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December 2014

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1 DecDutch Sinterklaas Feest

Starts: 01 Dec 2014 03:00 pm
Ends: 01 Dec 2014 05:00 pm
Location: German Club House, Winkworth Street, Westcourt
Contact: 07 4036 1049

Cairns Dutch Club celebrates Sinterklaas (Saint Nicholas). (Grand)parents to bring a small gift with the name of the child on it, to be handed out by Sinterklaas and Zwarte Piet. We will be singing Sinterklaas songs, eat pepernoten and speculaas. Coffee, cake and drinks for sale at the bar at the German Club House. Big raffle to win a basket full of Dutch goodies. Entry free. All welcome !

1 DecWorld AIDS Day

Starts: 01 Dec 2014 06:00 pm
Ends: 01 Dec 2014 07:00 pm
Location: North West Event Lawn The Esplanade
Contact: 4226 4760

A candlelight vigil for World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year. It raises awareness across the world and in the community about the issues surrounding HIV and AIDS. It is a day for people to show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died.

3 DecEdmonton Carols by Candlelight

Starts: 03 Dec 2014 06:30 pm
Ends: 03 Dec 2014 09:00 pm
Location: Ravizza Park Edmonton
Contact: 0407695891

Celebrate the festive season with the Edmonton Lions and Cairns Scope Club at the annual Edmonton Carols by Candlelight. Featuring an exiting line up of local artists and schools. Battery candles, food and drink for sale.

4 DecArtist Talk with Eamon O'Toole

Starts: 04 Dec 2014 06:00 pm
Ends: 04 Dec 2014 06:45 pm
Location: Cairns Regional Gallery, Crn Abbott & Shields Sts
Web: Cairns Regional Gallery
Contact: (07) 4046 4800

Immerse yourself in all things art and sport with sculptor, Eamon O'Toole. See Eamon's work on display which depict iconic and heroic motor-sports engines, cars and assorted "big boys" paraphernalia. All are welcome to attend and tickets are free. Please RSVP to (07) 4046 4800 or

5 DecUMI Arts Creative Networking & Christmas Party

Starts: 05 Dec 2014 04:00 pm
Ends: 05 Dec 2014 07:30 pm
Location: 335 Sheridan Street, Cairns North
Contact: 07 4041 6152

If you enjoy being creative and meeting new people, head along to the UMI Arts Creative Networking & Christmas party. This is a free, community event that encourages meeting new people, catching up with old friends, enjoying Indigenous arts & crafts, live music, food and fun! You can also meet UMI Arts Members at the event. Aimed at the regions creative community or those who enjoy anything creative. All welcome!

6 DecCairns Esplanade Markets

Starts: 06 Dec 2014 08:00 am
Ends: 06 Dec 2014 04:00 pm
Frequency: Every week on Saturday, until further notice
Location: Cairns Esplanade by the lagoon
Web: Cairns Esplande Markets

Every Saturday, between 8am and 4pm, the market stalls showcase items crafted by the people who sell them. The quality stalls include jewellery, leather work, pottery, airbrush tattoos, clothes, skincare and more.

11 DecLittle Taccas

Starts: 11 Dec 2014 10:00 am
Ends: 11 Dec 2014 12:00 pm
Location: Tank 3, Collins Ave, Edge Hill

You're never too young to develop a green thumb!

The "Little Taccas" program, named after the tropical plant Tacca integrifolia, gives young children an appreciation for nature and gardening.

Aimed at children aged under five years, the fortnightly program features nature-based activities in the Cairns Botanic Gardens precinct, including art and craft, storytelling, sing-alongs and garden discovery walks.

Children must be accompanied by a parent or care giver.

Spaces are limited so book early to avoid disappointment by ringing Council on
4044 3044.

12 DecFree mulch giveaway

Starts: 12 Dec 2014
Ends: 15 Dec 2014
Location: Council's waste transfer stations, see below
Contact: 4044 3044

A happy, healthy garden is a mulched garden.

Take advantage of our FREE uncured mulch offer at Council's Transfer Stations, to prepare your garden for the coming wet season.


  • Limited stock available while it lasts, no other dates or times for the free giveaway will be offered.
  • The stock is "green" uncured mulch, and Cairns Regional Council does not guarantee the quality of the product. This material is not produced to Australian Standard (AS4454-2003) and may contain weed species and other non-organic remnants.
  • Cairns Regional Council does not assume any liability resulting from the use of this product

Where & When:

  • Portsmith Transfer Station, open Monday-Sunday 8.30am to 5.15pm
  • Smithfield Transfer Station, open Monday-Saturday 7am to 5.15pm, Sunday 9am to 5.15pm
  • Gordonvale Transfer Station, open Monday-Sunday 8.30am to 5.15pm
  • Babinda Transfer Station  - phone Customer Service on 4044 3044 to be listed and advised of scheduled collection date.


  • Domestic only; utes and/or trailers and light trucks (vehicle weight to GVM 4 tonnes maximum).
  • Council staff will assist with loading vehicle using appropriate mechanical equipment.
  • For enquiries regarding Electric or Crazy Ant quarantine details, please contact the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) on 13 25 23

14 DecActive Cairns Free Community Bike Ride

Starts: 14 Dec 2014 07:15 am
Ends: 14 Dec 2014 10:00 am
Location: Goomboora Park, Shale St, Brinsmead
Contact: 0459 999 082

Registration opens 7.15am, rides start 8am sharp.

Each ride has a leader and there will be routes to suit all ages and abilities up to 20km. Helmets must be worn and children under 12 years of age must ride with a parent/carer.  All routes are on paths or very quiet streets.

Limited adult bikes available: to book e-mail or phone 0459 999 082.

14 DecHolloways Beach Markets

Starts: 14 Dec 2014 08:00 am
Ends: 14 Dec 2014 01:00 pm
Location: Along the foreshore of Casuarina Street
Contact: Megan Emerton

The Holloways Beach Markets feature local crafts, fresh products, plants, second hand items, a scrumptious array of food stalls and much more. These community markets make a great family day in a beautiful spot, you can even stick around and use the free barbecues and patrolled swimming area for the afternoon.

17 DecFrozen Screening

Starts: 17 Dec 2014 07:00 pm
Ends: 17 Dec 2014 09:00 pm
Location: Cairns Botanic Gardens
Contact: 0427 717 271

Fozen is screening at the Cairns Botanic Gardens on Wednesday 17 December. Gates open from 5:30pm and coffee, popcorn and frozies will be available. Dress-ups and sing-a-longs are highly encouraged. 

Adults $13, Concession $10, Students $5 and Family Pass $30 

Starry Night Cinema @ Cairns Botanic Gardens is a fundraising event for Friends of Botanic Gardens Cairns and End Credits Film Club.

20 DecLou Derry Changing Seasons Exhibition Opening

Starts: 20 Dec 2014 02:00 pm
Ends: 20 Dec 2014 04:00 pm
Location: Cairns Regional Gallery, Crn Abbott & Shields Sts
Contact: 07 4046 4800

Lou Derry's primary interest has long been the sky and weather in all their changing manifestations. This new body of work sees Derry transition from pastel to oils, to further explore the sky in all its glory. All are welcome to enjoy this free exhibition. Please RSVP to (07) 4046 4800

27 DecGraphite Saturday with Julie McEnerny

Starts: 27 Dec 2014 10:00 am
Ends: 27 Dec 2014 03:00 pm
Frequency: Every month on the last Saturday of the month, until 25th Jul 2015
Location: Cairns Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre and outdoors

We sketch outdoors in the Botanic Gardens in the morning so remember to dress for the weather!  After lunch we reconvene in the Visitor Centre to refine our drawings and learn new skills.  

Bring your own materials for this workshop:  sketchbook/journal and pencils (eg 2H, HB, 2B).

Lunch can be purchased at either of the Garden's eateries or byo (fridge available).  Tea and coffee provided.

Last Saturday of every month.  Cost: $80

Bookings essential (small groups): or phone 4032 6650.

31 DecRattle N Hum New Year's Eve 2014 Cairns Esplanade

Starts: 31 Dec 2014 06:00 pm
Ends: 01 Jan 2015 12:00 am
Location: Cairns Esplanade Western Event Lawn

Celebrate New Year's Eve on the Cairns Esplanade with this fun, free, all ages event.

  • Family entertainment with the Doyle Family Fun Show 6pm - 9pm
  • Live music (headlined by Mark Seymour) 6pm to midnight
  • Fireworks 9pm and midnight

Renowned singer-songwriter Mark Seymour will headline the annual Cairns Esplanade New Year's Eve concert, presented by Cairns Regional Council.

The former Hunters and Collectors frontman will be joined by his current band The Undertow on the Cairns Esplanade stage.

The Cairns Esplanade New Year's Eve program will kick off at 6pm with a quality line-up of Cairns talent, with Sam Clark followed by Frontear and Flavour.

The first fireworks display will light up the sky at 9pm and will be followed by a set from popular Cairns band Amy Chase. Mark Seymour and The Undertow will hit the stage at 10.30pm to take the audience through to midnight and the fireworks finale.

The concert is a free, all-ages event and there will be a family entertainment area near the Lagoon with The Doyle Family Fund Show and Rachael Bradley providing entertainment from 6pm.

Proudly brought to you by Cairns Regional Council and Rattle N Hum.

Cairns Esplanade road closures and parking restrictions for NYE celebrations
  • The Esplanade, from Shields Street to Aplin Street, will be closed from 10am Wednesday 31 December 2014 until 6am Thursday 1 January 2015.
  • Car parks along the Esplanade from Shields Street through to Aplin Street will be closed from 6am on Wednesday 31 December 2014 through to 6am on Thursday 1 January 2015.
  • Emergency vehicles will be permitted access at all times. Delivery vehicle access will not be possible during the road closure. Please make arrangements for alternative pick up locations during this time.
  • There will be parking restrictions and tow away zones implemented which will allow Council to set up along the road and provide emergency access.