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Cairns Events | March- May


The Commonwealth Games Queens Baton Relay

The Queens baton will pass through the iconic sights of Cairns between 15th and 17th of March before it continues on the journey to its final destination in The Gold Coast.

On Thursday 15th of March the baton will arrive in Cairns and will visit some of the regions most iconic tourist spots.

On Friday 16th March,  head to the free celebration breakfast at Palm Cove and watch the relay set off!

Information from Cairns Regional Council website.


Feast of The Senses
This Innisfail event celebrates the Tropical North's stunning produce and culinary treats.

March 22nd-27th on Edith Street, Innisfail


Festival 2018
This 12 day festival is jam-packed with street food, art and more. See the full intinerary here.

Commonwealth Games Basketball Heats
See the preliminary rounds of the Commonwealth Games basketball at the Cairns Convention Centre.


Mother's Day Classic Cairns

This running event raises money for breast cancer. Head to the Esplanade on May 13th to cheer on the girls!

Cairns Events | June- August


Whether you're looking to compete or just want to cheer on the competitors, Cairns Airport Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship perfectly combines sportsmanship and paradise.
See more about Ironman here


Cairns Indigenous Arts Fair

This unique event celebrates Indigenous Australian and Torres Strait Island culture. Includes an art fair, art market and cultural performances. 13th-15th July.
See full itinerary here

Cairns Show
The biggest event on the Cairns calender. Enjoy entertainment, agricultural displays, fair ground rides and more!  18th-20th July


Cairns Tropical Writers Festival
Bringing together stories from Australian authors, the Cairns Tropical Writers Festival includes workshops and more! August 17th-19th
See full itinerary here.

Cairns Festival
This action-packed festival showcases everything we love about the region! Entertainment, arts, culture and more! August 24th- September 2nd.
See full itinerary here.


Cairns Markets

Cairns is a tropical mecca when it comes to markets! From weekly esplanade markets offering handmade local gifts, to quirky treasure hunts at the Northern Beaches, there's a Cairns Market to suit every taste!

The Cairns Night Markets
The night markets building, 71-75, the Esplanade, Cairns
When? Every night between 5PM and 11PM
Offering An array of Australiana gifts, massages, accessories, clothing, local goods and more!

Cairns Esplanade Markets
Next to the lagoon
When? Every Saturday between 8am and 4pm
Offering Quality local produce and gifts including jewellery, pottery, leatherwork, clothing, crafts, skincare and food.

Palm Cove Markets
Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove
When? First Sunday of every month unless specified from 8am-2pm. 2018 dates: 1 April, 6 May, 3 June, 1 July, 5 August, 7 October, 4 November, 2 December
Offering Free family entertainment (including mini golf & jumping castle!), wellness goods, food, jewellery, crafts, gifts, plants and produce, pottery, leatherwork

Tanks Markets
Collins Avenue, Edge Hill, next to Cairns Botanical Gardens
When? Last Sunday of every month April- November from 9am-2pm. 2018 dates: 29 April, 27 May, 24 June, 29 July, 30 September, 28 October, 25 November.
Offering Local arts, crafts and produce, vintage clothing, health products, live music

Port North Markets
Next to the lagoon
When?  March -  18, 20 and 30, April - 24, May - 3, 7 and 22, June - 13 and 19, July - 3 and 17, August - 14, 21 and 26, September - 10, 25 and 26, October - 3, 9, 17, 21 and 30, November - 13, 30 and 22, December - 11, 12 and 17
Offering Local tourist items, crafts and produce

For more information on the Cairns Markets above, head to the Cairns Regional Council's website. 

Holloways Beach Markets
Holloways Beach shore front (near Strait On The Beach)
When? First Sunday of every month, however we recommend checking the dates on their website.
Offering Bric-a-brac, local food, second hand clothing, toys and homewares, plants and more!

Smithfield Markets
Smithfield Shopping Centre
When? First and third Sunday of every month
Offering Local goods

Kuranda Markets
Kuranda Village
When? Everyday before 3pm
Offering Souveniers, local produce, jewellery, clothing, skincare and more!

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Free Activities on Cairns Esplanade

Keep fit in the Tropics with a range of Active Living free fitness classes on the iconic Cairns Esplanade!

Monday: Seniors Steady Steps 9.30am to 10.30am, Bouldering 5pm to 6pm, Fitness Playground 5.30pm to 6.30pm
Tuesday: Pilates 6.30am to 7.30am, Volleyball 5.30pm to 6.30pm, Zumba 5.30pm to 6.30pm
Wednesday: Qigong Yoga 6.30am to 7.30am, Aqua Zumba 5.30pm to 6.30pm
Thursday: Active Living Boxfit 6.30am to 7.30am
Friday: Active Living Beast Mode 5.30pm to 6.30pm
Saturday: Sahanja Yoga Meditation 7.30am to 8.30am, H.I.I.T 8am to 9am, Aqua Aerobic 9am to 10am

Check the Cairns Regional Council website for updated timetables. Photo from Cairns Regional Council Website.