Cairns Regional Council - Creative Venues

Cairns CBD 'Esplanade Dining Precinct' Public Art Project

Concept Development

Themes, Opportunities and Invitation for Applications

 To engage multiple artists to create a suite of major works for the new Esplanade Dining Precinct redevelopment.

Esplanade Dining Precinct Project

"…a place where vibrancy, barefoot chic melds with diverse cuisines and lifestyle activities."

Outdoor dining is one of the great features of the lifestyle in Cairns. The cafes and restaurants along the Esplanade have a prime location, overlooking the parklands, offering a unique tropical outdoor dining experience. The Esplanade Dining Precinct is a project identified in the Cairns City Centre Master Plan, which was developed through a comprehensive engagement process undertaken by Council in 2018.

 In May 2020, Cairns Regional Council endorsed a $28 million-dollar fast-tracking redevelopment of the Esplanade Dining Precinct, with construction scheduled for May 2021. Construction had been previously scheduled to kick off in November 2020 and November 2021, however, the impact of Covid-19 and the consequential restrictions resulted in a downturn in business activity in the area prompting a rethink on the timeframe.

 This Esplanade Dining Precinct is a significant project that will enhance the city's appeal and liveability and highlight the best features of the existing Esplanade outdoor dining area. It aims to create more space for dining and seating, improve views to the parklands and increase pedestrian connections. It includes improvements for the Esplanade, between Shields Street and Aplin Street, and for Shields Street, between Abbott Street and the Esplanade.

Cairns Regional Council seeks a concept development quotation from Artists to acquire and commission up to three new public artwork opportunities, and one additional public artwork opportunity from up to three artists. The concept development quotation will be part of stage one of four stages of the project. The suite of artworks will be a major nationally recognised public art commission, positioning the project as a key statement within the proposed new tropical landscaping and rejuvenated redevelopment of the Esplanade Dining Precinct.

Full tender can be found on Cairns Regional Council E-Procurement Portal. We use the online e-procurement system, Tenderlink, to manage, promote and receive Council's contracts, tenders and procurement opportunities. Please register with Tenderlink ( to ensure you are notified of any upcoming tenders that may apply to your company. Once registered, you will receive automatic email alerts of new tenders released, and you can download the documentation directly from there, at no charge. Alternatively, all tenders are advertised on Councils website which can be located at

Submission closes Wednesday 10 February 2021.


Saturday 19 December, 2020
Wednesday 10 February, 2021
Esplanade Dining Precinct
Venue Address
Cairns CBD, QLD, 4870

National , Cairns

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