Urban centres: Cairns, Innisfail


Population: 273,863 (ERP 2016)


Post codes: 4830, 4851 – 4895


Key industries: Agriculture, Tourism, Marine Services, Aviation Services, Education, Construction and Mining



Cairns, at the heart of Tropical North Queensland, is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage rainforests. It is a vibrant and multicultural city, known for its adventure activities, Coral Sea and lush rainforests.

With its strong regional economy worth more than A$12 billion and growing by 3% annually, the region is connected not only other parts of Australia but has an international reach. Tropical North Queensland is a popular destination for tourists, with beautiful places such as Cape Tribulation beachAtherton Tablelands and Port Douglas.

The curfew-free Cairns International Airport has links to export markets to Japan, Hong Kong, China (seasonally) and Papua New Guinea. There are also 9 international trade ports, including the Port of Cairns, which is one of the country’s busiest cruise destinations. There are also specialised training centres, such as the Cairns Aviation Skills Centre and the Great Barrier Reef International Marine College.

A smart cities overview is available for Cairns, which provides information about housing, infrastructure and liveability.


Living in Cairns and Far North Queensland

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 Cairns Regional Council has a comprehensive New Residents Guide for those looking to move to Cairns and information on multicultural communities and servicesCentacare FNQ 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.


Images of Cairns and Far North Queensland

 

The mesmerising Paronella Park. Image courtesy of Tourism Australia.
The mesmerising Paronella Park. Image courtesy of Tourism Australia.
The historic town of Kuranda. Image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland.
The historic town of Kuranda. Image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland.
Cape Tribulation (Image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland)
Cape Tribulation (Image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland)
The beautiful Cairns Esplanade. Image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland.
The beautiful Cairns Esplanade. Image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland.
Cairns Lagoon (Image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland)
Cairns Lagoon (Image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland)
Enjoy the tropical warmth and sunshine all year long. Image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland.
Enjoy the tropical warmth and sunshine all year long. Image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland.
Sea Cucumber at Michaelmas Cay (Image courtesy of AdventureMumma/ Tourism and Events Queensland)
Sea Cucumber at Michaelmas Cay (Image courtesy of AdventureMumma/ Tourism and Events Queensland)
Streetscape Sheridan Street (Image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland/Andrew Watson)
Streetscape Sheridan Street (Image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland/Andrew Watson)
Cruising above the trees (Image courtesy of Cairns Hot Air Ballooning)
Cruising above the trees (Image courtesy of Cairns Hot Air Ballooning)
Wright's Lookout overlooking the Barron Gorge and Cairns (Image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland)
Wright's Lookout overlooking the Barron Gorge and Cairns (Image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland)
Glass art at Cairns Night Market (Image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland/ Andrew Watson)
Glass art at Cairns Night Market (Image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland/ Andrew Watson)
Experience some of Far North Queensland's best food and produce. Image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland.
Experience some of Far North Queensland's best food and produce. Image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland.
Tablelands (Image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland)
Tablelands (Image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland)
The mesmerising Paronella Park. Image courtesy of Tourism Australia.
The historic town of Kuranda. Image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland.
Cape Tribulation (Image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland)
The beautiful Cairns Esplanade. Image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland.
Cairns Lagoon (Image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland)
Enjoy the tropical warmth and sunshine all year long. Image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland.
Sea Cucumber at Michaelmas Cay (Image courtesy of AdventureMumma/ Tourism and Events Queensland)
Streetscape Sheridan Street (Image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland/Andrew Watson)
Cruising above the trees (Image courtesy of Cairns Hot Air Ballooning)
Wright's Lookout overlooking the Barron Gorge and Cairns (Image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland)
Glass art at Cairns Night Market (Image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland/ Andrew Watson)
Experience some of Far North Queensland's best food and produce. Image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland.
Tablelands (Image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland)