During the two days of racing at the Carnival, the roads surrounding Cannon Park Racecourse will be controlled by Queensland Police and access will be altered. Please refer to the plan below to ensure you are aware of the changes.

Over the two days of racing at the Cairns Amateurs, there are several methods in which to reach and leave Cannon Park Racecourse:


The Cairns Amateurs Carnival now has a dedicated Bus transfer to make it easier for you to get to and from our great event, please see the timetable below.

Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd September 2017

Bus 1 operates 10.30, 11.30, 12.30, 13.30.

Bus 2 operates 11.00, 12.00, 13.00, 14.00


 Return Services Cannon Park to Lake St

On Frida 1st & Saturday 2nd  September 2016 from 16.30 to 19.30 Sunbus will operate dedicated return shuttle services from Cannon Park to Lake Street

Cost – $6.00 per person each way, tickets to be purchased upon Boarding the Bus

Please refer to the Traffic Management Plan for bus stand locations.



  • Friday – buses will leave the City Place Transit Mall every 15 minutes from 7:10 am (regular services).
  • Saturday – buses will leave the City Place Transit Mall every 15 minutes from 7:10 am (regular services).

Services operate every 15 minutes city bound both days along Mulgrave Road. After 8:00 pm 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 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.


Arrive in style or depart without the wait. GBR Helicopters will fly you into or out of Cannon Park and add that finishing touch to the perfect day. Flights depart from and arrive at our City helipad at the Marina and land right in the middle of the Cannon Park. Limited seats are available so pre-booking is advisable



Helicopter transfer to Cannon Park on the 1st and 2nd of September


$99.00 each way or $189.00 return


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.


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.


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). Please refer to the Course Map for details.


For those groups travelling by private coach, a drop off and pick up point is located behind the City and Sunbus area.

Please refer to the Traffic Management Plan for details.



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