Busking contributes to the vibrancy of the city while providing opportunities for local and visiting artists. Busking in the CBD requires a permit.
Busking does not cover tarot card and palm readers, artists selling their work, masseurs or vendors of any kind.
To get a permit:
- Download and fill in the application for a busking permit
- Lodge your application in person at the Cairns Esplanade Office, 52-54 The Esplanade Cairns - bring photo ID
- Audition by performing three short pieces from your act
Applications can be lodged on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday between 9am and noon, and 1.30pm to 4pm; and on Thursdays between 10am and noon and 1.30pm to 4pm.
Permits are valid for three months.