Cycling on Captain Cook HWY in Cairns Ironman

Things to do


Whether you like to watch the game or get out there and compete yourself, there’s a sporting event for you in Tropical North Queensland.

The North Queensland Cowboys NRL team play one game each year at Barlow Park in Cairns, and it always draw a huge crowd. And even though the region doesn’t have an AFL team of its own, two of the premiership clubs head north and play a game in Cairns every year.

Watch the world’s best athletes aged over 30 compete at the Great Barrier Reef Masters Games or dust off your best Fashions on the Field outfit for the Cairns Amateurs horse-racing carnival. Numerous mountain bike races are held on the tough terrain of mountain bike trails throughout the region. Active travellers can sign up for a challenging ocean swim during the Cairns Airport Adventure Festival, run along Four Mile Beach in the Great Barrier Reef Marathon or test themselves against the world’s best anglers in the Port Douglas Marlin Challenge.