Laura Cooktown

Things to do

Arts & Culture Events

Ancient and modern cultures combine in Tropical North Queensland, and are celebrated in a diverse range of events held throughout the year.

Tropical North Queensland is the only place in Australia where two distinct indigenous cultures meet – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander. For tens of thousands of years they have shared a deep connection with the land. Visitors can gain an insight into this ancient culture and their artistic traditions at events like the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair and Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival.

Discover more recent history at the Pioneer Weekend at Herberton or Cooktown Discovery Festival. Watch movies under the stars at Port Shorts, the coolest film festival in the tropics, or get a real taste of outback living with the Mareeba Rodeo. Many festivals also celebrate the unique multicultural mix that exists in Tropical North Queensland, offering food, music and art from every corner of the globe.