12 must-do Autumn events in Queensland

Sweet, sweet Autumn… so much more than just a transitional period between the throes of summer and cooling temperatures of winter.

While you might think it’s a time of year where things start slowing down in prep for hibernation, the fact is in Queensland, the action just keeps on rolling.

Literally, from surfing competitions and mountain bike championships to the lush hills of the countryside where food and wine festivals are filling you up with local (and seasonal) goodness.

So get out your diaries and mark it up with these must-do Autumn events.


The Quiksilver Pro and Roxy Pro Gold Coast: 11-22 March 2018

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The opening stop on the World Surf League World Championship Tour, the Quiksilver Pro and Roxy Pro will see some of the world’s best surfers head to Coolangatta to battle it out on the right-hand point breaks of Snapper Rocks.

If you plan on catching the action (and a few waves while you’re at it), then you’ll want to book your surf-cation ASAP. Here’s a handy guide to Gold Coast accommodation options to get you started.

World Science Festival Brisbane: 21-25 March 2018

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Slime, bubbles, explosions, oh my!

The World Science Festival returns to Brisbane bigger and better with a huuuuge line-up of activities and informative talks.

We’re talking Q&A’s with Dr Karl and over 40 free immersive events when Street Science! turns South Bank Parklands into the ultimate science playground. Check out this year’s event lineup.

Feast of the Senses: 22-27 March 2018

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Fruit lovers, rejoice! Get your fruity fix at The Feast of the Senses, Tropical North Queensland‘s premier tropical food event.

Held in March each year the program incorporates food events, farm trails, cooking competitions and culminates in a huge market day extravaganza showcasing all the local produce.

P.S. The Feast of the Senses is actually the Guinness World Records Holder for the World’s Longest Banana Split recorded at 8040 metres. Yep, they know a thing or two about bananas.

P.P.S. While you’re in Innisfail, check out these epic things to do.


Julia Creek Dirt n Dust: 13-15 April 2018

Home to one of the toughest triathlons in the country, the Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival is so much more than just a chance to ogle or partake in some spandex-clad cardio.

Over three days, the country town swells from a population of 400 into the thousands as people from all over the world flock for a whirlwind outback adventure, which includes bull riding, horse races, bog snorkelling, and Australia’s best *ahem* butt competition. #yeeha

Plan on road tripping your way out west? Check out this itinerary en-route to Julia Creek.


Mackay City Auto Group North Queensland Games: 5-7 May 2018

The North Queensland Games is the largest multi-sport event in regional Australia shared between Mackay, Townsville and Cairns.

This year, the Games will be staged in Mackay and celebrate their 17th anniversary since 1984. The games will attract athletes, supporters and officials from northern and western Queensland along with a number of athletes from interstate who will travel to Mackay and the Whitsundays to participate.

Beef Australia: 6-12 May 2018

There’s no beef about it. Beef Australia is one of the world’s best beef events and it’s right here in our own backyard.

Held in Rockhampton every three years, the expo will celebrate all facets of Australia’s beef industry from seminars to cooking demonstrations and even a celebrity chef (or two).

For those who take their beef a little more seriously, there will be presentations on trade and export opportunities too.

Captain Cook 1770 Festival: 25-27 May 2018

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Commemorating the landing of Lieutenant James Cook into Bustard Bay at 1770 on 24 May, the Captain Cook Festival is filled with live music, dance performances, market stalls, and amusement rides.

Unfortunately, entry into the festival grounds isn’t free. However, it doesn’t cost a cent to watch the colourful street parade on Saturday, with a free fireworks display that night. Spend the rest of your time exploring the town with this guide.


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Get dressed to impress and be trackside at Doomben and Eagle Farm Racecourses to watch some of Queensland’s best horse racing.

Despite the passionate punters and the extravagant fascinators, this event is all about the indulgent experiences. In fact, the food takes centre stage with a decadent winter menu hand-crafted by executive chefs.

Mark your calendar and come along for your opportunity to rub shoulders with some well-known celebrities, while you enjoy all of the glitz and glamour this event has to offer.

Noosa Food and Wine: 17-20 May 2018

Noosa Food and Wine Festival

Noosa + food + wine = yaasss!

Is there any better combination in this life?

While the exact details of the festival are still under wraps, foodies can expect a line-up that will include some of the best chefs and winemakers from across Australia showcasing their finest produce and culinary creations over three festival villages – The Junction, The Beach, and for the first time, The Woods.

Keep an eye out for the full program which will be released closer to the date (and make sure you get in quick because tickets sell out fast).


The Broadbeach CBD will be filled with the sweet sound of blues at this free festival.

By integrating a pop-up style program where artists play in the city’s streets, you’ll be entertained and groovin’ all weekend long.

So don’t expect to see fences around the festival area or stages, it’s a completely open festival for all ages to enjoy.

Which events are you heading to this Autumn in Queensland?