Functions

Limited bookings during COVID-19

Council has reopened limited public space bookings in accordance with Stage 1 of the Queensland Government's road map for easing COVID-19 restrictions.

  • From 16 May 2020, park bookings for non-contact outdoor activities with a maximum of 10 people are permitted.
  • From 12 June 2020, park bookings for up to 20 people will be permitted, subject to Stage 2 of eased restrictions*.

We are now accepting park bookings from 12 June for groups of up to 20 people.  These bookings are subject to change should Stage 2 not come into effect on 12 June*.

The customer making the booking is responsible for ensuring all attendees comply with government directions and advice in relation to COVID-19, including social distancing and good hygiene practices.  These are subject to change without notice.

* Prior to entering each stage, the Queensland Government will conduct a COVID SAFE check to assess impact before further easing of restrictions.

Venue hire

The Cairns Botanic Gardens is the perfect place to hold your ceremony, function or corporate event.  With ample room and parking, as well as facilities including free BBQs (at Freshwater and Saltwater Lake), everything is in place to have a successful event.

Our event locations ( PDF, 1.78 MB ) include:

  • Flecker Garden Teak Lawn (up to 100 guests)
  • Flecker Garden Stage Area (up to 100 guests)
  • Fitzalan Gardens (up to 50 guests)
  • Freshwater Lake (100+ guests)
  • Saltwater Lake (100+ guests)

For more information, download our Venue Hire information kit - Tanks Arts Centre and Cairns Botanic Gardens ( PDF, 6.24 MB ) document and read our Terms and Conditions.

Bookings

For weddings and ceremonies:

Make a booking enquiry for a Council venue

For other events:

Make a booking enquiry for a Council venue

For more information, please contact the Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre by phone on (07) 4032 6650 or email gardens@cairns.qld.gov.au.

For information on hiring the Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre or a venue at the Tanks Arts Centre, please phone (07) 4032 6650 or email tanksvenues@cairns.qld.gov.au.

Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre

Multipurpose room and outdoor undercover amphitheatre available for hire for small private functions, community meetings, workshops and seminars.

For more information on hiring the Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre or a venue at the Tanks Arts Centre please phone (07) 4032 6650 or email tanksvenues@cairns.qld.gov.au

Commercial filming and photography

The Cairns Botanic Gardens boasts 97 acres of possible locations for your photo shoot or next filming project.

Location scouts will love the choice available to them - from Navy Oil tanks constructed during World War Two, to dense jungle-like foliage and far-reaching water bodies, not to mention the plethora of plant and animal life that call the garden home.

To apply, please complete the online application for commercial filming.

For more information on photo or film shoots at the Gardens, please contact the Visitor Centre on (07) 4032 6650 or email gardens@cairns.qld.gov.au.

Display space for artists and community groups

Emerging artists, professional creatives and community groups can apply to exhibit or display at the Botanic Gardens Visitors Centre. To be considered for inclusion, work must meet specific criteria and respond to one or more of the following themes:

  • Botanical/Horticultural
  • Environmental/Conservation
  • Local community

Download the exhibition space guidelines and conditions ( DOCX, 1.06 MB ).

Contact Tanks Curator for further information by email tankscurator@cairns.qld.gov.au or phone (07) 4032 6609.

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Last updated: 16 June 2020