Tropical North Queensland has busy calendar of events in May

Sponsored content: With events every weekend in May, you’re never short of something to do in the region.
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As autumn nights cool down and the long days of our extended summer wane, our event season kicks into high gear. 

With events every weekend in May, you’re never short of something to do in the region.

Join the crowds at the Cairns Craft Beer Festival, 7 May, at historic waterfront brewpub, Hemingway’s Brewery Cairns Wharf. Their own brews will be showcased alongside Barrier Reef Brewing, Coral Sea Brewing, Macalisters Brewing, Sauce Brewing and distilleries Devils Thumb, Mount Uncle, and Wolf Lane. 

Olden-day Australia comes alive as pioneers climb out of the history books at the Historic Village Herberton Pioneer Weekend, 7-8 May, with demonstrations of blacksmithing, wood chopping, tin panning, and more. There’ll be prizes for best-dressed visitors exploring the 60 original buildings – a living history of Australia’s timber, farming and mining origins. 

A tropical wonderland street parade opens the Port Douglas Carnivale, 20-22 May. Be entertained at the Wonderland Spiegeltent, The Australian INXS Show, a Family Beach Day with Kites Queensland’s Monsters of the Sky and track down the army of projected sugar ants.

A wheelbarrow is very handy, but is it handy in a long-distance race? Probably not, but it’s a heck of a fun weekend at the Great Wheelbarrow Race, 20-22 May. Grab your teammates and head to Wheelbarrow Way for the 140km Mareeba to Chillagoe run, winding through rich farmlands and wooded Savannah country in tribute to our pioneers.

Yachts race the winds of paradise vying for the historic Clipper Cup at the Port Douglas Race Week, 24-28 May. Race around Low Isle and Snapper Island on the beautiful waters of the Coral Sea and celebrate each day in the festival atmosphere at the Yacht Club – everyone’s invited. 

For more events in the region, check out What’s On in May.


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