During the two Major Carnivals, the roads surrounding Cannon Park Racecourse will be controlled by Queensland Police and access will be altered.

When coming to the races, there are several methods in which to reach and leave Cannon Park Racecourse:

Nautilus Aviation Helicopter Transfers

Only $145pp. For bookings, call 4034 9000

Nautilus Aviation

Marlin Coast Sunbus Service

Saturday – buses will leave the City Place Transit Mall every 15 minutes from 7.10am (regular services).
Services operate every 15 minutes city bound both days along Mulgrave Road. After 8pm on both days the services will revert to half hourly departures.
Pre-purchased tickets are available from the City Place Ticket Office located in Lake Street.
Opening hours are Friday 9.00am to 4.00pm and Saturday 9.00am to 1.00pm. PH. 4057 7411

City Bus Services

PH. 4057 7411


Cairns Taxis will provide regular taxi services at Cannon Park over the two days of the Carnival. A taxi rank supervisor will co-ordinate the movement of passengers from the taxi rank. PH. 131008


A Limousine-only standing area will be provided at Cannon Park on Friday and Saturday for pre-booked and pre-arranged transport.

The limousine standing area is located opposite the main exit gate to Cannon Park. Please refer to the Traffic Management Plan for details. PH. 4032 1599

Private Motor Vehicles

To ease congestion and free up for passenger transport services, private motor vehicles should avoid using Ishmael Road, Earlville.
Free parking is available at the back entrance to Cannon Park (near the southern end of the race track).

Police Notification

The Cairns and District Police have advised that random breath-testing will occur during the Carnivals.
Remember, if your party is driving to the Carnival, designate a driver. Don’t drink and drive.