Great Barrier Reef

Chinese New Year Festival  Cairns

Year of the Dog

16 FEB - 3 MARCH

The KUR-World Great Barrier Reef Chinese New Year Festival’s Year of the Dog celebrations present a cohesive cultural experience for locals and visitors alike, offering cultural performances, food experiences and activities designed to encourage people from diverse backgrounds to come together and celebrate.

Over the 14 days, we invite you to enjoy the citywide festivities from historic China Town - Grafton Street, Reef Hotel Casino, the Cairns Museum, Kick Arts, Orchid Plaza  and Cairns Aquarium.

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Chinese New Year is always a time of great joy and excitement, and enormous goodwill.

In Cairns, Chinese New Year celebrations are always very special and 2018’s Year of the Dog will be one to be heralded.

Celebrating this city’s wonderful multicultural pedigree, the KUR-World Great Barrier Reef Chinese New Year Festival is an opportunity for all of Cairns to celebrate this age-old culture.

Revel in the spectacular fireworks that will illuminate Trinity Inlet to ring in the new year, Cairns will come alive with firecrackers, feasts and fiery dragons combined with many other cultural delights.

With tremendous support from government and businesses based on a unified and cohesively branded Festival, GBRCNY efforts will bring to life the whole of Cairns during this important multicultural festival period.

So, welcome to a delightful melding of heritage, culture and hospitality from 8 February to 3rd March 2018.



It is my great pleasure to join with you to celebrate the Year of the Dog.

Each year, the Cairns community embraces the vibrant and colourful celebration that accompanies Chinese New Year, and this year is no different.
We look forward to a full program of events, presented for the enjoyment of both residents and visitors to our city. 

We offer a very warm Cairns welcome to our international guests who have travelled to celebrate this most festive of occasions in our city. We cherish the opportunity to share in their rich culture at this very special time and throughout the year ahead. 

May the Year of the Dog be one of happiness, health and prosperity for all.

Mayor Bob Manning
Cairns Regional Council