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    Default Possibly moving to cairns- what's it like?

    Looking for any info about cairns & surrounding suburbs.

    DH may have an option to relocate with work.
    I was feeling positive about it then I looked on some other forums and there are apparently plenty of negatives.

    So from anyone who lives/ has lived in the area

    Is there a lot of crime?

    Is the summer really that bad I.e) too hot to do anything/ leave air con

    Is it really expensive? Inc. home insurance being too costly to even have?

    Are there any good primary schools?

    What are the best areas?

    Is there nothing to do for young families? Are there swimming spots etc? Do people swim on coast even with stingers all year round?

    We would like somewhere close to beach- small town would be ideal, out of cairns if we do move there. Are there any areas like this?

    We do love the heat, hate the cold!

    Any advice/ tips would be great thank you

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    I've not lived in Cairns but DH and I were there in late June. Temperature wise it was high 20s and humid. It cooled down a little at night, but only once in 5 days did I wear my cardigan. I can only imagine summer would be loads worse.

    Cairns felt a little dodgy. We were staying opposite the Casino and when we went for walks it just felt like you were waiting for someone to jump us. In saying that it's a beautiful part of the world. Walking through Mossman Gorge is pretty cool.

    Swimming off the coast would depend on what's around. Some areas are prone to crocs, so not ideal swimming companions.


    Apologies if I don't make sense. I'm half asleep after night shift haha

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    I lived in Cairns for a year in 2012. I loved it!!! So beautiful, and so much to do! I'll answer what I can

    Is there a lot of crime? Honestly, no more than anywhere else I've ever lived! The drivers are crazy though.

    Is the summer really that bad I.e) too hot to do anything/ leave air con? I didn't think it was that bad. I much prefer a humid heat than a dry heat, and because it rains every single afternoon during the wet season, you do get some relief.

    What are the best areas? Anywhere north of Cairns is fine - Yorkey's Knob, Trinity Beach etc. Whitfield is nice. Brinsmead is nice but can be pricey. Redlynch is nice too, and a bit more affordable. As a general rule, avoid the 'M' suburbs - Manoora, Mooroobool, and Manunda.

    Is there nothing to do for young families? Are there swimming spots etc? Do people swim on coast even with stingers all year round? OMG there is SO much to do with kids!! There are so many swimming spots with crystal clear waters and rainforest backdrop. Just divine! Of course, you have to be a bit careful, but you have to be careful with anything with young kids. Yes people still swim in the ocean year-round. Again, be sensible. During stinger season, only go to beaches that have a stinger net and life guards

    We would like somewhere close to beach- small town would be ideal, out of cairns if we do move there. Are there any areas like this? It depends how far you want to drive. To the north there is Palm Cove, which is technically still Cairns but feels so far removed (and is just stunning!!!). To the south .... maybe Innisfail? It's a good hour away though.

    Hope that helps!

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    That's really helpful thanks Shoopuf!

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    I lived in Cairns for almost 30 years so hopefully can give you some good advice. Like any small regional town it has pros and cons. I'll try and wanderer each of your questions and feel free to pm for more detail!

    Looking for any info about cairns & surrounding suburbs.

    DH may have an option to relocate with work.
    I was feeling positive about it then I looked on some other forums and there are apparently plenty of negatives.

    So from anyone who lives/ has lived in the area

    Is there a lot of crime? No more than anywhere else. There are some bad areas. As pp said steer clear of Manunda, Manoora and Mooroobool. I would add Woree and White Rock as well.

    Is the summer really that bad I.e) too hot to do anything/ leave air con

    It's hot, seriously hot and the humidity can be extreme (think 90%). But it is so lush and so green. When it rains it is warm so it doesn't stop you getting out and doing things. Depending how far south you're moving from it will be a real shock your first couple of summers - bear in mind there are really only two seasons in Cairns. Wet and Dry. The heat begins to build around September and lasts through until May. 'Winter' or the dry season in Cairns is paradise. The days are 24-25 and nights around 21. It can drop to 17 overnight but it's not common.

    The relentless rain of wet season can be hard - it can rain everyday for 2-3 weeks. But again it's warm so you just get out and keep going.

    Is it really expensive? Inc. home insurance being too costly to even have?

    Home insurance is expensive - yes. Wrote we left our insurance for a 5x2.5 two storey home with $100k for contents was $5,600 per year.

    Living expenses no not compared to the ACT anyway. Water bills are minimal. Electricity is on par with ACT. Food if you shop for fresh produce at the markets is pretty cheap. Car rego and insurance in Qld is reasonable. There's no Aldi or Costco.

    Are there any good primary schools?

    Depends on where you live. Edge hill primary has always had a good reputation as does Frsshwater - both on the Northside. Cairns High is the closest thing Cairns has to a selective school.

    The private schools in Cairns are very cheap compared to down south so may be an option for you.

    What are the best areas?

    Edge hill, Whitfield, freshwater, Redlynch on North side and close to cbd.

    Beaches Palm Cove or Trinity Beach are good but expensive. Steer clear of Smithfield (newer developments), Holloways or Machans Beach

    On the South side Bayview Heights, the back of Earlville are also good.

    Is there nothing to do for young families? Are there swimming spots etc? Do people swim on coast even with stingers all year round?

    So much to do in Cairns. The esplanade has a fantastic play area for kids called Muddies. There's water play and multiple playground areas in a long strip. That's in the CBD.

    There's also plenty of swimming holes like Crystal Cascades.

    The beaches are not like down south. The reef stops any waves so they tend to be flat and the water a little murky. As Pp said if you stick to beaches with a stinger net you will be ok.

    The reef and our reef have some great swimming and snorkelling.

    We would like somewhere close to beach- small town would be ideal, out of cairns if we do move there. Are there any areas like this?

    There aren't really any small towns nearby per se. There is Port Douglas which is 1hr North or Innisfail 1 hour south.

    We do love the heat, hate the cold! Then you'll probably love Cairns!

    Any advice/ tips would be great thank you

    Make sure your DH has a rock solid job, Cairns has one of the highest unemployment rates in Australia. If you are looking at part time or full time work yourself your options may be limited.

    Cairns is a lovely place to live. It has a domestic and international airport. It is expensive to fly to though from Brisbane etc... there are small shopping centres in the suburbs and the main shopping centre in the CBD is Cairns Central. Again depending on where you're from you may do a lot of online shopping. Plenty of suggestions for good cafe and restaurants if you are interested let me know.

    I miss Cairns. Hope some of this helps, sorry it was so long. Like I said feel free to pm me with any questions.

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    Awesome, thanks so much!

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    I did forget to mention cyclones. Again let me know if you want to know more

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    Hi! Cairns born and bred local here so thought I'd add some thoughts

    Is there a lot of crime? - Sort of, not really. There's alot of youth related crime likely due to the high youth unemployment rate. That being said, I live in a "dodgy" area and have never experienced crime firsthand and I feel safe where we live.

    Is the summer really that bad I.e) too hot to do anything/ leave air con - It can be bad due to the humidity, but everywhere is airconed so it's not really a big issue, and you do adjust. Some people do absolutely hate the humidity here though.

    Is it really expensive? Inc. home insurance being too costly to even have? Yes home insurance is expensive but its a necessity living in a cyclone prone area! I personally don't find other cost of living expenses anymore than down south, but there is less variety in consumer goods.

    Are there any good primary schools? - Public schools: Edge Hill, Freshwater and Stratford are the best I believe. There are also alot of catholic primary schools that have a good reputation and are reasonably priced.

    What are the best areas? Edge Hill, Whitfield, Upper Earlville and Mooroobool, Bayview Heights, Freshwater. Parts of the beaches are also nice but you are paying a premium.

    There is a prejudice in Cairns against the "M" suburbs. But honestly there is alot of gentrification happening in those areas and alot of the department of housing has been moved out into other suburbs in southern suburbs.

    Is there nothing to do for young families? Are there swimming spots etc? Do people swim on coast even with stingers all year round? There is so much to do here for young families, I think it is a great place to have a young family. Lots of swimming spots away from the coast and not far from town. Yep plenty of people still swim in the ocean, although I'm cautious regarding that.

    We would like somewhere close to beach- small town would be ideal, out of cairns if we do move there. Are there any areas like this? - Not really, your best bet is the northern suburbs if you want to be close to the beach, but you will pay a premium for it.

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    Edge Hill is lovely and not too far from the cbd.

    If you like humidity then you'll be right at home in Cairns. I personally prefer humidity than dry heat, but if you prefer dry heat, you'll hate Cairns.

    Tropical weather brings creepy crawlies, huge cane toads and big spiders!

    For a regional town, it has an impressive array of restaurants, great asian fusion and sensational tropical fruit.

    As others have mentioned, lots to do with kids. The fresh water swimming is amazing, as are the gorges and rainforests. Babinda boulders etc.

    Just make sure you have definitely set up employment for your DH, it does have a high unemployment rate.

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