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The vibrant hues of Tropical North Queensland are reflected nowhere better than in its thriving art scene. From traditional Indigenous artworks to contemporary styles, the tropical north is a hotbed of artistic talent.

Visit the Cairns Art Gallery, a three-story public gallery in the heart of the CBD maintaining its original historical charm and displaying ever-evolving exhibitions from contemporary through to classic styles and offering a variety of classes for both adults and children. Then move on to NorthSite, a cache of homewares, jewellery, fashion and artworks. Chic and cutting edge, it’s a strong person who walks out empty-handed. Find more contemporary works at the artist-owned Underart Gallery and an eclectic calendar of exhibitions at Bulmba-ja arts centre.

Head off the beaten track to the Bana Yirriji Art and Cultural Centre in Wujal Wujal near Cooktown, accessible via the Bloomfield Track. This small outpost is a hot bed of talent, rewarding those who undertake the adventure with everything from textiles to wearable art and paintings. Or journey west across the cape to the home of the famous Aurukun camp dogs at the Wik and Kugu Art Centre. If this all ignites your own inner artist, Brian “Binna” Swindley of Janbal Gallery in Mossman holds intimate workshops to help you produce your own masterpiece, peruse art from the Gulf at Ancient Journeys along the Cairns Esplanade or visit Umi Arts who support artists strengthening cultural stories.

Cairns Art Gallery

Janbal Gallery

Ngaru Gallery Port Douglas

Wik and Kugu Art Centre

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