Army training activity

Australian Defence Force personnel will conduct military training in and around Cairns from 12 to 28 July 2024.

Exercise Austral Shield 2024 will be conducted during the day and night.

You may hear and see military vehicles, helicopters, watercraft and unmanned aerial vehicles, as well as military personnel carrying weapons. 

Blank ammunition, pyrotechnics and simulated battle noise will be used during some aspects of the training.

You should not be alarmed if you hear or see any of the above.

The Australian Defence Force is working closely with the Queensland Government, Cairns Regional Council, Queensland Police Service, media outlets and other emergency services to keep you informed of what is occurring and when it is occurring via the Cairns Regional Council social media page and media.

This essential training is vital to maintain Australia’s world-class military capability. 

We thank you for supporting this training.

Should you become concerned about any activity during this training exercise, please contact the Defence Joint Operations Support Services – Queensland team via email at



12 July 2024 – 28 July 2024