10 unmissable events coming up in Queensland

From music festivals to marathons, there’s no shortage of things to see and do in Queensland.

1. A CASE OF THE BLUES

Music legends such as James Morrison, Dom Turner and US guitar hero Robben Ford touch down on the Gold Coast for the landmark Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival. Shows run from May 19 to 22.

2. MAGIC IN THE AIR

Brisbane is one city where rugby league is simply the best. And it doesn’t get much better than the NRL Magic Round, three action-packed days from May 13 to 15 where all 16 teams play on Suncorp Stadium’s hallowed turf. Expect big hits and incredible tries.

3. LIFELONG LEARNER

Let your mind wander at the World Science Festival (March 9 to 13) and Curiocity (March 9 to 20). Held in Brisbane, they offer fascinating events, interactive installations and engaging chats with the who’s who of the science world.

4. WORK OF ART

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, culture and performances takes centre stage from July 6 to 10 at the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair.

Gold Coast Marathon is Australia’s favourite holiday run. Credit: Gold Coast Marathon
Gold Coast Marathon is Australia’s favourite holiday run. Credit: Gold Coast Marathon

5. BORN TO RUN

The Gold Coast Marathon is Australia’s favourite holiday run with a flat track that’s perfect for setting a new PB. Put your running shoes on from July 2 to 3.

6. SMOOTH SAILING

Hamilton Island hosts Australia’s largest offshore keelboat regatta from August 20 to 28. The Whitsundays is a stunning backdrop for this fixture on the sailing calendar, known for its camaraderie and convivial atmosphere.

Big Red Bash – the world’s most remote music festival. Credit: Tourism and Events Queensland.
Big Red Bash – the world’s most remote music festival. Credit: Tourism and Events Queensland

7. JUST DESERT

Join Jimmy Barnes, Missy Higgins and Kasey Chambers in outback Queensland for Birdsville’s classic Big Red Bash – the world’s most remote music festival. Running from July 5 to 7.

8. NEED FOR SPEED

Supercar action heads to the tropics on July 8 for the NTI Townsville 500. Racing on the Reid Park Street Circuit is always close and competitive.

Exploring the Garden City in full bloom at Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers
Exploring the Garden City in full bloom at Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. Credit: Tourism and Events Queensland.

9. FLOWER POWER

Visit Southern Queensland Country to behold the Garden City in full bloom. The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is the longest-running event of its kind, a true celebration of botanic beauty. The carnival is a month-long, but key dates to remember are the Festival of Food and Wine from September 9 to 11 and the spectacular Floral Parade scheduled for September 17.

10. TO THE RACES

Whether you’re pushing your limit as a competitor or cheering people on, the Noosa Triathlon is always one of the Sunshine Coast’s most thrilling sporting spectacles. Catch the action from October 26 to 30.

This article originally appeared on Escape and do not necessarily represent the views of australiaexploring.com

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