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 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.

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: 14 December 2016

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+++ OPERA UNDER THE STARS +++ Follow the adventures of a household over one crazy day; Masters are lusting over their servants, servants are outwitting their masters — Figaro is the Downton Abbey of opera, but a whole lot more fun! Experience Opera Australia’s delightful comic masterpiece of Mozart’s opera The Marriage of Figaro under the tropical night sky at the stunning Munro Martin Parklands. A talented chamber orchestra and chorus of Cairns children will accompany some of Opera Australia's finest singers performing Mozart’s beautiful music. Sung in English, performed with chamber orchestra. One show only. Opera Australia's The Marriage of Fiagro Saturday 29 July, Munro Martin Parklands Tix: http://bit.ly/2nl85zR Photos by Jeff Busby.
+++ ON SALE NOW +++ One of the greatest big bands of the 1940’s, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, are returning to Cairns. This will be a concert spectacular with 24 musicians, singers and dancers direct from the USA on the Munro Martin Parklands stage! The Glenn Miller Orchestra will perform all their great classic hits… Chattanooga Choo Choo, In the Mood, Tuxedo Junction, A String of Pearls, Moonlight Serenade and songs from the repertoire from the Andrew Sisters. The concert will also feature sensational dance routines by the Broadway Swing Dancers. The unforgettable music of the 1940’s, from the Golden era of Swing. “An evening of nostalgia… unforgettable music… an absolutely brilliant concert…” The Australian Stage. One show only. Saturday 21 October 2017. Munro Martin Parklands Tix: http://bit.ly/2tRPteI
+++ THIS SATURDAY 15 JULY +++ An evening of dance and music, over 40,000 years in the making. Headlined by Indigenous dance ensemble DJUKI MALA, with performances by local dance collective Biddigal Dance and singer-songwriter Deline Briscoe, this will be an unparalleled night of storytelling and connection. * BYO blankets or low level chairs * BYO food / picnics and soft drinks only * A licensed bar is available (strictly no BYO alcohol) * Food available for purchase Djuki Mala, Biddigal Dance and Deline Briscoe Saturday 15 July 2017, Munro Martin Parklands $31.50 / $21 (conc) / 0 - 11 years of age free (ticket required) Tix: http://bit.ly/2nI1tvv Deline Briscoe Music
FINAL CHANCE to get your tickets for tonight's performance of The Royal Ballet right here in Cairns. There are 22 allocated fixed seats available and just over 100 general admission remaining (for you to bring your own chair or rug). Get your ticket emailed to your phone right now, contact Ticketlink ph 1300 855 835 or online www.cairns.qld.gov.au/ticketlink/whats-on/dance/the-royal-ballet-cairns-gala-performance And yes, it's true, you can stay and enjoy the State of Origin on the Parklands screens after the Gala Performance (ticket holders only).
Due to The Royal Ballet Cairns Gala Performance on Wednesday 12 July and the Djuki Mala, Biddigal Dance and Deline Briscoe event on Saturday 15 July, Munro Martin Parklands will be closed to the public from 6am on Saturday 8 July. The Parklands will reopen at 6am on Monday 17 July. It's not too late to secure tickets for these fantastic shows! The Royal Ballet Cairns Gala Performance, Wed 12 July. Tix: http://bit.ly/2rgWYwk DJUKI MALA, Biddigal Dance and Deline Briscoe Music, Sat 15 July. Tix: http://bit.ly/2nI1tvv
Due to The Royal Ballet Cairns Gala Performance on Wednesday 12 July and the Djuki Mala, Biddigal Dance and Deline Briscoe event on Saturday 15 July, Munro Martin Parklands will be closed to the public from 6am on Saturday 8 July. The Parklands will reopen at 6am on Monday 17 July. It's not too late to secure tickets for these fantastic shows! The Royal Ballet Cairns Gala Performance, Wed 12 July. Tix: http://bit.ly/2rgWYwk DJUKI MALA, Biddigal Dance and Deline Briscoe Music, Sat 15 July. Tix: http://bit.ly/2nI1tvv
Dancing with the Royal Ballet: bringing world-class dance to marginalised Australia - the guardian.
CAIRNS - Not only is London's Royal Ballet performing under the stars on Wednesday 12 July, the organisers of this event have also extended the opening hours of the Parklands to broadcast the State of Origin on the stage screens. All ticket holders are welcome to stay on after the Royal Ballet performance to enjoy the Parkland's facilities. Gates open: 4pm NAISDA Dance College: 5pm We All Dance: 5.35pm The Royal Ballet: 6.30pm Following these performances, Game III of the State of Origin series will be broadcast live on the park screens from 8pm. Come and make a night of it with your family as the best of dance and the Origin decider come together under the tropical night sky! Tickets selling fast, get yours now http://bit.ly/2rgWYwk Please note: BYO blankets or chairs BYO food / picnics and soft drinks only Strictly no BYO alcohol, a licensed bar is available Food available for purchase Presented by Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) and Cairns Regional Council
+++ ATTENTION DANCERS +++ Next month QPAC and Cairns Regional Council proudly present The Royal Ballet Cairns Gala Performance, for one show only on Wednesday 12 July at Munro Martin Parklands. Tickets for this once in a lifetime production are selling fast. Secure your tickets here: http://bit.ly/2rgWYwk In addition to this extraordinary event, Queensland Performing Arts Centre and Cairns Regional Council in association with FNQ Dance Academy are presenting The Royal Ballet Masterclasses, consisting of a Creative Ballet Workshop and an Advanced Ballet Masterclass. Join former soloist and dance teacher from London’s The Royal Ballet – David Pickering, and dance practitioner and choreographer Elizabeth Foster, for a unique opportunity to explore and develop your ballet potential. Places in these classes are strictly limited. DATE: Thursday 22nd June 2017 VENUE: FNQ Dance Academy, 168 Draper St, Cairns MORE INFO & BOOKINGS: http://bit.ly/2rZCeJD
+++ OPERA UNDER THE STARS +++ Experience Opera Australia’s delightful comic masterpiece of Mozart’s opera The Marriage of Figaro under the tropical night sky at the stunning Munro Martin Parklands this July. Follow the adventures of a household over one crazy day; Masters are lusting over their servants, servants are outwitting their masters — Figaro is the Downton Abbey of opera, but a whole lot more fun! In a wealthy household in Seville, Figaro is marrying Susanna, but the Count wants to seduce her first. Marcellina wants Figaro and the Countess just wants her husband back. But Susanna is smarter than all of them. After a crazy day of disguise and duplicity, will she get her happily ever after? Award-winning creative duo Michael Gow and Robert Kemp have created this brand new production, featuring stunning period costumes and a clever set. A talented chamber orchestra and chorus of Cairns children will accompany some of Opera Australia's finest singers performing Mozart’s beautiful music. Sung in English, performed with chamber orchestra. The Marriage of Figaro Saturday 29 July, Munro Martin Parklands Gates open 5pm Tix: http://bit.ly/2nl85zR
+++ WIN 4 TICKETS TO SEE DJUKI MALA +++ Thrilling crowds with a show that is a marvel of comic timing with a hefty dose of heart and soul, DJUKI MALA, direct from North-East Arnhem Land, fuse traditional Yolngu, contemporary pop culture dance and storytelling. Always exuberant, their appearances have delighted audiences at major festivals and events in China, Canada and Europe and offer a rare and insightful view into Indigenous Australia. To be in the running to WIN a 4 tickets to see Djuki Mala perform with accompany performances by local dance ensemble Biddigal Dance and singer/songwriter Deline Briscoe Music, on Saturday 15 July at Munro Martin Parklands, simply tag 3 friends who you would like to take to the show with you. It's that easy. t&c's: The competition (Promotional Period) starts on Monday 12 June 2017 at 3pm and ends on Monday 19 June 2017 at 9am AEST. To enter, you must do the following during the Promotion Period: Tag three (3) friends in the comments section of this post to be in the running to WIN. Incomplete, indecipherable, or illegible entries will be deemed invalid, as will entries containing expletives. The winner will be selected at random and this decision will be final. The winner will be announced on Monday 19 June 2017. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook.
+++ DJUKI MALA +++ “They had a tale to tell about a journey that began way back before time. The story of when their culture, which more recently has seen the edges of extinction, existed whole and unharmed. In bare feet, loin cloth and ceremonial white paint, their language is movement…” – AussieTheatre.com Direct from Elcho Island in North East Arnhem Land, indigenous dance troupe, the infectious DJUKI MALA (Djuki meaning ‘Chooky’ with a Yolngu accent and Mala meaning ‘mob’), fuse traditional Yolngu and contemporary pop culture, thrilling crowds with a show that is a marvel of both comic timing and a hefty dose of heart and soul. The then-called ‘Chooky Dancers’ achieved overnight success when a video clip of the group dancing to “Zorba the Greek” was uploaded to YouTube in October 2007. Within twelve weeks the video peaked at over 500,000 hits worldwide and, to-date, it stands at over 2.7 million views. Always exuberant, their appearances at major festivals and events in China, Canada and Europe, offer a rare and insightful view into Indigenous Australia. With accompany performances by local ensemble Biddigal Dance and singer songwriter Deline Briscoe Music, this is an event not to be missed. Djuki Mala, Biddigal Dance and Deline Briscoe Saturday 15 July 2017 Munro Martin Parklands Tix: http://bit.ly/2nI1tvv
The Royal Ballet Cairns Gala Performance | Wednesday 12 July. On sale now. Call Ticketlink on 1300 855 835 or book online: http://bit.ly/2rhSCoy
Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) and Cairns Regional Council are proud to announce, for the first time performing in Cairns, The Royal Ballet staging a very special gala performance at Munro Martin Parklands on Wednesday 12 July. With an illustrious heritage built on the innovation and extraordinary creativity of dance royalty Frederick Ashton and Kenneth MacMillan, The Royal Ballet is truly one of the world’s great ballet companies. Featuring an ensemble of dancers from the company, the Gala Performance will feature beautiful solos and duos from the company’s broad repertoire including Swan Lake, Le Corsaire, Don Quixote and Romeo and Juliet This performance follows The Royal Ballet’s International Series season at the QPAC in Brisbane from 29 June until 9 July. Tickets on sale now at Ticketlink: http://bit.ly/2rgWYwk
+++ Join us for an unparalleled night of storytelling and connection +++ An evening of dance and music, over 40,000 years in the making. Headlined by YouTube sensations DJUKI MALA, with performances by local dance collective Biddigal Performing Arts and singer-songwriter Deline Briscoe Music, this will be an unparalleled night of storytelling and connection. One show only. Saturday 15 July. Munro Martin Parklands Tix: http://bit.ly/2nI1tvv
8 months ago, Munro Martin Parklands welcomed one of the world's greatest vocal ensembles, the four time Grammy Award winning, Soweto Gospel Choir, as part of the 2016 Cairns Festival. Their soaring harmonies proved a truly moving and unforgettable experience and all who witnessed the performance would agree it was a soul-lifting explosion of musical passion. This clip of their rendition of Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' was recorded on that extraordinary night and uploaded online to share with the world, and has now reached over half a million views. What a beautiful keepsake of a spectacular evening. Enjoy <3