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!

  • AFL - GC SUNS and North Melbourne

    <p>Cazalys Stadium will host an eighth straight match on the first weekend of the 2018 Toyota AFL Premiership Season.</p>
    <p>Over 10,000 people are expected to attend the Round One match between the Gold Coast SUNS and North Melbourne on Saturday March 24, 2018 at 6.25pm local time.</p>
    <p>For ticket on-sale date, venue and match information please visit: AFL.com.au/tickets</p>
    <p>A limited number of corporate hospitality opportunities will be available and for further information please contact AFL Cairns on 07 4042 3000</p>
    <li>Time: 6:25pm - 9:00pm</li>
    <li>Location: Cazalys Stadium</li>
    <li>Website: <a href="http://www.AFL.com.au/tickets">www.AFL.com.au/tickets</a></li>
    <li>Category: Sport &amp; fitness</li>

  • Chinese New Years Day Celebration

    Enjoy Chinese cultural performances to farewell the year of the Rooster and welcome the Dog. Chinese Dragon and Lion performance, opportunity to feed the lion for good luck and prosperity and a fireworks finale to ward off bad luck!

    Continue the celebrations at The Reef Hotel Casino, the official entertainment venue of KUR-World Great Barrier Reef Chinese New Year.

    Full Chinese New Year celebrations can be found here


    • Friday, February 16, 2018
    • 6:30 PM 7:30 PM
    • Cairns Esplanade, Lagoon Plaza 


  • Australia Day Brekkie - Cairns Esplanade

    Celebrate what's great about our nation at the Cairns Esplanade Australia Day Brekkie!

    The Cairns Esplanade Australia Day Brekkie will be for both residents and visitors with a free bacon and egg bbq breakfast, face painters, jumpy castle, totem tennis, prizes including a family pass to Round 1 of the AFL at Cazaly's and a signed Rugby World Cup ball, giveaways and a live broadcast by HIT 103.5! The theme is backyard sports so come and have a go at AFL, basketball, cricket, football and rugby with your local sports stars.

    Some shelter available, coffee and drinks available for purchase.

    Cairns Regional Council is proud to present Australia Day events for the Cairns community.

    Time: 7:00am - 11:00am

    Location: Western Event Lawns, Cairns Esplanade

    Cost: FREE

    Category: Community event

  • Free guided birdwatching tour

    Join local birding legend John Seale for a free guided birdwatching tour of the Botanic Gardens precinct.

    Tours leave from Friends of the Gardens House at 8:30am.

    The walk takes approximately two hours.

    We recommend you bring binoculars and wear sensible walking shoes.

    Time: 8:30am - 10:30am

    Location: Meet at Friends House in the Flecker Garden.

    Notes: Free tour every Tuesday morning


    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/