10 hot Queensland events to get you through winter

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There’s no need to shiver your way through winter. Warm up your weekends with a swag of events that will get the heart pumping.

From sailing on the Sunshine Coast to taking part in the Great Pyramid Race in Tropical North Queensland or even running a stretch at the Townsville Running Festival, get ready to sweat it out.

Sail Mooloolaba, Mooloolaba
13 June – 6 July 2014

Set sail at Sail Mooloolaba, a three-week event dedicated to all things sailing and boating. Catch the yachts racing off Mooloolaba Beach and the Mooloolah River over the weekend of 28-29 June or the Dinghy Open on 5-6 July.

Kids and adults can participate in a variety of experiences, which bring together sailors from all over Australia. Those who prefer to watch can soak up the winter sun and laze on Mooloolaba Beach, watching the race unfold.

Gold Coast Airport Marathon, Gold Coast
5-6 July 2014

Tick off the half-way mark in the year and your fitness goals by participating in the Gold Coast Airport Marathon. Set a new personal best for yourself on Australia’s flattest, fastest course, whether you run the full marathon, half marathon, or a shorter challenge.

Haven’t started training yet? Gather at the sidelines as more than 28,000 people from around the world pound the pavement and get inspired for next year’s event.

The Abbey Medieval Festival, Caboolture
12-13 July 2014

Whether you fancy yourself a knight, a damsel or maybe even the court jester, The Abbey Medieval Festival in Caboolture will have you dining, dancing and jousting your way into the past. Enjoy the medieval delicacies of kings and queens of old while watching dramatisations of days gone by. Even the kids will believe they were born in the wrong era with a wide range of workshops designed to teach them all about the medieval world.

Jumpers and Jazz Festival, Warwick
17-27 July 2014

As one of the few places in Queensland where jumpers are a necessity in winter, Warwick comes alive from 17-27 July to celebrate the thrill of the chill. Combining cleverness and creativity, the citizens lovingly dress 150 deciduous trees around the town in textiles for the official Jumpers and Jazz Festival.

The strains of Queensland’s finest jazz ensembles waft from cafés and restaurants, while events like the Spring Beanie Exhibition and live chalk artistry add to the festivities.

Mary Poppins Festival in the Park, Maryborough
6 July 2014

Fans of Mary Poppins should grab their umbrellas and head to Maryborough to celebrate the famous, fictional nanny. Mary Poppins‘ author, P.L. Travers, was born in Maryborough in 1899 so in homage to her heartwarming tale, the annual event includes nanny races, chimney sweep challenges, sidewalk art, street theatre and more.

Saving Mr Banks star Annie Buckley (who played a young Travers) will also be in town for the big event.

Townsville Running Festival, Townsville
2-3 August 2014

Trade the winter freeze for tropical Townsville with the Townsville Running Festival. Enjoy the stunning backdrop of Magnetic Island and the Coral Sea while you run a full marathon, half marathon, or shorter challenges at this event. Make a weekend of it with a Cowboys NRL home game and the Running Festival after party.

Gemfest, Anakie
7-10 August 2014

Queensland wraps up winter with a celebration of all things sparkly at Gemfest. But be warned, you won’t want to leave without your own little dazzler. Check out the exclusive Jewels of the Outback Showcases, featuring the most striking Queensland-produced sapphires, many of which are held in private collections.

Great Pyramid Race and Country Fair, Gordonvale
9 August 2014

It started, as many great events do, as a bet in a pub: who could race up and down nearby Walsh’s Pyramid – the world’s tallest isolated peak – the fastest. The event line-up includes the Great Pyramid Race, five-kilometre fun run and a cycling criterium. Spectators can race around the markets, entertainment, children’s activities, workshops, rides and amusements.

Broadbeach Jazz Festival, Broadbeach
15-17 August 2014

Add a bit of jazz to your life with the completely free Broadbeach Jazz Festival. The event boasts a whole lot of local and Australian talent performing on outdoor stages and in venues throughout Broadbeach.

Yowah Opal Festival, Yowah
18-20 July 2014

Held in July each year, the Yowah Opal Festival provides an opportunity to visit the charismatic mining town of Yowah and experience the opal mining lifestyle. Featuring food, entertainment and a licensed bar, the event is also host to a designer jewellery competition.

Which events have you got on the calendar this winter?