Plan your trip to MMP

Munro Martin Parklands MapOpening hours

  • Open 6.00am to 8.30pm, seven days a week except ticketed event days.
  • The gates are locked when the park is closed.
  • Please check our MMP Facebook page for the most recent status.

Performance usage

Munro Martin Parklands (MMP) is Cairns’ newest premier community gathering place, complete with an outdoor performance space.  Due to the residential nature, the specific nature of the stage and the visibility the stage offers the audience, this venue is best suited to high end performing arts events.

Munro Martin Park is a space dedicated to curated events to provide culturally enriching experiences for the Cairns community. Due to its niche program, venue hire availability is limited and dependent on assessment by management to ensure performances are suitable for a curated space.

Weather

MMP is an outdoor venue therefore always check the weather forecast before preparing to attend a performance. If there is a chance of rain on an event day please ensure you dress accordingly and bring a raincoat. Umbrellas are allowed in the venue but are not to be used during the performance as it blocks the view of other patrons.

Rain ponchos will no longer be provided at events at Munro Martin Parklands due to the environmental impact of these single use plastic products.

Embrace - public art sculpture

Woopen Creek based sculptor, Braham Stevens, designed the piece to withstand the harsh tropical conditions and maintain a 'timeless' character. Embrace is a nine-metre tall sculpture, made from laser-cut, heavy gauge steel and is part of a linking public artwork project which connects the Munro Martin Parklands with the James Cook University Campus. The sculpture represents the intricate relationships, cycles and connections between geology, ecology, man, time and place.

Parking

  • Limited parking surrounds MMP on Sheridan, Florence, Minnie and Grafton streets.
  • Accessible parking - there are two access parking spots on Florence Street, two on Minnie Street and one on Grafton Street.

Public transport

The central terminal is located on Lake Street opposite the Cairns City Library. Please refer to the following link or bus routes -Translink translink.com.au/cairns

Entrances

  • There are six gates surrounding the Parklands for general admission on non-ticketed days.
  • The main entrance gate to MMP is on Florence Street, this is the only entrance for ticketed events.
  • There is one gate on Sheridan Street, two gates on Minnie Street and two public access gates on Grafton Street.

Toilets

Permanent toilet facilities are located on site underneath the terraces on the Sheridan Street side and also the northern corner on the Grafton Street side.

Drinking water

Three filtered water stations are available in the park.

Terms of use:

  • Please leave the parklands as you found them so that everyone may enjoy our beautiful public venue.
  • The parklands shall be utilised by the public in a respectful and considerate way.
  • We invite you to picnic on the lawns but please dispose of your rubbish in the bins provided or take it with you when you leave.
  • The park has been designed to be fully accessible.
  • Access to drinking water is available within the site.
  • No animals are allowed in the Parklands, registered assistance animals are excepted.
  • Queensland Smoking Laws do not prohibit smoking in the Parklands, except when there is a ticketed event on and in that case a DOSA (Dedicated Outdoor Smoking Area ) is established next to the Scout Hut.

More info

Is available by contacting Council's Customer Service Centre:
Phone: (07) 4044 3044
Email: council@cairns.qld.gov.au

Last updated: 12 April 2018

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After celebrating his birthday, Prince Siegfried comes across a lake where, at midnight, Odette transforms from a swan into a beautiful woman. Siegfried falls in love instantly but is tricked and betrayed by the seductive Black Swan, Odile.... Queensland Ballet's Swan Lake is coming to Cairns, Saturday 7 July 2018 in the exquisite Munro Martin Parklands. Tix: https://bit.ly/2FZGGk8 Image: Soloist Joel Woellner. QB Swan Lake. Photo David Kelly
One of the most beautiful and most memorable ballets, Swan Lake, is coming to Cairns. For one night only, in the stunning Munro Martin Parklands, this is one show you won't want to miss. Queensland Ballet's Swan Lake, Saturday 7 July 2018. Tix: https://bit.ly/2FZGGk8 Image: Principal Artist Yanela Piñera and Soloist Joel Woellner. QB Swan Lake. Photo David Kelly.
If you were there at 'Beginnings' on Saturday 7 April you know how special a performance in the Parklands really is <3 Munro Martin Parklands is all about live performance, friends, family and food. Set amidst stunning gardens and under a tropical night sky, being there when an event is staged is truly magical. We are beyond delighted to be hosting Queensland Ballet's Swan Lake on Saturday 7 July. Sublime classical ballet at its most heartbreaking and glorious set to Tchaikovsky's spectacular score. Tickets are selling fast, don't miss your opportunity to experience this beautiful presentation in the Parklands. Tickets: https://bit.ly/2EwG5RA
"The depth of talent in the Queensland Ballet was never more evident than in the performance of Swan Lake... It was simply a stunning night out" - Absolute Theatre Queensland Ballet's Swan Lake, Saturday 7 July Munro Martin Parklands. Tix: https://bit.ly/2FZGGk8 Image: Principal Artist Yanela Piñera and Soloist Joel Woellner. QB Swan Lake. Photo David Kelly.
+++ CLOSURE NOTICE +++ Munro Martin Parklands will be closed to the public from Thursday 29th March to prepare for Beginnings: A Musical Story of Cairns event on Saturday, 7 April. The Parklands will re-open to the public at 6am on Tuesday 10th April 2018.
This classic story of good versus evil is considered one of the greatest ballets of all time. Don't miss it. Queensland Ballet's Swan Lake, Saturday 7 July Munro Martin Parklands. Tix: https://bit.ly/2FZGGk8 Image: QB Swan Lake. Photo David Kelly.
“The times that we’ve been up to play at the Tanks (Tanks Arts Centre), we’ve headed out to places like Mossman Gorge and the Daintree Rainforest, it’s a pretty magical spot. The whole area is very beautiful and pre-historic in a sense; it feels like you’ve gone back in time.” Angus from Angus and Julia Stone chatted to NQ Music Press ahead of their sold out show in Cairns in May. We can't wait to show off our beautiful new Munro Martin Parklands in just over a month's time!
Sublime classical ballet at its most heartbreaking and glorious. Queensland Ballet's Swan Lake, Saturday 7 July Munro Martin Parklands. Tix: https://bit.ly/2FZGGk8 Image: Principal Artist Yanela Piñera and Soloist Joel Woellner. QB Swan Lake. Photo David Kelly.
ON SALE NOW | Queensland Ballet's Swan Lake This classic story of good versus evil is considered one of the greatest ballets of all time and will take place in stunning fashion in the picturesque surrounds of Munro Martin Parklands. The story tells the tale of young maiden Odette and her friends who are the victims of a terrible spell that turns them into swans by day, and only at night do they return to human form. To break the spell, the beautiful Odette must find eternal love. True love prevails in this powerful story set to Tchaikovsky’s glorious score. Acclaimed choreographer Ben Stevenson’s traditional production features exquisite dancing, beautiful costumes and spectacular sets. It received sold out success in its Brisbane season and now Queensland Ballet’s Swan Lake will tour to five major centres in regional Queensland, stopping in at Cairns this July. Tickets officially on sale now through Ticketlink. Phone 1300 855 835, visit the box office or book online now: http://bit.ly/2GaVSdG
+++ CLOSURE NOTICE +++ Munro Martin Parklands will be closed to the public on Thursday 15th March for the Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton Relay event. The Parklands will re-open to the public at 10am on Saturday 17th March. For information about the QBR at Munro Martin Parklands - Community Celebration visit: http://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/whats-on/gc2018/queens-baton-relay
++ REMINDER ++ Munro Martin Parklands are closed today and will re-open as usual from tomorrow, Sunday 11 February, 6am - 8:30pm.
The forecast is out and weather reports are showing that the rain will subside for the next 24 hours which mean clear skies for tonight’s momentous show – Neil Finn and son Liam take the Parklands! Everything you need to know: Gates open: 5pm Tix available from the main gate: $70, Children 0-12 Free Support act Alex the Astronaut: 7–7:30pm Neil and Liam Finn: 8–10pm What to bring: Fold up chairs/stools, water proof picnic rugs, BYO picnic nibbles, your best singing voices! N.B. Free ponchos will be available from the gate in the advent of rain. Umbrellas are permitted to and from the venue but we kindly ask that they are not used during the performance so as to not obstruct other people’s view. Alcohol is strictly prohibited as there are licensed bars available serving a selection of beer, wine, ciders and spirits. Food stalls available include: The Bearded Barista, The Samosa Hub, Providore Amore, Spoonies Fro-Yo (frozen yogurt).
Cairns, get set for an experience of a lifetime. Neil Finn touches down in the tropics for the first time in decades to bust out his greatest Crowded House/Split Enz hits, plus some stunning new songs with son Liam Finn and an all-star band. Tickets will be available for purchase at the gate from 5pm on the night, Fri 9 Feb. The weather is looking good and free ponchos will be provided in the advent of rain. Because at the end of the day, in the very words of the legend Neil himself, “Everywhere you go, always take the weather with you!”
“It’s been a long time since I’ve been in Cairns. Splitz End definitely played there and I think Crowded House did too in the early days but I could be wrong about that. Maybe it’s just the Split Enz trip I remember. But anyway it’s been a long time, it’s been far too long, and it’s going to be wonderful.” - Neil Finn A thought-provoking and insightful read by Tropic Now ahead of what is tipped to be the performance of a lifetime this Friday, 9 Feb, in Munro Martin Parklands. Tickets selling through Ticketlink. Call 1300 855 835, book online: http://bit.ly/2nEr8Yc, or buy at the door from 5pm. "...new tracks will collide with Crowded House classics, so you can expect audience sing-a-longs to follow plaintive reflections on love, life and the universe." Cairns, don't miss this. Neil and Liam Finn play MMP | Fri 9 Feb
The only single from Woodface to be written solely by Neil Finn, 'Fall At Your Feet', is one of Crowded House's biggest hits and has been covered by the likes of James Blunt, Augie March, Boy & Bear, Clare Bowditch and Lisa Mitchell. We are so excited to host Neil Finn when he plays with his son Liam Finn and an all star band on Friday 9 February at Munro Martin Parklands. Be there or "let your tears rain down" Cairns music lovers... trust us when we tell you - do not miss this once in a lifetime experience to witness the legend himself doing what he does best - performing live! Neil and Liam Finn - Cairns. Tix: http://bit.ly/2neYPlb
++ JUST ANNOUNCED ++ Alex the Astronaut is the official support act for Neil and Liam Finn next Friday night - 9 Feb! Coming in at #23 in this year's triple j Hottest 100 with her single 'Not Worth Hiding', Alex is a rising star on the music scene with her self-described 'folktronic' melodies. It's going to be one EPIC night Cairns! Don't miss out on witnessing Crowded House/ Split Enz legend Neil Finn alongside son Liam and their all-star band. Tix selling fast through Ticketlink: http://bit.ly/2jbNPk5 This is the first event in the stunning Munro Martin Parklands for 2018 - what a way to kick off the year!!!
Well "Frame me and hang me on the wall"... Neil Finn, of Crowded House and Split Enz 1972-1984 fame, is almost here! We are loving listening to your (and our) fave Neil Finn hits in preparation for his imminent arrival on Friday 9 February. Something So Strong's pop-rock love ballad takes us to our happy place <3 Catch Neil when he performs in Cairns with his son Liam Finn, backed by an all-star band, when he performs treasures old and new. Neil and Liam Finn - Cairns, Friday 9 February, Cairns Munro Martin Parklands. Tix: http://bit.ly/2neYPlb
You'd better get your tickets soon Cairns the legend himself is on his way! Neil Finn, of Crowded House and Split Enz 1972-1984 fame, is recognised as one of the world's greatest living songwriters. Together with son Liam Finn and backed by an all-star band, Neil will be performing old and new treasures from the Finn family vault at Munro Martin Parklands on Friday 9 February. Here's one of our faves from the Finn's, Crowded House's 'Better Be Home Soon'. Neil and Liam Finn - Cairns Be there. Tix: http://bit.ly/2neYPlb
Hope you are loving the triple j Hottest 100 countdown as much as we are! Here's a piece of nostalgia for you... Crowded House's 1991 album 'Woodface' was crowned #18 in triple j's Hottest 100 Australian Albums Of All Time. This killer collection includes some of our fave tunes like 'Weather With You', 'Fall At Your Feet' and 'It's Only Natural'. The album placed highly in the album charts globally, reaching #2 in the Aussie chart, #1 in NZ and #6 in the UK. Neil Finn co-produced this little gem of a release and either solo wrote or co-wrote each and every track on the album - absolute genius. Don't miss Neil Finn when he plays at the beautiful Munro Martin Parklands on Friday 9 February. Get your tickets to a perfect evening here: http://bit.ly/2nkrXrt
<3 Happy triple j Hottest 100 day music lovers <3 Cast your mind back to 1993 when Neil Finn's simply sublime 'Distant Sun' came in at #60 in triple j's Hottest 100 - the track is widely considered one of Neil's finest moments as a songwriter and we can't get enough of it <3 Catch Neil when he plays the stunning outdoor stage set amidst the lush tropical gardens of Munro Martin Parklands in Cairns on Friday 9 February. Neil and Liam Finn - Cairns. Tix: http://bit.ly/2nkrXrt