Plan your trip to MMP

Munro Martin Parklands MapOpening hours

  • Open 6.00am to 8.30pm, seven days a week except ticketed event days.
  • The gates are locked when the park is closed.
  • Please check our MMP Facebook page for the most recent status.

Performance usage

Munro Martin Parklands (MMP) is Cairns’ premier community gathering place, complete with an outdoor performance space and situated directly across Florence Street from Cairns Performing Arts Centre (CPAC).  Due to the residential nature, the specific nature of the stage and the visibility the stage offers the audience, this venue is best suited to high end performing arts events.

Munro Martin Park is a space dedicated to curated events to provide culturally enriching experiences for the Cairns community. Due to its niche program, venue hire availability is limited and dependent on assessment by management to ensure performances are suitable for a curated space.

Weather

MMP is an outdoor venue therefore always check the weather forecast before preparing to attend a performance. If there is a chance of rain on an event day please ensure you dress accordingly and bring a raincoat. Umbrellas are allowed in the venue but are not to be used during the performance as it blocks the view of other patrons. Read our full weather advice.

Rain ponchos will no longer be provided at events at Munro Martin Parklands due to the environmental impact of these single use plastic products.

Embrace - public art sculpture

Woopen Creek based sculptor, Braham Stevens, designed the piece to withstand the harsh tropical conditions and maintain a 'timeless' character. Embrace is a nine-metre tall sculpture, made from laser-cut, heavy gauge steel and is part of a linking public artwork project which connects the Munro Martin Parklands with the James Cook University Campus. The sculpture represents the intricate relationships, cycles and connections between geology, ecology, man, time and place.

Parking

  • Limited parking surrounds MMP on Sheridan, Florence, Minnie and Grafton streets, however car parking is available at Cairns Performing Arts Centre (CPAC), see the Visiting CPAC webpage for opening times and car park charges.
  • Accessible parking - there are two access parking spots on Florence Street, two on Minnie Street and one on Grafton Street.

Public transport

The central terminal is located on Lake Street opposite the Cairns City Library. Please refer to the following link or bus routes -Translink translink.com.au/cairns

Entrances

  • There are six gates surrounding the Parklands for general admission on non-ticketed days.
  • The main entrance gate to MMP is on Florence Street, this is the only entrance for ticketed events.
  • There is one gate on Sheridan Street, two gates on Minnie Street and two public access gates on Grafton Street.

Toilets

Permanent toilet facilities are located on site underneath the terraces on the Sheridan Street side and also the northern corner on the Grafton Street side.

Drinking water

Three filtered water stations are available in the park.

Terms of use:

  • Please leave the parklands as you found them so that everyone may enjoy our beautiful public venue.
  • The parklands shall be utilised by the public in a respectful and considerate way.
  • We invite you to picnic on the lawns but please dispose of your rubbish in the bins provided or take it with you when you leave.
  • The park has been designed to be fully accessible.
  • Access to drinking water is available within the site.
  • No animals are allowed in the Parklands, registered assistance animals are excepted.
  • Queensland Smoking Laws do not prohibit smoking in the Parklands, except when there is a ticketed event on and in that case a DOSA (Dedicated Outdoor Smoking Area ) is established next to the Scout Hut.

Event Information

Alcohol

Events at Munro Martin Parklands are licensed events, BYO alcohol will not be permitted within the event precinct.

Bag Checks

All patrons attending an event will be asked to present their bags and personal belongings for inspection at the entry points. Prohibited items include: BYO alcohol, anything that could be used as a weapon.

Animals

No animals will be allowed onsite during an event (with the exception of service or assistance animals, such as guide dogs). You are obliged to produce evidence that your dog is a legitimate assistance animal when asked.

Chairs and seating

Patrons may bring rugs to sit on or low height chairs, seat backs should not extend beyond shoulder height. It is essential that everyone respect their neighbour by arranging seating in a way that is fair to all.

Munro Martin Parklands closure

The venue will be closed in the days leading up to an event for the safety of the public. The park becomes a worksite with heavy vehicles and equipment required to set up an event. Apologies for any inconvenience caused during this time. Notifications of all closures will be available on the Cairns Regional Council website.

Weather

Rain ponchos are no longer provided for events at Munro Martin Parklands due to the environmental impact of these single use plastic products. If rain is forecast on an event day please ensure you dress accordingly and bring a raincoat. Umbrellas are allowed in the venue but are not to be used during the performance as it blocks the view of other patrons.

Cancellation

In the unlikely event of a cancellation, you will be notified as soon as possible via the contact details provided on your Ticketlink account.

More info

Is available by contacting Council's Customer Service Centre:
Phone: 1300 69 22 47
Email: council@cairns.qld.gov.au

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Bolshoi Ballet 'Spartacus' Simulcast Sat 6 July Free, no ticket required Tomorrow night is another chance to enjoy the magic of the stunning Munro Martin Parklands when the classic story of a Roman slave’s fight for freedom will be recounted by one of the world’s premier ballet companies and screened LIVE & FREE for all to attend. Cairns fans can experience the Bolshoi Ballet’s spectacular production of 'Spartacus' which will be live streamed direct from QPAC in Brisbane to MMP from the comfort of picnic rugs and your favourite camping chair. The simulcast includes exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews prior to the performance. Cairns Mayor Bob Manning said Cairns was one of a select number of regional centres to have been afforded the opportunity to live stream this performance. “For people living in regional areas, it can be difficult to gain access to such world class events, but with our new entertainment precinct and through the strength of our partnership with QPAC, we hope to provide the community with many more opportunities of this kind,” Cr Manning said. “This simulcast event also captures the underlying vision we had for our entertainment precinct – to create a place, including CPAC and the Munro Martin Parklands, where the people of this city could enjoy performing arts, festivals and gatherings. “Hosting this event at MMP means that it can be enjoyed by the largest audience possible, and what could be more indicative of our tropical lifestyle than having families come into this venue and enjoy this dynamic performance from the comfort of a picnic rug or a chair." Full information: https://bit.ly/2ZmTpCH
This Saturday, 6 July, @Bolshoi Ballet's signature ballet, Spartacus, will simulcast LIVE from QPAC to Munro Martin Parklands. Spartacus remains the ultimate balletic tour de force and like the Bolshoi Ballet company itself, is dynamic, big and explosive. Experience this spectacular production as seen from the best seats in the house and enjoy exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews prior to the performance. Date: Saturday 6 July, 2019 Gates open: 5pm Time: 7pm Duration: 3 hours and 20 minutes (includes two intervals) Cost: FREE, no ticket required Venue: Munro Martin Parklands Patrons are encouraged to bring rugs or low set chairs and a picnic (no BYO alcohol). A licensed bar and food vendors will be on site. “Ballet, at this level, is a belief system, and the Bolshoi, remains one of its cathedrals.” - The Guardian Facebook event: Bolshoi Ballet 'Spartacus' Simulcast
+ WIN A DOUBLE PASS TO SEE JIMMY BARNES + What a spectacular event the CPAC Open Day was on Saturday 22 June, and the high quality program of events doesn't stop there! Come along and see the Bolshoi Ballet 'Spartacus' Simulcast for FREE at Munro Martin Parklands on Saturday 6 July. PLUS, have you heard that the legend himself, Jimmy Barnes - Official, is set to play Munro Martin Parklands on Saturday 21 September with his biggest headlining tour of this decade? AND, we want to give you the chance to WIN a double pass to experience Jimmy's electrifying performance! To be in the running to WIN simply post your CPAC Open Day photo, (or photos, multiple entries = multiple chance of winning!), in the comments section of this post 👇 Competition ends 11am, Friday 28 June 2019. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook. Full T&Cs: https://bit.ly/2zfhiSb Facebook event: Jimmy Barnes at Munro Martin Parklands, Cairns (Lic. All Ages)
🎵🎶 Music in The Parklands🎵🎶 Sat 22 June, Gates open at 4pm NO TICKET REQUIRED Our very own young star Maggie Slater will perform alongside a star-studded line-up for this weekend's CPAC Open Day celebrations! The teenage singer-songwriter will be the youngest performer at the Munro Martin Parklands free family concert on Saturday which is headlined by Pete Murray. Having opened for Kate Miller-Heidke during the Commonwealth Games in 2018, Slater has been a regular performer at venues across the city and will release her debut EP In Bloom on Saturday. Joining Maggie is local musicians DJ Cam Kennedy, Kaweyova and Nikki Doll. Bring a rug or low set chair, your friends and family and good vibes! AND Don't forget Meet Eat Repeat on Florence - CPAC Open Day on Florence Street for all your picnic needs! (opens 4pm, Free entry)
🎉 The CPAC Open Day is almost here 🎉 We are busily preparing for the celebrations happening this Saturday 22 June - we can't wait to show you around! Check out the site map 👇 🦄 Please note 🦄 * The FREE Tours of CPAC will commence from 11am, (entry point as indicated on site map) * The gates to Florence Street and Munro Martin Parklands will be open from 4pm * Additional toilets will be available on site * Access parking is available on Sheridan Street * BYO blankets or chairs * Strictly no BYO alcohol, a licensed bar is available * No tickets required 🦄 What's happening? 🦄 +++ Free guided tours of the new state-of-the-art Cairns Performing Arts Centre building will depart regularly from the foyer between 11am and 8pm. +++ Enjoy FREE music all afternoon headlined by Pete Murray as part of the Music in the Parklands - CPAC Open Day event from 4pm - 10pm. +++ The Meet Eat Repeat crew have planned an extensive range of gastronomical delights with 14 pop-up stalls by local restaurants and food vans to create foodie heaven on Florence Street. Meet Eat Repeat on Florence - CPAC Open Day. Open from 4pm - 10pm. Bring your friends and family, a chair or picnic rug and kick back and enjoy in classic Cairns style.
PLEASE NOTE: Munro Martin Parklands will be closed to the public this Friday 21 June and will reopen at approximately 12pm on Sunday 23 June. Florence Street will be closed to the public from 6am to midnight on Saturday 22 June. These closures are to accommodate the CPAC Open Day, Music in the Parklands - CPAC Open Day & Meet Eat Repeat on Florence - CPAC Open Day on Saturday 22 June. Enjoy free music all afternoon headlined by Pete Murray as part of the Music in the Parklands - CPAC Open Day event that forms one part of the FREE CPAC Open Day celebrations on Saturday 22 June. The other events include free behind-the-scenes tours of CPAC held from 11am-8pm, and foodie heaven on Meet Eat Repeat on Florence - CPAC Open Day. Free guided tours of the new state-of-the-art Cairns Performing Arts Centre building will depart regularly from the foyer between 11am and 8pm on Sat 22 June – no ticket required. Gates to both Florence Street and MMP open at 4pm with DJ Cam Kennedy setting the mood, followed by local talent Maggie Slater, Kaweyova and Nikki Doll & Band. Bring your friends and family, a chair or picnic rug and kick back and enjoy in classic Cairns style.
✨ ANOTHER MASSIVE ANNOUNCEMENT✨ ✨ LIVE SIMULCAST✨ Munro Martin Parklands is all set to host the Bolshoi Ballet! A performance by Russia’s world renowned Bolshoi Ballet will be screened live, free and on the big screen at Munro Martin Parklands (MMP). Cairns has been selected as one of eight Queensland cities and towns to host the free simulcast of Yuri Grigorovich’s Spartacus direct from the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) on Saturday July 6. Acting Mayor Terry James said the open-air experience of MMP would deliver a uniquely Far Northern experience. “Ballet remains one of the most popular art forms in the region and previous performances have sold out,” he said. “We are taking this simulcast to MMP to allow more people to enjoy one of the world’s premiere ballet companies perform its signature show on the big screen.” A non-ticketed event, the Bolshoi Ballet simulcast at MMP can accommodate up to 3000 people. QPAC Chief Executive John Kotzas said he hoped audiences in Cairns would make the most of the opportunity. “Simulcast audiences will see Spartacus from ‘the best seats’ in the house. They will also enjoy exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews prior to the performance,” Mr Kotzas said. Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the simulcasts would open up a world-class event to audiences around the state. “The Bolshoi Ballet’s performances are a highlight of the state’s It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar, which is expected to generate $800 million for Queensland’s economy in 2019,” Ms Jones said. “Opening up our major events across the state boosts Queensland’s profile as the place to experience events.” 📅 EVENT INFO: The simulcast of Bolshoi Ballet’s Spartacus on Saturday 6 July at Munro Martin Parklands is a free, non-ticketed event. Gates open at 5pm for a 7pm start. The show is 3 hours and 20 minutes and includes two intervals. Patrons are encouraged to bring rugs or low set chairs and a picnic (no BYO alcohol). A licensed bar and food vendors will be on site. More info: https://bit.ly/2ZmTpCH
Jimmy Barnes' latest album, My Criminal Record, hit #1 on the ARIA Album Charts over the weekend!!! 🎉 This is Jimmy's 16th album to reach #1, breaking an industry record and beating the likes of U2 and Madonna for the most #1 records held on the ARIA Albums Chart! Tickets are selling FAST to witness the Cairns show at Munro Martin Parklands on Sept 21 as part of Jimmy's nationwide "Shutting Down Your Town" tour. Eskimo Joe are the official support act. Grab your tickets ASAP: https://bit.ly/2HKij9q Jimmy Barnes - Official
Cairns fans, we're on track for an early sell out! Tickets are selling FAST! Grab yours ASAP or avoid missing out on experiencing the legend that is Jimmy Barnes - Official when he plays Munro Martin Parklands this September as part of his nation-wide 'Shutting Down Your Town' headline tour. 🎟 BOOK NOW: https://bit.ly/2HKij9q 🎟 REMEMBER: Ticketlink is the ONLY authorised seller of tickets for the Cairns show.
The second 'headline' food vendor has been announced for the Meet Eat Repeat on Florence - CPAC Open Day event! Ochre Restaurant at Harbour Lights joins Paper Crane by Crystalbrook for the June 22 instalment, taking place in-between CPAC and MMP with Florence Street being closed to traffic for the very first time! Make sure you follow the Facebook event for announcements of food vendors - 14 in total! EVENT: Meet Eat Repeat on Florence - CPAC Open Day
🎉 Happy birthday Neil Finn! 🎉 A young 61 today :) We were privileged to host Neil and his son Liam in the Parklands last year. We can't wait to host another iconic Aussie legend, Jimmy Barnes, later this year. Make sure you've got your reminders set for 9am this Friday, 31 May when tickets to Jimmy's show go on sale via www.ticketlink.com.au
⚡ GET READY CAIRNS ⚡ Jimmy Barnes announces a return to Cairns with his biggest headlining tour of the decade taking place in one of the greatest outdoor venues, Munro Martin Parklands, on Saturday 21 September. 📅 TIX ON-SALE: 9am, Friday 31st May [AEST] Ticketlink is the ONLY authorised seller for the Cairns show. The Shutting Down Your Town Tour will see ‘Barnsey’ playing all of his classic hits plus highlights from his acclaimed new album, My Criminal Record, with Australian indie rock favourites Eskimo Joe locked in as the official support act. Known as the heart and soul of Australian rock ’n’ roll, over recent years Barnes’ bestselling memoirs Working Class Boy and Working Class Man have struck a deep chord across his homeland. Now he finally returns to what he loves most - electrifying audiences with one of the greatest catalogues in the history of Oz rock; from Cold Chisel anthems like Khe Sanh and Flame Trees through to Working Class Man and Ain’t No Second Prize, right up to his current radio hit Shutting Down Your Town. Fremantle band Eskimo Joe will warm up the crowd as the official support act and is a major coup for the event, having enjoyed 35 ARIA nominations in their career thus far – a number only surpassed by Silverchair, Powderfinger, Kylie Minogue and John Farnham. Since its inception in 2016 Munro Martin Parklands, or MMP, has played host to some of Australia’s biggest music stars including Angus and Julia Stone, The Waifs, Neil Finn, as well as Passenger and performances from the likes of the Royal Ballet, Opera Australia and Queensland Ballet. Barnsey fans are encouraged to grab their tickets early to avoid missing out, pack a picnic and a rug, bring the family and spend a special night with the man who defines Australian rock ‘n’ roll. Tickets officially go on sale on 9am, Friday 31 May via Ticketlink and are $110 with children aged 12 and under permitted free (no ticket required). Ticketlink is the ONLY authorised seller for the Cairns show. Jimmy Barnes - Official
PLEASE NOTE: Munro Martin Parklands will be closed to the public this Friday 10 May from 6am (normal opening time), and will reopen at approximately 1pm. Thank you.
Were you at Munro Martin Parklands on Saturday evening for the Matt Corby | Cairns show? 😍😍😍 What a night, and the weather was just perfect <3 See if you can spot yourself in the crowd 🧐😀
PLEASE NOTE: Munro Martin Parklands will be closed to the public from Friday 22 March for the set up and performance of the Matt Corby | Cairns event on Saturday 23 March. The Parklands will reopen at 12pm on Sunday 24 March. Tickets for this event are still available from Ticketlink, get yours online here https://bit.ly/2LrZvMz or call Ticketlink on 1300 855 835 to purchase. Kids, (12 and under), are free, (no ticket required), with a paying adult :-)