Cairns City Centre Master Plan, December 2018 – ongoing

The current challenge is to build the Cairns Esplanade and Fogarty Park as per the concept drawing outlined in the Cairns City Centre Master Plan. To do this take a look at the website See the consultation idea image below:

Esplanade Master Plan Concept

You will need to measure the areas using Google Earth and estimate the sizes that are represented in the concept drawing. Note the major changes to whats currently on the Esplanade: 12 – Florence Street Pier, 13 – Expand the parklands and 14 Re-design Fogarty Park. It’s quite a big job so just stick to one small area and measure and build as best you can. Post your comments in the Comments section for this project.

September/October 2018 building competition

RossJay2005 won the build comp by building the School of Arts buildingHides Hotel and Lannoy House as well as helping out on the Shields Street build, especially the huge fig trees. A special mention goes out to cyberoo for his build of the Former Cairns Post Office. Check out the Workshops page for info on what we achieved during the workshops over the school holidays.

The September / October build challenge was to build one or more of Cairns iconic Historical Places. We asked that builders use the Cairns Arts and Culture Map to find a building in the Cairns central business district and then use Google Earth and Google Maps to help work out the dimensions of the buildings. Buildings were judged on their accuracy.

SOA - Hides Hotel - Lannoy House

Previous challenges:

January 2018 – 2017/18 summer break building competition

The solo build winner is cyberoo with No 61 Esplanade.
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cyberoo used Google Earth and Street View to define the sizes, colours and textures of the building. cyberoo‘s prize is an awesome Minecraft adventure backpack and a handy life size diamond shovel!

One happy cyberoo with prizes in hand, keep up the good building!

The team build goes to cyberoo, digger_benny, magerapids71, Law_Of_13s, Neessadiamond, FROST_BOYS2 and VX_Katie. This awesome team built the Pullman Cairns International.

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All team members win a laminated Cairns Minecraft poster and a super Minecraft collectible pin!

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A special shout out goes to, KiloOscarOscar, zoolooau and Tamalockie for helping with the builds on the Cairns City Library and the Cairns Gallery.

December 2017 – Summer break building competition

For the 2017 summer school holidays we created a great new Minecraft challenge for you. Build a scale replica of any Cairns city building. It could be something old or something new, it’s up to you. We have built a new world on the server that is a scale map of the Cairns city from James Street in the north to Lyons Street in the south including the Esplanade and Trinity Inlet. To get to the Cairns City to scale world just go to the spawn point in the main world and look for the portal upstairs.

The winning builds will be chosen on the following criteria: accuracy, ingenuity and creativity. Judging will be done at the end of school holidays with winners announced on this website and on the Cultural Services Facebook page at the start of term 1 2018. You can enter as an individual or as a team. There is no need to register for the competition as all block placement and breaking is logged so we can see who is building.

To make measuring and building easy we have made 1 block equal 1 metre on the map. You can use Google Earth and Google Maps Street View to look at and measure the size of buildings. If you are not into buildings you could also build roads, parks or anything you like, we will judge all building that happens over the holidays.

Work has already started on the Cairns City Library and you can find the plans for that building below.

September 2017 – Cairns City Library

We have a new challenge, to build a scale replica of the Cairns City Library. Player KiloOscarOscar has been busy working on the ‘Cairns City to scale map’ and most of the property boundaries and roads are marked out so its time to build a showcase building. We have chosen the Cairns City Library for this project. Go to the spawn point and take the portal to ‘Cairns City to scale’ and head down to the corner of Aplin Street and Abbott Street. The black and white rulers on the plans below are blocks, so the building is 8 blocks high. The plans are below:

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April 2017 – Cairns Minecraft Public Art Challenge 2017

There was a new challenge leading up to the Cairns Children’s Festival on May 21, 2017. Players built public art works like the sculptures below from FROST_BOYS2 and PrimeSlothGaming. If you want to build some public art just get on the server and find a free space.

Ice Tree by FROST_BOYS2


Seaweed by PrimeSlothGaming

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Here’s some motivation from the real world.

Woven Fish by Brian Robinson


Windblown Leaves by Roland Nancarrow


April 2016 – Cairns Minecraft 30 Minute House Build Challenge 2016

On Sunday May 15th 2016 at the Cairns Children’s Festival 50 Minecrafters competed in the Cairns Minecraft 30 Minute House Build Challenge….. and the winners are……. drumroll……

Ages 7 to 9 years old – TobyTL8 – winning a ‘Minecraft Papercraft Overworld Shelter Pack’

Ages 10 to 12 years old – MattyStar – winning a ‘Minecraft Beginner’s Handbook’

Team Build all ages – Team Elilal – Gameologist and BuzzyEagle – winning a ‘Minecraft Card Game’ and the major prize of a family cruise on Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises

Guest judges decided the winners based on good tropical design and creativity:

– Keeping out the heat
– Letting in the breeze
– Growing your own food


TobyTL8’s house:


MattyStar’s house:


Team Elilal – Gameologist and BuzzyEagle’s house: