The gateway to Queensland’s tropical north, Cairns is a stylish city, which is also renowned for its relaxed, tropical climate and laid back ambience.

Leap from Cairns into the World Heritage wonders of the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. Relax in the resorts of Port Douglas and Mission Beach or on Lizard Island. Take the old railway to Kuranda, or follow the Great Tropical Drive to white water rivers and the Atherton Tablelands. Head north to Cape Tribulation or take the Savannah Way for an outback journey.



The Cairns Regional Council local government area encompasses 1687 km2 of land on a narrow coastal strip between the Great Dividing Range and the Coral Sea.  It extends from the Eubenangee Swamp (near Mirriwinni) in the south to the Macalister Range (near Ellis Beach) in the north.

The region is part of Australia’s Wet Tropics and is framed by the lush World Heritage listed Wet Tropics rainforest to the west and north and the Coral Sea and World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park to the east. These attributes make the region a world renowned tourist destination.

Cairns city is the principal centre of the region and is centrally located along the coastal strip with sub-regions to the north and south consisting predominantly good quality agricultural land and areas of high ecological significance. The region is an important gateway to the nearby Atherton Tablelands, Daintree and Wet Tropics rainforest, and the outback Savannah region beyond the Great Dividing Range.

The Russell, Mulgrave and Barron Rivers are the main river systems within the region. The region also includes a number of offshore islands: Snapper, Fitzroy, Green and the Frankland Islands.

Cairns Population

The estimated residential population of the Cairns region was 160,285 persons as at 30 June 2015. The region has experienced an average annual growth rate of 2.3% over the last 10 years.

It is predicted that two thirds of Tropical North Queensland’s population growth (approximately 70,000 people) will be accommodated within the Cairns region, with up to 50,000 ultimately accommodated within the Mount Peter Master Planned Area..

Things to do

cairnslogoThe Cairns Botanic Gardens
Location: Collins Avenue, Edge Hill, Cairns, QLD
White Water Rafting with Raging Thunder
Location: 52-54 Fearnley Street, Portsmith, Cairns, QLD
Visit Green Island
Location: Coral Sea, 45 minutes from Cairns, QLD
Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
Location: Cairns Western Arterial Road, Caravonica QLD 4878, The park is approx 20 minutes by car from Cairns City.
Ride the SkyRail Rainforest Cableway
Location: Cnr Captain Cook Highway & Cairns Western Arterial Road, Smithfield, Cairns outskirts, QLD
Visit Fitzroy Island
Location: 30km from Cairns, QLD
Cruise to the Outer Reef
Location: Various locales, approx. 1.5 – 2 hours from Cairns, QLD