If you looking for a tropical holiday of fun, sun and excitement, a getaway to Cairns will offer up a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the best Queensland has to offer. A Cairns holiday is an excellent escape for couples, friends and families looking to enjoy tropical weather, long sandy beaches, the Daintree rainforest and, of course, the iconic Great Barrier Reef.
The Cairns Chinese New Year Street Festival
This festival has become a nationally significant event that celebrates the Lunar New Year. It has special significance to the large Chinese community in the area and ever since it began in 2004 it has attracted a bigger following each year. It's now an important cultural event for visitors and locals alike. The Chinese New Year Street Carnival brings Cairns to life with displays of its food, culture, markets, children's activities, martial arts, music, firecrackers, dragon dancing, and of course it wouldn't be complete without the famous Chinese lion dance.
Cairns Blues Festival
Fogarty Park comes alive in May for the annual Blues Festival that draws performers from all round Australia and overseas. This event is always held in a friendly atmosphere surrounded by a tropical wonderland on the Cairns Esplanade. It enhances the North Queensland lifestyle with its quality musicians and laid back hospitality. Artists use two back to back stages and there's a special children's tent, a garden bar, merchandise tent, food vendors and many varied displays. it all culminates with an outstanding after party.
Cairns Airport Adventure Festival
The annual Cairns Airport Festival gives patrons of all ages a full 10 days to enjoy themselves in the tropics. Some of the events to look forward to include the following:
- Triathlon designed specifically for children.
- Great Barrier Reef Ocean Challenge
- Quicksilver Reef Swim
- Mountain Bike Challenge
- Coral Coast Triathlon
- IRONMAN 70.3 Cairns, the main event of the festival
Cairns Ukulele Festival
This unique festival, held in July, includes the largest ukulele ensemble world record attempt along with a ukulele building school and art exhibition. The event, held in Fogarty Park, also has market stalls, learn to play the ukulele workshops, tiki carving and children's entertainment. Ukulele clubs from throughout Australia flock to Cairns for this event each year and thousands of eager fans enthusiastically cheer them on.
Whatever event you feel you'd like to build your holiday around you'll find holiday rental accommodation is far superior to traditional hotel or motel stays. A HomeAway holiday rental is available in Cairns to suit your budget and family, or group, needs. It's a place to relax in the comfort of your own home away from home.
Note: All dates & information in the above article were correct as of September 4th 2013.
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