2 Best Performing Arts Venues in Great Barrier Reef, Queensland

Tanks Arts Centre

Edge Hill Fodor's choice

This vibrant arts center is housed in a trio of repurposed World War II–era oil storage tanks in Cairns's lush Flecker Botanic Gardens, 4 km (2 miles) north of the Cairns city center. It has become a vital creative hub for the region, showcasing everything from dance and theater troupes to local folk, blues, jazz, and Indigenous artists. The Centre hosts a colorful arts and food market, with live music and free kids' activities, on the last Sunday of the month from April to November.

Cairns Performing Arts Centre

This precinct combines two performing arts spaces: the Cairns Performing Arts Centre and the Munro Martin Parklands. Munro Martin Parklands hosts audiences in its open-air amphitheater surrounded by lush tropical gardens, while the CPAC features two indoor theaters. Each showcases local and international talent performing across many genres from dance to theater, ballet, music, and comedy.