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.


You're never too young to develop a green thumb! The Little Taccas program offers young children an appreciation for nature. Aimed at children 5 and under, this fortnightly program features nature-based activities in the Cairns Botanic Gardens precinct, including art and craft, storytelling, sing-alongs and garden discovery walks.

WHEN: Each fortnight on Thursdays: February 27 | March 12 & 26 | April 9 & 23
TIME: 10.00am - noon 
VENUE: The Deck, near Tank 3
COST: Free
INFO & BOOKINGS: Via an online form


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: Every Tuesday and Thursday mornings
TIME: 10am - 11am
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 29 February | Sat 4 & Sun 5 April | Sat 2 & Sun 3 May | Sat 6 & Sun 7 June   
TIME: 9:30am - 3:30pm 
VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre for all dates except for Sat 2 May & Sat 6 June.  These two workshops will be held in Tank 4. 
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 22 February | 28 March | 25 April | 30 May | 27 June | 25 July | 26 September | 31 October | 28 November
TIME: 9:30am -12:30pm 
VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre (excluding 27 June, the workshop will be held in Tank 4)
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 (beginning from 10 Jan 2020)
TIME: 5:30pm - 6:30pm 
VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
COST: $15 per class
INFO & BOOKINGS: Kerrie Womersley PH: 0448 832 966 or



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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.

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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 5pm barre | 6:15pm dance cardio
Wednesdays 5:30pm barre
Thursdays 5pm pilates | 6:15pm barre
Saturdays 7am pilates | 8:15am yoga
VENUE: Tank 4
COST: $29/week unlimited membership | $15 casual | $70 5 pack | $135 10 pack
INFO & BOOKINGS: Claudia Fregona 0488 744 955 website