What’s on in Cairns: January 2020 - Down Under Tours

What’s on in Cairns: January 2020

View of Barron Gorge with Green Rainforest Surround - large waterfall raging down through the gorge. Skyrail Gondola travelling along cableway above rainforest canopy.
December 31, 2019

It’s a new year and  a new decade! What better way to celebrate than to get out amongst Cairns City and the beautiful areas around here. Jump into the New Year with AJ Hackett and kick start 2020 with a Bungy Jump!

Tropical North Queensland really earns its tropical name in January and February which is typically our ‘green’ season thanks to the higher levels of rainfall in this period. Whilst we do get a bit of rain in January, it really is the best time to see the spectacular rainforest in its natural glory (they don’t call it that for nothing!)

A must-do during wet season is to see the mighty Barron Falls as it rages down the gorge after a downpour- the best vantage points are via Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and a stop along the Kuranda Scenic Rail line, so make sure to book a trip to Kuranda to tick Barron Falls off your list!

Check out our list below of events in Cairns for January 2020-


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

Chinese New Year: 24th Jan to 1st Feb

Gong xi fa cai! 2020 will welcome the Year of the Rat in the Chinese calendar. As Cairns has a large multi-cultural local and visitor population, the Chinese New Year celebrations are a big event. A range of events featuring music, dance and cultural performances (including the traditional Chinese Dragon) parade are held over the period. New Year’s Eve celebrations with fireworks on the Cairns Esplanade are on Friday 24th from 5pm to 7:30pm, and the Chinese New Year Street Festival will be on Grafton Street on Saturday 1st February. For more events in Cairns for Chinese New Year, click here.


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Cairns Taipans Basketball (NBL):

As we come towards the end of this NBL season, the last Cairns Taipans games in Cairns are playing their last home games this month. Catch one of the below games for some basketball action at the Cairns Convention Centre:
Round 14: Cairns Taipans v Brisbane Bullets: 3rd Jan 2020
Round 15: Cairns Taipans v NZ Breakers: 9th Jan 2020
Round 16: Cairns Taipans v Adelaide 36ers: 18th Jan 2020
Round 18: Cairns Taipans v Illawarra Hawks: 31st Jan 2020


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Australia Day: 26th Jan

Australia Day celebrates all things Aussie with some fantastic community events around Cairns. The Cairns Regional Council are hosting a ‘Great Australian Bites’ from 10am to 2pm at the Esplanade Lawn near the lagoon with local restaurants providing bite sized plates, and live performances to keep everyone entertained. If you’re on the Northern Beaches, a community BBQ event is being held from 7am at Yorkey’s Knob Esplanade. Otherwise just make sure to kick back and enjoy the day in your own way!

Mamma Mia: 17th Jan to 1st Feb

Worldwide musical hit Mamma Mia!  is coming to Cairns Performance Arts Centre, bought to your by the Cairns Choral Society. Whether you love the movie, the musical or just ABBA, make sure to get your tickets! Click here for more information.


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