There's a General rule of thumb that locals go by, but to not purchase anything in a suburb that begins with an M, you'll hear this once or twice on your search. However, being in the real-estate industry in Cairns we go by a different and much more reliable strategy, that Cairns suburbs are very much street to street based. The most popular suburbs that have a much more general satisfying 'preach' depending on whether or not your looking for Northern Beach or closer to the city. For the City side you're looking at Edge Hill/Whitfield as your most sort after suburb for a house (this can vary depending on if your after and apartment or unit, people love being along the Esplanade for exampl in an apartment). Moving your way out towards the beach for a more bigger backyard "close to schools" feel would be Redlynch, known as a very "family orientated" suburb, although most suburbs heading down to the beaches would fall into this category. Then I would recommend Freshwater, which boasts some beautiful homes towards the mountains.
Moving further north, there is a popular development happening at the moment in North Point Smithfield (close to major shopping center and in a quiet estate) cairnsnorthpoint.com.au. It really is depending on how much your willing to spend, and it is a matter of driving the streets to see what area you really prefer, everything is relatively close in Cairns I'd say 45 minutes from the South side Cairns to the North (with no peak hour traffic that is) If you'd like some more insight about some of these places I can put you in touch with one of our agents. They could show you around or help you gauge your price range for what your after and what you'd need access to. 0740539999
LJ Hooker have some valid point with regards to Edge Hill. Although if you're after any other good suburbs avoid the Smithfield Village area. The new house are cheap, nasty and start to fall apart after a few months. Plus they are squashed in like sardines and the roads are generally only wide enough to fit one car at a time.
Redlynch is nice but there is nothing out there and it rains a lot more so you'll get more mould.
Northern Beaches don't start until you hit Trinity Beach up. Don't bother with Holloways, Yorkeys or Machans unless you love air traffic and being on the flight path.
Forget the south.
Ps North Point is an absolute disgrace of a suburb. If you're paying any more that 250k for a lot and house there you are getting ripped off.
Can someone tell me something about Bentley Park? Is it a good and quiet suburb? What are the disadvantages?
Freshwater always has and always will be cairns premier suburb, it boasts the best state school in cairns, it’s safe and quiet, houses that come onto the market here ( which happens rairly) never last long and generally always retrieve the asking price if not more as there’s usually multiple offers.