Excursions are a great way to support curriculum delivery. Council offers educational tours and organised visits to certain facilities.

In addition to the venues listed above, many of Council's facilities and public spaces are available for use by school and community groups. These include parks and gardens, libraries, sporting facilities, community centres, beaches and foreshores. You can find a venue and make a booking online.

Council tours

We welcome organised school visits to Council’s administration building where one of our Councillors will take students through the Council Chambers. Visits vary in length depending on your requirements and we can adapt tours to your specific needs (including requests for presentations from specific Council departments).

  • Tours are not available on Wednesdays due to Council meetings.
  • Requests must be made at least one month in advance.

Phone 4044 3020 or via email marketing@cairns.qld.gov.au

Waste and resource recovery tours

Have you ever wondered what happens to waste and recycling in Cairns? Book a Council facilities excursion or an in-school presentation to find out!

Council's Waste Education program provides a number of different services and resources to assist schools in reducing, reusing and recycling their waste.  Our excursions to Council waste and resource recovery facilities (such as the waste education facility, the Rediscovery Centre) and in-school waste education sessions are suitable for students, teachers and administration staff.

The interactive and entertaining sessions are suitable for prep to year 12 and can be presented to individual classes, cohorts, and school assemblies.

Disaster Coordination Centre

Our Disaster Management team hosts school excursions to the Local Disaster Coordination Centre at Woree, with topics and content tailored to individual needs.  Field visits to sites of interest can also be arranged.  All sessions are tailored to meet individual needs.

Tanks Arts Centre School Tours and Workshops

Take your students on a free, guided tour of the Tanks Arts Centre – and let us tailor this to suit your specific age group needs and curriculum objectives, with topics covered including:

  • History - exploring the role the Tanks played in WWII and how the oil storage facility was used
  • Visual Art - with a curator’s talk about a current exhibition
  • Venue Management - with a behind-the-scenes tour of a multi-arts centre
  • Architecture - with a talk about the design challenges and solutions for the Tanks Arts Centre and/or the Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre

Tours include up to half an hour with a Tanks Arts Centre staff member plus self-guided inspection of the current exhibition and site. School visits are welcome any time during opening hours, but guided tours must be booked.

Performing arts events

Council presents many shows each year that are suitable for children and students of all ages. We aim to make it as easy as possible for teachers to organise group excursions to our venues: Cairns Performing Arts Centre, Munro Martin Parklands and Tanks Arts Centre.

Tickets to shows at Council's venues are sold through our Ticketlink service. You can also access information on show synopsis, teachers' notes and links to support material (where available) well in advance of performance dates.

Other excursion opportunities

Cairns Botanic Gardens self-guided tours

Our series of audio tours allows you to become your own tour guide. Each tour has a downloadable map that contains reference points for the coloured markers mounted on plant identification posts, corresponding to the audio track numbers.

Nature Based Learning Grant

Schools can apply for up to $2,000 from Council to help fund nature-based excursions. The grant aims to help schools connect children with nature in a way that results in a greater awareness and appreciation of sustainable living and the natural world. Applications are open each year between 1 June and 31 July.

Cairns Museum

The Cairns Museum contains four permanent and one temporary gallery showcasing the story of Cairns from the Indigenous landscape through to the tourist gateway, the Great Barrier Reef.  It has a range of programs designed to bring local history to your students and to complement the programs of International education providers. It also runs an outreach program that can bring local history to your school. Museum opening and closing times can be adapted to accommodate student groups.

McLeod Street Pioneer Cemetery

Cairns and District Family History Society, in conjunction with Cairns Regional Council, provides both primary and secondary schools with guided walks through McLeod Street Pioneer Cemetery. During the walk students will actively learn about the history of the cemetery, interpretation of the headstones and stories of some of the early pioneers and what life was like in their time. The Cairns and District Family History Society will provide support to ensure the walk is tailored to specific curriculum objectives.

  • For bookings, contact the Cairns and District Family History Society Inc at secretary@cdfhs.org
Cairns Art Gallery

The Gallery welcomes school groups that are accompanied by teachers. A range of tour options are available, offering an enriching and rewarding experience for children of all school ages. Tours are conducted by experienced Gallery staff and educators.

Holloways Beach Environmental Education Centre

The centre offers day visits and camps. Staff can help design your program to align with desired learning outcomes. Education Queensland facilities are the main priority, but the centre also services a small percentage of local private schools and community groups.

Last updated: 16 June 2020