Cairns is located in Far North Queensland, 350km north of Townsville. The Cairns region covers more than 1750km2 and includes several major national parks as well as the state's highest mountain peak - Mt Bartle Frere.

Cairns is located right on the doorstep of the Great Barrier Reef. The region boasts a tropical climate with two main seasons - the wet and the dry. Cairns is often used as a base for trips to the far north including the Daintree Rainforest, Port Douglas, Cape Tribulation and Cooktown.

Suburbs of Cairns

The majority of suburbs in Cairns are an ideal location to live. There are many suburbs located at the foot of the rainforest overlooking stunning beaches or close to the heart of the city.


Cairns has both public and private schools for all levels. In Queensland, children under six years of age attend preschool, children from six years onwards attend primary school (years 1-7) and children 12 years and over attend high school (years 8 - 12).

Child care

There are a number of child care facilities in Cairns. The resources below may help you locate the right child care service for your family.

Bases nearby

  • Cairns CBD to HMAS Cairns - 5km
  • Cairns CBD to 51st Battalion - 10km

Public transport

  • The Sunbus bus service is the main form of public transport servicing Cairns
  • There are also Black and White Taxis and Queensland Rail which operates a rail service from Cairns to Brisbane and beyond.


Cairns offers a large range of sport and recreation activities. There is something to suit all ages, genders and abilities, including soccer, tennis, touch football, cricket, beach volleyball, diving, snorkelling, bush walking and more. A list of sports and hobbies is available on the Cairns Regional Council website.


There are two major hospitals in the Cairns area:

  • Cairns Base (public) and,
  • Cairns Private Hospital (private).