Did you know?
Cairns sits on the Far North Queensland peninsular, 1,807km (1,120 miles) north of Brisbane. It is well known as the gateway to two of the world’s greatest natural attractions and world heritage sites: the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest. The Great Barrier Reef is the largest reef in the world measuring 2011 km in length and 72 km across at its widest points.
Far North Queensland is also known as Tropical North Queensland, and for a breakdown the size of the population living in the different areas, see this interactive map by the Cairns Regional Council.
People from more than 47 nations choose to call Cairns home, with around 1300 immigrants granted Australian citizenship every year. It is the main regional centre for Far North Queensland.
Cairns has an international and a domestic airport which includes direct flights to more than 18 international and 30 domestic destinations.
Far North Queensland has 9 International trade ports, including the Port of Cairns, which is one of the country’s busiest cruise destinations. On the edge of the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns Marlin Marina is the gateway to spectacular cruising grounds, providing first-class facilities and customer service for a diverse fleet including some of the world’s most advanced super yachts.
Latest in Industry, Business, Tourism and Projects
Far North Queensland is well looked upon by business leaders for its international business opportunities, particularly with its proximity to Asia and world-class agricultural industry. The major projects happening in Cairns mainly fall into commercial, industrial, educational, retail, and entertainment sectors.
Some of particular interest include:
- The Australia New Zealand Agent (ANZA) Workshop – held by the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA) for the first time in Cairns from 5-7 April 2017.
- Nova City Development – completion of luxury residential and commercial building project expected to be in 2018.
- Cairns Aquarium – to be opened May 2017
- Three $100M hotels developments in Cairns
You can find out more about the current major projects on the Cairns regional council website.
- Agriculture – raw sugar, live cattle, horticulture
- Marine Services
- Aviation Services
- Construction and Mining
Arriving in a new city and region can be daunting, so it is useful to take advantage of the information which is out there to make the process of settling in easier.
SunBus operates public transport services for Cairns and there are private bus lines operating services in Far North Queensland. However, it is advisable to buy a car to get around, depending on where you are living. Cairns is well connected with the world with an international airport, international cruise ship terminal, and passenger train services departing five times a week between Brisbane and Cairns.
The Queensland state government has an online search available for the public and private schools in Far North Queensland. Study Cairns also has a range of information on higher education, vocational education, English language and schools available. Other specialised training centres are located in Cairns, including the Cairns Aviation Skills Centre and the Great Barrier Reef International Marine College.
New Arrival Support
The Cairns Regional Council has a comprehensive New Residents Guide for those looking to move to Cairns and information on multicultural communities and services. Centacare Cairns is an organisation in the area that may assist with settlement, counselling and migrant support.
Innisfail is the other urban centre in Far North Queensland, which is under the Cassowary Coast Regional Council.
Major Events and Festivals
There are many cultural and major events happening in and around Cairns, including:
- April – Undara Outback Rock and Blues
- July – The Cairns Show
- August – Grand Parade and Fireworks (part of the Cairns Festival)
- August – September – Cairns Festival
Other Useful links
- BSMQ – Cities and Regions
- Queensland Government – for business, industry and services
- Multicultural Resource Directory search
- Tourism and Events Queensland
- Trade and Investment Queensland
- Study Queensland
- Queensland Community Legal Centres