City symbols

CrestOfficial crest of Cairns Regional Council

The crest is the official symbol of the Council.  It is used for ceremonial applications, such as the Council Chambers and official City documents such as international agreements and civic events.

The crest is sometimes referred to as a coat of arms, but this is a misnomer.

The crest’s colours are gold, blue and green.  The crest features:

  • picks and shovels, symbolising the historical significance of mining to the region (left)
  • stylised bales of commerce and industry (centre)
  • sugar cane (right)
  • foliage depicting the region’s diverse range of flora
  • ribbons of water for the city’s close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef
  • a sun burst for the tropics

Floral emblemThe golden penda is the floral emblem of Cairns

The Golden Penda - one of the tropical north's splendid flowering trees - is the city's official floral emblem.

The bright Penda (Xanthostemon chrysanthus) bursts into yellow bloom several times a year and is a prolific grower.

The tree enjoys full sun and thrives even in the driest conditions.

Last updated: 27 May 2016