Cairns Basketball Stadium

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Cairns Basketball Stadium (known commercially as Early Settler Stadium and locally as The Fishtank) is a basketball facility in Cairns, Queensland, Australia. Currently comprising a centre court, four side courts, a sports science centre, a weights room and multiple locker rooms, the facility currently hosts the Cairns Taipans, Cairns Marlins and Cairns Dolphins training sessions, the Taipans' NBL pre-season games and the Marlins' and Dolphins' NBL1 North games. The facility also hosts regular junior and senior competitions run by the Cairns Basketball Association.

Early Settler Stadium
The Fishtank
Early Settler Stadium logo.svg
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Location289 Aumuller Street, Cairns, Queensland, 4870
Coordinates16°55′29″S 145°45′11″E / 16.92472°S 145.75306°E / -16.92472; 145.75306Coordinates: 16°55′29″S 145°45′11″E / 16.92472°S 145.75306°E / -16.92472; 145.75306
OwnerCairns Basketball Association
OperatorCairns Basketball Association
ScoreboardYes, on all courts
Expanded1994, 2004, 2011, 2017
Cairns Marlins (NBL1 North) (1986–present)

Cairns Dolphins (NBL1 North) (1987–present)

Cairns Taipans (NBL) (1999–present)


Cairns Basketball Stadium was originally opened in 1963 as the home of the Cairns Amateur Basketball Association, which was founded five years earlier in 1958.[1] The facility was first opened as an outdoor court, before the first indoor court was opened in 1986 when the Cairns Marlins joined the Queensland State Basketball League.

The usage of the facility was then increased with the introduction of the Cairns Dolphins into the women's QSBL in 1987.

When the Cairns Taipans joined the National Basketball League (Australia) in 1999 the Cairns Convention Centre was announced as their home, however their training sessions were held at Cairns Basketball Stadium. Their continued involvement in the facility attracted multiple expansions from the Government of Queensland and CQUniversity, including the most recent expansion in late 2017/early 2018.[2]


After the introduction of the Marlins and the Dolphins into the state basketball league, the first expansion for the facility was a seating increase on the centre court in 1994.[1] This was then quickly followed by the air-conditioning of the facility in 1996.

Nearly a decade later there were more expansions, with courts 3 and 4 opened in 2004.

Across 2010 and 2011 there were two adjustments to the operations of the stadium, with the car park upgraded in 2010 to enable wheelchair access, and a 20KW solar system installed in 2011.

In 2017 a federal government grant allowed Cairns Basketball Stadium to complete a $3 million expansion of the facility, which added a fifth court, improved the landscaping and constructed a teaching facility for CQUniversity to teach sport science on site.[3]

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  1. ^ a b "History - Cairns Basketball Association". SportsTG. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  2. ^ "Cairns Basketball set for major upgrade". Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  3. ^ "CQUni partners with Taipans for major Sports Science boost". CQUniversity Australia.