Cultural Services

Sister Cities

Phone 4044 3044 or contact via email sistercities@cairns.qld.gov.au

The Sister Cities program aims to develop meaningful and long-term links with cities and communities in other countries to achieve a greater level of international understanding and goodwill between peoples and to share economic, community, cultural and social interaction.

Chinese Friendship Garden

Phone 4032 6653 or contact via email botanicadmin@cairns.qld.gov.au

The Chinese style garden is situated in the Cairns Botanic Gardens and was designed to celebrate the Sister Cities arrangement between Cairns and Zhanjiang and pays homage to the cultural heritage of the Cairns region.

The garden also provides a place of reflection for Chinese people visiting the city.

Sister Cities Youth Ambassadors program

The Youth Ambassadors program seeks to promote international understanding and friendship and to give young people a chance to experience another culture first-hand.

The program invites two students from each of our seven Sister Cities to travel to Cairns to experience our lifestyle and culture. The youth ambassadors attend local schools, where they interact with students to learn more about Cairns and share information about their city and its culture.

Cairns Festival

Phone 4044 3594 or contact via email festival@cairns.qld.gov.au or through the Cairns Festival website

The Cairns Festival vision is simple: to deliver a vibrant, progressive and collaborative community festival which is highly reflective and engaged with the community.

The festival aims to seek greater regional and national recognition of our cultural identity in the Far North; to tell our unique stories and celebrate our distinctive, tropical lifestyle.

Why not get your school involved in many of the exciting activities!

School of Arts building

Phone 4051 5582 or contact via emailinfo@cairnsmuseum.org.au or via the Museums website Museum

Hosting a range of programs designed to bring local history to students and to complement the programs of International education providers.

An outreach program is also available, bringing local history to schools. The museum contains four permanent and one temporary gallery that showcases the story of Cairns from the Indigenous landscape through to the tourist gateway, The Great Barrier Reef.

Cairns Historical Society Research CentreStudents can discover the collection of more than 60,000 items of personal, professional and government papers, ephemera, books, unpublished reports, newspapers, photographs, journal articles, and maps.

Last updated: 26 October 2017