Parking in Cairns
Free weekend parking in CBD
Free parking in Cairns CBD from 2pm on Saturdays and all day Sundays, effective Saturday 25 May 2019.
- No time limits during these hours.
- Normal rules apply to loading zones, taxi zones, bus zones, no parking zones and disability bays.
- Paid parking and time limits still apply at the Southern Esplanade (Lagoon) Car Park
Where to park in the city
A variety of parking is available in Cairns, from on street metered parking to off street privately operated facilities. More
You need to apply to Council for a permit to use commercial loading zones or for business parking and residential parking permits. More
Campervans and RV parking
Council offers designated short-term, day-parking bays for RVs in Gordonvale and the Cairns city centre. Both parking sites are identified by RV Parking signs and are easily accessed from major arterial roads. More
Parking fines are a way of ensuring safety and provide a deterrent for people to misuse parking facilities.You can request a parking fine to be waived if you believe it is unjustified. More
Licence Plate Recognition
Licence Plate Recognition, often called electronic chalking, is being introduced in Cairns. Using this technology will free up officers to be more proactive and respond to the average 690 parking-related complaints received each month. More
Last updated: 23 May 2019