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North Cairns Area Ultimate Guide

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North Cairns

North Cairns for us is not a suburb but part of the Cairns area. It includes the suburbs of Cairns North, Aeroglen, Stratford and Freshwater. These suburbs lie north of the city, but south of the Barron River.

As Cairns has grown over the years these suburbs have become more connected. They are developing stronger communities of interest.

north Cairns
North Cairns Area

The Barron River is a useful geographical border to separate these four suburbs from Smithfield and the Northern Beaches, all of which lie north of the Barron River.

However just as the Barron River provides a northern boundary, Mount Whitfield conservation Park is the heart of this area.

North Cairns Area History

The suburbs of Freshwater and Smithfield were part of the former Mulgrave Shire and have had a ‘sense of identity’ separate from Cairns city. More broadly, the area has been connected to mining (in the early days) and the sugar industry. Indeed much of Freshwater and Stratford remain under sugar cane.

Today, two of the most important facilities and employers in the region are the Cairns Hospital and the Cairns Airport.

Barron River Delta

The Barron River is 165 kilometres long and it drains an area of 2,300 square kilometres. The River rises on the Atherton Tablelands and flows north through Mareeba before turning east to enter the lowland delta through the spectacular Barron Gorge below Kuranda. The delta covers about 45 square kilometres with Thomatis Creek/Richards Creek providing a distributary channel at the mouth. 

North Cairns FAQs

Where is Cairns Hospital?

The Hospital is located at 165 The Esplanade in the suburb of Cairns North.
Cairns Hospital

Where is the Cairns Airport?

The Cairns Airport is located at the end of Airport Avenue in the suburb of Aeroglen in Cairns.
Cairns airport

North Cairns things to do

There is so much to do in this area, which includes the suburbs of Cairns North, Aeroglen, Stratford and Freshwater.

Outdoor Recreational Opportunities

From fishing spots to hiking trails, the area offers a variety of activities that both locals and tourists alike will enjoy. Come explore these world-class outdoor offerings today!

The Barron River is home to some of the best fishing opportunities in the area, with a variety of species available for anglers to catch. Indeed popular catches include barramundi, queenfish and arrowhead.

From beginners to experienced anglers, the wide selection of fishing spots will provide plenty of fun for everyone, especially on the Barron River.

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