Art & Culture 

The Cairns Art Gallery is in the heart of the city, across the road from the Cairns Esplanade Lagoon. Housed in a gorgeous heritage-listed building, the gallery is one of Australia’s finest.

It is famous for the collections and programs that showcase the culture and heritage of Tropical North Queensland, especially the connections to the islands, oceans and Asia-Pacific lifestyle.

Whether you go to browse or join one of the events, workshops and classes, you will be sure to have an exciting time. Entry is free, and the gallery is open seven days.

Cairns and the surrounding region are home to one of the most eminent indigenous art and culture scenes in Australia, highlighted by the works and experiences of both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

Through myriad galleries, public spaces, immersion experiences and events, you will be able to take in the astounding works of famous and emerging visual and performing artists.

The annual Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF), celebrating its 10th anniversary, is not to be missed if you are in town at the time.

When creating your itinerary, make sure you include tours that incorporate indigenous art and culture or visits to specialty precincts such as the Mossman Gorge Centre, a new Indigenous ecotourism development.

This will ensure you get an authentic experience of Cairns. What better way to learn about the rainforest and the land than through the knowledge of true locals from the world’s oldest living culture.