Sunday 24th September 9am – 3pm
Fogarty Park, Cairns. 

Free Family Event | Conservation Exhibits | Informative talks | Live Entertainment | Children’s Activities + loads more!

Join us at Fogarty Park in Cairns on Sunday 24th September for a FREE family friendly festival celebrating and advocating for the iconic Southern Cassowary.

World Cassowary Day is about celebrating and showcasing the Southern Cassowary (Casuarius casuarius) and the conservation efforts of people working to protect them and their home, the World Heritage listed Wet Tropics Rainforests.

Come along and be part of the celebrations and learn more about how you can help protect the magnificent Cassowaries, their Wet Tropics friends and their rainforest home!

 Check out the Facebook event here


Wren McLean (Conservation Officer – Rainforest Trust Australia)
Monitoring and protecting habitat of the Daintree sub-population

Bill Wilkie (Author, Daintree Blockade)
Giving a brief history of the role of community action in protecting the Daintree rainforest.

Geoff Onus (Rainforest Reserves Australia)
Ecologist providing insight into the work of Rainforest Reserves and habitat restoration.

Graham Lauridson (Tropical Vet Services)
Run down on cassowary rescue operations and the leading threats to cassowaries.

Lindsay Delzappo (Dept Environment and Heritage Protection)
Overview of the Qld governments efforts to protect the Cassowary and Wet Tropics Rainforests.


The Natural Culture (VICTORIA)
Original Funk, Pop, Soul, “Just the way nature intended”

Jesse Witney( BYRON BAY)
Soul operator and acoustic roots – conscious lyrics with remarkable guitar work.

Mia Peled-Bolger (CARDWELL)
Young  local artist with an absolutely blow away voice

Oliver Murphy-Kurth (CAIRNS)
Relaxed local musician playing some chilled out acoustics.


  • Face painting
  • Learn to paint a cassowary
  • Arts and crafts tent
  • Live wildlife displays
  • Get a t-shirt screen printed
  • Citter dance competition
  • Raffle

Over 50 conservation, environment and community exhibitors!

Australasian Bat Society, Bats and Trees Society of Cairns, BeardsOn for Conservation Inc, BOLD Australia, Brettacorp, C4 (Community for Cassowary and Coastal Conservation), Cairns and Far North Environment Centre (CAFNEC), Cairns Regional Council – Animal Management, Cairns Regional Council – Sustainability, Cape York NRM, Cassowary Keystone Conservation Inc., Conservation Volunteers Australia, Daintree Discovery Centre, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, Douglas Shire Council, Driftwood Art & Home Décor, Environmental Defenders Office of NQ, Farmers Network, FNQ Branch of Queensland Greens, FNQ Wildlife Rescue, Four Mile Books, Freshwater of the Tropics, Girringun Aboriginal Corporation, Greencollar Group, Healing Together on Country, Kuranda Conservation Community Nursery, Kuranda Envirocare, Mission Beach Cassowaries, Orangutan Foundation Australia, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, Queensland Trust for Nature, Rainforest Bounty, Rainforest Heart Pty Ltd, Rainforest Rescue, Rainforest Reserves Australia, Rainforest Trust, Reef Friends, Rob Pyne MP, Sea Turtle Foundation, Spottedwild Pty.Ltd, Steven Nowakowski Publishing, Terrain NRM, The Human Environment Movement, Treeforce & Mulgrave Landcare, Tropical Vet Services, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, Wildlife Qld Cassowary Coast Hinchinbrook/Wildcard Art, WWF-Australia, Wet Tropics Biodiversity Foundation, Wet Tropics Management Authority

Scroll down to check out the jam packed program for the day below or click here to download a PDF version.