Tropic Weekender: Our guide to the best events and things to do in Cairns

Who’s ready for a four-day weekend? We certainly are.

While our TW is a little light on the events this Easter, it’s a great time to get outdoors with the mercury noticeably cooler.

Here’s our lists of the best hikes, best picnic spots and best swimming spots.

That being said, there’s still plenty to do in town!


Thursday 14 April

The long weekend kicks off tonight with Wolfmother’s gig at the Tanks. Given the band’s long career of selling out tours and stadiums around the world, we’re surprised there’s still tickets left to their Cairns show! Supported by locals, The Zephyrbees. Get in quick.

Karaoke Thursdays is also on at the Downunder Bar, kicking off at 9pm. Free entry!

Friday 15 April

Pullman Cairns is hosting the ultimate event for chocolate lovers this long weekend, with a three-tiered high tea, chocolate fondue and chocolate truffles on the menu, next to a glass of champagne or a cocktail on arrival. 11am to 3pm each day, adult tickets are $60.

Saturday 16 April

After its short break on Good Friday, the Cairns Art Gallery is open throughout the rest of the weekend as it continues to showcase the historic Archie 100. Featuring almost one hundred artworks from every decade of The Archibald Prize exhibition, the collection unearths many of the fascinating stories behind portraitists and sitters alike. It’s free to visit with no bookings required!

Flood Squad is playing at Elixir Music Bar tonight – think afrobeat, hip hop and RNB vibes. 7pm start, $10 entry at the door.

Sunday 17 April

Who’s up for some boxing live and loud on the big screen? The Jack is the place to be to watch BF and WBC champion Errol Spence Jr. take on WBA titleholder Yordenis Ugas. 11am start.

There’s a Full Moon Party on at Turtle Cove Beach Resort this Sunday, promising a rainbow-hued night of drag shows, stilt performances, fire dances and DJ beats. Online ticket sales from $39 (including transport!) before Friday, otherwise $100 at the door. It all kicks off at 8pm.

Monday 18 April

Bring your long weekend to a close by tuning into the Taipans match down south against Melbourne United, screening from 7.30pm.