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Community Activities

The Tanks Arts Centre precinct welcomes community groups to host their workshop, activity or exhibition as part of the diverse program on offer.

Some workshops and activities are held on a weekly basis and others may be a short course or a weekend intensive only.


Tours recommencing Tuesday, 30 June, 2020.

Come along and learn about the history behind the Tanks Arts Centre and Cairns Botanic Gardens precinct. Tours start every Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10am with our volunteer guides.

WHEN: Tuesday and Thursday mornings
TIME: 10:00am - 11:30am
VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
COST: Free
INFO: Phone (07) 4032 6650.


A relaxed and enjoyable day drawing botanical studies using watercolor pencils.

WHEN: Sat 4 July | Sat 1 Aug | Sat 5 Sept | Sat 3 Oct | Sat 7 Nov | Sat 5 Dec
TIME: 9:30am - 3:30pm 
VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre 
COST: $85 (includes materials)
REQUIREMENTS: Basic drawing skills. 
INFO & BOOKINGS: Julie McEnerny 0407 556 189


Botanic Gardens Basketry

Join Saltwater Creek Basketry Group for a fun morning of basketry and other weaving craft using natural products from the Botanic Gardens. Suitable for all skill levels, free entry. Book early as spaces are limited!

WHEN: Saturdays 25 July, 29 August, 26 September, 31 October, 28 November
TIME: 9:30am -12:30pm 
VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
COST: By donation
INFO & BOOKINGS: Pam Kusabs (07) 4032 5039


'Qi Gong (pronounced chee gong) is a wonderful way to release physical tension and let go of emotional & mental stress. You will learn gentle exercises and breathing techniques to enhance the flow of positive Qi (life force energy) throughout your entire body and energy system. Qi Gong brings about a deep sense of relaxation, balances emotional energy, improves physical vitality, and activates more of the body's self-healing potential. What a great way to unwind & start the weekend!

WHEN: Every Friday (recommencing Friday 12 June 2020)
TIME: 5:30pm - 6:30pm 
VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
COST: $15 per class
INFO & BOOKINGS: Kerrie Womersley PH: 0448 832 966 or



Classes resume Monday, 8 June 2020.

At Barre & Co., it's our mission to create a workout that you truly LOVE. We offer an abundant timetable with plenty of options to sweat, move & chill with us, always infusing our classes with motivation and inspiration to live your best life.

Barre If you're new to barre, we fuse the precision of pilates, the flow of yoga, the grace of ballet condition & the strength of functional fitness to leave you with the ultimate lengthening, toning & inspiring workout.

Pilates Our pilates classes are the perfect balance between precision & progressive movements. You'll work muscles you never knew you had!

Yoga In yoga, we build heat in the body & stillness in the mind through a vinyasa (flow) practice. This is your weekly dose of mindset development & inspiration.

Dance Cardio Our dance cardio is Cairns' original contemporary aerobics class. In just 30 minutes, it's the most fun you can have while doing cardio - we promise you that.

Mondays 4:45pm Pilates | 6:00pm Yoga
Tuesdays 6pm Yoga 
Wednesdays 4:45pm Barre | 6:00pm Yoga beginners
Thursdays 6:00pm Barre
Saturdays 7:00am Pilates | 8:15am Pilates
VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
COST: $29/week unlimited membership | $15 casual | $70 5 pack | $135 10 pack
INFO & BOOKINGS: Claudia Fregona 0488 744 955 website