Events to catch near Cairns this October

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Warm and sunny days call for relaxing in crystal-clear rainforest swimming holes, snorkelling over a kaleidoscope of colourful corals on the Great Barrier Reef, or hitting the road for an adventure into the lesser-explored parts of Tropical North Queensland.

Events are a great way to add a little extra excitement to your getaway and this October’s calendar is stacked full of show-stopping, jaw-dropping and mouth-watering fun.

More than 40 of the hottest country, blues, roots and rock acts take the stage at the three-day festival, Savannah in the Round. 
While country music stars, including John Williamson, Lee Kernaghan and John Butler, might dominate the line-up, Queensland favourites Sheppard and Busby Marou are also set to perform at the Mareeba festival.

After something a little more chilled?

Head to the quaint village of Yungaburra for Tablelands Folk Festival.

Enjoy three days of everything from performances, beer tasting, workshops and markets at Queensland’s longest-running folk festival.  

Port Douglas welcomes celebrity chefs and hardcore foodies at the food and wine festival, Taste Port Douglas, featuring event ambassadors Colin Fassnidge and Manu Fieldel. 

Experience the some of the region’s signature local produce and restaurants while relaxing under the palms in one of Australia’s most idyllic locations.  

With these fantastic events and more just a short drive away from the bustling hub of Cairns, October is a great time to visit Tropical North Queensland.