Busking contributes to the vibrancy of the city while providing opportunities for local and visiting artists. Busking in the CBD and on Council land requires a permit.

Please follow this simple application process to obtain a permit:

  • Busking applications need to be lodged in person at The Esplanade Office at 52-54 The Esplanade, Cairns between 9.00am - 12.00pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
  • An audition is required. This can be scheduled at the time of application.
  • Bring photo ID (licence, passport, proof of age card).
  • There is no charge for the Busking Permit.

For more information and how to apply please see the following:

Cairns Regional Council - Esplanade Office
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