Mark your calendars! Here are the top 12 events in Queensland that should make your must-do list in 2018:
Brisbane Global Rugby Tens | Brisbane
WHEN: 9-10 February 2018
14 professional teams from France, South Africa, Samoa, Japan and New Zealand, will descend on Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium for 28 relentless matches of rugby union.
Quiksilver Pro & Roxy Pro Gold Coast | Gold Coast
WHEN: March 2018
Snapper Rocks will transform into the ultimate surf hub for fans to witness surf-pros dominate giant waves and ride flawless right-hand barrels.
CMC Rocks QLD | Ipswich
WHEN: 16-18 March 2018
Country music fans will sway and sing together at the annual CMC Rocks QLD. Two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year country superstar Luke Bryan is set to make an appearance, as are country legends Darius Rucker, Busby Marou and Kelsea Ballerini.
Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games | Gold Coast
WHEN: 4-15 April 2018
The XXI Commonwealth Games will call the Gold Coast home for 11 days of sport. Don’t miss some of the world’s best athletes compete for gold, silver and bronze.
Noosa Food & Wine Festival | Sunshine Coast
WHEN: 17-20 May 2018
Indulge in incredible Australian food and wine as you sample the offerings in tipis on Noosa Main Beach. Enjoy a long lunch on Hastings Street and cannot-miss events in some of Noosa's favourite restaurants.
Gold Coast Marathon | Gold Coast
WHEN: 30 June – 1 July 2018
Compete in 10km or the 5.7km challenges or take on the 4km or 2km dashes. Even the non-runner sideliners will be motivated to lace up their running shoes after seeing the picturesque race course.
Birdsville Big Red Bash | Birdsville, Outback Queensland
WHEN: 10-12 July 2018
40m high red sand-dune, live rock music and a star-studded sky in the Queensland outback: it’s the one and only Birdsville Big Red Bash! Headlining the night this year are Aussie superstars Troy Cassar-Daley, Missy Higgins, Lee Kernaghan and The McClymonts.
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Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) | Tropical North Queensland
WHEN: 13-15 July 2018
Queensland is home to Aboriginal and Torres Strait cultures and both are celebrated at the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair every year. Meet the artists and learn the history behind their art.
Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo | Outback Queensland
WHEN: 9-12 August 2018
Locals countdown every year for the annual Mount Isa Rodeo. It’s a time to celebrate the great Australian outback. Those brave enough give a go to riding one-tonne bucking bulls.
ITU World Triathlon Grand Final and World Championships | Gold Coast
WHEN: 15-16 September 2018
Qualifying athletes from 46 nations will demonstrate their strength, endurance and determination at the Southport Broadwater Parklands in the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final.
Gold Coast 600 | Gold Coast
WHEN: October 2018
Blink and you’ll miss drivers as they skid by burning rubber. As they move into the final lap, you’ll be at the edge of your seat waiting in suspense to know who will take home the prize package.
Woodford Folk Festival | Brisbane
WHEN: 27 December 2018 – 1 January 2019
Ring in the new year with magic, theatrical performances, music and an epic fire event that puts all bonfires to shame. Not only is Woodford a place for the young at heart, it’s also a great spot for families to spend the new year together.