Cairns Minecraft Earth Tours at Cairns Children’s Festival
Sunday 17 May 2020
All ages – bookings essential

Children young and old are invited to take a 30 minute Minecraft Earth tour of the Tanks Arts Centre to find resources and play together on adventure maps. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Bring your own portable device with Minecraft Earth already installed and running. Bookings essential phone 4032 6650. Tours leave the Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre on the hour from 10 am to 1 pm. Limited places.

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Cairns Minecraft Intensive Server Design Workshops for ages 12 and up

6-9 April 2020

Have you ever wanted to create your own custom world in Minecraft? This is your opportunity to learn some of the tricks the big multiplayer servers use to create their own custom worlds.

During the four days of workshops, students will create a new spawn world for the Cairns Minecraft server. Participants will learn how to use World Painter, World Edit, World Guard, Holographic Signs, Multiverse and Multiverse Portals plugins. The workshops will run over four days with a different subject each day. Students are invited to attend all four workshops if possible. One day bookings are also welcome.

WHEN: Monday 6 April, Tuesday 7 April, Wednesday 8 April and Thursday 9 April

TIME: 10am to 2pm (students can arrive at 9.30 for a pre workshop play)

COST: $25 per day

VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre

INFO: Mark Edwards (07) 4044 3266

BOOKINGS: (07) 4032 6650 Limited places available


The video below (no audio) shows how easy it it to create a custom world in only 6 minutes using World Painter, one of the pieces of software students will use. This world is used for the Hunger Games spawn point.


3D Printing Workshops at Tanks Arts Centre 16-20 December 2019 & 20-23 January 2020

A big thanks to the 40 students who attended the December/January workshops, you were awesome! Everyone took home a 3D printed model that they designed in game, and helped build the Cairns Court House.

3D models fresh off the printer


Happy builders


Hard at work


One of the build teams

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Building the Cairns Court House

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Skins Workshops at Cairns City Library 3-5 July 2019

Thanks to everyone (60 kids!) who came to the skins workshops. We had a blast. All students made at least one skin, some made many more! The skins for download and fashion parade video are now available on the Skins page. See you at the next workshops in December.

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Resource Pack Workshops at the Tanks Arts Centre 8-12 April 2019

Thanks to everyone who came along to the sell out Resource Pack workshops. It was AWESOME!

The Resource Pack that students worked on is available to download here. If you would like to add to the work that has been done by editing your own blocks just email the .png files to us at

Facilitators Mark Edwards and Daniel (Wally) Wallwork in a painting on the Queenslander display home with cyber pig and bush turkey!

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Students getting busy

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A quick tour of the Workshop World.


Building Cairns City to Scale Workshops 3 – 5 October 2018

Workshops were held at the Tanks Arts Centre on 3 – 5 October 2018. During the workshops students built Lake Street and Shields Street. The students used printed detail plans and Google Earth to measure the sizes and used Google Street View to work out what textures to use. See the images below of what was built and have a look at some of the plans we used. If you would like to finish the Shields Street section, have a look at the plans down the page and get on the server!

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Find out more about the development of the streets:

Shields Street Heart stages 1 & 2

Shields Street Public Art

Lake Street

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Lake Street redevelopment

Lake Street


Shields Street stage 1


Shields Street stage 2


Ravenshoe School Holiday Program 11 – 13 April 2018

Cairns Minecraft delivered workshops at the Ravenshoe Community Centre where 8 students and 3 volunteers worked together to measure and build the Ravenshoe Community Centre complex. The workshops also covered server management, plugins, World Edit, World Painter and mini game design.

The students built a Spleef arena in the two basketball courts next to the community centre and with a little help from some players in Cairns they created an awesome meteor impact crater Survival Games arena. Check out the video below.



Community Centre complex with houses in the foreground


Temple of the Rainbow Sheep and Meteor Survival Games Arena to the top left.


Students hard at work.


World Painter map, 4000 x 4000 blocks which equates to 4 km x 4km.


Aerial view.



One of the awesome houses.


Coding and Robotics workshops at Cairns Libraries June 2017

The Hour of Code workshops were a huge success. Students learnt coding, developed skills in the popular virtual world of Minecraft and explored the Cairns Minecraft server. Hour of Code is a global movement introducing millions of young people worldwide to computer science, inspiring them to learn more. For more information click the links below:

Image below: Will showing off his build during the Hour of Code workshop at Headspace Cairns.


Check out the Cairns Sun story from the April 2016 workshops at the Tanks Arts Centre!