Mission Beach and the Cassowary Coast may be known for its emerald rainforest, untouched beaches and fresh produce, but did you know that it also has a thriving events scene? From foodie fests to barra bashes, here’s the annual events in Mission Beach and the Cassowary Coast to add to your calendar.
Cardwell UFO Festival
Get your intergalactic fix at Australia’s only UFO festival – Cardwell UFO Festival. The weekend highlights the extra-terrestrial activities around Cardwell and has an action-packed program including family activities, markets, show rides and a costume party. Catch extra terrestrial experts discussing unexplained phenomena, including local UFO sightings and the mysterious Cardwell Lights, at the C-Files forum.
When: 11 – 13 August 2023
Tropical Art Deco Festival
Did you know that Innisfail is home to the largest concentration of Art Deco buildings in Australia? Take it back to the roaring twenties with swinging soirees, dining experiences, vintage car displays, world class jazz performances and more.
When: 2023 dates TBC
Red Bull Defiance
Grab your competitive streak for this crazy adventure challenge set over 3 days. This multi-sport event will test you physically as you run, bike, raft, kayak and more through some of the Cassowary Coast’s most iconic terrains, including lush rainforest, palm-fringed beaches and roaring rivers.
When: 2023 dates TBC
Where: Mission Beach & Cassowary Coast
Feast of the Senses
Indulge in the Cassowary Coast’s fresh produce at Feast of the Senses, an annual foodie festival with cooking demonstrations, market stalls and food trails. Last year’s event was a huge success, with many events booked out.
When: 26 March 2023
On a Mission Multisport Adventure
Paddle, run and bike your way through Mission Beach and Dunk Island on this exciting multi-sport event. Ocean paddle in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, ride through the Wet Tropics World Heritage Rainforest and run along Mission Beach and Mt Kootaloo on Dunk island. Compete as an individual or grab your mates to enter the mixed, womens or mens team categories.
When: 10 Sept 2023
Where: Mission Beach & Dunk Island
Cardwell Barra Bonanza
Grab your rod and reel and make way to Cardwell for the Cairns Hardware Cardwell Barra Bonanza. Try your hand at catching a big barra for your chance of winning fantastic prizes. Plus, senior angles automatically go in the draw to win a boat, motor and trailer package from Great Barrier Reef Boats.
When: 20 – 22 Oct 2022