Life in Cairns

Living in Cairns Australia

Living in Cairns Australia

Life in Cairns

Welcome to Cairns.  We know you are going to love living in Cairns and have a great time if you are passing through.

Life in Cairns

Life in Cairns

Is Cairns a good place to live?

Yes, Cairns is a great place to live or visit.  Below our guide to Cairns will give you all the information you need to make moving here easier or make your trip a more informed and enjoyable one.

Visas required to live in Cairns

If you happen to be a citizen from a country other than Australia and are looking to move to Cairns, you are going to need a visa to do so.  Australia has many visas on offer that could allow you to live and work in Cairns.  Due to there being many different visas, each with it’s own rights and obligations, it is best to take our Free Visa Assessment so we can provide accurate advice on the visa options available to you in your specific circumstances.


If you are moving to Cairns and want to find a job in Cairns we have a guide specifically on how to find and apply for jobs in Cairns for new arrivals.  Always make sure you have secured a visa that allows you to work before starting your new job.

Map of Cairns

Weather in Cairns


Cairns (, locally /ˈkænz/ (listen)) is a city in Queensland, Australia, on the tropical north east coast of Far North Queensland. The population in June 2019 was 153,952, having grown on average 1.02% annually over the preceding five years. The city is the 5th-most-populous in Queensland, and 15th in Australia.[citation needed]

The city was founded in 1876 and named after Sir William Wellington Cairns, following the discovery of gold in the Hodgkinson river. Throughout the late 19th century, Cairns prospered from the settlement of Chinese immigrants who helped develop the regions agriculture. Cairns also served as a port for blackbirding ships, bringing slaves and indentured labourers to the sugar plantations of Innisfail. During World War II, the city became a staging ground for the Allied Forces in the Battle of the Coral Sea. By the late 20th century the city had become a centre of international tourism, and in the early 21st century has developed into a major metropolitan city.

Cairns is a popular tourist destination because of its tropical climate and access to tropical rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

Hotels and Accommodation in Cairns

There are all types of accommodation available in Cairns.  The best place to find Hotels, serviced apartments or holiday lets is via Book Direct and Save

This website lists the exact same properties as Airbnb and but does not charge the high commissions so their nightly accommodation rates are cheaper.

Or contact any of these great local hotels, apartments or holiday accommodation businesses.

Cairns Harbour Lights
2 reviews
1 Marlin Parade, Cairns Queensland 4870, Australia
Travellers Oasis
12 reviews
Hotels, Hostels
8 Scott St, Cairns Queensland 4870, Australia
Cairns Aquarius
2 reviews
107 Esplanade, Unit 3, Cairns Queensland 4870, Australia
Paradise Village Resort
4 reviews
Hotels, Resorts
Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove Queensland 4879, Australia
The Lakes Cairns Resort & Spa
2 reviews
Hotels, Resorts
2 Greenslopes St, Cairns Queensland 4870, Australia

Cairns is full of great businesses and helpful services. Below are a selection of our best.

Accountants in Cairns


Banks in Cairns



Cafes in Cairns


73 reviews
5/72-74 Grafton St, Cairns Queensland 4870, Australia
Bang and Grind
42 reviews
Australian, Coffee & Tea, Breakfast & Brunch
8/14 Spence St, Cairns Queensland 4870, Australia
Chill Cafe
30 reviews
2 Veivers Rd, Palm Cove Queensland 4879, Australia
Cafe Mandala
1 review
20 Coondoo St, Shop 1, Kuranda Queensland 4881, Australia
Coffee Haven
9 reviews
Coffee & Tea
Palm Cove Queensland 4879, Australia


Carpet Cleaners in Cairns


Dentists in Cairns



Doctors and Medical clinics in Cairns


You can make an appointment at any of these local doctors or clinics.

Cairns Base Hospital
3 reviews
235 Lake St, Cairns North Queensland 4870, Australia
Innate Natural Health Clinic
1 review
Level 1, Cairns North Queensland 4870, Australia


Contact one of the Cairns Electricians below



Hospitals in Cairns


Cairns Base Hospital
3 reviews
235 Lake St, Cairns North Queensland 4870, Australia


Mechanics in Cairns


Federation Automotive
1 review
Auto Repair
111-113 Draper St, Portsmith Queensland 4870, Australia
Cairns Brake & Clutch Centre
1 review
Auto Repair
184 Scott St, Cairns Queensland 4870, Australia
South Pacific BnB Clifton Beach
1 review
Hotels, Auto Repair
18 Gibson Cl, Clifton Beach Queensland 4879, Australia

Newspapers in Cairns




Pest Control in Cairns




Plumbers in Cairns



Real Estate Agents in Cairns 



Restaurants in Cairns


14 reviews
Mediterranean, Seafood, Australian
Shop G4A, The Pier Marina, 1 Pier Point Rd, Cairns City Queensland 4870, Australia
Tha Fish
68 reviews
On The Boardwalk, Pier Shopping, Cairns Queensland 4870, Australia
122 reviews
Shop 8, 14 Spence St, Cairns Queensland 4870, Australia
Prawn Star
62 reviews
Pier Point Rd, E Finger – Berth 31, Cairns Queensland 4870, Australia
Blue Moon Grill
24 reviews
22-24 Trinity Beach Rd, Shop 6, Trinity Beach Queensland 4879, Australia

Schools in Cairns



Solicitors in Cairns



Supermarkets in Cairns 


The Source
1 review
Specialty Food, Grocery
85 Lake St, Shop 10, Cairns City Queensland 4870, Australia
Rusty’s Markets
1 review
44 Spence St, Cairns Queensland 4870, Australia
Kuranda Markets
2 reviews
5 Therwine St, Kowrowa Queensland 4872, Australia
Mareeba Butchery
1 review
Specialty Food
241 Byrnes St, Mareeba Queensland 4880, Australia


Vets in Cairns 



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