Cairns Youth

Young people between the ages of 10 and 24 years make up almost 20 per cent of the Cairns population. That is more than 29,000 people or one in every five people in Cairns (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2015).

Cairns Regional Council supports youth initiatives in the Cairns area and works with local service providers, community groups and young people to help improve outcomes and the future for young people.  Council encourages the voice of young people and representatives from local services to provide advice and ideas about how to make Cairns a great place for youth.

Cairns Youth Week 2020

In response to the recent Federal and State Government measures aimed at restricting the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), most Youth Week activities have been cancelled or postponed. As a result, Council will not be promoting a program for Youth Week 2020 and continues to work to support all event organisers to cancel or reschedule planned activities.

The following activities are going ahead however, please contact the event organiser prior to attending the event.

  • 6 - 9 April:  Cairns Regional Council - Intensive server design workshops for serious Minecrafters - Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre -10am to 2pm daily -$25 Per day (07) 4032 6650
  • 8 April:  Strategix & PCYC - Employable Me – 91-97 McNamara St, Manunda - 11am to 2 pm – FREE - Contact Gemma (07) 4053 1532.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Umi Arts, Centacare, YEP and Headspace for organising fantastic events that would have been awesome opportunities for youth in Cairns to get involved in.

Cairns Youth Week is an annual celebration of the achievements, vitality and strength of our young residents aged 12 to 25.

The program features opportunities for young people to enjoy fun, positive and accessible events and activities that celebrate the many strengths and talents of youth in our region.

In April each year Cairns Regional Council supports a variety of community service providers, clubs and organisations to deliver Youth Week activities that:

  • Celebrate and foster the contribution, achievements and talents of Cairns youth; and
  • Encourage young people's participation by creating fun and interesting events and activities and involving young people in planning, running and promoting initiatives.

Get involved!

For more information or to promote your Youth Week activity, phone 4044 3568 or email

Youth events & activities

To find out what's happening around Cairns for youth, check out the activities on the What's On calendar or the Youth Events & Activities (YEA) Facebook page

Cairns has a number of local youth services and other organisations that support young people. If you are seeking information about a specific service in the Cairns region, please contact 4044 3568 or email

SPACE + PLACE = free & fun activities!

The Space + Place program offers activities for young people to help them keep active, healthy and engaged. Young people are invited to join in the free activities to have some fun, be social and learn new skills!  The three-year pilot program engages young people and their families in physical activity with the aim of creating connected communities in Cairns West.

Check out the activities listed below, and to find out more, call 4040 4935, visit the Cairns Safer Streets website, or email

Space + Place is proudly supported by:

Last updated: 25 March 2020