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City Spotlight – Moving to Cairns

City Spotlight – Moving to Cairns

The city of Cairns is located on the east coast of the Far North Queensland and is one of the main ports with access to the Great Barrier Reef and is often a stopping point for travelers heading to Cape York and other points in the Far North of Queensland. In addition to Great Barrier Reef excursions, the port houses a large amount of exportation business for the city. Cairns is an exciting city to live in bordered by mountains and rainforests on the mainland sides, with the clear blue and turquoise waters of the Coral Sea to the east. This region is known as the Tropical North and the climate is predominately warm and wet. The city offers a laid back atmosphere and relaxed lifestyle. A little over 150,000 people live in Cairns now. There are plenty of schools available in Cairns. For families moving to Cairns, you can choose from private, religious, or public schools. There are also universities located in Queensland specializing in higher educations and vocational studies including the Tropical North Queensland Institute of Tafe with the Cairns Maritime Academy.


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Cairns Skyline

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Cairns - Copperlode

View of Cairns from Lake Morris Road with the Yarrbah peninsula in the background. Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Cultural History in Cairns


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Cairns cultural history is strongly tied to the Indigenous people of the Far North. There are many tribes with their roots based here that date back tens of thousands of years. Because of the climate and unique surroundings here, their cultures differ greatly from many of the other tribes across Australia. Modern culture also influences life here in Cairns with the art galleries and boutiques that can be found all around town. Many tribes offer Aboriginal Cultural tours so it is easy to learn about the history of Cairns’ original land owners.

Work and Play in Cairns

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Kuranda Skyrail

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Kuranda Railway

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The Cairns City Esplanade is on the northern side of the city. On this quieter 2.5 km stretch of city, you will find the swimming lagoon, waterfront boardwalk, picnicking and barbeque spots, and a children’s water park. The southern side of the city is the main hub where The Pier complex is located restaurants and shopping, more swimming lagoons, Reef Fleet Terminal, and the marina. In addition to being right on the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns is also very close to tow of the most magnificent rainforests in Australia. Kuranda Rainforest is just north of the city. Kuranda is home to the famous Kuranda Scenic Railway and the Kuranda Skyrail which both give you amazing panoramic views of the rainforest and coast. A little further north is the Daintree Rainforest, the largest contiguous and oldest rainforest in the entire world. The amazing amount of culture and natural diversity in this area is enough to satisfy any adventurer’s dreams.

Hiring a Moving Truck in Cairns, Queensland

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Cairns Truck Rental Map

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If you are moving to Cairns, there are two Budget Trucks rental locations in Cairns to return your moving truck. If you are moving within Cairns or surrounds, you can choose whichever Budget Trucks rental location is most convenient for you. Hire a moving truck in Cairns City or rent your moving van from the Cairns Airport.

Cairns Climate

Cairns Climate

Cairns Climate Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Cairns is known for warm temps since it is in the Far North, also known as the Tropical North. This region is prone to tropical cyclones during season, which is from November to May. As with much of northern Australia, there are two predominant seasons: the wet season and the dry season. The wet season coincides with the tropical cyclone season from November to May. The dry season coincides with the mild winters of the north from June to October. Cairns’ mean annual rainfall is I just over 2,000 millimetres. The average highs in the summer reach 40 °C and the average lows dip to 17°C.

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