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 taipans upcoming games

    Follow the Cairns Taipans at the Cairns Convention Centre:

    03/01/2019 | Cairns Taipans v Brisbane Bullets

    07/01/2019 | Cairns Taipans v Sydney Kings 

    13/01/2019 | Cairns Taipans v Melbourne United 

    21/01/2019 | Cairns Taipans v New Zealand Breakers 

    02/02/2019 | Cairns Taipans v Adelaide 36ers 

    09/02/2019 | Cairns Taipans v Brisbane Bullets 

    Cheer on your favourite teams!

    For more information: https://www.taipans.com/schedule


    Join us for the region's biggest and best Australia Day celebrations, proudly presented by Cairns Regional Council.

    Cairns Esplanade, next to the lagoon

    • free bacon and egg breakfast
    • backyard sports - cricket, soccer, basketball, and rugby league
    • live broadcast by Hit 103.5
    • live wild animals from CaPTA
    • face painters
    • jumping castle
    • prizes and giveaways

    Trinity Beach, Vasey Esplanade

    • live entertainment
    • market stalls
    • free sausage sizzle
    • jumping castle
    • beach activities

    WHEN: 7:00am - 11:00am
    LOCATION: Cairns Esplanade (next to the lagoon) and Trinity Beach (Vasey Esplanade)


    Looking for cheap flights, discounted tours and unbelievable cruise deals? How about bonus accommodation packages, car hire, extra activities and more? Our next expo will have amazing deals for the whole world. Exclusive travel deals, as well as cruises, rail journeys and self-drive options are all available in the one location in a city near you. Take advantage of the travel expertise on show at World Travel Expo and make your dream holiday a reality.

    WHEN: 10:00am - 4pm, Sunday 24th Febuary 2019
    LOCATION: Cairns Convention Centre 
    MORE INFORMATION: https://www.travelexpo.net.au/
    COST: Free


    Celebrate culture, whanau (family) and recognize New Zealand history at an all inclusive community event. Children activities include water slides and rides plus a karaoke competition and talent quest. Enjoy food, arts and crafts stalls. Cheer-on the NZ Residents vs Indigenous All Stars Rugby union game. $5 entry for adults.

    WHEN: 12:00pm - 9:00pm, Saturday 2nd Febuary 2019
    LOCATION: West Barlow Park Cairns
    WEBSITE: https://www.facebook.com/Cairnskiwis/


    Yuan Dan is used to refer to the New Year of the solar calender and so starts the Chinese New Year. The Spring Festival begins on 5th February and ends on the 19th. Along with firecrackers and many street celebrations, there will be an influx of thousands of International travellers to the region during this time which is sure to keep the CBD bustling during all hours. 

    WHEN: 5 - 19 February 2019 
    MORE INFORMATION:  www.cairnschinesenewyear.org

  • Dynamic in a Dress Running Festival

    Event Details

    Founded by managing director and running coach of Dynamic Running, Lorraine Lawson, the ‘Dynamic in a Dress Running Festival’ and free 8-week training program is designed to promote health, wellness and fitness among women, girls and their families. The event is open to males and females. Participants of all levels of fitness (walkers, recreational and competitive runners) are welcome to compete. There is a female-focus to celebrate female runners; their strength and their ability to use running as a means to connect with one another. Join us and run in fashionable, feminine running gear.

    Event Information

    Distances: 21.1km, 10km and 5km

    All events start and finish at Redlynch State College in Redlynch Valley, Cairns.

    For the Half Marathon and 10km events, drink stations will be available approximately every 4km along the course and at the start/finish line.

     For more information visit: https://www.tropicalnorthqueensland.org.au/listing/event/dynamicinadressrunningfestival/

  • Feast of the Senses

    The Feast of the Senses is North Queensland’s premier Tropical Food Experience and the Cassowary Coast’s major festival centred around the town of Innisfail, an hour’s drive south of Cairns.

    The festival showcases the region’s impressive variety of rare and exotic fruits whilst also including an impressive range of produce including meat, seafoods, herbs, spices and wine. Nowhere else will you find such a diverse and tantalising range of produce and culture, as in this region of Australia.  

    Presenting a smorgasbord of fine fare,  the festival has grown into a celebration of this vibrant and multi-cultural local community, attracting visitors from throughout Australia and overseas. The region boasts a vast array of tropical and exotic fruits which have been collected over the past 30 years from all corners of the tropical world.  Mixed together with the many ethnic cultures in the region and the unique concentration of Innisfail’s Art Deco features, Feast of the Senses celebrates everything that makes this part of the world stunning. 

    WHEN: 28th -31st March 2019
    WHERE: Innisfail, QLD

    For more information visit: https://www.tropicalnorthqueensland.org.au/listing/event/feastofthesenses/

  • Mareeba Art Society Annual Art Exhibition

    Mareeba Art Society’s annual art exhibition featuring artists from all over the Far North.

    The annual art exhibition is open to all artists from the Far North. Monetary prizes to the value of $4,810. Everyone welcome to participate. Entry details are available on the website.

    WHEN: 8th - 13th April 2019
    WHERE: Walsh Street, Mareeba Area

  • 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.


    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/