What’s on in Cairns

Let Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort bring you the very best of Cairns. No matter what time of year you visit, our centrally located accommodation near the Great Barrier Reef and Cairns CBD means the best attractions, activities and events are just moments away.

When planning what to do during your stay in Cairns, we’ll keep you up date on what’s on!

  • Cairns Central Trading Hours

    Please see below Cairns Central extended trading hours over Christmas 2017: 

    Monday 18 December

    9:00am – 6:00pm

    Tuesday 19 December

    9:00am – 6:00pm

    Wednesday 20 December

    9:00am – 6:00pm

    Thursday 21 December

    9:00am – 9:00pm

    Friday 22 December

    9:00am – 9:00pm

    Saturday 23 December

    9:00am – 6:00pm

    Sunday 24 December

    9:00am – 6:00pm

    Monday 25 December


    Tuesday 26 December

    9:00am – 5:00pm

    Monday 01 January

    10:30am – 4:00pm

    For additional information including store hours please visithttps://www.cairnscentral.com.au/opening-hours/

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  • New Years Eve on the Cairns Esplanade

    New Year's Eve at the Esplanade is a massive event that brings a diverse crowd together to celebrate the start of another year in our beautiful city. This year's activities will offer an alcohol-free event that is fun and festive with a family-friendly atmosphere!

    Entertainment starts at 5:30pm with activities for families and children. From 9pm the program focuses on music entertainment including a DJ for teenagers. There will be free rides, on-stage entertainment, face painting, roving characters and arts and crafts activities

    Two major firework displays, proudly brought to you by CQ University, at 9pm and 12 midnight will finish the year on a high note.

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  • Carols by Candlelight

    Bring your rug, picnic blanket and your best singing voice to one the biggest annual community events in Cairns!

    Carols by Candlelight attracts thousands of residents and visitors for a feast of Christmas cheer featuring carols performed by vocal groups, dance schools and soloists, culminating with a fireworks finale.

    The evening doubles as the major fundraiser for the Mayor's Christmas Cheer Appeal.  Proceeds from the sale of merchandise goes towards the distribution of food hampers to around 750 local families and seniors who might otherwise go without on Christmas Day.

    Time: 5:30pm - 8:30pm

    Location: Fogarty Park, Cairns Esplanade

    Category: Community event; Live music/concert

    For more information please visit: http://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/whats-on/whats-on/events/christmas-events/carols-candlelight 

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    Bring the Family and the Kids Eat FREE*

    Meet Head Chef Damon 'on the tongs' and listen to the cool groove of Colorful BLAC

    A fun filled and enjoyable night to kick off the school holidays!

    $29.00 per person

    Complimentary glass of wine for AccorPlus members

    Bookings advisable - 07 4080 1801

    *Kids under 12 years old eat FREE with every paying adult

     *No further discount apply

  • Rusty’s Market, Every Friday Saturday & Sunday

    Rusty’s Market is one of the most successful and well-known markets in Australia and abroad.

    From modest beginnings in 1975 of only half-a-dozen stalls, Rusty’s has grown into a bustling three-day event. Renown for its carnival atmosphere and colourful stallholders, Rusty’s boasts over 180 stalls featuring exotic fruit, vegetables, and flowers, sumptuous delicatessens with fresh breads, diary, and seafood, a host of international food and beverage stalls, an abundance of bric-a-brac and specialty products including clothing, jewellery, coffee, and chocolate ... and so much more!

    Rusty’s is named after the late Emrys ‘Rusty’ Rees, who developed and expanded his vision into the thriving market it is today. Rusty’s new owners, Gilligan’s Backpacker Hotel & Resort, have faithfully taken up that vision, and Rusty’s continues to offer its weekly delights to locals and tourists alike.

    Today, Rusty’s Market is an established Cairns tourist icon, and certainly worth a visit. Drop in any Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. We are located in the CBD between Grafton and Sheridan Streets — just ask any local.


    Friday — 5am to 6pm
    Saturday — 5am to 6pm
    Sunday — 5am to 3pm

    See more information on Rusty's Market's website: www.rustysmarkets.com.au

  • Cairns Esplanade market - Every Saturday

    Every Saturday, between 8am and 4pm, the Cairns Esplanade market stalls showcase items crafted by the people who sell them. The quality stalls include jewellery, leather work, pottery, airbrush tattoos, clothes, skincare and more.

    See more here: http://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/esplanade/whats-on/markets

  • Cairns Museum - Re-opened

    On July 10th the newest attraction for Cairns will open its doors, and showcase the story, the history, and  the wonderful tropical life of Cairns North Queensland to the world. We will be welcoming locals and visitors alike to experience the past and the present, the beasties and the beauties of this region.

    The Museum tells the story of Cairns in 4 main galleries

    • Cairns Over Time,
    • Old Cairns and the School of Arts,
    • Living in the Tropics, and
    • Changing Cairns. 

    Covering 3 floors, it also includes a changing Temporary Exhibitions Gallery. Interactive activities, a short film, and a wealth of exhibits, deliver an interesting experience for our visitors, and provide an introduction to the city of Cairns. Catering for the mainstream tourism market as well as the international student market, the Museum has a large tropical verandah, which can host functions. .Located in the heart of the city at the corner of Shields and Lake Street is in walking distance to all the CBD hotels.

    For more details, please see http://www.cairnsmuseum.org.au/