Diverse Community & Multicultural City

Cairns is a modern, safe & friendly city with a relaxed atmosphere which capitalises on its location in Tropical North Queensland. The tropical city is home to a vibrant, multicultural society with residents and visitors hailing from diverse cultures and nationalities. The cosmopolitan feel to this international travel destination is enhanced by 2.4m visitors from around the world each year who are attracted to Cairns with its world-class facilities and tourist attractions.

Cairns is famous for its close proximity to two UNESCO World Heritage icons the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics rainforests which border the city. To the west are the savannah lands of the Australian Outback and to the north lies the Daintree Rainforest, the world’s oldest living rainforest.

Multicultural Community groups

Cairns is a true multicultural community with a population from nations across the globe. The  Cairns Regional Council is a trusted source of information relating to Multicultural Services available in Cairns.

Cultural events and celebrations embracing this diverse community are held throughout the year. Each February the Chinese community celebrates Cairns Chinese New Year Festival with a street parade, fireworks, workshops, master classes, exhibitions and other cultural events to welcome in the new year.

Cairns has international Sister City relationships

The Sister Cities program aims to develop meaningful, cultural links with international cities and communities. The program encourages international understanding and goodwill between peoples, and to share economic, community, cultural and social interaction.

Cairns has Sister City relationships with the following cities:

  • Lae, Papua New Guinea
  • Minami, Japan
  • Oyama, Japan
  • Riga, Latvia
  • Sidney, Canada
  • Scottsdale, USA
  • Zhanjiang, China

Resources for living in Cairns

Cairns is an exciting tourist and study destination

Experience the exciting Cairns waterfront with the Cairns Esplanade Lagoon, a free lagoon-style swimming pool surrounded by landscaped parklands on the Cairns waterfront. Free BBQ’s and picnic tables are available – it’s a popular spot for casual gatherings for friends and families. The Esplanade is also a popular spot for free fitness activities with jogging and cycle paths, gym equipment, rock climbing wall, volleyball and Petanque areas. Cairns Regional Council runs an Active Living Free Fitness program with different activities, such as yoga, Zumba, Aquaerobics, fitboxing scheduled each day.

Nearby, the Cairns Marlin Marina and Reef Fleet Terminal are the departure points for cruise boats heading to the Great Barrier Reef and islands.

The Cairns waterfront strip is lined with an entertainment and shopping precinct with modern air-conditioned shopping outlets, bars, nightclubs, restaurants and cafes overlooking Trinity Inlet.

The facilities of this small but lively and sophisticated city are world class. Cairns offers a high standard and wide range of accommodation options to suit all budgets; international restaurants; boutique shopping; art galleries; botanical gardens; convention centre and two university campuses. Theatres, cinemas, a casino and bars are among its lively range of evening entertainment venues.

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