What's on in Cairns: January 2019 - Down Under Tours

What’s on in Cairns: January 2019

December 21, 2018

What’s on in Cairns: January 2019

It’s the start of a New Year and we are right in the middle of Summer! Generally referred to as our Wet Season, however locals like to call it the Green Season- the rainforest truly comes alive with some rain! It’s definitely a humid time, but if you want to see the rainforest at it’s most spectacular, this is the time for you. The days tend to start hot and lead into some afternoon/evening rain to relieve the heat. If you’re chasing waterfalls, you’ve come at the right time too! They look their best after the rain- just make sure to be safe and follow local safety instructions/advice if you are looking to swim as undercurrents can be much stronger than it looks.

Take a trip to Kuranda via the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and the Kuranda Scenic Rail, which will tick off the rainforest as well as give you an amazing view of the mighty Barron Falls. So, if it’s raining on your visit, embrace it and be sure to experience the rainforest in this magical state.

Check out some of the great events in our regional for January 2019!


Cairns Esplanade Markets: Every Saturday 8am-4pm – by the Lagoon, Cairns Esplanade
Port Douglas Markets: Every Sunday 8am-1:30pm – Market Park, Port Douglas
Rusty’s Markets: Every Friday & Saturday 5am-6pm & Sunday 5am-3pm – 57-89 Grafton St

Cairns Taipans @ Cairns Convention Centre

VS Brisbane Bullets – Thurs 3rd Jan 2019
VS Sydney Kings – Mon 7th Jan 2019
VS Melbourne United – Sun 13th Jan 2019
VS NZ Breakers – Mon 21st Jan 2019


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Guilt Free Comedy @ Macalister’s Brewery – Thurs Jan 3rd

Head to Macalister’s Brewery in Smithfield for boutique beers and Guilt Free Comedy – what a match! Find the event on Facebook by clicking here.

Deadly 60 Down Under – Sat Jan 5th

@ Cairns Convention Centre

Bringing the show to Cairns for the first time, Steve Backshall of the hit TV series Deadly 60 shares his stories and adventures while featuring some of Australia’s deadliest animals on stage. Grab your tickets and take the family out for a guaranteed entertaining show – click here to find out more.

Women’s Big Bash League – Brisbane Heat VS Sydney Thunder – Sat Jan 12th

FREE @ Cazalys Stadium 6:15pm

The Women’s Big Bash League comes to FNQ for the first time this January for a completely FREE match – head down to Cazalys for an evening match to see Brisbane Heat take on Sydney Thunder! There is a local match starting at 1:30pm as the Curtain Raiser, and then the main event kicks off at 6:15pm. There will be entertainment, activities and some great food vans on site so make sure to get down there and support the WBBL! Find out more by clicking here.

Wicked – 18th Jan to Feb 2nd

@ CPAC Theatre

Presented by the Cairns Choral Society, Wicked is the first musical event to be held at the new Cairns Performing Arts Centre. The story of what happened in the Land of Oz, long before the Wizard of Oz is set. Don’t miss this show with a cast of local performers, full orchestra and amazing set and costumes – on for two weeks, find tickets by clicking here.

Australia Day Brekkie – Esplanade & Trinity Beach Sat Jan 26th

@ Cairns Esplanade @ the Lagoon

Head down to the Esplanade Australia Day morning 7-11am for some free Australia Day celebrations! Free bacon and egg breakfast, backyard sports games, live wild animals, face painters and much more entertainment! Find out more information about the event by clicking here.

Cairns on a Fork Australia Day – Sun Jan 27th

@ West Barlow Park

Plan a great family afternoon out at Cairns on a Fork Australia Day- there will be games and entertainment, plus some of Cairns’ best food vans so head down anytime between 12pm and 8pm and join in on the fun – find out more about the event by clicking here.

Courtney Barnett – Thurs Jan 31st

@ The Tanks

One of Australia’s most distinctive artists right now, Courtney Barnett brings her tour to The Tanks, Cairns. With her unique indie-rock sound, insightful lyrics and fantastic guitar skills, don’t miss what will be a special show – find tickets by clicking here.