Gordonvale Queensland

Gordonvale Queensland
Gordonvale Queensland
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Gordonvale Queensland

Gordonvale Queensland is a town located 23 kilometres south of Cairns CBD. Hence this proud sugar milling town is fast becoming a suburb of greater Cairns. So the town was founded on the Mulgrave River south of Cairns in tropical Far North Queensland. While originally a small sugar town, the are is now part of the south Cairns urban growth corridor.

Local Government

Gordonvale lies within the Local Government Municipality of Cairns Regional Council.

Education Facilities in Gordonvale

Indeed Gordonvale is well served by a quality public education system. It has both primary and secondary state schools. In addition it has a Catholic Primary School is on Mill Road. 

Gordonvale Events

The Great Pyramid Race and Country Fair is held on the 2nd weekend every August.

Markets are also held on the first Saturday of every month at Norman Park.

Public Transport

Gordonvale is well serviced by a state funded bus service. So there are numerous bus stops.

Cycle and Pedestrian Access

The suburb is very well services by ‘shared pathways’ that support cycle and pedestrian access.  It also connects to the Cairns Southern Access Cycleway for those wanting to take longer journeys on a safe off-road cycleway.

Gordonvale FAQs

How to get to Gordonvale?

Gordonvale is located 23km south of Cairns on the Mulgrave River. The town is serviced by buses which have become more reliable over recent years.

How to get to Gordonvale by air?

You will need to fly in to Cairns International Airport and make your own way south, by bus, car or bike. However if your are cycling, it is a 23km ride. And remember cycle helmets are compulsory in Queensland.

What is the post code for Gordonvale?

The post code is 4865.


Gordonvale born Curtis Pitt

The town is located in the state Electorate of Mulgrave in the Queensland Parliament. Indeed, this electorate was first created in 1950 for the election held that year.

However, this century Mulgrave has had only two MPs. Firstly Warren Pitt (1998 to 2009) and then his son Curtis Pitt (2009 to 2022).

Sugar Industry

In 1882 the first sugar was processed at the Pyramid Mill, which was on the Mulgrave River, 5 kilometres upstream from the town. Subsequently, the Mulgrave Central Mill was built in 1896 at Gordonvale.

History of Gordonvale Queensland

This Far North Queensland town is situated about 23 kilometres south of Cairns. Established on Yidinji tribal land, it was initially called Mulgrave and later renamed Nelson. Gordonvale was finally settled on as a tribute to John Gordon. In addition to being a pioneer in the district, Gordon had been a butcher, dairyman, grazier and early director of Mulgrave Sugar Mill.

Gordonvale, Far North Queensland

The town’s most prominent geographical feature is Walsh’s Pyramid or Djarragun. Hence, this cone-shaped peak rises 922m on the outskirts of the town, surrounded by cane-fields.

Further Reading

Clive Morton, By strong arms, Mulgrave Central Mill Co, 1995. Also by Clive Morton, Gordonvale State Schools: the first 75 years, The School, 1972

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