There are three time capsules located in and near Cairns city.
Cairns Civic Theatre
The first is located under the monolith facing Sheridan Street in the gardens of the Cairns Civic Theatre and was positioned to mark the completion of this project in 1973.
It contains history on people who served in World War 2, the 51st RQR, the Mayor at that time and other notable people of Cairns. This capsule is due to be opened in 2073.
Due to work to create the new Cairns Performing Arts Centre, the time capsule has been removed and securely stored. It will be displayed in the foyer of the CPAC when the facility is opened in the first half of 2018.
This time capsule is buried on the Cairns Esplanade, adjacent to Fogarty Park.
It was placed to mark the completion of the Esplanade redevelopment project in 2004. This capsule is due to be opened in October 2024.
Council administration building
This time capsule is under the specially designed paving square immediately outside the gate at the southern end of the Cairns Regional Council administration building in Spence Street.
The capsule was sealed on 4 June 1999 to commemorate Queensland Day celebrations. It contains 45 items contributed by a wide cross-section of the community, with special messages to the people of Cairns and district to be opened in the year 2099.