Cairns -- a major adventure sports destination
An exciting new Cairns Adventure Festival is set to turn the Great Barrier Reef into a major adventure sports destination. The ten-day event kicks off on May 29 with an iron-distance triathlon and will be followed by a line-up of challenging races for oarsmen, swimmers and mountain bikers.
The festival has already been dubbed the ‘Australian Open of Tropical North Queensland’ in terms of the adventure sporting industry. It is expected to become a major diary date for international athletes.
The festival will include a 40-kilometre ocean race for outrigger canoes from Palm Cove to Four Mile Beach at Port Douglas.
Also on the water, Quicksilver will host a 1.5-kilometre and 3-kilometre Barrier Reef swim off Green Island – giving partipants a chance to swim with the turtles.
One of the major attractions will be Australia’s longest-running point-to-point mountain bike race, the Rural, Rainforest and Reef cross country endurance race.
More than 1,500 athletes have already signed up for the Challenge Cairns triathlon, and registrations for the new events open on March 1.