HMAS Cairns and 51 FNQR

Getting there

HMAS Cairns and the 51 Far North Queensland Regiment (FNQR) do not have LIA on site. LIA for both is provided at two off-base hotel style buildings, located approximately 3 km from HMAS Cairns and 14 km from 51 FNQR. Both sites are manned 24 hours/day.  Ensure you check your cabin confirmation for the building you are allocated to:
  • The Northern Heritage; is located at 243 Sheridan Street.
  • Las Palmas; is located at 275 Sheridan Street.

Security arrangements

A valid Defence pass is required to gain access to the base and will be required at reception of both off site locations. Visiting Defence personnel should familiarise themselves with any additional security arrangements prior to arrival.   Non-ADO personnel occupying LIA are required to have base approval prior to arrival. This includes members of foreign forces, minors, non-ADO visitors.

Cabin information

Cabins are provisioned for stays up to 21 days with soap, toilet paper and towel (replenished and cabin cleaned every seven days). You will need to bring your own toiletries, towels and clean your own cabin for longer stays (excluding Duty officer, Recruit or Cadet Accommodation). For further information about your cabin, contact the base Accommodation Office.  It is essential that you are aware of your LIA obligations in accordance with PACMAN, Annex 7.3.A: Licence to Live In.

VIP Cabins

DHA cannot take requests – contact E&IG/base POC – CMDR(E) above only.

Rationing and transport

Visiting groups requiring rationing at any of the base mess facilities or ground transport must submit an AE547 web form via the DRN at least 7 days prior to arrival. DHA is not able to arrange rations, transport or other base services.

Non-duty bookings

These bases do not accept non-duty bookings; contact with the Base Operations Manager or XO for approval and allocation must be completed.

Mess fees

Mess fees are levied by the local Mess Committees in recognition of amenities funded from non-public monies (e.g.: newspapers, Wi-Fi, etc).  Mess fees are payable directly to local Mess staff as follows:
  • Officers & Senior Sailors Mess - $5/night, up to $25/month

Handy phone numbers

Officer of the Day (OOD)

0409 637 174

Executive Officer (XO)

07 4042 0228 or 0417 292 091

E&IG, Base Operations Manager

07 4042 0359 or 0429 201 720

Change to your booking?

You can modify bookings online using Online Services. Alternatively, call DHA on 139 342 for assistance.

Accommodation Office

Relevant building reception, Sheridan Street, Cairns

Business hours
24 hours/day, Monday to Friday

Northern Heritage 07 4051 5188
Las Palmas 07 4051 7133

March out inspections
March out inspections must be booked at least 3 days prior to departure.

After Hours

Reception is open 24hours/day.

Key collection and returns

  • Key collection after 2pm.
  • Key collection and return to Accommodation Office.
  • Rooms are to be vacated by 10am.

Lost keys
Lost keys must be notified to the Accommodation office immediately.
A cost will be incurred for replacement.