Parking fee increase
From 2 January 2020 parking fees will increase by 20c per hour to $1.80 an hour.
On-street paid parking hours are from 8.30am to 6pm on weekdays and before 2pm on Saturdays. (Different hours may apply at off-street car parks.) Centre median parking is free during these times. Check signs for the time limit that applies to your parking bay.
Parking is free after 2pm on Saturday; all day Sunday; and on public holidays. There is no time limit during these times, however regulations regarding using disability bays, loading zones, bus zones and taxi zones are still enforced.
Cairns has a mix of free and paid on-street parking.
In the CBD and other high-use areas, parking is generally time limited between 1 and 3 hours.
Time limits apply between:
- 8.30am and 6pm weekdays
- 8.30am and 2pm on Saturdays.
Outside these times there is no time limit on parking.
Free parking is available in many locations across the city.
Free parking is indicated by signs with:
- The word "Free', for instance 2P Free
- With parking times only, for instance 2P
Parking in centre medians in the CBD is free but time restricted.
All Council-provided car parking is also free on public holidays with no time limits (rules around disability bays, taxi, bus, no standing and loading zones still apply).
Paid on-street parking encourages a regular turn-over of vehicles in high-demand areas to balance the needs of businesses, visitors, residents and workers.
Paid parking is indicated with signs with the word 'Ticket', for instance 2P Ticket.
Parking fees are $1.80 per hour.
How can I pay for parking?
Council uses 'pay and display' machines. Drivers can use Australian coins (except 5c coins) or Visa and Mastercard to pay for parking (minimum fee $1). Please note 'pay and display' machines do not provide change.
Drivers should display their parking ticket on their dashboard. Failure to display a valid parking ticket can result in a parking fine.
If a 'pay and display' machine is not working, you can report the fault 24/7 to 1300 187 603.
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.