Far North Queensland snapshot

Far North Queensland

380,000 km²
Key city/town
Local government
25 area


Stretching from Cardwell in the south to the Torres Strait in the north, Far North Queensland is a vibrant, tropical region known for its pristine natural environment and thriving economy.

  • Key towns and cities – Cairns
  • Queensland’s largest region – Covers around 380,000km² (147,000mi²) – slightly larger than Germany
  • Tropical gateway – Next door to the pacific and south-east Asia, as well as to the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage-listed rainforests
  • Cairns – international tourist destination and centre of excellence for tropical studies and marine industries
  • Home to Cairns International Airport, 2 major universities and 9 seaports
  • Fertile agricultural land and mineral wealth
  • Home to Cape Flattery Silica Mines and Rio Tinto’s Weipa bauxite mines
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural showcase, including the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair

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