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Why Cairns

Cairns is a vibrant international city and first-class investment destination with lucrative opportunities for investors.

Our proximity to Asia-Pacific markets - compared to Sydney, Melbourne and other major cities in southern Australia - creates enormous opportunities for tourism development, investment, trade and business.

Cairns is Perfectly Positioned for Investment 

Read more about the benefits of investing in the Cairns region...

Filming in Cairns

Cairns is an ideal location for filming, photography, documentaries, television programs and commercials. We offer spectacular, diverse and accessible locations and we are the only location on earth where two iconic World Heritage areas meet - the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics Rainforest.

With our world-class infrastructure and services, and Cairns Regional Council's film-friendly approach, Cairns is the smart choice for your next project. Our spectacular location and support network make it all work!

Read more about filming in Cairns.

Cairns filming fact sheet

News announcements


Sustainable growth key to new CairnsPlan

Council has adopted CairnsPlan 2016 with the new planning scheme taking effect on 1 March.

C3 development approved

Council has conditionally approved the DA for the three-tower C3 mixed-use development.

Funds to support start-ups

$20,000 in funding has been approved for theSPACE Cairns, under the Economic Diversification Fund.

Development incentives update

8 construction projects, worth $390M, progressing under the Infrastructure Charges Incentive program.