Regional Building Competition Summer 2020-21

Compete with players from across the region as we find Far North Queensland’s top Minecraft architects.

If you are located in the Cairns Regional Council, Mareeba Shire, Tablelands Regional Council, Cassowary Coast Regional Council, Douglas Shire or Etheridge Shire local government areas you can enter.

The competition is split into two rounds, a preliminary round online over the school holidays and a live final build battle held at the Tanks Arts Centre in February 2021. Ten winners from the preliminary round will compete face to face for the ultimate quick build challenge.

The focus of the preliminary competition will be to create a house using Cool Homes: smart design for the tropics and Cairns Style Guide to help guide your build. Click her for some quick tips. The final live build battle challenge will be announced closer to the date. Players of any age can enter.

Building starts on 12 December and closes on 26 January. Ten finalists from across the region will be selected to compete together at the Tanks Arts Centre in early 2021. Finalists will be notified by email and announced on Discord and Facebook with their player profiles then featured on the website.

Terms and Conditions:

  1. You must join the Cairns Minecraft server whitelist to enter.
  2. All competitors will need to provide their full name, shire, phone number and email address to compete.
  3. The online preliminary competition starts on 12 December 2020 and ends at midnight 26 January 2021.
  4. The best 10 builders from the preliminary round will be chosen to compete together for a live build battle held at the Tanks Arts Centre Cairns in early 2021.
  5. Incomplete, indecipherable, or illegible entries will be deemed invalid, as will entries containing expletives or vulgar images.
  6. The 10 finalists will be selected by a panel of judges and this decision will be final.
  7. Finalists will be notified via email as soon as possible.
  8. Prizes are not transferable or redeemable for cash.
  9. Prizes are to be collected from the Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre, Cairns. A photo of the winners will be taken at that time. Alternative options will be available if needed.

Stay tuned to this website and our Discord channel for up to date info.

As the impacts of the coronavirus continue to evolve, Council will keep you informed of any changes to the competition that may be necessary to meet public health guidelines.

Previous competitions

JAVA and Bedrock Regional Building Competition, April – June 2020

School aged students (P-12) 

The focus of the preliminary round was to create a replica of a building from your town. Entries were judged on accuracy and creativity. Participants were able to submit multiple entries. Twelve finalists were chosen to compete in a live build battle on Saturday 27 June 2020.

Preliminary winners:

Player name – Building – Score out of 45

SLR00099 – Cairns City Library – 42
SmileyMiner15 – Cairns Gallery – 42
Quban_ – Tobruk Memorial Pool – 42
DeltaAsh  – Munro Martin Parklands – 41.5
Skeletons14 – Cairns Performing Arts Centre – 41
FlawInTheWorks – Cairns RSL – 40
MonkeyPanther – Cairns Aquarium – 38.5
Mr_River_69 – The Ship Building Kuranda – 38.5
cyberoo – Bolands Centre – 37
_Kiyomi – Paronella Park – 36
jumpjacket – Cairns Aquarium – 35.5
Pearly1507 – Barlow Park – 32.5


The theme of the final build battle was to build a new playground area for the Fun Ship Playground located at the north end of the Cairns Esplanade. Have a look at the existing playground here.

Seniors winner was Delta Ash with his awesome Mud Crab Playground pictured below.


Junior winner was jumpjacket with his awesome Mega Climbing Tree House!


September/October 2018 building competition

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.

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.

SOA - Hides Hotel - Lannoy House

2017/18 summer break building competition

The solo build winner was 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!

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

April 2016 – Cairns Minecraft 30 Minute House Build Challenge

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