Heritage drives and trails

Anzac Trail

Explore the Anzac Trail. Sites relating to the Cairns region’s war efforts extend from Trinity Beach, south to Bartle Frere and include many within Cairns city. The trail includes war memorials, cemeteries, memorial parks and buildings, each with a poignant reminder of the invaluable contributions made by the men and women of the Cairns region.

Cairns CBD Heritage Walk

The Cairns CBD Heritage City Walk takes in historic buildings and sites such as the former Post Office and Court House, Hide's Corner, The School of Arts and Palace Theatre. Learn why Lake Street got its name and the Chinese connection to Grafton Street.

You can also download a free app for a self-guided tour of 20 heritage sites around the City.

Cairns Esplanade Heritage Walk

The Cairns waterfront has changed dramatically over the past 150 years. This 1-hour walk along the Cairns Esplanade takes in historic buildings, landmarks and sights that make this city so interesting.

Freshwater Heritage Trail

Freshwater was founded in 1880 thanks to its permanent freshwater creek that provided the first drinkable water north of Cairns. You can explore the hamlet with this series of heritage walks. The base route is 1.4km with additional circuits of 1km to 2km in length. Among the sights are the Freshwater Station, Freshwater Primary School and examples of early architecture. 

Stratford Heritage Trail

There are 29 historic sites on the Stratford Heritage Trail. Along the way you will find the oldest marked European grave in the Cairns area, the State Heritgage Listed powder magazine, the first crossing places on the lower Barron River, the story of Chinese festivals and Billy Jaggar's king-plate.

or you can view the Stratford Heritage Trail online.

Southern Heritage Drive

The Southern Heritage Drive is about 180km long. It begins at the Cairns Regional Council Administration Building on the corner of Spence and Draper Street. It travels through the towns of Gordonvale and Babinda, and explores the region's rich sugarcane history.

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Last updated: 22 September 2017