To answer your question above:
White rock is a lovely area close to schools shops and only a short distance to the city. Yes there are some bad parts but several streets are great. We have lived here for 11 years after moving from sydney's east. We have lived and bought in two streets. similar scenario to yourself moving interstate and renting in an area others warned us off from. In 11 years we have never had any problems and find it green peaceful convenient and have met some lovely people.
As for the break in's I think white rock had the least break ins in cairns last year, maybe something to do with most households having dogs. We love white rock and everyone who visits generally say's wow we didnt know this part of white rock existed. What street are you looking at. Some older parts are rough n probably a bit dodgy some also have sandflies these are generally the end closest the city.
What street are you considering.
Hello Tropicalliving, You must be near the wallaby's which has large blocks around there. Should be ok around there. Make sure you have a good look around cairns before buying as cairns fairly spread out. Best to look at an area and a house that would be easier to sell. My advice is to not rent in white rock, there is currently a lot of break and enters in that suburb and also there is way better areas to rent at a similar cost
I wouldn’t recommend rafferty street. Looked very seedy.
We lived at white rock for six months. In picnic street though. Lovely neighbours and no issues at all.
Some parts of white rock felt really unsafe. Others were fine. It’s a great location because of mount Sheridan shopping centre and highway into city.
I probably wouldn’t live there again though.