The picture perfect landscape that stretches between Cairns and the Gulf of Carpentaria is home to many thriving outback communities. From April to May each year, Croydon, Normanton and Karumba hold renowned fishing festivals where all fishing enthusiasts are welcome to try their luck at catching the Far North's beloved barramundi. If you want to explore this region the hard way, take part in the Cairns to Karumba bike ride in June.

North West Queensland is the region to be if you are looking to tackle the physical challenges present in the famed great aussie outback. The Porcupine Gorge Challenge will see runner is action during the month of November. There's also the Dirt 'n' Dust and Curry Merry Festivals for those looking to engage with the spirit of the outback.