Life in Cairns
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.
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 / /(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.
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 Bookdirectandsave.com
This website lists the exact same properties as Airbnb and booking.com 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 is full of great businesses and helpful services. Below are a selection of our best.
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Doctors and Medical clinics in Cairns
You can make an appointment at any of these local doctors or clinics.
Contact one of the Cairns Electricians below
Hospitals in Cairns
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For all information on living in towns and cities across Australia visit our Living in Australia index page where you will find 160 guides on areas right across the country.
To live and work in Australia you might be eligible for an Australian Work Visa or a Permanent Residency visa as a skilled worker. Find out more and move to Australia to live and work and start you new life.