Cairns Suburb Profiles
The Cairns region lies in the coastal strip between the Coral Sea and the Great Dividing Range from Ellis Beach to the north to the Johnstone Shire boundary in the south.
Covering an area of 4135 km2, the Cairns region where the rainforest meets the reef is one of the fastest growing in Australia, with an above national and state average growth rate of more than 2.5%.
Of the 164,000 people (2010) who call Cairns home, many are from different backgrounds, both indigenous Australian and from overseas. The region is truly multicultural and has one of the oldest intact surviving Indigenous communities in the world - the Kuku Yalanji.
With it's perfect (if somewhat warm) balmy climate, laid back atmosphere, friendly locals and beautiful scenery, some might think that Cairns and the surrounding region is a tropical paradise. It's certainly not behind in civilisation terms however, with it's fair share of modern convenience and culture.
If you want to get a really good idea of just what it's like to live in Cairns, you can't go past this feature - "Why we love it here"
Queensland Beaches provides a good description of each of the below beaches in Cairns - click through to find out more.
- Machans Beach
- Holloways Beach
- Yorkeys Knob
- Trinity Beach
- Kewarra Beach
- Clifton Beach
- Palm Cove
- Ellis Beach