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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


Hockey to speak at tropical G20 pre-curser

Australian Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey will address the inaugural Future of Tropical Economies Conference (FTEC) prior to joining with representatives from the world's leading economies at the G20 ...

New Planning Scheme progresses to next State check

Council has endorsed the draft Cairns Region Planning Scheme and associated planning scheme policies and will now forward to the Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning for appr ...

Qld Treasurer added to Tropical Economies speaker line-up

Next month's Future of Tropical Economies Conference (FTEC) is shaping up as the perfect precursor to the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting, with a line-up of high quality sp ...

Council lodges submission to Aquis EIS review

Cairns Regional Council has today, 5 August 2014, made its submission to the Coordinator-General in response to the Aquis integrated resort Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The submission was ...