The Atherton Tablelands is host to a diverse range of events celebrating food, music, our heritage and sporting interests throughout the year.
The Great Wheelbarrow Race
The Great Wheelbarrow Race is a 3 stage team relay event in May where competitors push a wheelbarrow from Mareeba to Dimbulah to Almaden to Chillageo along the Wheelbarrow Highway. Teams can have two to ten members, but they must all be able to fit legally in a single vehicle along with a race marshall. There is also a solo category for individual runners.
The Crocodile Trophy is a signature event for the Atherton Tablelands. This annual mountain bike 10 day staged race held in Tropical North Queensland covers around the 1,200 kilometres over 9 stages - 7 stages held in the Atherton Tablelands region - and is known to be one of the most demanding mountain bike race in the world. 7 stages are held across the Aherton Tablelands. The Crocodile Trophy is not only the oldest mountain bike stage race in the world but it has attained sort of a cult-status among cyclists all around the world.
Yungaburra Triathlon draws participants and spectators to the picturesque Atherton Tablelands in Far North Queensland to help raise funds for our wounded warriors and awareness of the Soldier On organisation. This event is held annually in November at Tinaburra Foreshore, Yungaburra, Queensland.
Opera in the Outback & Blues Festival
Hosting two fabulous events every year, the Undara Outback Rock and Blues weekend in April and Opera In the Outback, in October have become firm favourites on the annual event calendar. As the sun slowly sinks below the distant horizon of the beautiful eastern Gulf Savannah, the stage is set for some of Australia’s most accomplished operatic performers to deliver unforgettable experiences, while in contrast the Undara Experience erupts for a fun filled weekend of rock and blues.
Tastes of the Tablelands
This event held annually in October at the Chinese Temple Grounds on Herberton Road, Atherton. Visitors will be able to have the full food experience from the land to the table at this festival. Farmers from across the region sell their produce on the day allowing visitors to see fresh produce at its best.
Tablelands Folk Festival
Celebrating music, friendship and cultural understanding, the Tablelands Folk Festival is the longest running folk festival in Queensland. Held in Yungaburra, surrounded by rainforest and crater lakes, it features family entertainment over four days in October.
Biggest annual event in Mareeba - 2 week festival held in June/July.
Big weekend of Rodeo Action. RV friendly camp grounds.