Free CBD parking for Cairns IRONMAN

Published: 06 Jun 2018

Parking will be free across the Cairns CBD this Sunday as the city hosts its biggest annual sporting event.

The 2018 Cairns Airport IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship Cairns and the 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 will be run and won on Sunday 10 June.

To make it easier for residents to cheer on the athletes, Cairns Regional Council is offering free, all-day on-street parking.

“This is a massive event for our city and we want as many people as possible to have the opportunity to enjoy it,” Mayor Bob Manning said.

“Providing free, all-day parking is a small way in which we can encourage residents to make the trip into the city this Sunday.”

Residents are reminded that the Southern Esplanade (lagoon) carpark is closed until Wednesday 13 June and changed traffic conditions will apply on the day of the event.

Road closures on Sunday 10 June include:

  • The Captain Cook Highway will be closed between Palm Cove and Port Douglas on Sunday 10 June 5.30am-5.30pm.
  • The Cairns Esplanade will be closed from 5am on Sunday until 2am Monday.
  • Parts of Williams Esplanade and Cedar Rd, Palm Cove, will be closed 4am-noon.
  • Cheviot St, Smithfield, closed 4am-7.30pm

The Smithfield Waste Transfer Station will also be closed on Sunday 10 June.

In addition, part of Cairns Esplanade will be closed on Saturday 9 June from 7am to 10am for the IRONKIDS event.

For full details of all changed traffic conditions, visit

Free, unregulated on-street parking will be available on Sunday 10 June only. Restrictions will apply as normal to loading zones, taxi zones, and disabled parking.

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Last updated: 06 June 2018