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Living Cairns area?!

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I would love to hear from anyone living in the Cairns area who can give me the right information on suburbs and flood prone areas!?

Also removal companies from interstate?

 

We are looking to move from Rockingham, WA to North Queensland next year and need help on deciding whether very far north Queensland is a good idea compared to say, Sunshine Coast??

 

Advice on living in Cairns CBD is ok and what areas are best?

 

Thanks so much to anyone that can reply!

Kate:confused:


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Hi Kate, ask away.


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Hello..well we are undecided as to what suburbs in Cairns are ok and which are best avoided..do you live in the city yourself? North of Cairns we were looking at Yorkeys Knob/Trinity Beach/Redlynch, but i found a forum that mentioned you were cut off twice a year at Yorkeys..what are your views on living in the area?


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Hello..well we are undecided as to what suburbs in Cairns are ok and which are best avoided..do you live in the city yourself? North of Cairns we were looking at Yorkeys Knob/Trinity Beach/Redlynch, but i found a forum that mentioned you were cut off twice a year at Yorkeys..what are your views on living in the area?

Ok firstly avoid any suburbs beginning with M. Trinity Beach is lovely as is Redlynch. We were lucky (well not really lucky) that when Yasi headed towards us we found out which suburbs would be affected by the surge and it was all of them on the coast apart from Palm Cove.

I have a suburb guide somewhere I'll post it later.

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Here is a quick run down of the suburbs. The most desirable area in Cairns is Northern Beaches (everyone wants the beach life) followed by the rainforest life of suburbs like Redlynch and Brinsmead.

 

NORTHERN BEACHES:

 

Palm Cove – A beautiful suburb, with a very tropical feel, white sandy beaches lined with Palm trees. It is very well set up for tourists with seafront hotels, apartments and restaurants along the Esplanade. Beachside is a very busy area, however, if you cross the Captain Cook Highway they have built a gorgeous estate surrounded by the rainforest, if you live high on the estate you will have stunning sea views.

 

Clifton Beach – No Esplanade as such. New small shopping centre out at the main Roadside. No real holiday industry here. Expensive at the water front.

 

Kewarra Beach – More affordable areas. Large development taking place. Not much in the way of facilities but not far to travel to them.

 

Trinity Beach – A mini Palm Cove. Very nice.

 

Trinity Park – No beach. Water inlet. Big money going in here. Want to park your yacht at the bottom of the garden ?

 

Yorkeys Knob – Marina and small beach. In flight path, an older suburb.

 

Holloways Beach - Flight path. There are nicer suburbs

 

Machans Beach - Flight path. Poor reputation.

 

 

NORTH:

 

Smithfield – This is where the large shopping centre is, you have quite a few industrial units, Bunnings, Fast Food, etc, A very busy suburb, there is a touch of graffiti in the North Point Estate as this backs on to the industrial area, nothing major and nothing compared to suburbs in Melbourne. The nicest estate is Canopys Edge which also has the cable skiing. Gateway to the Tablelands and Kuranda.

 

Caravonica – Some very nice new housing. Can be subject to flooding in wet season

 

Kamerunga – Mainly rainforest type living. Pole homes.

 

Freshwater – Older suburb but very nice and upmarket

 

Stratford – Tipped to become the next Edge Hill.

 

Redlynch – Offers a lot. New suburb spread over several km. Great schools

 

Redlynch Valley - Life in the rainforests, stunning area, swimming in the creek, a few minutes to Crystal Cascades, a very family friendly area.

 

Brinsmead – Old and new. Better stuff tends to be up the hill. Good.

 

Park Ridge – Was part of Whitfield, a new estate which has become it's own suburb. East is virtually millionaire territory. The views are sensational – breathtaking million-dollar panoramas of the city and harbour on one side, and tranquil rural vistas over the valleys and mountains on the other.

 

Whitfield – Older leafy burb. Some good, some bad.

 

Edge Hill – Older leafy burb in excellent location and has a good reputation. Surrounded by the Botanical Gardens and has a lovely shopping complex.

 

Mooroobool – Prime example of where good meets bad. Some very good and some very bad. City Views within Mooroobool is where a lot of big money people live.

 

 

CITY SUBURBS:

 

Unfortunately, unlike other cities, it is not desirable to live in the inner Cairns suburbs, the properties are old and run down

 

Aeroglen – CLose to Freshwater, floods in wet season and next to the airport

 

Bungalow – Old housing meets industrial.

 

Manoora – Probably the worst burb in Cairns.

 

Manunda – Again a suburb to avoid, they always say avoid the 3 M's if moving to Cairns and I have to agree they are definitely right

 

Parramatta Park – Just made the news due to increasing crime rate.

 

Portsmith – Not much housing. Industrial leading to the port.

 

Westcourt – Bordering the main Mulgrave Road.

 

Woree – Same as Westcourt.

 

 

SOUTHSIDE:

 

Earlville – Older. Better stuff is at the back toward the hills. One of the largest shopping centres with cinemas.

 

Bayview Heights – Where the original money people of Cairns live – or lived ? Better at the back toward the hills. Some lovely areas and some not so nice, choose your area well.

 

White Rock – Not somewhere I would choose to live

 

Forest Gardens - Brand new estate, some gorgeous properties

 

Mount Sheridan – Older leafy burb.

 

Bentley Park – Nicknamed Nappy Valley. Cheaper housing. Lot of development out the back where it is now adjoining Edmonton.

 

Edmonton – High velocity expansion. A lovely suburb, some lovely housing built around the water park. Plans to join it with Gordonvale which is a 10 minute drive to the South

 

Gordonvale – Semi rural. Farming and cane field country. Some run down areas, but an area where you can get acreage for a reasonable price.


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Thanks that would be great! Im more worried about Cyclones and flooding really..Im a pastry chef/cafe cook, come waitress?! and my partner is a disability support worker so we should be ok for work!


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Flooding wise, yes Yorkeys gets blocked, also Machans and Holloways can get blocked, but it drains really quick.


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Thanks that would be great! Im more worried about Cyclones and flooding really..Im a pastry chef/cafe cook, come waitress?! and my partner is a disability support worker so we should be ok for work!

There are plenty of chef vacancies so no problem at all. To be honest Cairns always seems to miss the eye of the storm and it hits South ie Cardwell, Innisfail, Tully, you then find the towns South of the Cyclone get it worse. The Cyclone shelter is at Redlynch State School.

I think the last to have a direct impact on Cairns was Cyclone Steve in 2000 which came across at the Northern Beaches. I'd look at places like Brinsmead, Redlynch, Edgehill if flooding worries you. It's seriously not that bad.


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