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10 - 14 July 2019

Visitor Information

Cairns Indigenous Art Fair 2016. Photograph Lovegreen Photography

The 2018 Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) will take place from Friday 13 July to Sunday 15 July with Opening night on Thursday 12 July.

The geographic hub of CIAF is the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal (CCLT), a series of heritage listed and preserved buildings on the waterfront of Trinity Inlet.  The art market, art fair, dance and music programs take place in and around the terminal buildings, with other events held at venues throughout the Cairns city scape.

Most of what CIAF has to offer for visitors is free of charge except for a select few. All program events and ticketing details will be announced closer to the event and once the 2018 Program is released on 3 May 2018. 

Cairns is a tropical city of with a resident population of 150,000 and an annual tourist visitation of more than two million. 

As the rest of Queensland, Cairns experiences two distinct weather seasons: the wet season, from November to March and the dry season, from April to October.  The wet season is marked by high humidity, monsoonal downpours and occasionally a tropical cyclone.  Daytime temperatures range from 27-32C. 

The dry season, or winter season weather remains warm, and in July during CIAF, daytime temperatures range between 24 and 28C. CIAF is held during winter which has the least rainfall and weather hosts clear blue skies, with the SE trade winds keeping the days breezy and cool.

Cairns CBD is easy to navigate with main streets in a straight forward grid running parallel with the ocean front, Cairns Esplanade (see map below).

There are many hotels in the Cairns CBD, within walking distance of the CIAF celebrations. Mention CIAF when making your booking with ACCOR managed hotels, and receive a discount on your accommodation.   

The Cairns lifestyle is easy and relaxed, with climate conditions allowing for outdoor living almost year round. When dining out expect an informal evening atmosphere.  Attire is usually  hassle- free.  Most restaurants require reservations because of popularity rather than any attention to formal tradition.



Cairns Indigenous Art Fair Ltd is a not-for-profit company with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) and Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission (ACNC) Status. All donations to the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) are greatly appreciated and will contribute to CIAF operational costs. Your support assists CIAF in continuing to attract and nurture national and international recognition for the appreciation of the vital cultural contribution of Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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