Australia Day Celebrations have been relocated. Read below……


Yes it’s going to be a WET WET Australia Day but that should stop the true local spirit. The Celebrating have been moved at Paramatta Primary school instead of the Cairns Esplanade. Entry will be via Minnie street. There will be a BBQ, Kids activities, backyard sports and native animals . The entry will be via Minnie st . Dont forget to add GREEN and GOLD some suggestions below.


Thursday is here again!

Another Cairns Northern Beaches Community walk ,where we explored the back block of Palm Cove from a locals perspective. We finally ended up at the Underground Cafe for a yummy breakfast. Thank you fearless leader Bernadette!

What happens on Thursday Morning in Cairns?

Thursday Morning at 730am Bernadette Ackman and her Trusting local supporters head off on a new adventure. Every week she researches a NEW MYSTERY DESTINATION and armed with the content, she heads off to lead yet another amazing journey.

Bernadette and her dog “JACK” ensures no one is left behind on the walk providing a softer option for those less able participants. I would like to thank Bernadette for making this possible for me too. It’s always a great day Rain, Hail or Shine and at the end everyone is invited to a breakfast at a local cafe priced just right .

I would Highly recommend this event even though I am in the minority (mostly females) so get onto facebook and check out…. “Cairns Northern Beaches Community walk”. It’s a MUST DO event!!

Rodney Wilson/The Foot Falcon

Cairns CBD Parking could cost you $225.00 per day

I hope the following information saves you from unnecessary parking infringement.

All time zoned parking in Cairns is effective from 830am till 6pm    7 days a week 
Note: Council NOW has GPS camera cars to monitor centre of the road parking and ensure their revenue stream are maintained. Parking inspectors wear cameras to record conversations if needed. 

The hourly meter rate is NOW $1.60  Credit card option are available but extra charges do apply.
Centre of the road parking is FREE for the designated parking time. (Please note that parking limits on Rustys market days change for 3 hours to 1 hour) . If  you exceed the time limit you may incur a  penalty of $60.00. If you decide to reverse out of the centre parking you could receive a Penalty of $120.00

Loading zones are designated for commercial vehicles  include single and duel cab ute’s. If you don’t comply and/or exceed the allowable 20mins max you could incur a penalty of $120.00.

Designated disability parking is only available to cars displaying a valid disability permit on their car windscreen. Non compliance will result in a fine of $225.00  If you want more information about the permit process, please contact Cairns Regional Council 

Parking in bus stops has a penalty of $150.00 . Make sure your car park is not shared with time zoned bus stops. eg AM and PM specified times. Just check the signs to ensure you don’t get caught out. (Spence st near the esplanade is one of those locations.

If you are one of those drivers who finds it easier to reverse into angle parking you may receive a parking infringement of $120.00 and just to add fuel to the fire, doing U turns at traffic light is Illegal unless there is a sign that allows you too.

Remember always read the council signs.  If it shows 1P is 1 hour, 2P is 2 hours and 3P is 3 hours MAXIMUM parking limit.  So you may ask what does “P” without a number mean? It is 8 hours parking not unlimited or all weekend parking. Once again exceed the time and expect a $60.00 penalty.

How can you minimise parking infringement notices?

1/ Buy and display parking ticket if required on the dashboard.

2/ Set you mobile the alarm with plenty of time to walk back… you know how time gets away from you.

3/ shop and a centre that doesn’t have time limits eg all other Cairns shopping centres.

4/ Park your car outside the time zoned area and walk in or bike ride in. Remember you have two legs, why not use them.

5/ Cairns Central offer 3 hours free parking and if you run over, it will only costs you from $4.00 to a maximum of $20.00 per a 24 hour period. This could be a cheaper option. If you are watching a movie make sure you validate your parking ticket at the cinema ticket office to receive  one extra hour (giving you 4 hours free)

6/ There are a number of other GEMS I can highlight in my next blog.

Looking forward to your feedback

Rodney Wilson/ The Foot Falcon