Life in Cairns, North Queensland

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Cairns located in Far North Queensland 350km north of Townsville is central to a region covering more than 1750km2, which 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.

Cairns is 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, and the city 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.

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 1-6) and children 11 years and over attend high school (years 7 – 12). Cairns also has a TAFE and is home to James Cook University. HMAS Cairns is located 5km from the City centre, and the 51st Battalion is located 10km from the City centre.

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