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Manoora Cairns: Community Guide with Video

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Is Manoora a good place to live?

Manoora Cairns is a suburb in Cairns in tropical Far North Queensland, with a population of almost 10,000 people. Indeed located in West Cairns, the suburb has a diverse community and is home to many cultures, including our oldest surviving cultures, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

While it has it critics, we think Manoora is a good place to live. Read on to find out more about this Cairns suburb.

Manoora Cairns Crime

Manoora Cairns has a higher crime rate than some other Cairn suburbs. Most crime in the suburb takes the form of ‘break and enter’ and theft. This includes theft of motor vehicles, so be sure to lock up properly and keep your keys in a safe place.

Manoora Cairns Crime
Manoora Cairns Crime

Manoora Cairns Map


The suburb was established in 1975. Formerly it had been within a wider area referred to as Parramatta Park.

However, in 1975 the suburb was named after HMAS Manoora. Indeed this ship (named after the town of the same name in South Australia) had been built in Scotland in 1935.

Subsequently it operated as a coastal steamer for the Adelaide Steamship Company and regularly visited Cairns. Afterwards, it entered war service with the Royal Australian Navy in the Second World War.

The People of Manoora Cairns

The population in Manoora in paid employment is 52.4% compared with Great Cairns Cairns (62.5%). Consequently, the suburb has an unemployment rate of 10.7% , compared with 5.7% for the wider Cairns area.

In Manoora, 13.8% of households are made up of couples with children, compared with 24.8% in Cairns. This reflects the suburbs higher than average number of lone person households and single parent families.

There are many First Nations people in the suburb. It has a larger percentage of people with Torres Strait Islander ancestry (13.6% compared to 4.3%) and a larger percentage of people with Australian Aboriginal ancestry (15.1% compared to 7.1%).

Wuchopperen Health Services
Wuchopperen Health Services

Things to do in Manoora Cairns

There is a lot to do in and around Manoora. We look at shopping, sport and recreation and answer some FAQ’s.

Manoora Cairns Shopping

Piccones Village and the nearby shops are the largest retail outlet in the suburb. Indeed there are some great little shops. Consequently, these shops include the Pease Street Pharmacy which has an amazing array of health food products. In addition, the staff are always friendly and helpful.

Piccones itself has a great range of groceries and fresh produce, you can also nominate your shopping points to go to schools or various charities of your choice.

Other stores in the complex include a GP, gymnasium, post office and two cafes.

Manoora Cairns shops
Manoora Cairns Shops

Manoora Cairns Restaurants

The Sushido Japanese Kitchen Cafe is open 7 days a week in Piccones Shopping Village.

Tosca’s Pizzeria & Bar is a smart coffee shop restaurant. Good food and friendly staff make this an essential stop for food and coffee lovers.

The Crazy Ox Carvery has the best roast rolls in town! They provide great home cooked meals you don’t have to cook yourself.

Council Parks

Woodward Park is the biggest green space in the suburb. Indeed the park is bordered by Saltwater Creek to the north, Pease Street to the east and Piccones to the south.

The Murray Street Park is another popular park in the suburb. Indeed it is a well serviced park with some massive fig trees that provide much needed shade on a hot day.

Manoora Cairns FAQs

What is the postcode for Manoora?

The postcode for the suburb of Manoora is 4870.

Is there a post office in Manoora?

There is a post office in the suburb. Inexplicably it is named the ‘Edge Hill Post Office’. However it is located at Shop 1/159-161 Pease Street Manoora at Piccones Shopping Village.
Manoora Cairns post office

What is the largest age-group in Manoora?

Young people aged 0-15 are the largest age group. In addition, statistics show Manoora has a slightly younger population than Cairns as a whole.
21.9% of the population was aged between 0 and 15 (compared to 20.5% across Cairns). In addition to this, 11.1% of the population were aged 65 years and over (compared with 12.7% for Cairns).

Local Government

The suburb lies within the Cairns Regional Council local government area. Indeed it is located within Division 7 and the local Councillor is Cr. Max O’Halloran.

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