Migrating to Cairns? Here are the Best 5 Suburbs to Live In

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Migrating to a new city can be a stressful ordeal. There is so much to do and plan before you make the move. But perhaps the biggest question you may have is where exactly do you live? When you’re not familiar with a city it can be hard to find an area that is suitable to your lifestyle. So if you’re planning on migrating to Cairns here are our 5 top suburbs to live in!

  1. Redlynch

This suburb is best for migrants who are looking to raise their families in Cairns. Just a 20 minute drive from Cairns’ city centre, Redlynch is a perfect getaway from the busy city but still close enough if you need to get to the city for work. Surrounded by creeks, waterfalls, mountains, walkways, and parks, Redlynch offers a serene atmosphere of nature – which you and your family can explore on the weekend!

As for amenities, Redlynch is home to a shopping centre which has all your basic needs. Additionally, your kids are spoiled for choice for education with the suburb being home to two of Cairns’ best schools.

Crystal Cascades Redlynch

  1. Trinity Beach

If you always dreamed of living near a tropical beach, then Trinity Beach is the suburb for you! The actual beach at Trinity Beach is a favourite with Cairns locals – with pristine sands, calming waves, and overhanging palm trees that provide shade from the hot Australian sun. The esplanade just beyond the beach is a hub of restaurants, cafes, and bars.

The suburb has been named the new ‘Palm Cove’, which is a popular beach suburb and holiday spot north of Cairns. But, Trinity Beach is a better suburb to settle down in then Palm Cove for a number of reasons. The suburb is closer to the city therefore the work commute won’t be as long. Additionally, it is less expensive than Palm Cove.  So if your Australian migration dream is to live in a relaxed beach area, then Trinity Beach is the suburb for you.

Trinity Beach

  1. Edge Hill

Edge Hill is the place to be if you prefer the inner-city lifestyle. The suburb is just a 5 minute drive from both the Cairns city centre and the Cairns airport. You will be surrounded by all the amenities with shops, dining places, and bars just a short distance away.

Edge Hill also borders Cairns’ Botanic Gardens, where you can explore nature and see some of Queensland’s beautiful tropical plants. Edge Hill is the perfect suburb to migrate to for the best of both worlds – the city and nature life.  

  1. Smithfield

If you’re migrating to Cairns on a student visa to attend James Cook University, then Smithfield is the best suburb for you. The JCU campus is just a short walk away! There are plenty of amenities as well with Smithfield being a host to a shopping centre and a cinema.

Smithfield is a 20 minute drive from the city but with all the infrastructure in place in Smithfield you will rarely have to go there. As a bonus, Smithfield is just 5-10 minutes away from Cairns’ northern beaches. These beaches are some of the world’s best, with soft sand and beautiful blue water.   

International Student

  1. Freshwater

Freshwater is the best Cairns suburb to migrate to if you’re after a suburb that offers a bit of everything. The suburb is close to the airport, beaches, and is just 8 kilometres from the city.  But perhaps the best benefit of living in Freshwater is that it is home to the train station for the Kuranda Scenic Railway. The Kuranda railway takes you through a scenic tour of the Atherton Tableland’s and up into the village of Kuranda. In Kuranda you can see more of Australian culture at markets, art galleries, and even a zoo!


That’s a wrap on our 5 favourite suburbs in Cairns!  If you’re looking at settling in Cairns but still need to secure a visa why not contact us? The team at No Borders Migration are Australian Visa experts and are here to assist you every step of the way. You can come into our office for a free consultation by filling out the form here.  

Book a free consultation today and let us help you find a way forward.