Living in Cairns
Cairns is a popular place to visit, but it's also home to about 152,000 people who enjoy coastal living at its best. With wonderful World Heritage Listed playgrounds close by, quiet streets, fantastic tropical weather, warm waters and relaxed lifestyle it really isn't too hard to guess why people come here on holidays and then end up staying for life.
If you're thinking of moving up north to Cairns, or if you're already lucky enough to call this place home, we've put together a range of resources to help you find local businesses, interact with the community and find services like schools, hospitals, doctors and churches.
For more information about living in Cairns check out the following links.
Cairns as a city has grown up a lot over the last few years however you'll see marks of its rich and varied culture and history everywhere you go. Learn about the different Aboriginal communities which call the region home, visit the point where Captain Cook had to stop over for repairs and see its heritage as a sleepy port town.
If you're moving to Cairns and need to find schools for your children or are looking to further your education with a new qualification then read our guide to Cairns Education to find out where you can study. Cairns has a good mix of public and private schools. James Cook University is one of the most renowned marine science institutions in the world.
Cairns is renowned as the gateway to two of the world's greatest natural attractions: the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest. Find out more about these natural wonders along with some other interesting facts and statistics about Cairns including population.
No matter which direction you go in you will find a lifetime of memorable sights. Mountains, beaches, tidal wetlands, freshwater lakes, mudflats, mangrove swamps, bays, rivers, estuaries and rich coastal plains are the features of this tropical region. It is also home to the State's highest mountain, Mt Bartle Frere.
It's always a good idea to know where the nearest hospitals and doctors surgeries are for both locals and tourists in the region (we'd hate for you to get sick on your holiday though) - we've included a list of public and private hospitals in the Cairns region, as well information on local pharmacies and other health services.
Captain James Cook journeyed up the North Queensland coast on his first Voyage of Discovery in 1770, aboard the HM Bark Endeavour, arriving on Trinity Sunday and naming the area Trinity Bay. The journey was not a pleasant one as the Great Barrier Reef is one of the most difficult waterways to navigate in the world.
Cairns is a major national and international tourist destination with people choosing to live here from across Australia and the Globe. This means that Cairns is quite a diverse community, however, it is taking longer to see this diversity in the places of worship available in Cairns. Find a church or place of worship by following the link...
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%.
Click through for the latest and breaking news in Cairns and around Tropical North Queensland. You can click through to the main news websites to see what they're reporting, or see the latest feed of Headlines in Cairns from the ABC. Just scroll down the page.