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Why invest in Cairns?

As one of the world’s most developed tropical regions, Cairns is a leader in tropical expertise, innovation and sustainable development. The region offers competitive advantages for investors, including:

  • international airport with national and global links; 
  • world-class infrastructure including renowned university, convention centre, air, sea and rail networks, plus quality housing and healthcare; 
  • critical mass of knowledge and capacity in tropical expertise;
  • proximity to Asia-Pacific economies with real potential for trade growth; and much more!

Read more about our investment benefits and incentives (financial & non-financial)...

Commercial Filming & Photography

For filmmakers and commercial photographers, the Cairns region is a spectacular location with a support network that makes it all work.

With Cairns Regional Council's film-friendly and proactive approach to facilitating productions, the Cairns region is the ideal setting for your film, television or photographic projects.

News announcements


Celebrate business success at TNQ20 presentation

Tickets are now available for Cairns' premier business networking event, the TNQ20 Business Excellence and Tropical Innovation Awards.

Pre-G20 conference to explore future of tropical economies

The rise of the world's tropical economies will be the focus of the international Future of Tropical Economies conference hosted in Cairns in the lead-up to the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Ba ...

A ton of interest in TNQ20 Awards

The inaugural TNQ20 Business Excellence and Tropical Innovation Awards has cracked 100 nominations – but there is still room for many more.

Shields St Heart open for discussion

The next stage of the City Centre Alive project will be open for discussion next month, as Cairns Regional Council invites public comment on the Shields Street Heart concept.