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Cairns is a coastal city in Far North Queensland, Australia. The area is known by the traditional owners, in the local Yidinji language as Gimuy. However, in colonial history, the city was discovered by the English in 1876 and named after Sir William Wellington Cairns. The city is the 5th biggest in Queensland, and 14th in Australia.

Arts and Recreation

Cairns Tanks Arts Centre
Cairns Tanks Arts Centre

The city has many tropical gardens and parks. However, it also has a vibrant arts scene, with a regional gallery and the Tanks Arts Centre.

Cairns is a great city to enjoy. While public transport remains a ‘work in progress’, the region has a developed pedestrian and cycle network and is popular with mountain bike trail lovers.

Cairns Environment

Daintree Rainforest
Daintree Rainforest

As a tropical city, Cairns experiences torrential downpours and high humidity during the summer. Consequently, part of the city is flood prone and highly vulnerable to sea-level rise from climate change.

The city is a popular base for tourists to visit the region. Indeed the region is home to the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.
Wildlife in the area include taipans (a deadly snake) and crocodiles, so be careful where you wander. After all, you would not like to to come into contact with either of these nasty customers.

Tropical Gardens

Located in the heat of the tropics, the area has many beautiful gardens. The Cairns botanical Gardens is certainly worth a visit as is the nearby Centenary Lakes precinct.

It is possible to grow many tropical fruits and vegetables in Cairns. Indeed, the city is the tropical gardening capital of Northern Australia. Some European vegetables will only grow during the winter or dry season, but there are many interesting tropical fruits and tropical vegetables that thrive all year around.


On this page we link to a number of pages and posts concerning our history. Consequently this includes a history of white settlement or invasion, class struggle and the politics of the town. Indeed, looked at collectively, the images on this we have posted constitute a pictorial history. Hence, these images that create feelings of warmness and nostalgia amongst many.


Cairns or Gimuy is the home of the Yidinji people. Indeed, the Yidinji are the traditional owners of the land from the Barron River to the south, including the southern suburbs. Today the city is home to not just the Yidinji, but many people from Australia’s two oldest cultures (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.).

Cairns is also home to many new arrivals from overseas. Indeed most recently this includes members of refugee communities from around the world, including Bhutan and Africa.


As with most cities, there are a number of areas in Cairns. These include South, West, North and central Cairns. There are a number of suburbs within these areas and we have attempted to cover them all extensively. You will see links below.

In terms of geographical features, we have also covered some of the creeks and waterways. In addition, we look at other local parks and precincts and we hope you find our coverage of interest.

Rob Pyne

The city is home to Champion of the Underdog founder, Australian socialist, Rob Pyne . In addition, Rob writes on savings tips, tropical gardening, disability, climate change and people and locations in Far North Queensland. Rob Pyne The former MP and Councillor continues to pump out content, despite limitations imposed by his disability.

Cairns Central

Central Cairns for our purposes includes the CBD and the nearby suburbs of Portsmith, Bungalow in Parramatta Park.

Cairns West

West Cairns is a long established part of Cairns region. It has a diverse population, with a high percentage of of aboriginal and Islander people as well as recent immigrants to the city.

South Cairns

I was born and raised in the South Cairns townships of Gordonvale and Edmonton in Far North Queensland.


Edmonton Queensland is a town in tropical Far North Queensland. Once a small sugar town, this Edmonton is fast becoming a city suburb.

Cairns History

This page has some of the very best links to the finest accounts of Cairns history. It also has some pretty average links that we hope you will find entertaining.


Cairns flooding should surprise no-one. After all, it is a tropical city in Far North Queensland.


Woree is a suburb located in the southern area of Cairns (Gimuy) in tropical Far North Queensland. This south Cairns suburb lies in the traditional lands of the Yidinji people.

White Rock

White Rock is a suburb in Far North Queensland. Located in South Cairns, it draws its name from a large white rock in the mountain range opposite the suburb.

Mount Sheridan

Mount Sheridan is situated in the southern suburbs of Cairns (Gimuy). The aboriginal Yidinji people are the traditional owners of that country.

Champion of the Underdog

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