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25 June, 2021

Weekend Getaway: Adrenaline, action and adventure

If ever they awarded Triple ’A’ rating to a region it would have to go to the Cassowary Coast. Action, Adrenaline and Adventure, three adjectives that capture the Cassowary Coast to a tee.

By Peter McCullagh

You can add another ‘A’ to the list. August, the Cassowary Coast will host, challenge and deliver with an action-packed month designed to shine the spotlight firmly on one of the most exciting regions in Far North Queensland.

 Exciting events for spectators along with an out-of-this-world festival, there’s something for everyone.  Serious adventure, events include Ona Mission Multisport Adventure, TARGA Great Barrier Reef, Red Bull Defiance (Australia’s toughest two-day Adventure Race), and the country’s only extra-terrestrial festival, the Cardwell UFO Festival.

Cassowary Coast Regional Council Mayor Mark Nolan said the community is very excited to have these events happening this year, and in sensational locations for the participants and spectators.

“The Cassowary Coast has such a unique landscape, and whilst it is beautiful to the eye, I believe some of these events will be absolutely brutal for the participants.

 “We are ready to welcome people from outside the Cassowary Coast area, whether car enthusiasts, endurance sport addicts or extra-terrestrial explorers, to come to the area and enjoy the events available through August and to take time to explore the region further,” Mayor Nolan said.

 Australian Professional Triathlete and Red Bull Defiance 2019 competitor Courtney Atkinson said after a year of cancelled events, he was thrilled to be able to return to the Cassowary Coast, compete and also relax and enjoy what the community has to offer.

 “If you had to design a theme park to go and adventure in, the Cassowary Coast ticks all the boxes. Best of the mountain rainforests and waterfalls combined with the ocean and islands. You get the best of both worlds in one place.

“Every time I’m driving into Mission Beach, I’m not sure whether I want to head up to the trails or go relax by the beach. Perfect place to play through the day and chill out by the beach into the evening,” Atkinson said.

 The Cassowary Coast is designed for adventure, from the Rainforest to Reef. To plan your adventure this August visit or contact our accredited Visitor Center on 4068 2288 or at

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