About Cairns Regional Council
About the Cairns Cty Council
Cairns Regional Council was formed from the amalgamation of Cairns City Council and Douglas Shire Council in 2008. Douglas Shire subsequently de-amalgamated from Cairns Regional Council, effective 1 January 2014.
The former Cairns City Council evolved from a number of Governing Bodies and Shire Councils from the 1870s to 1995, when Cairns City Council amalgamated with Mulgrave Shire Council.
The Cairns region has an interesting history which includes many exciting events dating back to the first discovery in 1770. You can read more about our region's history on the Cairns Museum website.
Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef is a unique environment, renowned nationally and internationally as a premier tourism destination. The region attracts more than two million domestic and international visitors each year.
We have some of the most beautiful parks and beaches in Queensland. Swimming enclosures are provided at most beaches during the dangerous marine stinger season - typically from November to May (subject to seasonal variability). View the current beaches status.
For everything you need to plan your next holiday to Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef - brochures, destinations, activities, events, accommodation, booking services and more:
- visit the Cairns and Great Barrier Reef Tropical North Queensland official website
- phone 1800 093 300
- email firstname.lastname@example.org
- use the free Tropical North Queensland mobile app official guide to our region (available for iPhone and Android).
The Cairns region is characterised by two seasons – the wet summer season, which begins around November and ends around May, and the dry winter season. Being a monsoonal climate, most rainfall occurs between January and March. The cyclone season is normally confined to between December and April.
Typical daytime temperatures range from 14 to 26C (52-78F) in mid-Winter/dry season, and 24 to 33C (75-91F) in mid-Summer/ wet season.
The Dangerous Marine Stinger season typically runs from November to May (subject to seasonal variability). View current beaches status.
Mayor & Councillors
The Councillors represent ten divisions, and each is elected by eligible voters in each division. The Mayoralty is decided on a majority popular vote across the entire local government area, which has over 86,700 enrolled voters. Use the links below to view information on the individual divisions and their Councillors.
News By Cairns Regional Council
Free bus just the ticket for concert travel
By Cairns Regional Council
15 Sep 2017Are you going to Sir Elton John's concert at Cazalys? It's going to be a massive event - among the biggest ever in Cairns. We're providing free bus transfers from Lake St and a park & ride service from the Cairns Showgrounds to make getting there easier.
Free bus transfers will operate from Lake Street and the Cairns Showgrounds from 4.20pm and will return to the same locations following the concert. Other Sunbus services will operate as normal with usual ticket prices.
Concertgoers are encouraged to take public transport to avoid traffic congestion when Cairns hosts international music icon Sir Elton John later this month.
Changed traffic conditions for the event will include road closures around Cazalys stadium to cater for the massive crowd that will attend the concert.
Mayor Bob Manning said free bus transfers from the CBD and Cairns Showgrounds would be provided to concertgoers before and after the performance.
“This will be possibly the largest single event that Cairns has ever hosted, with upwards of 25,000 people to converge on Cazalys,” Cr Manning said. “It’s important that everyone who is going is aware of the changed conditions and takes the time to plan their travel.
“Ideally, attendees should plan to take public transport, as parking will be limited around the stadium.
“The event ticket includes free transport from either the Lake Street bus station or the Cairns Showgrounds, where we will have a park-and-ride option available.”
On the day of the concert, road closures will apply on Tills Street and Newell Street. Public pick-up and drop-off zones will be provided on Dalton Street and Earl Street.
Limited parking will be available for a fee at the corner of Gatton and Tills Street, and disabled parking is provided on Mulgrave Road.
“Your best bet is to avoid driving in the area altogether,” Cr Manning said. “There will be a lot of people moving around and cars will simply add to the congestion and this will cause frustrations for motorists.
“The key message is: ‘Take the bus, check your gate, don’t be late’.”
Ticketholders should check their gate number prior to travelling to the stadium and disembark at the coinciding drop-off point.
Events By Cairns Regional Council
FREE Active Living Sahaja Yoga Meditation
19 Jan 2019 07:30:00 - 19 Jan 2019 08:30:00
Enjoy the unique experience of Sahaja Yoga Meditation, relax and allow the power of the Kundalini energy to rise inside and be in a state of thoughtless awareness. Once the Kundalini is awakened inside it nourishes the seven chakras inside you and helps us have towards inner peace and improved physi...
Cairns Esplanade Markets
19 Jan 2019 08:00:00 - 19 Jan 2019 16:00:00
You’ll find this marketplace in one of the most visually beautiful spots in Cairns city, right by the busy hub of the Cairns Lagoon, a man-made swimming pool on the foreshore. It accommodates a mixture of bright and colourful market stalls selling your usual tropical trinkets, hand-made clothing...
FREE Active Living Fitness Playground
19 Jan 2019 08:00:00 - 19 Jan 2019 09:00:00
This one hour class utilises the fantastic fitness stations spread out along the Esplanade to provide participants with an 'all over' body workout.
FREE Active Living Aqua Aerobics
19 Jan 2019 09:00:00 - 19 Jan 2019 10:00:00
Aquatic exercise is a low impact, effective and fun way to get fit, burn calories, strengthen joints and bones and reduce stress. Aqua Aerobics increases general well-being with little or no impact and you don't even have to be able to swim!
FREE Active Living Seniors Steady Steps
21 Jan 2019 09:30:00 - 21 Jan 2019 10:30:00
Steady Steps is a falls prevention program for older adults who may be at risk of falls in their home or in the wider community. The program is targeted to aid strength, balance, stability and functional movement.
FREE Active Living Bouldering
21 Jan 2019 17:00:00 - 21 Jan 2019 18:00:00
Bouldering is a form of rock climbing at low height. A minimal amount of equipment is required.
FREE Active Living Class Zumba Fitness
22 Jan 2019 17:30:00 - 22 Jan 2019 18:30:00
Zumba classes feature exotic rhythms set to high-energy Latin and international beats. FREE for everyone!
FREE Active Living Beach Volleyball
22 Jan 2019 17:30:00 - 22 Jan 2019 18:30:00
Want to learn to play Beach Volleyball, increase your skills, or just want to have a fun hour of sport? Elite coaches Joel and Luke lead this weekly clinic. The session combines skill training and play with groupings for all skill levels. Come on down and bash a ball!
FREE Active Living Chi Gong & Flow Yoga
23 Jan 2019 06:30:00 - 23 Jan 2019 07:30:00
This Introductory class is a combination of Yoga and Tai Chi techniques. Learn the basics at Fogarty Park from 6:30am on Wednesday mornings.
FREE Active Living Aqua Zumba
23 Jan 2019 17:30:00 - 23 Jan 2019 18:30:00
Splash your way into shape with an invigorating low-impact aquatic exercise.
FREE Active Living Pilates
24 Jan 2019 06:30:00 - 24 Jan 2019 07:30:00
Learn the basics of Pilates next to the Lagoon, 6:30am on Thursday mornings. Please bring water, a towel and/or mat.
FREE Active Living Skateboarding
24 Jan 2019 17:00:00 - 24 Jan 2019 18:00:00
Learn how to skateboard with the highly qualified ASF Skateboard Coaches. Learn the basics, improve your skills, land new tricks and have fun at the Skate Park! Some helmets and skateboards will be provided.
25 Jan 2019 09:30:00 - 25 Jan 2019 11:30:00
Each Friday come and join in fun learning activities, story-time and songs for families with young children at Sugarworld Parkland (under the rain tree) during school term.
Australia Day Brekkie - Cairns Esplanade
26 Jan 2019 07:00:00 - 26 Jan 2019 11:00:00
The Cairns Esplanade Australia Day Brekkie from 7am to 11am, will be for both, residents and visitors, with a free bacon and egg BBQ breakfast, sport activities, wild animals from Cairns Zoom & Wildlife Dome, face painters, jumping castle, giveaways and a live broadcast by Hit 103.5!
Palm Cove Markets
07 Apr 2019 08:00:00 - 07 Apr 2019 14:00:00
The Palm Cove Markets is one of North Queensland’s premier community markets. 8am to 2pm - Enjoy the beautiful beach, local restaurants and over 130 stalls!
How to get to Cairns Regional Council
Council Chambers is located at 119-145 Spence Street, Cairns.