Off-street carparks

Council has five off-street car parks in the Cairns CBD. There are also a range of commercially operated car parks. This map shows available off-street parking in the city. Please note prices are subject to change and drivers should obey on-site signage.

Parking at Council's car parks is free on public holidays.

Lake Street multi-storey car park

Located between Shields and Aplin streets, the Lake Street Multi-storey car park has undergone a $5.9 million upgrade that includes CCTV and dedicated Help Points, improved lighting, all-abilities access and a rainforest-inspired façade.

The car park operates 24/7 and has 300 parking spaces.

Casual use

Casual use is $1.40 an hour, capped at $10 a day.

Payment is via pay a ticket machine on the ground floor, or by credit card on exit.


Permits guarantee parking on floors 3, 4 and 5.

  • 5-day permits (Monday to Friday) are $130 per calendar month
  • 7-day permits are $150 per calendar month

Apply for a permit. Please note the same application form is used for 5-day permits and 7-day permits.

Grafton Street North

The car park is located between Shields and Aplin streets, with entry from Grafton and Lake streets.

There are 100 parking spaces.

Casual use is $1.40 an hour, between 6am and 6pm, 7-days-a-week.

Payment is via ticket machines that accept cash and credit cards.


Permits holders have guaranteed parking in yellow-marked parking bays.

Permits are $16.50 a week.

Council is currently not accepting permit applications. Applications will open in mid-January.

Southern Esplanade Car Park

Located next to the Cairn Esplanade Lagoon, the car park is accessed from Pier Point Road.

There are 290 car parking spaces and two electric car charging points.

Casual use is $1.40 an hour, between 6am and 10pm, 7-days-a-week

Permits are not available.

Hartley Street Car Park

Located at the end of Hartley Street, near the Sheridan Street intersection, the car park has 450 parking spaces including RV parking. Parking is $3 a day.

Permits are not available.

Bunda Street Car Park

Located between Spence and Hartley Streets, the car park has 200 car parking spaces. Parking is $2 a day.

Permits are not available.

Permanent parking permits at Council carparks

Reserved parking is available at the Grafton Street North Carpark and the Lake Street Parking Station, although spaces are limited.

To reserve a bay, contact Council on 4044 3033 or fill in and submit an application to Council:

Private carparks

There are also a number of private carparks that you can use. Council is not responsible for these carparks and does not set the fees.

  • Cruise Terminal carpark (Wharf St)
  • Cairns Square (Abbott St)
  • Cairns Convention Centre (Hartley St)
  • Cairns Central Shopping Centre
  • Hilton International (Marlin Parade)
  • Koppens carpark (Grafton St, south)
  • The Pier Shopping Centre
  • Ports North carpark (Lake St ,south)
  • Reef Casino (Wharf St)
  • Rusty's Markets carpark (Sheridan St)
  • Wharf St Carpark

Car park map

This map shows Council-run and commercial off-street car parks in Cairns.
( PDF, 0.21 MB )

Please note prices are subject to change. Drivers must obey on-site signage.

For download

Last updated: 06 February 2018