The Cairns Regional Gallery opened its doors to the public in 1995. Located close to Cairns Esplanade, in the heart of the busy central business district, this renovated heritage building features many of its original fittings, creating an atmosphere that blends the contemporary with the old world.
Comprised of three levels, the award-winning gallery displays works from local, national, and international artists and aims to represent the unique history and living cultures of Tropical North Queensland.
Classes are available for a range of ages and abilities, from adults seeking to develop their artistic talent, to activities that are fun for the whole family. There are also plenty of options for the kids, such as imaginative drawing techniques, or fridge magnet and button face making, plus more in-depth courses for a range of ages.
Keep a lookout for talks by artists on topics ranging from sustainable building practices to presentations by visiting curators. And be sure to stop by the Gallery Shop. With a product range inspired by the gallery’s exhibition, the shop sells art by local artists, craftspeople and designers, plus jewellery, stationery and homewares.
Grab a coffee, a glass of wine, or a bite to eat at Perrotta’s, located on the beautiful terrace at the front of the gallery.
Corner Abbott and Shields Streets, Cairns
An entire village of more than 50 beautifully restored buildings, the village of Herberton – an old tin mining town – is an incredible tribute to Australia’s past. Allow plenty of time to marvel at the incredible detail of this outdoor museum as you wander through the old school house, bank, toy shop and chemist.
The only distillery in Tropical North Queensland, Mt Uncle is set among banana, avocado and macadamia trees. Wonder the grounds with the peacocks; visit the cellar door for a taste of its award-winning spirits and liqueurs; or drop by the restaurant for a spot of lunch.
More than 500 years old, and only a short drive from Yungaburra, the curtain tree fig is a fascinating display of nature and a must-see attraction of the Atherton Tablelands.