cairns adventure festivalRunning from the 27th May to the 4th of June 2012, the Cairns Adventure Festival 2012 will feature outdoor concerts and fun events geared towards getting people involved in the lively atmosphere. However, the heart of the festival focuses on a number of triathlons, from family and children’s events to the all out slog.

This year, half-day and full-day ironman events, which are typically run in countries such as Germany, France, Spain, Denmark, Austria and New Zealand, and are set to be run in Cairns for the first time.

Races at this years Cairns Adventure Festival include; The Challenge Cairns Triathlon – which features a 3.8 kilometre swim through the tropical waters of Yorkeys Knob, a 180 kilometre bike ride down one of the most scenic roads in Australia towards Port Douglas (right past Thala Beach Lodge), as well as the 42.2 kilometre road run. Not for the faint of heart.

The Challenge Cairns Triathlon is tipped to match the status of the iconic Hawaiian Ironman event due to it’s scenic location. It’s also set to offer the winner the second largest prize money in triathlon history, $142,000, which will attract athletes from all over the world.

The ten days of the Cairns Adventure Festival 2012 features ironman events, kids events, triathlons, a mountain bike challenge, boat and surf ski races, reef swim, fun run, a film festival and a sport and lifestyle expo. The Cairns Adventure festival has something for every age and ability.

If you’re coming to be a spectator or competitor in the Cairns Adventure Festival 2012 Thala Beach Lodge is a great place to base yourself amongst the action.