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!

  • LO LA RU TOUR CAIRNS

    Picking up from where their triple j Hottest 100-topping single ‘Hoops’ left off, the new record features exuberant party jam ‘Million Man’ and album standout, ‘Never Ever (feat. Sarah)’ – a powerful duet that won the hearts of music fans across the world. 


    After spending close to three months on the road supporting P!NK on her mammoth Australian tour, The Rubens are now gearing up for a huge run of shows of their own, where they’ll be playing new songs to fans alongside classics such as ‘Hoops’, ‘My Gun’, ‘Lay It Down’ and more.


    Joining The Rubens at all shows will be indie folk trio Little May. Formed in Sydney in 2012, Little May released their debut album For The Company in 2015, co-produced by Aaron Dessner of The National. With a number of standout songs including ‘Boardwalks’ and ‘Hide’, Little May are guaranteed to enchant audiences across the tour. 


    Following an incredible year from The Rubens, this show is not to be missed!

    When: 6:30pm - 10pm Thursday 13th December 2018
    Where: Tanks Art Centre, Edgehill 

  • CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT

    Bring your rug, chair 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 700 local families who might otherwise go without on Christmas Day.

    • The 2018 Carols by Candlelight concert will be held at Fogarty Park on Sunday 9 December, with entertainment from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
    • The entertainment is set to be extra special this year, with over 350 performers involved!
    • There will be a spectacular fireworks display at 8:30pm
  • Monthly Palm Cove Markets

    The Palm Cove Markets showcase local, quality handmade products from contemporary jewellery, leather work, pottery, clothes, skincare, plants and produce, wellness stalls and food.

    The markets have great family entertainment including free crazy golf and a free jumping castle.

    When: The Palm Cove markets are held on the first Sunday of the month, from April to December. Please note there is no market in September.

    For more information on Cairns local markets please visit: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialCairnsMarkets/%20

  • Tanks Market Day Series Sundays

    Time: 9:00am - 2:00pm

    Location: Collins Avenue, Edge Hill

    Showcasing a blend of local art, craft, produce, vintage clothing, collectibles and local natural health products and treatments, the markets are a relaxing way to spend a Sunday morning.

    Market stalls line Tanks promenade on Collins Avenue, with live entertainment provided by local musicians.

    For the latest market news, see the Tank Markets Facebook Page

    29th April 9am - 2pm Sunday Market - first market for 2018
    27th May 9am - 2pm Sunday Market
    24th June 9am - 3pm Body, Mind and Soul Market Day
    29th July 9am - 2pm Sunday Market
    26th August No market See Carnival on Collins below
    2nd September 9am - 3pm Carnival on Collins
    30th September 9am - 2pm Sunday Market
    28th October 9am - 2pm Sunday Market
    25th November 9am - 2pm Sunday Market - last market for 2018

  • 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

  • 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.

    OPENING TIMES

    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/