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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Happy birthday Munro Martin Parklands! It's hard to believe that MMP was opened one year ago today. Mayor Manning says: Munro Martin Parklands has been transformed from an unloved, under-used, eye sore to a venue that the people of Cairns can be proud of." If you need an excuse to visit the amazing Jade vine (below) and vibrant orange Flame of the Forest are in bloom. http://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/council/news-publications/media-releases/releases/mmp1year
Since 2004 Circa Contemporary Circus has been at the frontier of new circus – creating powerful works of circus art that challenge, thrill and delight. Featuring an ensemble of multi-skilled circus artists, Circa’s award-winning works have been seen in 39 countries across six continents, and by over one million audience members world-wide. Don't miss this award winning act when the take over the Munro Martin Parklands stage presenting their new show TROPPO as part of the 2017 Cairns Festival on Saturday 2 September. Tickets selling now through Ticketlink. Phone 1300 855 835 or book online: http://bit.ly/2tP3k4Q
It's officially August, which means the 2017 Cairns Festival kicks off in a few weeks' time! Tix are selling now for Circa Contemporary Circus's new show 'TROPPO' taking place in our beautiful Parklands on Saturday 2 September. Call Ticketlink on 1300 855 835 or book online: http://bit.ly/2tP3k4Q
Not long now Cairns! Opera Australia are taking over the Parklands this Saturday, 29 July, presenting the operatic masterpiece The Marriage of Figaro. Tix selling through Ticketlink. Call 1300 855 835 | book online: http://bit.ly/2uyYkE8 | buy at the door from 5pm.
+++ THIS SATURDAY, 29 JULY +++ It's a big day on the estate of Count Almaviva, just outside Seville. The Count's servant Figaro and The Countess' maid Susanna are to be married. But not everyone is happy about the wedding. The count has had his eye on Susanna for some time. The housekeeper Marcellina finds herself strongly attracted to Figaro and her former flame, Dr Bartolo, was once in love with Susanna and would prefer the wedding not to happen. Marcellina has lent Figao money and contract states if he doesn't repay the loan he has to marry Marcellina - it's the Downtown 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 Figaro Saturday 29 July, Munro Martin Parklands Tix: http://bit.ly/2nl85zR
+++ 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.