Off-street carparks

From 2 January 2020 parking fees will increase by 20c per hour to $1.80 an hour.

Council provides off-street car parks at strategic locations in the region.

Parking fees and regulated hours (when time limits apply) vary depending on the location.

Parking at Council's car parks is free on public holidays.

There are also a range of commercially operated car parks.

This map shows Council-run and commercial off-street car parks in the Cairns CBD.
( PDF, 0.2 MB )

How do I pay for parking?

Council's off-street car parks (except the Lake Street multi-storey car park) operate on a 'pay and display' basis. Drivers should purchase a ticket and place it on their dashboard.

If a 'pay and display' machine is not working, you can report the fault 24/7 to 1300 187 603.

Drivers using the Hartley Street car park can also pay using the EasyPark app.

Accessible parking

We recognise all interstate and international accessible parking permits.

If you have an accessible parking permit, you can park for free, and as long as you need to:

  • In a designated accessible parking bay
  • In any on-street or off-street parking bay*

Drivers must obey regulations applying to taxi zones, loading zones, bus zones and no stopping zones.

*Free parking is not available at Council's Lake Street Car Park or the Cairns Performing Arts Centre Car Park as these are operated by boom gates.

Council off-street car parks

Bunda Street Car Park

Location: on Bunda Street, between Spence and Hartley streets
Available spaces: 200
Fee: $1.80 an hour, capped at $2 a day
Paid parking hours: 8.30am to 5pm, weekdays
Free parking hours: after 5pm weekdays, and all weekend and public holidays
Disability parking: no

Permits
No permits available

Cairns Performing Arts Centre (CPAC)

Location: at CPAC, corner of Sheridan and Florence Streets, entry from Sheridan and Grafton streets
Available spaces: 
132
Fee:
$1.80 an hour, capped at $3 a day
Paid parking hours: 8.30am to 5pm weekdays
Free parking hours: after 5pm weekdays, all weekend and public holidays
Disability parking: yes (payment required)

Please note: the car park is for the exclusive use of ticket holders during performance times (no casual use).

Permits
No permits available

Grafton Street Car Park

Location: Grafton Street, between Shield and Aplin streets
Available spaces: 100
Fee: $1.80 an hour
Paid parking hours: 6am to 6pm, 7 days
Free parking hours: after 6pm every day and all day public holidays
Disability parking: no

Permits
All permits have been allocated.

Permits

Permit holders have guaranteed parking in yellow-marked parking bays.

Permits are $69 for 4 weeks.

Apply for a permit ( PDF, 0.3 MB ).

Hartley Street Car Park

Location: at the end of Hartlet Street, near the Sheridan Street intersection
Available spaces: 450 spaces including RV parking
Fee: $1.80 an hour, capped at $3 a day
Paid parking hours: 8.30am to 5pm, weekdays
Free parking hours: after 5pm weekdays, and all weekend and public holidays
Disability parking: yes

Drivers can pay using the Easy Park app.

Permits
No permits available

Hospital Esplanade Car Park

Location: opposite the Cairns Hospital (on the Esplanade), between Kerwin and Charlies streets
Available space: 100
Fee: $1.80 an hour
Paid parking hours: 8.30am to 5pm, weekdays
Free parking hours: after 5pm weekdays, all weekend and public holidays
Disability parking: no

Permits
No permits available

Lake Street Car Park

Location: Lake Street, between Shields and Aplin streets, adjacent to the Lake Street bus terminal.
Available spaces: 300
Fee: $1.80 an hour, capped at $10 a day.
Paid parking hours: 8.30am to 6pm weekdays, 8.30am to 2pm Saturday
Free parking hours: After 6pm weekdays, after 2pm Saturday, all day Sunday and public holidays

Disability parking: yes (payment required)

Permits
5-day permits (Monday to Friday) are $130 per calendar month
7-day permits are $150 per calendar month

Apply for a permit ( PDF, 0.36 MB ). Please note the same application form is used for 5-day permits and 7-day permits.

McKenzie Street Car Park

Location: Esplanade parkland, near McKenzie Street intersection
Available spaces: 65 spaces
Paid parking hours: no fee
Free parking hours: parking is always free
Disability parking: yes

Permits
No permits available

Palm Cove Jetty Car Park

Location: Palm Cove Jetty, northern end of Williams Esplanade
Available spaces: 37 spaces, 3 bus spaces, 2 car and trailer spaces
Paid parking hours: no fee
Free parking hours: parking is always free
Disability parking: yes

Permits
No permits available

Skate Park Car Park

Location: Esplanade parkland, near Upward Street / Esplanade intersection
Available spaces: 96 spaces
Paid parking hours: no fee
Free parking hours: parking is always free, time limited to 3 hours between 8.30am and 5pm weekdays, and 8.30am to 11.30am Saturday.
Disability parking: yes

Permits
No permits available

Smith Street (Fun Ship Playground) Car Park

Location: Esplanade parkland,near Smith Street intersection, next to the Fun Ship Playground
Available spaces: 60 space
Paid parking hours: no fee
Free parking hours: parking is always free
Disability parking: yes

Permits
No permits available

Southern Esplanade (Lagoon) Car Park

Location: next to the Cairns Esplanade Lagoon, accessed from Pier Point Roads
Available spaces: 290
Fee: $1.80 an hour
Paid parking hours: 6am to 10pm, 7 days
Free parking hours: after 10pm every day and all day public holidays
Disability parking: yes

Permits
No permits available

Please note: the Southern Esplanade Car Park is the open air car park directly adjacent to the Lagoon / Fogarty Park. The underground car park beneath the Pier Shopping Centre is commercially operated.

Tanks Arts Centre

Location: Eastern end of Collins Avenue 
Available spaces: 50 spaces
Paid parking hours: no fee
Free parking hours: parking is always free
Disability parking: yes

This car park services the Tanks Arts Centre, Botanic Gardens and Arrow walking trails.

Permits
No permits available

Commercial car parks

There are also a number of commercial (privately operated) car parks that you can use. Council is not responsible for these car parks and does not set the fees.

  • Cruise Terminal carpark (Wharf St)
  • Cairns Square (Abbott St)
  • Cairns Convention Centre (Hartley St)
  • Cairns Central Shopping Centre
  • Hilton International (Marlin Parade)
  • Koppens carpark (Grafton St, south)
  • The Pier Shopping Centre
  • Ports North carpark (Lake St ,south)
  • Reef Casino (Wharf St)
  • Rusty's Markets carpark (Sheridan St)

Car park map

This map shows Council-run and commercial off-street car parks in Cairns.
( PDF, 0.2 MB )

Please note prices are subject to change. Drivers must obey on-site signage.

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Last updated: 07 September 2020