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The Central Cairns Area
The population of the area is around 15,000 people. Homes in these inner-city suburbs range from old Queenslanders and masonry block houses to modern unit blocks.
Central Cairns Parks
This area contains numerous beautiful parks and green spaces. These range from high profile parks in the CBD such as Fogarty Park, Munro Martin Park and the Esplanade, right through to standard suburban parks in neighbouring suburbs.
While it is not a park as such Cairns Showgrounds is an important green recreational space. It is located in Parramatta Park in Central Cairns.
Central Cairns Map
The below map shows the main streets in the central area.
Further, the Cairns Waterfront including the Esplanade and the Port are high profile and much loved parts of the city. Consequently, this area is popular with locals and tourists alike, who can be seen frequenting the local cafes and restaurants.
Cairns Central Swamp
Cairns Central Swamp has significant biodiversity value and plays an important role in reducing the risk and impact of flooding in the inner-city suburbs.
Central Cairns Apartments
Shopping Centre Cairns
There is a vast array of shops in the area, from the strips down Mulgrave Road and Sheridan Street to the shops in the CBD.
However, the biggest collection of retail stores in one location is the Cairns Central Shopping Centre. Indeed this is Cairns’ biggest shopping centre. Initially opened in late 1997 it is the second multi-story shopping centre built in North Queensland.
Central Cairns Shopping Centre
The largest shopping centre in the area is appropriately called “Cairns Central”. It is the largest shopping centre in Far North Queensland and has been servicing the local region since 1997. In 2021 the centre completed a $60 million redevelopment.
Consequently, the redevelopment saw the introduction of a new Woolworths and ‘Food Hall’ precinct and a revitalised Myer bringing the latest concept store design and premium brands to Cairns and cementing Cairns Central’s position as the leading and the largest shopping centre in Far North Queensland.
The centre has a CBD location within walking distance of major tourist hot spots, such as the Esplanade Tourist Area, Cruise Ship Terminal as well major hotel chains. Cairns Central is a must visit destination for domestic and international tourists visiting the region.
The centre is fully enclosed and offers an extensive range of stores and services. It has over 170 stores together with Myer, Kmart, Coles, Woolworths and Vmax screens at Event Cinemas.
The entire area is located within Division 5 of Cairns Regional Council. In addition, the area is in the state electorate of Cairns. So the local MP is Michael Healy and the Commonwealth MP is Warren Entsch.
Central Cairns Restaurants
There are more good restaurants in Cairns than we can mention. The Urban List has done a review that should prove helpful when you are deciding where to dine out in Cairns.
Central Cairns and Climate Change
The area is low-lying land. Therefore, it has always been subject to the threat of storm surge and tidal inundation. However, as a result of climate change some levels of sea level rise is now certain. So climate scientists say these changes are now ‘baked into’ future climate predictions.
So this means much of the inner-city will face increased flooding now and in the future. Consequently Cairns flooding is a big issue for the area.
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