,197 people in the audience (still small
numbers, I know, Victorians - but they are big for us :-).
In 2011 and 2012 the Suns won, but in 2013 it was Richmond's turn and it was a great game!
Richmond apparently will not be back, but the Suns will likely, and hopefully the games continue.
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