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13 - 15 July 2018

Things to do in FNQ

Gimuy Fish Festival. Photograph Lovegreen Photography

Whilst enjoying CIAF, there are many things our fantastic region has to offer

1. Mandingalbay Yidinji Eco Cultural Tours

Mandingalbay Yidinji Eco Cultural Tours are offering a special price during CIAF, including a special MY Deadly Dinner by Night. The tour, which starts at the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal, glides across Trinity Inlet to where the salty water of the sea meets freshwater flowing off the surrounding mountains. 


Enjoy a 2 hour boutique eco tour including authentic welcome, guided walk discovering the Mandingalbay Yidinji bush supermarket and pharmacy and more. A truly unique cultural tour, across the inlet. DOWNLOAD YOUR CIAF SPECIAL HERE

2. Coral Expeditions

Cape York & Arnhem Land | Explore the Northern Australian coastline and immerse yourself in the diverse cultures of Indigenous Australia, with this exclusive Cape York & Arnhem Land adventure. 

This expedition will be focusing on Australian art and curated by traditional artist, Brian Robinson, as we will be taking you into some of the continent’s most acclaimed art centres. On board, you will also have the opportunity to create your own unique piece with an art class hosted by Brian himself.

Sailing aboard Coral Discoverer, this itinerary will follow the coast of the remote and culturally rich Arnhem Land, crossing the Gulf of Carpentaria and into the Torres Strait. Stand at the very tip of Australia at Cape York, before we make our way down through the Great Barrier Reef to Cairns. Experience traditions unchanged for centuries, sacred rock art and remote lands only permitted accessible by a fortunate few.

See how generations have passed on artistic traditions, and how this important cultural legacy is being kept alive today. Visit world renowned art centres in Yirrkala and Nhulunbuy. Watch Elders tell their story through art in Maningrida. See how the women of Tiwi Islands give back to their community through their local fabric printmaking and clothing business.

Join Coral Expeditions on this exciting expedition to the far reaches of Australian’s Northern coastline.

3. South Sydney VS North Queensland

The South Sydney Rabbitohs will bring a home game to Cairns for the fifth consecutive season when they take on the North Queensland Cowboys at Barlow Park on July 16. 



CIAF respectfully acknowledges the First Peoples’ and Custodians of the lands, waters and seas on which we work and live. We honour their Elders, past and present