Storm surge evacuation routes

This mapping product should not be used for development assessment and/or insurance eligibility determination. The Storm Tide Evacuation Mapping is different to Council's flood hazard assessment which identifies risks associated with flooding due to a prolonged rainfall event, which could be in conjunction with a storm tide. The flood hazard assessment is incorporated into Council's local planning scheme, the 'Cairns Plan', to ensure development within the region has immunity to a defined flood event. For residents who wonder why they are in a storm tide high risk zone, but can't recall any flooding in their neighbourhood, the guide explains the difference between flooding and storm tide.

Council's storm tide evacuation maps are based on modelling using geographic data and may not be an exact representation of what may happen if inundation  from a storm tide surge occurs.

Storm tide evacuation maps identify where flooding may occur if there is a storm tide. There are three different colours indicating zones.

These properties face a moderate risk of coastal flooding from a storm tide. Flooding may be experienced in areas between 3m and 4.5m above AHD.      

These properties face a high risk of coastal flooding from a storm tide. Flooding may be experienced in areas between 2m and 3m above AHD.

  These properties face the highest risk of coastal flooding from a storm tide. Flooding may be experienced in areas up to 2m above AHD.

How to use the maps

  • Find your property on the map
  • If your property is coloured red, orange or yellow you may be at risk of storm tide inundation
  • If you residence is not coloured you are NOT in a storm tide surge  evacuation zone. There are still steps you should take before, during and after a cyclone.
  • If your property is coloured determine primary and alternative evacuation routes to a safe location (family, friends, colleagues on higher ground), as outlined in your emergency plan.
  • During a cyclone stay informed via radio, TV, this website and social media.
Cairns CBD
Cairns CBD Barron River to Trinity Inlet

Evacuation maps and routes for people living in a RED, ORANGE or YELLOW zone in the suburbs of: Aeroglen, Barron, Freshwater, Edge Hill, Whitfield, Redlynch, Brinsmead, Kamerunga, Stratford, Parramatta Park, Kanimbla, Cairns North, Manunda, Manoora, Cairns City, Mooroobool, Bungalow, Portsmith, Woree, White Rock, Mount Sheridan, Bentley Park, Edmonton, East Trinty, Glen Boughton, Wrights Creek, Earlville, Bayview Heights. More

Northern Beaches
Cairns Northern Beaches

Evacuation maps and routes for people living in a RED, ORANGE or YELLOW zone in the suburbs of: Ellis Beach, Palm Cove, Macalister Range, Clifton Beach, Kewarra Beach, Trinity Beach, Trinity Park, Smithfield, Yorkeys Knob, Holloways Beach, Caravonica, Machans Beach, Barron, Freshwater, Stratford, Aeroglen, Barron Gorge, Kamerunga. More

Far Northern Region
Far Northern Region

Evacuation maps and routes for people living in a RED, ORANGE or YELLOW zone in the areas of: Rocky Point, Miallo, Newell, Cooya Beach, Bonnie Doon, Mossman, Finlayvale, Mossman Gorge, Killaloe, Port Douglas, Cassowary, Craiglie, Mowbray, Diwan, Noah, Forest Creek, Daintree, Kimberley, Lower Daintree, Whyambeel, Wonga, Bamboo, Stewart Creek Valley, Upper Daintree, Miallo, Cape Tribulation, Thornton Beach, Diwan, Cow Bay, Kimberley. More

Southern Region
Trinity Inlet to Bramston Beach

Evacuation maps and routes for people living in a RED, ORANGE or YELLOW zone in the areas of: Aloomba, Fishery Falls, Deeral, Bellenden Ker, East Russell, Wooroonooran, Babinda, Mirriwinni, Bramston Beach, Eubenangee. More

Cairns map images

Evacuation maps and routes for people living in a RED, ORANGE or YELLOW zone in the suburbs of: Aeroglen, Barron, Brinsmead, East Trinity, Edge Hill, Freshwater, Second Beach, Stratford, Whitfield, Bungalow, Bayview Heights, Earlville, Kanimbla, Cairns CBD, Bayview Heights, Earlville, White Rock. More

Northern Beaches map images

Evacuation maps and routes for people living in a RED, ORANGE or YELLOW zone in the suburbs of: Barron, Caravonica, Holloways Beach, Machans Beach, Smithfield, Yorkeys Knob, Trinity Park, Clifton Beach, Ellis Beach, Kewarra Beach, Palm Cove, Trinity Beach. More

Far North images

Evacuation maps and routes for people living in a RED, ORANGE or YELLOW zone in the areas of: Craiglie, Port Douglas, Mossman,Cooya Beach, Newell, Daintree, Wonga, Cow Bay, Kimberley, Diwan, Cape Tribulation. More

Trinity Inlet Bramston map images

Evacuation maps and routes for people living in a RED, ORANGE or YELLOW zone in the areas of: Deeral, Mirriwinni, Bramston Beach. More

Evacuation guides

Evacuation Zones are designed to provide an easy to understand method for the public to identify coastal areas that may be affected by storm tides caused by tropical cyclones or severe coastal storms. More

Last updated: 20 August 2015