Cairns Region

Local Area / Cairns Region


The stunning Cairns region is known as a popular tourist destination with a relaxed and tropical charm. The picturesque region spoils residents and visitors with the natural world, showcasing World Heritage forests, rainforests, the mountains of the Great Dividing Range, and the Great Barrier Reef. Bright coloured corals and marine life, warm tropical waters, and spectacular islands surround the region where recreational opportunities are provided. Cairns is renowned as the tourism and commercial hub of the Wet Tropics that is one of Australia’s most vibrant and multicultural cities; which is a place to call home to people from more than 35 different countries. The popular esplanade, lagoon, and boardwalk along the Trinity Inlet is a must-see as well as the Cairns Botanic Gardens and endless amounts of waterfalls spread across the region. Locals love the laid-back lifestyle, tropical feel, and natural landscapes. Popular places to visit within the region are Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Smithfield, and the scenic town of Kuranda. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kuranda Rainforest is a recommended visit where you can experience the Kuranda scenic railway and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.


The Cairns region has a population of 165,525 people and covers 1,689km2. The city was initially founded in 1876, named after the State Governor at the time, Sir William Wellington Cairns. Initial settlement was driven by fishing and the discovery of gold near the region that saw the population begin to climb. The current main industries in the area are Health and Life Sciences as well as Marine services.

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  • Population: 165,525
  • Area: 1,689km2
  • Main Industries: Health and Life Sciences and Marine services
  • Year Founded: 1876
  • Council website: https://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/