Facts & Figures
The Cairns Region encompasses 4135 km2 of land on a narrow coastal strip between the Great Dividing Range and the Coral Sea. It extends approximately 180 km in length from the Bloomfield River in the north to the Eubenangee Swamp (near Mirriwinni) in the south.
The region is part of Australia’s Wet Tropics and is framed by the lush World Heritage listed Wet Tropics rainforest to the west and north and the Coral Sea and World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park to the east. These attributes make the region a world renowned destination.
Cairns city is the principal centre of the region and is centrally located along the coastal strip with sub-regions to the north and south consisting predominantly good quality agricultural land and areas of high ecological significance.
The region is an important gateway to the nearby Atherton Tablelands and the outback Savannah region beyond the Great Dividing Range.
The Russell, Mulgrave, Barron, Mowbray and Daintree Rivers are the main river systems within the region with the Bloomfield River forming the region’s northern boundary. The region also includes a number of offshore islands: Snapper, Fitzroy, Green and the Frankland Islands.
Cairns Regional Council was created in March 2008 following the amalgamation of the former Cairns City and Douglas Shire Councils. Read more about the history and heritage of the Cairns region.
The Cairns Region is one of the fastest growing regions in Australia, with more than 3% annual growth experienced over the last 10 years. However growth has slowed in recent years in response to global economic circumstances.
The estimated residential population at 30 June 2011 was 170,586. Two thirds of Tropical North Queensland’s population growth (approximately 70,000 people) will be accommodated within the Cairns Region, with up to 50,000 ultimately accommodated within the Mount Peter Master Planned Area.
Our Community Profiles webpage contain more information about region's population and socio-demographic characteristics.
New Residents' Guide
Council has produced a handy guide to living, working and playing in the Cairns region. You can view an e-book version of the New Residents' Guide online. Hard copies are available from Council's Customer Service Centres in Cairns and Mossman, at all Cairns Library branches and at many local real estate agents in the Cairns area. You can also request a hard copy by phoning Council on (07) 4044 3044 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.