7.6 out of 10

Cairns City

Ranked 10th best suburb in Far North
-16.9203311400486 145.77263132359
Great for
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Internet Access
  • Eating Out
  • Clean & Green
  • Parking
Not great for
  • Childcare
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
Jun 11, 2017

"Cairns living"

Cairns has a population of over 155,000. The best thing about this town is our backyard has the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree National Heritage Park and also the Atherton Tablelands and Crater Lakes and waterfalls and is visited by a large amount of international travellers every year. We have our own international airport and domestic flights alike is frequent every day of the week. Depending on your lifestyle you may want to live out at one of our northern beaches such as Kewarra, Palm Cove or Trinity. You also need to take into account your cost of living budget, before choosing which beach. There are public buses that frequently depart between the city of Cairns out to the northern beaches as well as inner city suburbs and south Cairns. Do your homework before deciding where to live. Its not really the suburbs that are the problem but where you live in that suburb. For example one of my foreign friends brought a villa in Whitfield without realising this villa is backed onto a dodgy street - trying to resell this villa is difficult - generally homes in Whitfield are snapped up quite quickly. My advise is ask Cairns city council which streets need alot more attention than other streets and also look at crimemap.info . I have lived in this town since 1992 and I would never dream of leaving it , its my slice of paradise.
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  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
amandas11
amandas11 Hi Suzies,
Thank you for your helpful information, I am wondering what your thoughts are on State high schools and if you can recommend?
Sep 08, 2017
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Everything at your fingertips"

I have lived in Cairns Suburbs/beaches for 28years, and I have to say that a move to the city in the past 6 months has been the best. I am in easy distance to all types of entertainment, food, gym and work, I have a teenage daughter who is very happy with the move too,
Pros
  • Close to all facilities
  • Great Community feel
  • Easy access to transport
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
amandas11
amandas11 Hi Jeromek,
I am looking at moving to Cairns with my teenage son, any recommendations on suburbs and state high schooling?
Sep 08, 2017
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2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Warm Weather, poor service"

We moved here from a large overseas city. We knew we had to lower our standards but it is unbearable. The people of Cairns are not interested in being of great service to another individual. Everything you need or ask for will be asking for them to go out of their way. When you are raising a family, you need to have many trusted professionals surrounding you, doctors, teachers, daycare staff, restaurant employees, etc. You will not find that here and if you do, they will have wait lists. You will pay a lot of money for very little in return, shopping, food, groceries. you can get a big house for cheap though. I actually feel nervous to ask for things anymore because I am so afraid of being hugely disappointed over and over. There are really special parts like being safe and sound living in the northern beaches, our children run from house to house in our neighbourhood which is very nice. Go to the beach, I don't know, Crocodiles and stingers are always on your mind. Its a small town with small town mentality. If you have lower standards and can overlook service, you could be fine enjoying the nature and weather alone. We are moving as soon as we can.
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  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
DonW1
DonW1 So true we moved to Cairns last year and found the service and the locals very different to say the least ( a lot of red necks that don't welcome new comers.
Jan 12, 2016
sh2
sh2 We moved from Perth 2 months ago we everything and dogs. Not many good drivers around too..My brother also got car accident because a lady hit and run. The weather is ok, you finish work your car is super hot...people said I will need to wait for wet season..but come on, then is gonna be rain all the time..I can't wait to move too
Nov 23, 2016
sh2
sh2 P.S. gas is also expensive, no more petrol day on Tuesday
Nov 23, 2016
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5/5
2yrs+

"A city in north Queensland with many different features."

Cairns is quite a unique city. It is in north Qld and is the most northern city along the Queensland coast to have an international airport. Tourism is a very strong attraction for Cairns as it has so many different features to amuse the tourists. Listing a few: rainforest and sky rail; Great Barrier Reef with diving, fishing, day trips to the reef, coral viewing, kayaking; Green Island just off the coast; inland tours; Aboriginal culture; wildlife.

The general facilities are OK. The council has tried to improve things over the years and there are some lovely areas along the beaches. One drawback is that you cannot swim in the waters up there at certain times because of the box jellyfish. Also they do have a little trouble with the Aboriginals hanging around town, but in some ways this is part of the culture of the area.

Cairns is the gateway for travelling to Port Douglas some 60 km north. This is a very upmarket, but laid back (sounds weird, doesn't it?) holiday town which is loved by most people that go there. It is very popular with families and filmstars alike!

Also, beyond Port Douglas you head further north and up to the tip of Cape York Peninsula if you wish to go that far. Now there is a place you only travel to in a 4WD and only at certain times of the year.

The city of Cairns is fairly flat until you get to the hills. It is tropical so one must expect some pretty rough weather through the rainy summer season and the residents are rarely disappointed. Actually, it is called cyclone season!

Because it is so isolated from other larger cities it is fairly self-sufficient in entertainment and other services one expects in larger cities.
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DudeM
DudeM sorry, how are "aboriginals hanging around town" a problem? and why is that "part of the culture of the area"?
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Jewel of the North"

Everyone who holidays here secretly wishes they lived here.... the only thing that would make Cairns perfect is a proper surf beach but then the developers would come in and totally ruin it for everyone!!!! No traffic (but locals think it is terrible - get them to drive in a capital city and compare then!)
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dono13
dono13 lol um Traffic? It is a nightmare. Reservoir road sux. Cook hidhway sux. Try driving from Edmonton to the city in peak hour... Worse than sydney or melbourne. You must be an estate agent trying to spin something. Maybe you live in Gordonvale. :-(
2yrs+
me1ody
me1ody I lived in Edge Hill and worked in Woree. Leave at the wrong time morning or afternoon and it took up to 50 minutes to get there or back on weekdays. Weekends takes maybe 12 minutes depending on traffic.
2yrs+
monos
monos dono13 you have no idea. Ive lived in Sydney most of my life and now live in Cairns. Edmonton to Cairns City is like 1/4 of the time it takes from places like the Blue Mountains, Campbelltown, Wollongong, Central Coast and Newcastle to the Sydney CBD in peak hour.
2yrs+
amanda-stonea
amanda-stonea Monos, can i ask how long have you lived in Cairns now from moving from sydney? Have you regretted it at all. Thinking of moving from sysney to cairns with my young family. Thanks in advance
Feb 05, 2017
ianaj
ianaj amanda-stonea, Monos, we too are looking at moving from Sydney (western Sydney) to cairns with 2 little ones. We are actually looking at properties in Palm Cove next weekend. I too would love to hear your thoughts on the relocation. Any tips/suggestions :)
Feb 08, 2017
lyn-vegal
lyn-vegal I am also considering a move with a young family (primary school age), from western sydney. Any suggestions on areas to avoid?
Jun 05, 2017
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5/5
2yrs+

"Really good weather - never gets cold!!"

i am moving to cairns shortly. this is the best of my researched places to live in australia. it never gets cold in cairns, and is certainly liveable for the majority of the year. i am one who is fussy about cold weather .it is absolutely awful in western sydney.

also looks like a lot of attractions available.
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amanda-stonea
amanda-stonea How mong have you lived in Cairbs for now. Are you enjoying it this far?
Feb 05, 2017
tillyk
tillyk I also want to know as I'm wanting to move up here eventually. Sydney has become an ugly place to live in my opinion and too chilly in winter
May 23, 2017
Joy Neral
Joy Neral I am searching for houses around Cairns. Would love to hear updates from you Halna. Thanks
Oct 10, 2017
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3/5
2yrs+

"Thriving Cairns - perfect for a laidback tropical lifestyle"

The city has a relaxed and laidback feel. Tourism thrives here, and so the esplanade and boardwalk are often packed as the many visitors from around the world make the most of this cruisy tropical spot.

Busy Cairns is the largest city in Tropial North Queensland, and so offers a number of job opportunities. The sugar industry is the second biggest industry here, after tourism of course. There are a number of schools and tertiary education options, and all of the other essential services.

The style of housing is quite typical of Queensland, with large raised houses on quite large blocks and many with swimming pools.

The climate is good - very tropical and warm all year round, with a rainy season from January to March.

Despite the distance (about 1,700 km from Brisbane!), Cairns is not isolated from the rest of Australia due to the frequent transport links including multiple flights every day from the nearby airport.
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