What's on in Cairns: October 2018 - Down Under Tours

What’s on in Cairns: October 2018

September 26, 2018

October in Cairns brings the end of the dry season, which means the humidity begins to rise. The days and nights are warmer, with the occasional late evening shower so your days will generally be uninterrupted. Pack your cooler clothing and get ready to enjoy the sunshine, warm weather and warm water.
October is the perfect time to visit the Great Barrier Reef as it’s leading into warmer weather, but it’s not yet stinger season! Check out our range of Reef tours to make the most your October visit!

Don’t forget the rainforest either – discover the ancient heritage-listed Daintree in the beautiful weather before the wet-season and the high humidity comes in Summer!


Cairns Esplanade Markets: Every Saturday 8am-4pm – by the Lagoon, Cairns Esplanade
Tanks Markets: Sunday 28th October 9am-2pm – Collins Avenue, Edge Hill
Palm Cove Markets: Sunday 7th October 8am-2pm – Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove
Port Douglas Markets: Every Sunday 8am-1:30pm – Market Park, Port Douglas
Rusty’s Markets: Every Friday & Saturday 5am-6pm & Sunday 5am-3pm – 57-89 Grafton St
Cruise Liner Markets: 3rd, 9th, 17th, 21st & 30th October 10am-5pm – by the Lagoon, Cairns Esplanade

Cairns Tropical Pride: Fri 12th to Sun 14th Oct

Cairns Tropical Pride is a 3-day annual celebration of diversity, inclusion and harmony. Three days and nights of Art, Music, Dance, Fashion, Drag, Party, Community, Glamour and more! Head to their Facebook & Website to find out more and see what’s on!


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The Crocodile Trophy – Sat 13th to Sat 20th Oct

This 8-day mountain bike stage race is Australia’s and the World’s oldest and most iconic – going through various terrains in our region. Starting in Cairns on Saturday 13th, and finishing in Port Douglas on Saturday 20th – head to their website to find out more info about this race.

Tastes of the Tablelands Festival – Sun 14th Oct

@ Chinese Temple Ground, Atherton – 8:30-4pm

Tastes of the Tablelands started in 2008 and showcases our region’s amazing local produce and gourmet food. Spend the day at the festival and enjoy entertainment, workshops, demonstrations, as well as get fresh produce straight from farmers and delicious food from cooking stalls. Find out more on their website by clicking here.

Tommy Little & Luke McGregor LIVE – Fri 19th & Sat 20th Oct

@ Tanks Art Centre

Two of Australia’s biggest names in comedy right now come to Cairns for two shows only. Click here to find out more and get your tickets today!

Cairns Taipans V Illawarra Hawks – Sun 21st Oct

@ Cairns Convention Centre

Round 2 of the NBL 18/19 brings the Cairns Taipans back for their first home game of the season. Find tickets here.

Cairns Taipans V Adelaide 36ers – Fri 26th Oct

@ Cairns Convention Centre

Another home game in Round 3 for the Cairns Taipans. Find tickets by clicking here.


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Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase – Fri 26th Oct

@ Tanks Art Centre, Tank 5

The Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase Tour comes to Cairns for one night only, bringing the best acts of this year’s festival. Click here to find out more and find your tickets.

Port Shorts Film Festival – Fri 26th & Sat 27th Oct

@ Rex Smeal Park, Port Douglas

Back for another year, the Port Shorts Film Festival returns to Rex Smeal Park for the Music Video & Young Filmmakers Awards on Friday evening, and then the Port Shorts Film Festival on the Saturday evening to showcase local filmmakers and the best shorts from around the globe. Find out more info and get tickets by clicking here.

The Grass is Greener – Sat 27th Oct

@ Cairns Showgrounds

This annual all ages music festival returns to Cairns Showgrounds – highlighting amazing Australian artists and our local FNQ talent. This year’s line up is headlined by Hayden James, Herobusy, Safia and The Jungle Giants. Click here to find out more about the festival.

Operation Fur-Ever Home – Sat 27th Oct

@ Cannon Park Racecourse

Cairns Regional Council are joining forces with local re-homing organisations to find fur-ever homes for rescue dogs and cats. With a number of local groups participating, take the running around out of finding your new family member by heading to Operation Fur-Ever Home. If your home is ready for a pet, adopt an animal in need and change their life. Find out more on their Facebook Event page.

Tropical Journeys Great Barrier Reef Marathon Festival – Sun 28th Oct

@ Port Douglas

Hosted in beautiful Port Douglas, this marathon festival is becoming increasingly popular as one of the ‘must do’ running events. There are 5 different distances to choose from- ranging from the 42km Adventure Marathon to the 2km Star FM Junior Challenge. Find out more about the events by clicking here.