HMAS Cairns Open Day

25 February 2023

09:00 - 13:00

HMAS Cairns, Draper Street, Portsmith, Cairns, QLD

FREE ticketed entry

HMAS Cairns would like to welcome you to our first Open Day since 2013!

Come along and spend a day meeting and talking to our service members whilst experiencing what service life in the Far North Queensland has to offer! Enjoy a day of family friendly fun featuring Boat Rides, BBQ and a tour on Cape Otway!

What to Expect

  • Tours on Cape Otway and Boarding Party Equipment Displays
  • Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat and Sea Boat Rides through the basin
  • Armoury Tours, weapons display and Boarding Party Display
  • Workshop Tours through Fleet Support Unit – North East and Laser Engraving display
  • Sea-Spider Static Displays
  • 2x Survey Craft static displays supported by various Hydrographic Equipment and imagery
  • Clearance Diver Static Display of equipment
  • Obstacle Course managed and run by the Cairns Personal Training Instructors
  • Bandaging/CPR/PPE Demonstrations by our Naval Medics
  • Sea Training Group First Aid Attack Races
  • Naval Communication Flag Scavenger Hunt throughout HMAS Cairns
  • Stationary Joint Military Police Unit Service Vehicle Tour
  • Training Ship Endeavour Cadet Tour and training displays
  • Navy Indigenous Developmental Program and Defence Force Recruiting Information
  • Defence Members Family Services, Return Service League and Legacy Support Stalls
  • Face painting and Live Music
  • Interactive Museum, items on display from the Kokoda Hall Museum with Curator Support
  • Stall from Kookaburra Kids

Conditions of Entry

  • Must be registered with Eventbrite (can register at the gate)
  • Must have enclosed shoes (no thongs)
  • No Alcohol to be brought onto HMAS Cairns
  • Members of the public may be subject to a bag search upon arrival
  • Children must be accompanied/supervised by an adult at all times

Car Parking and Access

  • Access to the HMAS Cairns car park on Cook Street


  • Bathroom access
  • Parents Room will be set up in an air-conditioned space
  • Navy Anchorage (café) will be open to the public
  • Open Day BBQ
  • Access to cold water and rehydration stations throughout HMAS Cairns
  • It is recommended that you bring your own water bottles, sunscreen and hats
  • You are welcome to bring your own picnic and enjoy the gorgeous HMAS Cairns views
  • St Johns Ambulance will be onsite for emergencies