Tanks Art Centre

Collins Avenue, Edge Hill, QLD, 4870

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About Tanks Art Centre

Tanks Arts Centre is a business unit of Cairns Regional Council, in the Cultural Services Branch. Situated in the Cairns Botanic Gardens precinct, just 4km north of the city’s CBD, the centre is an iconic and innovative multi-use, contemporary arts facility housed in three converted World War 2 naval oil storage tanks, and set amidst a lush rainforest backdrop.

Choose from the Tank 4 gallery for events up to 150 people with a backdrop of beautiful artwork, or the open space of Tank 3 for gala dinners, corporate events and workshops for up to 500 people. For smaller workshops and community events of up to 80 people, there is the new multipurpose Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre and its amphitheatre, and if you need a large performance space for up to 600 people, Tank 5 has a world-class sound system, stage, green room and bar.

Contact us to discuss your garden party or wedding in the lush surrounds of the Cairns Botanic Gardens or Centenary Lakes, with the beautiful Fig Tree beside the historic bund wall of the Tanks serving as the perfect spot for pre-function drinks or a ceremony.

Whatever your needs, The Tanks and Botanic Gardens Precinct can provide a unique space. Each site can be artistically lit to bring out its magical ambiance, and our professional technical and events staff are available to ensure the smooth running of your event.

Venue Capacity

Room Board Room U-Shape Classroom Theatre Cabaret Banquet Cocktail
Tank 3400350500
Tank 45050150
Tank 5150250
Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre5080100
Timber Deck50100
Pump House30
Room U-Shape Classroom Theatre Banquet Cocktail
Tank 3400350500
Tank 45050150
Tank 5150250
Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre5080100
Timber Deck50100
Pump House30

Venue Features

  • Cafe
  • Parking on-site
  • AV system
  • Disabled access
  • Bar
  • Air conditioning/heating
  • Outdoor Spaces
  • Restaurant

Function Rooms — Tanks Art Centre

  • Tank 3 completely devoid of internal partitioning

    Tank 3

    Theatre 400 people
    Banquet 350 people
    Cocktail 500 people
  • Tank 4 Contemporary Ary Gallery

    Tank 4

    U-Shape 50 people
    Classroom 50 people
    Cocktail 150 people
  • Tank 5 World class performance venue

    Tank 5

    Banquet 150 people
    Cocktail 250 people
  • Botanic gardens Visitor centre available for functions

    Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre

    Classroom 50 people
    Theatre 80 people
    Cocktail 100 people
  • The timber deck adjacent to Tank 3 amidst tropical gardens Cairns Venue

    Timber Deck

    Banquet 50 people
    Cocktail 100 people
  • Pump House

    Theatre 30 people
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Tanks Arts Centre is situated at 46 Collins Avenue, Edge Hill. 

It is adjacent to the Cairns Botanic Gardens, Centenary Lakes and Red and Blue Arrow Walking Trails of Mount Whitfield.

There is free street parking along Collins Avenue and in the Tank 1 Car park located at 20 Collins Avenue.
There are 3 accessible parking spaces available directly in front of the main entrance to the Tanks Arts Centre.
There is also one parking spot located further along Collins Avenue and two next to Café Tank Sixty Four located at 64 Collins Avenue.