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Zambrero drive-through grand opening Earlville

THE first Zambrero drive-through restaurant north of Brisbane is throwing open its sliding windows to Far Northerners. To celebrate, on Wednesday diners will be treated to $5 burritos and bowls, and every breakfast ordered between 6am and 11am will be accompanied by a free coffee.  The Earlville store on Mulgrave Rd is only the fourth drive-through Zambrero in Queensland and adds to co-owner Vince Toohey’s other two franchises in Cairns Central shopping centre and on Lake St in the Cairns CBD. Added to the offering at the Earlville store is the new Coco Mexico range. Coco Mexico identifies its handmade coffees as “well-travelled”, coming all the way from the Mexican Vera Cruz region. The new store is open 6am-9pm Monday to Thursday, 11am-11pm Friday and Saturday, and 11am-9pm Sunday.


Cairns Tropical Pride

Cairns Tropical Pride is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender plus (LGBT+) festival to celebrate the diverse and beautiful people and places of the Cairns region. Once a year, Cairns Tropical Pride invites visitors from Australia and the world to join them for a week of play in the gorgeous environment that is Tropical North Queensland. From dance parties to dive expeditions, from fashion shows to rainforest excursions, culminating in Fair Day at Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns Tropical Pride offers something for everyone in the rainbow family. Cairns Tropical Pride promotes enjoyment, discovery, exchange and harmony, and asks LGBT+ folk from around the globe to share their pride and show their love in an idyllic festive holiday environment. ~ 12/10/2018 - 12/10/2018


Crocodile Trophy

The Crocodile Trophy is the oldest Mountain Bike (MTB) stage race in the world and has its home in the heart of one of the most beautiful holiday destinations on earth: Tropical North Queensland in Australia. The race stages offer the biggest variety of mountain bike trails - eight days from the jungle in Cairns to the Atherton Tablelands with bush single tracks into the unique Australian Outback. Finish on the breath-takingly beautiful Four Mile Beach in Port Douglas. Ride with cyclists from all over the world - you can camp on cattle stations and in the historic mining villages and even a coffee plantation or there are hotel and motel accommodation packages to choose from! The event is fully catered and supported by race mechanics and medical staff. Visit the event web site for more details.


Katchafire (New Zealand) and EarthKry (Jamaica) - Cairns

Sunday 4 November at The Jack, Cairns with EarthKry and Jelly Oshen at 6pm. NZ’s Katchafire will be joined by Jamaican maestros EarthKry on the ‘Legacy Love Today’ Australia 2018 tour! Whilst this will be EarthKry’s first trip down under, earlier this year they joined Katchafire on their USA tour and they guarantee they are going soothe your soul with their wholesome fusion of Roots Reggae and Rock! Also joining the line-up is up and coming Cairns roots artist Jelly Oshen. Katchafire’s new ‘Legacy’ album is exciting and fresh with messages of love, hope, togetherness, and family; with the 12 songs on this album being recorded in numerous studios around the world from New Zealand and Australia to LA and Hawaii to Jamaica, featuring collaborations with some of reggae’s finest. Recent line-up changes have added new fuel to the ‘Fire and the first three singles from the ‘Legacy’ album—‘Addicted’, ‘Way Beyond’ and 'Love Today'—have been picking up airplay on roots reggae radio and added to playlists around the world with 'Love Today' hitting the Top 20 on the Global Reggae Chart and a new video for “100” will be revealed soon! There is no stopping the Fire!


Great Barrier Reef Masters Games

The Great Barrier Reef Masters Games are a celebration of Masters sport in the beautiful location of Cairns, in partnership with Tourism and Events Queensland. Now in its fourth games the GBR Masters will be held from Thursday 23 to Sunday 26 May 2019. 2,000 masters-aged men and women from Australia, Oceania and South East Asia 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.


C2K Bike Ride

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 2019 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

From where ever you are, come and join Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, and immerse yourself in a CIAF experience of your own. The CIAF 2019 cultural festivities will take place on 12 to 14 July, opening night 11 July 2019. In 2018, 45000 people attended across all venues enjoying the diversity of Far North Queensland Indigenous culture and taking the chance to attend and buy the latest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island art from across Queensland, at the CIAF Art Market and Art Fair. The now famous CIAF daily program offers free traditional dance and music performances, artist and industry talks, art workshops, theatre and film screenings. Cairns cultural venues offer a variety of art form events and gallery exhibitions, creating a celebratory feeling citywide.


Targa Great Barrier Reef

Targa Great Barrier Reef will be the first ever Targa event held in Queensland and the event name joins two iconic brands under the one banner. The new event will be based in one of Australia’s iconic tourism locations, Cairns and will reach out to all of the surrounding regions including Port Douglas and the Atherton Tablelands. The inaugural event will be held on August 31 and September 1 and 2, 2018 on a course of over 200 competitive kilometres, including the exciting range roads out of Cairns and Port Douglas, which if you have ever been to the region, you will agree are some of the most exciting roads in the country. Targa Great Barrier Reef will be a Targa event like no other as it passes through landscapes that are truly unique to Tropical North Queensland. Sugar cane and banana plantations will line the various stages and the weather will be anything but cold, being held at an ideal time of the year.