Cairns North

Nearby Suburbs Edge Hill Parramatta Park Manoora Cairns North is a central area of the local government area.

Cairns North is a central area of the local government area. The area is highly urbanised in nature, although its eastern edge is mangroves and coastline. The area has a mixture of land uses and activities, including commerce, residential housing, recreation, natural environment, and light industry. The Cairns International Airport is situated in Cairns North. Cairns North is about 6mins drive north of Cairns CBD.

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The people
The population of Cairns North is quite large, and increasing with the increased densities of inner city areas. The area also has a significant amount of tourist accommodation.

Cairns North has a full range of medical & dental services including pathology labs, x-ray & scanning services, 24 hour medical clinics and a plastic surgeon. There are also specialist medical practitioners. There are two major hospitals, Cairns Base Hospital and Cairns Private Hospital as well as a number of day surgery outlets. A specialised in-vitro fertilisation clinic is currently under construction. The medical facilities overlap with Cairns City.

General facilities
Cairns North has a number of community services and facilities within its boundaries. This includes a number of sportsgrounds and facilities (North Cairns Sports Reserve, tennis courts), and a number of parklands including Apex Park. Tobruk Memorial Swimming Pool is in this area and Cairns City Library is about 5mins south of Cairns North. The Cairns Esplanade public space and boardwalk includes a children’s playground, a children’s water park and a skate park. All are within walking distance of the city centre.

Cairns North has a number of grocery stores, a late night convenience store and outlets for fish and takeaway food. There is also a chemist. Cairns city facilities are about 5mins drive south of Cairns North including a major shopping centre, Cairns Central Shopping Centre, with outlets for Myer, Target, Coles, Bi-Lo, major Telco’s and specialty shops. Located on the Cairns Esplanade is The Pier is another major shopping centre with luxury fashion, five-star eateries, a bookshop and the Shangri-la Hotel. There are high fashion stores, major duty free stores, restaurants & cafés, chemists and hotels in the city centre.

There are no child care centres in Cairns North but the adjacent suburbs of Edge Hill and Cairns City have a number of centres.

The only school in Cairns North is Mother of Good Counsel Catholic Primary School. The adjacent suburbs of Edge Hill, Manunda and Cairns City have a number of schools including an all-girls Catholic high school, all-boys Catholic high school and Cairns State High School as well as various primary schools with Prep classes.

Public transport
Sunbus has a central public transport hub in Lake Street, and the inter-state railway station is at the bottom of Cairns Central, at the end of Spence Street in Cairns City which is about 5mins south of Cairns North. There are also a number of touring bus companies and an airport bus service. Taxis are available in the suburb.

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