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Located in the very far north of Queensland, Cairns is relatively small city with a population of just over 150,000. The city has grown in size thanks to its role as a major port and rail junction which serves the surrounding area as the main hub for the export of sugar, agricultural products and met-als.
Despite its remote location, (2,700 km from Sydney and 1,700 km from Brisbane), Cairns attracts thousands of visitors every year. This is mostly down to its tropical climate and for its access to the far north of Queensland, making it the gateway for tourists wishing to visit the world heritage-listed rainforest and the globally-renowned Great Barrier Reef.
Cairns connects to the rest of Australia and beyond through well-established road, rail, bus and air networks. In the city itself, the public transportation network is provided by a city-wide bus service which also serves the immediate outlying areas.
Cairns’ relatively small student population generally live in Cairns City itself or slightly further afield into the outlying suburbs such as Manunda, Westcourt, Smithfield and Earlville.
Professionals looking for room shares in slightly quieter and more upmarket locations, converge on areas including Holloways Beach, Trinity Park, Clifton Beach and share accommodation in Mooroobool.