On-street parking

Cairns has a mix of free and paid on-street parking.

Parking is generally time regulated between 1 and 3 hours. There are signs at the beginning and end of regulated parking areas.

These signs also indicate if the parking is free or paid. Paid parking is indicated with the word "Ticket" - e.g. 2PTicket.

Free parking is indicated when there is no wording under the time limit display.

Parking on public holidays is free.

Paid parking

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.

Cairns on-street paid parking method is via ticket machine for the area (pay and display). The machines accept Australian coins (except 5c coins) and Visa and Mastercards.

In the Cairns CBD paid parking is between 8.30am and 6pm, Monday to Sunday. In other areas, paid parking is generally between 8.30am and 5pm weekdays and 8.30am and 11.30am Saturday.

Outside these times, and all public holidays, parking is free.

Parking costs $1.40 per hour.

Parking ticket machines accept 10c, 20c, 50c, $1 and $2 coins. No change is given on any machine.

Free parking

Free parking is available in many locations across the City. Time restrictions still apply.

Parking in centre medians is free but time restricted.

Yellow lines

Yellow lines are used in Cairns to alert drivers to parking conditions.

Solid yellow line

A solid yellow line near the side of the road signifies a "no standing" zone. Motorists may not park, or wait next to a solid yellow line.

Solid yellow lines are used in areas where it is not safe to park, for example near an intersection as parking in this area could obscure the view of other motorists.

The penalty for parking by a continuous yellow line is $116.

Dotted yellow line

A dotted (non-continuous) yellow line indicates restricted parking zones.

They are used to indicate areas such as:

  • Bus zones
  • Loading zones
  • Commercial vehicle loading zones
  • Passenger set down zones

Penalties for parking in a dotted yellow area vary depending on the type of zone, but are from $116.

Last updated: 24 January 2018