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, Wednesday and Friday between 9am and noon.

Permits are valid for three months.

Last updated: 14 November 2017