Cairns is 347km north of Townsville, and 1698km north of Brisbane. 

It is a city on the tropical coast of Far North Queensland overflowing with incredible nature and beauty. It is the fifth largest city in Queensland with a population of 153,951 and serves as a major commercial centre for the Far North Queensland region. 


Cairns has a tropical climate, with average summer temperatures between 23°C and 31°C and average winter temperatures between 17°C and 26°C. 

Things to do in Cairns

Cairns is surrounded by the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, Green Island, Fitzroy Island, Bedarra Island, Frankland Islands and Lizard Island, so be sure to pack your swimmers. Enjoy white sand beaches and a long list of water-based activities such as glass-bottomed kayaks, marine life encounters, and snorkelling coral gardens.

  • Beaches, islands, reefs and water activities Shopping boutiques and markets
  • Galleries, museums, and cultural centres
  • National parks, rainforests, creeks, and waterfalls Public library 
  • Public and private hospitals 
  • Seasonal festivals and events Sports clubs and facilities 
  • International Airport 


There are over 80 schools in the Cairns region of Far North Queensland. In Cairns and its closest suburbs, there are 18 primary schools, 6 secondary schools and 7 combined schools to choose from. Anglican, Catholic, Christian, Lutheran, and non- denominational options are all available, with boarding facilities also offered at some schools.