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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

Approval for motorised activities at Machans Beach

Jet boat “thrill rides” are among a suite of motorised activities today approved by Council for vacant land at Machans Beach.

Amendment to Nova plans

Council has approved amended plans for stage 1 of the Nova Cairns multi-use development on Hartley Street.

Extra Christmas trade supported

Council will support an application by the National Retail Association Limited, Union of Employers to extend trading in regional Queensland on 27 and 28 December 2015.

Airport plan amendment

Council will support an amended Land Use Plan for the Cairns Airport.