Cairns

Event Locations

Ochre Restaurant and Catering can organise your special event from start to finish incorporating the following services.

  • Quality food and beverage with menus tailored to suit your needs
  • Hire of all equipment required for outside catering
  • Lighting and Entertainment
  • Video & Audio presentation equipment
  • Themes, concepts and transport

Ochre Restaurant has been involved in catering and or event management at these venues over the last 14 years and has a good working relationship with the management or venue owners. Options are only limited by imagination and a surprising range of budgets can be catered to. It doesn’t stop there; we have used many other venues that suit smaller groups such as beach fronts, private homes, charter boats, rainforest sites, outback creeks, dams and private properties. If you want a point of difference to make your event in the Cairns region stand out, contact us.


Private homes and holiday houses

We can cater to your private home, holiday apartment or house, yacht, creek bed or island!  We have listed some private houses below but we can source properties and locations to suit your requirements.


Ochre Restaurant

Our restaurant is available for exclusive use and can be tailored to a variety of themes.

Five star lunch and dinner accompanied by top Australian wines. Seating for up to 120 people inside and outside with dance floor and welcome cocktail space.

A cost effective alternative to our off site options for conference, incentive and discerning groups.


Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal

The Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal is a very unique venue on the waterfront in Cairns, painfully restored; the process has transformed the heritage listed wharf shed, over 100 years old, into a modern facility designed with operational practicality in mind, yet retaining the history of the yesteryear.

The Cairns Cruise Terminal is located only minutes walk from the major city hotels and Cairns Convention Centre. Aside from the stunning water views across the Trinity Inlet, this prime location makes it an ideal venue for themed events, large catering options, or that extra special intimate event that requires ‘grandeur!’ To view this venue fact sheet – click here

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Tanks Art Centre/ Cairns Botanical Gardens

Historic WW2 Oil Bunkers located in well-maintained grounds with new amenities, these 3 ‘tanks’ all suit differing groups and themes. Best suited to the cooler months for dinners up to 300 pax or perfect for roaming stand up cocktail functions up to 1000 pax. Enjoy this space for the uniqueness it naturally portrays, teamed with stalls serving cuisine from around the world – excellent conference welcome venue to introduce guest into another side of Cairns.


Ellis Beach Yacht Club

30 minutes from Cairns; Palm fringed with grass running down to the beach.

Coconut cocktails to start will create a fantastic tropical theme. This can be carried through the menu with use of plenty of local seafood and tropical fruits.

Theming could include Island hut bar, and each table under individual tents with fronds and bamboo coverings.– themed table and chairs . Lighting of the waterfront is achievable, sounds of the ocean, starry night! etc.

The entertainment could be kept formal or we could mix into Pacific Islander tunes.


Sugar Wharf – Port Douglas

Perched on the Coral Sea, overlooking the mountains of the Daintree this historic wharf makes a perfect venue with indoor and outdoor options. Close to rex smeal park and St Mary’s Chapel it make an ideal wedding reception venue. Affordable venue hire and a variety of theme and lighting options to enhance the wharf building are available.


A J Hackett Bungy

Queensland’s most unique venue for special events, parties and private functions.

The Cairns Bungy Tower is the only venue of its kind in the world. The ambience and excitement of what they can do adds a special kind of magic to any event.

Picture yourself having dinner under the stars… surrounded by pristine World Heritage listed rainforest. Surrender yourself to this adrenaline charged atmosphere.

Imagine naked flame walk ways, full moon reflections on the water, natural waterfalls and rainforest dining areas, these and much more are all possible.


Cairns Esplanade Lagoon

This newly developed area located in the hub of Cairns on the edge of the water front.

With two areas that suit groups between 20 and 600 for sit down events or cocktail party’s.

Convieniently located within walking distance of all major hotels, underground services in place which will assist in providing full scale themed events.


Rex Smeal Park – Port Douglas

Possibly the best outlook in north Queensland this large park offers an
ideal wedding and event venue.

Sunset views across the bay to mountain ranges beyond, the grass area bordered by coconut palms. Conveniently located within walking distance of St Mary Chapel and central Pt Douglas it makes transfers easy.

With power and facilities this quiet park suits groups from 20 to 2000.


Botanic Gardens & Centenary Lakes

Opposite the Cairns Botanic Gardens and 5 minutes from the CBD, the Centenary Lakes area is perfect for event catering. Two areas are available for groups; the Northern end is a large grassy area accessed by Collins Avenue and the less open Southern end on Greenslopes Street. Various lighting techniques could be applied to create an elegant evening atmosphere with an emphasis on the gardens, floral table arrangements, candelabras and lighting of the lake. Pre-dusk arrival with canapés and champagne and an evening jungle boardwalk would set the mood.


Cannon Park Race Track

10 mins. From Cairns CBD: Large grassed areas with tall paperbark trees surround the racetrack make for accessible function space, plus a large roofed area for affordable venue space, all suitable for large conference dinners or events. Good power supply and amenities available.


Freshwater Connection – Railway Station

Historic Railway Station located 15mins from Cairns on the Kuranda Line. This venue can be incorporated in realistic 1930’s and 40’s themes. Travel by train from Cairns Central and be greeted on arrival with drinks and canapé before being seated to a sumptuous dinner. Full services including on site kitchen make for an affordable event cost.


Cairns Showground Pavilion – Fred Moule Pavillion

Cairns largest indoor all weather venue. This space is versatile and can suit groups of 300 to 1400, with loads of power, amenities and kitchen facilities; this is a great hall for large conference dinners. Only 5 minutes from Cairns, transfers can be completed quickly for large groups. Outside there are large reception/welcome areas; this venue is an affordable and readily available off site choice. Themeing is easy with extensive rigging points, concrete floor and large doorways for vehicle access.


Ringers Rest

Just 10 minutes from Mareeba, 45 minutes from Cairns

  • Exclusive venue in a secluded location
  • Spacious slab tables & bench seating
  • Self-catering kitchen with large BBQ
  • Large lawn area
  • Complete access for the disabled
  • “The Hitchin’ Rail” mobile bush wedding chapel
  • Horse & Sulky hire
  • BYO Premises
  • Camping available upon request

Cairns Regional Gallery

Dine amongst art works on the second floor of this wonderfully appointed gallery space, with balconies overlooking busy Shields street right in the heart of Cairns.

This venue suits cocktail parties up to 120 pax or dinners to 70 pax. Air-conditioned to beat the summer heat, this venue offers great convenience with guests being able to walk from the major hotels.


Wanggulay

Sitting on the hillside above the river the luxurious pole home is filled with exotic oriental furniture, polished hardwoods, elegant fabrics, handsome statues and lush tropical plants makes a unique location for your intimate event.


Bali Hai

An idyllic Daintree Rainforest hideaway where every room looks up into the Daintree Mountains with breathtakingly dramatic views of Mt Demi (1021m).

Your own 80 acres of paradise. It is all about water, from the stunning wet edge pool and sunken baths to the swimming holes and rapids in the pristine river.

Here, your senses are stimulated, luxury surrounds you and time stands still.


East Bedarra Island Retreat

There is something really magical about being married and honeymooning on a private island, East Bedarra Island Retreat offer guests a very rare absolute waterfront location and are able to cater for small weddings up to 36 guests.

This location is perfect for couples wanting something intimate with the romance of palm fringed, white sandy beaches, the sounds of the ocean and everywhere you look is a postcard photo.


Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures

Situated on the magnificent coastal drive between the popular destinations of Palm Cove and Port Douglas.

Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures is the best place to see crocodiles and native wildlife in Tropical North Queensland.

Set in the foothills of the MacAlister Range, in a World Heritage listed area, Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures is home to a range of habitat types including melaleuca wetlands, riverine rainforest and eucalypt woodland.


Misty Mountains

Misty Mountains Nature Retreat is the perfect romantic paradise offering guests a unique experience with majestic tropical gardens, lagoon style pool and beautiful unspoilt rainforest and streams.

It is the ideal location for a honeymoon and wedding, from the ceremony to the reception.

With catering and service from the team at Ochre Restaurant your wedding day will be everything that you could ever wish for and a memory of a lifetime for you and your guests.


Barron River Front

Alight at Skyrail or Kuranda scenic rail and metres away is the Barron Riverfront parklands. This meandering river side park offers a range of locations, ideal for lunch functions and corporate events.

Majestic paper bark trees offer shade and the cool waters of the river keep the temperature mild. Suits groups from 10 to 300 for a wide range of catering including long lunch’s and market stall dinners.


Coral Sands Beachfront Resort

Coral Sands Resort is located right on the Esplanade facing the beach. This resort has a dedicated outdoor area which is suited to medium size weddings with up to 60 guests. The area will easily accommodate a marquee being set up on the grounds which is opposite the lagoon size swimming pool and faces the beach.

At Coral Sands we would love to be able to assist you in every way to make this a memorable occasion. We are able to refer you the services of a wedding planner who can organise your wedding within your budget. Additionally, we are happy to arrange accommodation packages for you and your guests.


The Billabong

‘The Billabong’ is a spectacular events venue set against Kuranda’s tropical rainforest, with an outlook to the tranquil lagoon and beautiful eucalypts.

Tucked away on 165 acres of private property, ‘The Billabong’ boasts a magnificent wooden bar, open-air deck and custom built dance floor. The surrounding parkland offers additional entertainment space in a quintessentially Australian setting.

For the extra “wow” factor of any event, ‘The Billabong’ offers 4WD Hummer Thrill Rides to discover the wonders of the rainforest by day or night.