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Living in the Cairns and Hinterland Region


Cairns is the main regional centre, located on the east coast about 1700 kilometres northwest of Brisbane. About 160,000 people live in the greater Cairns region, which extends from Palm Cove in the north to Mirriwinni in the south.

Cairns is part of the wet tropics of far north Queensland. It’s nestled between the Coral Sea and the Great Dividing Range, offering easy access to the Reef, the Daintree rainforest and the region’s many other attractions.

Cairns is a dynamic and culturally diverse community, with excellent entertainment, recreation, arts and sporting facilities.

There are daily flights to capital cities and other Queensland centres. Regular international flights connect Cairns to Japan, Singapore and Papua New Guinea. There’s regular train and bus services to Brisbane, and road connections to all parts of Queensland.

The Cairns Regional Council website has a useful guide to the region and you find practical advice about living in Cairns in their guidebook.


Far North Queensland

We provide health services from more than 30 facilities across 140,000 square kilometres of Far North Queensland, providing safe, high-quality healthcare to about 250,000 people.

You could be working in the beautiful Port Douglas and Daintree region, or in the lush green Cassowary Coast. You may be based on the rolling hills of the Atherton Tablelands, or in the tropical savannah on the way to the North Queensland outback.

They’re all great places to live and work. There are larger centres, and many small towns where you’ll get to know everyone within a few days. They’re friendly, inclusive, diverse communities, with good services and facilities, and easy access to the region’s many attractions.

Climate varies, from the steamy coastal rainforests, to the drier savannah country, to the crisp Tablelands winters.


Local council websites are a good starting point for information and guides:

Last updated: 26 July 2019

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