Cairns Life – Information about Cairns

An information site for people about Cairns, Australia

Cairns Life. Your ultimate guide to Cairns.

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Cairns is a magnificent city. It’s the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. A
picturesque landscape of amazing beauty, providing a classical relaxed tropical lifestyle coupled with a modernised and bustling cosmopolitan city.

Whatever you want, Cairns is sure to have it. However, Cairns also comes with its fair share of challenges and negative aspects, of which Cairns Life also address.

Here at Cairns Life, you get real information from real people.

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We don’t sprinkle information with fairy dust. You deserve the facts.

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Get priceless local knowledge to get the inside scoop!

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Get the best advice on tours, things to do, real estate, services and more.

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We talk about the topics that will affect you. Our goal here at Cairns Life is to help people with up to date information, on the town, its people and what Cairns has to offer. Don’t get ripped off or misled. Make informed decisions with the best information at hand.

So whether you live in Cairns, are planning a holiday to visit, or getting ready to move to Cairns, we are certain you will find this website both informative and educational.


21 comments on “Cairns Life. Your ultimate guide to Cairns.

  1. Lisa M

    Love the site. Keep up the good work! so different

  2. John O'Reilly

    Amazing!!! I wish I had this site before I moved up.

  3. sharon bellamy

    Wow. All I can say is wow!

  4. Jacky

    I am planning the big move to Cairns (Trinity Park) hopefully in the new year with my partner and 9 year old son. Is there anyone who can give me any advice on the childcare industry as I am a qualified childcare worker (Diploma) and would love to find work in a long child care centre . Is there much job opportunity , are the floater positions that come up , what’s the staff to child ratio in Qld, Any info would be appreciated .
    We are moving down from Melbourne (VIC) and would love to hear from anyone who has made the move already!

    • Tropical Times

      Hi Jacky. Trinity Park is a good place to start when you don’t know Cairns. There are much better suburbs though and you can read more about this on this blog.
      If you’re looking for work in Child Care, check out Smithfield and there is one at Trinity Park as well.
      I don’t think you are going to have any issues finding work in your field.
      I can recommend that you avoid Ray White Northern Beaches at all costs. They are quite possibly the wort real estate agents I have come across and have burnt bridges in the community of Cairns over the years.
      If you’re moving in the New Year, you are going to suffer from the humidity, especially coming from Melbourne. Many people break after experiencing their first Summer.
      I’m going to be writing a few articles on how to deal with the heat and humidity in the next few weeks so keep your eyes peeled.
      When you arrive drop me an email or post. I can show you around and teach you quickly, although this blog is worth it’s weight in gold if you want to learn about Cairns.
      Best of luck.

      • Jacky

        Thanks so much for getting back . Will take all your feedback and advice on board especially regarding Ray White!!
        Us much information you can pass on is much appreciated so keep it coming.
        Can’t wait to hear more
        Thanks 🙂

  5. Susan Deanes

    Amazing site. I’ve been living in Cairns for 6 months now and this is by far the best site out there. Love the information.

    • Jacky

      Hi Susan , where did you move from and how have you found it. Any challenges that you have had to face??? Love to hear from you!! Jacky

  6. Deborah Avery

    A very information resource. I can link Jacky to an excellent childcare leader out here at Smithfield if that will assist her.

    • Jacky

      Hi Deborah, so very kind of you . Is the leader at Smithfeild Kathy Lochlin?? I have been in communication with Kathy who I believe is the director at Smithfeild Child Care Center , she has been very helpful and seems very nice. If we are talking about two different people then yes I would love for you to pass on the details of your contact. Thank you so very much Look forward to hearing from you again

      • Deborah Avery

        It was Kathy. My son Todd also works there. All the best and if ever like catch up n cuppa let me know. Take care… Deborah

      • Jacky

        Hi Deborah Hope all is well . Will take you up on the coffee for sure. Do pass on a big Hi to Kathy for me, Kathy was the first person I made contact with when I first started my search for information on childcare in qld and she was so very helpful. I do hope to meet you all when I finally make it up there. Take care and enjoy the sunshine !! 🙂

  7. marty

    This site literally saved me a heap of troubles. Cheers guys.

  8. Kitty

    Hi there, thinking of moving up to cairns because there is no work for a nurse in Bundaberg that have family friendly hours, pathetic. it is pretty backwards here..
    last time I stayed in cairns was 1988, was offered job at hospital but knocked it back simply because I was shocked by the cane toads and never had seen anything like the plague coming from
    Now I have got acquainted with the little fellars I am not frightened of them anymore, I do remember the humidity, stayed in Smithfield then which was not that big..
    I was told by friend to look at suburbs like Goldsborough as I currently live on acreage at Moorpark beach…what do you recommend, also have one left in private school here in Bundy , what’s the schools like?
    regards kitty..

  9. Tropicala Times

    Hi Kitty.
    Glad to hear you no longer have a fear of the toads. I don’t blame you for that, I know many people that find them disgusting.
    There is a bit of work up here in the health industry so you won’t have any issues. Cairns Base Hospital is expanding as well, so more services means more staff.
    Goldsborough is in the Gillies, so yeah it’s nice and you are going to find plenty of acreages, however you are probably looking at 45 minutes to an hour drive each way.
    You will also find plenty of acreages anything South of Gordonvale.
    If you absolutely have to be on an acreage, you can also find a few out past Kuranda, however the drive from there can be daunting as there are so many road works taking place on Kuranda Drive. It can add an extra 30 minutes to your trip in peak hour.
    If you’re partial to a smaller property, check out some of the articles I have written about suburbs in Cairns. You can still get good 800 – 1000 sq metre blocks closer to town. It could save you some dollars, save time with travel and give you an opportunity to explore Cairns and the outlying regions.
    In terms of good schools, you are unfortunately going to be limited to Cairns. Schools that get good reviews are Peace Lutheran College at Kamerunga, Freshwater Christian College and Trinity Anglican School at Kewarra Beach.
    I’ll do a more extensive review of schools in the next week or so for you.

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  11. marie

    Hi there, my husband and i are thinking of moving up to cairns from S.A, we thought of renting an apartment for a while until we find our way around, just wondering if you could give me some pointers on the best place to start and which areas are great to live. we thought we would start somewhere central, i would like a trendy area.

    • Kellee

      I live in a unit two blocks from the esplanade, in Grafton street. It is awesome everything is at your fingertips when you walk out the door !

  12. Karen

    Hello Cairns!!

    My husband and I are selling up and moving from the South Coast, NSW to the Cairns district. We’re in our mid 50’s, will still be looking for work, and instead of buying a house, we’re thinking of downsizing to an apartment in one of your lovely resorts up there (we won’t buy til we get up there, and will be staying with family until then).

    My question is: – what is your opinion of permanent living in a resort, and is there anyone else on this site that’s doing this? Pro’s and con’s, please…

  13. lilmizdiosa

    Hi I am recently making the move to cairns and would like some information if possible. I have mixed feelings about going.  It will just be me and I am moving into the suburb of Earlville.  I am wondering what the suburb is like?  Also is there anything I should know before I take the plunge?  I don’t have work lined up yet and I have heard its a bit of a nightmare but I am working on that and have a little time to deal with that.   I am mid 30’s, no kids, wanting to experience the tropics. Any information would be helpful!  Is there groups I can join to meet people?

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