Cairns has a mix of free and paid on-street parking.
Parking is generally time regulated between 1 and 3 hours. There are signs at the beginning and end of regulated parking areas.
These signs also indicate if the parking is free or paid. Paid parking is indicated with the letter "T" - e.g. 2PT.
Free parking is indicated when there is no wording under the time limit display.
It is important to be aware that time restrictions apply to the entire parking zone (paid and free parking). You must move your vehicle outside the parking zone by the end of the parking period - it is not sufficient to move your vehicle to another bay in the same parking zone. You must move your vehicle from the area by driving past the nearest intersection. It is also illegal to purchase and display another paid ticket whilst remaining in the same parking bay once the time restriction indicated on the sign has been reached.
Paid on-street parking encourages a regular turn-over of vehicles in high-demand areas to balance the needs of businesses, visitors, residents and workers.
Cairns on-street paid parking method is via ticket machine for the area (pay and display). The machines accept Australian coins (except 5c coins) and credit card (Visa and Mastercard only).
Paid parking applies between 8.30am and 5pm weekdays and 8.30am and 11.30am Saturday unless otherwise signed. Outside these times parking is free.
Parking costs $1.20 per hour.
Parking ticket machines accept 10c, 20c, 50c, $1 and $2 coins. No change is given on any machine.
Free parking is available in many locations across the City. Time restrictions still apply.
Parking in centre medians is free but time restricted.
Yellow lines are used in Cairns to alert drivers to parking conditions.
Solid yellow line
A solid yellow line near the side of the road signifies a "no standing" zone. Motorists may not park, or wait next to a solid yellow line.
Solid yellow lines are used in areas where it is not safe to park, for example near an intersection as parking in this area could obscure the view of other motorists.
The penalty for parking by a solid yellow line is $97.
Dotted yellow line
A dotted (non-continuous) yellow line indicates restricted parking zones.
They are used to indicate areas such as:
- Bus zones
- Loading zones
- Commercial vehicle loading zones
- Passenger set down zones
Penalties for parking in a dotted yellow area vary depending on the type of zone, but are generally $97.