Information and Results

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Photos from the 2023 QAA Freestyle Tree Climbing Competition can be found here.
The event video can be found on our YouTube page.
Thanks to Miles Away Media for capturing the fun of the day.


Thank you to the following sponsors and supporters who helped make the event so successful:
The 2023 QAA Freestyle Tree Climbing Competition will be held in Cairns on Saturday 22 July. You can find further details about the event below. 
When: Saturday 22 July 2023
Where: Cairns Jockey Club, Cannon Park Racecourse, 585-619 Mulgrave Road, Woree
Timetable (times may be subject to change)

Friday 21 July

Gear check

Saturday 22 July


Competition Start:


2.00pm – 5.00pm




What to bring: 

  • Water
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat (for when you’re not competing)
  • Climbing gear
  • Snacks (lunch will be provided for competitors)


The Jockey Club is located approximately 15mins from the Cairns Esplanade. There is plenty of parking within the Jockey Club grounds. Simply look for the QAA flag to find the exact competition area.

Competition rules:

Our Freestyle Tree Climbing Competition is a bit different to the Amateur Open or QTCC. In this comp, there is only one tree with the aim being to get out of the tree the fastest, while always maintaining safety. Creativity is absolutely encouraged.

All climbers get two runs initially with the top 15 competitors progressing to the Qualifier round where the tree set up is changed slightly and more bells are added to the run. Of these 15, the top seven climbers move through to the Final where the tree is again changed up. The winner is the person with the fastest time in the Final.

Gear check:

Gear check will be held at Cairns Kart Hire, Laser Tag and Escape Rooms (corner Captain Cook Highway and Walker Road, Cairns) from 2pm – 5pm on Friday 21 July. 
Ensuring all competitors are using equipment that is safe is the first task of all our tree climbing competitions. If you’re new to tree climbing competitions, or would just like a refresher, the ISA have a complimentary Gear Check Video that covers how to properly conduct a gear check for a Tree Climbing Competition (TCC).
The video, which looks at a range of topics relating to proper equipment, maintenance and safety, can be found here. Alternatively, check out the documents below:

Individual Event Sponsors:

Is your business or organisation looking to get your brand in front of professional arborists in a fun and relaxed environment?
Individual sponsor opportunities are available for the 2023 QAA Freestyle Tree Climbing Competition. Sponsors can either supply goods for the winners OR donate money that the QAA will spend on purchasing prizes.
Individual events available for sponsorship are:
  • Overall place getters (1st, 2nd, 3rd)
  • Spirit of the Competition (Overall winner)
  • Spirit of the Competition (FNQ winner)

To find out more, email or call us on 07 3821 1488.

Alternatively, you can fill in the Trade Sponsorship Form and return it to the QAA Office.



Todd & Cath’s Kitchen will be on site during the competition to keep the coffee hits coming and the tummies full. You can plan ahead by checking out their menu below.