When you think of moving to a beach city in Queensland your top pick is probably the Gold Coast. We get why – the Gold Coast is a thriving metropolis bordered by world-famous beaches. However, the city is busy, busy, and – you guessed it – busy, due to being a popular tourist destination. If you’re after that laidback beach lifestyle, you’ll never be able to achieve it in the Gold Coast.
If you want the free and easy life, then Cairns should be at the top of your list to migrate to. Cairns is located in tropical Far North Queensland and is the perfect beach city. Below we list our top 5 reasons why you should migrate to Cairns.
1. Have We Mentioned the Beaches?
Cairns is the ultimate beach city! Just off the city centre is the Cairns Esplanade. You can take a walk along the beach, have a bite to eat at a local cafe, and you can take a dip in the man-made lagoon as you overlook the ocean.
If you drive 20 minutes north of Cairns and you’ll find Trinity Beach sheltered between two headlands. Nothing like the overcrowded beaches in the Gold Coast, Trinity Beach is renowned for its chilled out vibes. If you’re looking for a beach with a bit more excitement, drive a further ten minutes north and you’ll find Palm Cove. Here you’ll find your own little Hawaii – a wide open beach bordered by palm trees. You’ll also find lots of fine dining restaurants there that offer the absolute best fresh seafood.
Don’t forget that Cairns is also one of the best access points for the Great Barrier Reef! Take a snorkeling day tour off Cairns and you’ll find some of the most exotic and rare sea creatures in the world.
2. The Hot Tropical Weather Lasts 365 Days of the Year
Okay so if you’re someone who loves the cold, then Cairns probably isn’t for you. But if you’re someone who loves Summer with a passion and thinks it should last all year, then Cairns is definitely for you! Cairns has only fallen below 10 degrees Celsius twice on record – a pretty amazing achievement. The average winter temperature in Cairns usually sits around 20 degrees with all other seasons averaging in the high 20s to the low 30s. So if you want to live in the tropics, where you can swim at the beaches all year round – then Cairns is the place to be.
3. Cairns is Surrounded by World Heritage Rainforests
Who needs city views when you have rainforest views? Just a 15 minute drive from Cairns you’ll find The Wet Tropics rainforest. If you’re the type of person who loves to hike and be immersed in nature then there are plenty of trails for you to explore. But if you’re not the hiking type, you can take the Skyrail up through the canopy of the rainforest and enjoy the awe-inspiring views.
4. World-Class James Cook University Has a Campus There
James Cook University is ranked in the top 2% of the world’s tertiary institutions! The University offers a range of courses but the sciences is what it specialises in. JCU has been recognised for its research in the marine sciences, biodiversity, tropical ecology and environments. Being bordered by the Great Barrier Reef and the rainforest certainly helps this research along. So if you’re a science student, or any student really, JCU should be at the top of your consideration list!
5. Cairns is Under the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme
If you’re a skilled worker on the hunt for a regional area to migrate to then Cairns is the perfect candidate. Under the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme, the 187 Visa, Cairns employers can nominate you, a skilled migrant, for a permanent or temporary visa. These visas are also priority-processed; which means you’ll get a decision from the government much faster than any other visa!
If you’re thinking of migrating to Cairns and need some help with your application, why not contact our office? Let us take the stress of applying away and assist you in all aspects of the process. Give us a call on 1300 066 267 to get the process started now. Alternatively click here to fill out a form for a 20-minute free consultation!