Come and celebrate the “Year of the Rooster” in Cairns! The Chinese New Year is the most important festival in the Chinese Lunar Calendar and celebrates the significance of the New Year through dance, music and cultural performance. Cairns has a strong connection with China, reflected in the relationship with Zhanjiang, Cairns’ sister city and Zhongshan, Cairns’ friendship city, and the Chinese New Year celebrations are one of the biggest and most popular events on the local calendar.
This year the celebrations run from 27th January until the 11th Feb with a wide variety of activities, entertainment, and events throughout the city.
For three weeks Cairns City will be transformed into little China with over 15,000 visitors expected to attend. Most Chinese New Year attractions will be held on Grafton Street, Tropical North Queensland’s own little 'Chinatown'.
The Street Festival held on 4th February 2017 is NOT TO BE MISSED and will be followed by a spectacular fireworks display at 9:00pm.
Book your 2017 Chinese New Year accommodation in Cairns now!
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To book your Cairns Chinese New Year accommodation and tours call our reservations team on 07 4059 5959 today!
"Gong Xi Fa Cai! Nin Nian Kuai Le!’ Happy New Year!"
Farewell the Monkey Chinese New Year Celebration
Enjoy Chinese cultural performances to farewell the Year of the Monkey and welcome the Rooster.
- When: 8:15pm – 9:15pm, Friday 27 January 2017
- Where: Lagoon Plaza, Cairns Esplanade
- For all enquiries email Nathan Lee Long, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tai Chi Planet International
Come down and try Tai Chi at the Chinese Friendship Garden in Edge Hill during Chinese New Year.
- When: Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning from 30 January to 10 February 2017
- Where: Chinese Friendship Garden, Greenslopes Street, Edge Hill
- For all enquiries email email@example.com
Yum Cha Corporate Lunch
The Annual NBN Chinese New Year Business Yum Cha Lunch provides a valuable insight into the importance of the Chinese market for tourism in Tropical North Queensland, current market conditions and future prospects for the Far North region.
Hear from Mr Ken Lee, Chairman and lead proponent, and Mark Lawson, Project and Development Manager for KUR-World. The interactive panel also includes Edith Bowskill from Australia Business Consulting, Norris Carter, CEO of Cairns Airport as well as other guests.
- When: 12:00pm – 2:30pm, Wednesday 01 February 2017
- Where: Café China, The Reef Hotel Casino
- Cost: $70 per person
- For all enquiries contact Suzie at TTNQ, 4015 1204
Chinese New Year is always a very exciting and busy time in Cairns to enjoy all the city has to offer we recommend you book your 2017 Chinese New Year accommodation now. You also need to pre book any tours and activities you plan to do, to book your 2017 Chinese New Year Great Barrier Reef tours, click here.
Cairns Airport Chinese New Year Street Festival
Welcome the year of the Rooster and celebrate with the local Chinese community at this free, fun family event. The Street Festival is a popular and much-anticipated part of the annual Chinese New Year events and celebrates the rich Chinese heritage of Tropical North Queensland and the diversity of the region. The Street Festival brings new life into the city and providing a unique and exciting experience for locals as well as visitors to the city.
This year's Cairns Chinese New Year Street Festival will be held in Grafton Street, Cairns' historic Chinatown. The program includes:
- street parade (commences at 6pm)
- colourful Lion and Dragon performances
- Chinese drumming
- interactive art and cultural displays
- Chinese food
- a huge variety of market stalls and street food
- fireworks and firecrackers (at 9pm)
- live entertainment and prize draws at The Good Guys Main Stage and Star 102.7 Stage
- When: 4:00pm – 9:00pm, Saturday 04 February 2017
- Where: Grafton Street, between Shields & Spence Streets
- Entry: Free
For more information and the full schedule you can visit the "Cairns & District Chinese Association Inc"
Chinese New Year Street Map 2017
Barrier Reef Tour Port Douglas - QS - Outer Barrier Reef Cruise
- Departs From: Marina Mirage Port Douglas
10:00 - 16:30
Experience the Great Barrier Reef with the most awarded reef operator - Quicksilver Cruises travelling to the stunning Agincourt Ribbon Reefs. Enjoy the Underwater Observatory, Semi-Submersible Tours, Snorkelling Plus optional Helicopter Flights & more...
Cairns 1 Day Combo Tours | GBR Adventure & Hot Air Ballooning
- Departs From:
Approx 12 hours
Enjoy a full day taking in the sights over Cairns Tablelands in a Hot Air Balloon PLUS experience the Great Barrier Reef with Snorkelling, Underwater observatory & More....
Cairns 1 Day Package Tours | Great Barrier Reef & Helicopter Scenic Flight
- Departs From:
6 hours (approx)
Enjoy a day on the Great Barrier Reef at Moore Reef including Snorkelling, semi-submarine tour, underwater observatory PLUS a 10 minute Scenic Helicopter Flight over the reef!
1 Day Great Value Tour - Kuranda, Scenic Rail, Skyrail, Hartley’s Crocodiles | VDT-VKHC
- Departs From: Cairns
9-10 hours approx
Enjoy a full day exploring some of the Cairns Highlights including Kuranda Scenic Railway to Kuranda, Free time in Kuranda, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures!
2 Day 1 Night Liveaboard | Sail - Snorkel & Dive | Great Barrier Reef | SV-CSD
- Departs From: Berth 2, 'A' Finger, Marlin Marina Cairns
2 Days - 1 Night
Departs at 8:00am and returns at 4:00pm the next day
Chinese New Year Special - Trips departing 28th Jan - 9th Feb SAVE 25% Enjoy 2 days and 1 night on the Great Barrier Reef - from $330 per person PLUS FREE Try Dive.
Reef Scenic or Rainforest 30 Minutes Scenic Flight | GBR
- Departs From: Cairns Airport, Heliport in Cairns City Centre
Get a birds eye view of the Great Barrier Reef with this exhilarating 30 Minute Scenic Flight over the Reef, or choose to fly over the stunning World Heritage listed rainforest. An experience to remember!
Daintree-Cape Tribulation - 4WD Bloomfield Track - BT Bush Safaris
- Departs From: Cairns, Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Cairns Beaches, Trinity Beach, Thala Beach, Yorkeys Knob, Clifton B
Travel north to the world Heritage Daintree & Cape Tribulation and onto the Bloomfield Track for an optional swim at Emmagen Creek. This small group day trip includes Kangaroos, Daintree River, Lunch and more...
Hot Air Balloon Scenic Flight
- Departs From: Cairns, Port Douglas, Cairns Beaches, Palm Cove
30 minutes or 60 minutes
Hot Air Ballooning over the beautiful Cairns' Tablelands is an experience to remember. Choose between 30min or 60min flight and enjoy the stunning views as you soar over the landscape below.
Great Barrier Reef Cruises | Cairns | Sand Cay Experience | Michaelmas Cay
- Departs From: Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal
8.5 hours (approx)
Michaelmas Cay is solitary sand cay - home to migratory birds and your little oasis for the day. Enjoy Snorkelling from the sandy shore, a guided Semi-submersible tour or simply relax on the white sand.
Green Island Full Day Tour | Ferry | MV - BC
- Departs From: Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence Street, Cairns
5 Hours on Green Island - 9:00am Departure (Big Cat)
4 Hours on Green Island- 11:00am Departure (Reef Rocket)
Return to Cairns at 5:00pm for both tours
Enjoy a relaxing day on Green Island with your choice of Snorkelling or Glass Bottom Boat Tour. Optional extras include Scuba Diving, Seawalker Helmet Diving, Helicopter Flights plus more...
Pullman Cairns International Hotel
Located in the heart of Cairns, and close to the events for Chinese New Year, the luxurious hotel rooms at Pullman Cairns International boast a perfect base to explore the region.
Green Island Resort
Stunning Island Resort located on the Great Barrier Reef with FREE Return Ferry Transfers and FREE Island Activities.
Ask us about our 3 Night Ultimate Package with FREE Transfers, FREE Breakfast and FREE Outer Barrier Reef Snorkelling Day Trip!
Hilton Hotel Cairns
Located on the Cairns waterfront Hilton Hotel Cairns is walking distance to all the events during Chinese New Year celebrations. Modern rooms and suites with views overlooking Cairns inlet or over Cairns city and to the mountains beyond.
Park Regis City Quays Apartments Cairns
Close to the Cairns Casino and street parade for Chinese New Year, Park Regis holiday apartments provide comfortable Hotel Rooms and Serviced holiday apartments. Now with FREE WiFi.
Shangri-La Hotel The Marina Cairns
Located on Cairns Waterfront the Shangri-La Hotel offers luxury accommodation in the heart of Cairns Esplanade and close to all the Chinese New Year celebrations.
Cairns Plaza Hotel
Located on the Cairns Esplanade the Cairns Plaza Hotel offers affordable waterfront accommodation in the heart of Cairns with an outdoor swimming pool, Continental Breakfast, car parking and WiFi in the Breakfast Room.
Pacific Hotel Cairns
Pacific Hotel Cairns located on Cairns Esplanade offers 4 star accommodation close to Cairns Casino and Chinese New Year celbrations. Ensure to ask us about our Breakfast Offers and FREE Night stays.
Cairns Queens Court Holiday Accommodation
Located a short walk from Cairns Esplanade, Cairns Queens Court offers boutique style accommodation with affordable motel rooms and deluxe self contained apartments. FREE Continental Buffet Breakfast included Daily!
Ibis Styles Cairns
Located a short walk to Cairns Esplanade and Cairns city, Ibis Styles Cairns offers great value accommodation with comforable hotel rooms, swimming pool and Breakfast room. Ensure to ask us for our Bed & Breakfast rates.
Cairns Colonial Club Resort
B&B Special - Stay a minimum of 3 consecutive nights in any room type and receive complimentary full buffet breakfast daily for 2 Adults
Rydges Plaza Cairns
Right in the heart of the action for Chinese New Year celebrations! Standard and Deluxe rooms available with FREE WiFi.
Coral Tree Inn Cairns Hotel
Stay 4 consecutive nights and receive complimentary buffet breakfast daily.
Mantra Trilogy Cairns
Located on Cairns Esplanade Mantra Trilogy is only a short walk from the Chinese New Year celebrations on Grafton Street. Choose from Hotel Rooms or self contained holiday apartments - Ask us about our discounted 3 & 5 night accommodation specials.
Bay Village Tropical Retreat Cairns Resort
Take advantage of this great deal and save $$ - Includes 2 for 1 Breakfast Deal, FREE WiFi, Complimentary glass of wine when dining in Restaurant, FREE Car Parking
Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside Hotel
Kids STAY FREE & Eat FREE Breakfast with each full paying adult (up to 16yrs)
Pullman Reef Hotel Casino Cairns
Located in the centre of Cairns the Pullman Reef Hotel Casino offers Superior accommodation. Bookings for Chinese New Year are recommended well in advance, as the Reef Hotel Casino is a popular hotel.