Targeted at an over-30 audience, this music festival is set in a glorious tropical beachfront location. This year’s line-up includes Tim Finn, Sandi Thom, Richie Ramone and Troy Cassar Daley.
Airlie Beach (halfway between Brisbane and Cairns)
MELT is an invitation to and a celebration of Brisbane’s wonderfully diverse queer communities. The invitation is extended to citizens of all genders, sexual orientations, ages, ethnicities, abilities and artistic interests.
Brisbane Powerhouse Arts, 119 Lamington Street, New Farm
Tel: +617 3358 8600
Tough Mudder is a 16- to 20-kilometre course the organisers of which claim is probably the ‘toughest event on the planet’… probably’. Now a national movement, the Tough Mudder comes to a brand new location: Woodford in south-east Queensland, to challenge the locals and visitors alike.
87 Woodrow Road, Woodford 4514
Known as ‘the Aussies’ this event is the largest of its kind and in 2017 it heads back to North Kirra Beach. With previous events attracting over 7000 competitors, spectators can expect to see an overwhelming display of surf life saving experts in action.
North Kirra Beach, Bilinga
Tel: +612 9215 8000
Chefs, restaurateurs and foodies from all over the country, and indeed the world, come to participate in this four-day food festival. Tastings, demonstrations and lunches draw in crowds of food lovers to this yearly celebration of all things culinary.
Various locations around Noosa
Tel: 1300 066 672
Not a lot of people know that the author of Mary Poppins, Pamela Travers, was born in Maryborough, and this festival aims to rectify that. A week-long celebration of this wonderful character makes for a practically perfect spree for budding Janes and Michaels of all shapes and sizes. Don’t miss the Nanny Challenge, the Chimney Sweep Dash, kite displays, vintage cars and more. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, indeed.
Richmond and Wharf Street, Maryborough 4650
Tel: +617 4120 5635