Cairns Central | Modern makeover wows Cairns

Cairns shoppers are strongly embracing the new experiences on offer now that Cairns Central’s $60 million redevelopment has been completed.

The recent opening of Woolworths and the reef-and-rainforest inspired children’s indoor playground in the new Food Hall completed the project, which started in July 2019.

The exciting new changes also include the complete refurbishment of Myer, a new vehicle express ramp with direct access to the dynamic Food Hall and a new ticketless parking system, which uses licence plate recognition for a seamless enter-and-exit process without the need for a ticket.

“We feel the vision for the redevelopment, to give customers an exceptional shopping experience that reflects the vibrancy and diversity of the Cairns community, has been achieved,” said Cairns Central’s Centre Manager Christie-Lee Jackson. “Customer feedback on the redevelopment has been overwhelmingly positive.”

The new Food Hall, a key focus of the redevelopment, offers customers a delicious range of new dine-in, takeaway and fresh-produce options from Asian street food to European deli-style options and baked goods. Among the new additions are three mouth-watering outlets – Rise & Bake, Hong Kong Street and Hero Sushi.

French-inspired Rise & Bake, a local bakery with two other stores in Cairns, offers customers a range of daily baked gourmet pastries and cakes, sweet and savoury crepes, freshly baked bread and rolls, classic French patisseries, a modern Australian café menu and locally roasted coffee.

“We’ve had an amazing response since we opened,” said owner Mika Schleisser, who said he is very impressed with the Centre’s redevelopment. “It’s very metropolitan, it’s open and airy and there’s lots of room. It’s very schmick.”

Hong Kong Street is impressing customers with its authentic dining experience including Hong Kong Barbecue and yum cha selections. Among its delectable menu are Peking duck, crispy pork belly, crispy skin duck and barbecue Hoi Sing ribs, to name just a few.

“We are open for lunch, dinner and for take-away,” said Hong Kong Street’s Jay Le, who is also behind Lantern Lane and Sunlit Asian Supermarket at Stockland. “We’ve been very happy with the feedback we’ve been getting.”

Hero Sushi has been very popular with diners since it opened before Christmas. It offers authentic Japanese dining, traditional favourites and specialises in freshly made Sushi created by experienced Japanese trained chefs.

“We have around 40-50 items on the menu that we make fresh every day,” said owner Michael Kim. “It’s awesome what they’ve done in the redevelopment of the Centre. They’ve done such a great job, and we’re happy to be part of it.”

The anchor of the Food Hall is the fresh new Cairns Central Woolworths store. Discover a fresh fruit and veg department, deli, seafood, bakery and more. Woolworths has Introduced a new Pick up service at Cairns Central. Simply order online and a Woolworths Personal Shopper will hand select your order with care. Same day pick up is available if you order before 1pm or select a time and day that suits you. Order online at

Discover new fresh food, casual dining and your new Woolworths at Cairns Central today!

Mika Schleisser
Rise & Bake

Signature Dishes:
Röschti Benedict
Lemon, butter and brown sugar crepe
Deep fried coconut jam crepe

Jay Le
Hong Kong Street

Signature Dishes:
Peking duck
Crispy prime belly
BBQ char siu pork
Soy chicken

Michael Kim
Hero Sushi

Signature Dishes:
Teriyaki / Karaage Chicken on Rice
Taco Sushi
20+ Variety of Sushi rolls