Welcome to Cairns

Cairns aerial view

Cairns is located on the north east coast of Queensland; a two-hour flight from Brisbane, or three-hour flight from Sydney. As the heart of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics rainforest, Cairns pulses with energy.
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Living here you will discover an exciting city that takes pride in its cultural heritage and where time seems to last a little longer. Swim at the Esplanade lagoon, sample local produce at a farmer's market, enjoy free entertainment, shop for a summer wardrobe or cruise around the marina. Energised by nature, Cairns is the place to soak up the relaxed, tropical lifestyle which enjoys around 300 days of sunshine a year.

Suburbs of Cairns

The majority of suburbs in Cairns are an ideal location to live. There are many suburbs located at the foot of the rainforest overlooking stunning beaches or close to the heart of the city. To find out more about suburbs in Cairns from the northern beaches to the southside, click here.

QLD Public Holidays

Click here to see the public holidays observed in QLD during 2019.

2020 Annual Review of ADF Accommodation assistance and contributions

The outcome of the annual review of ADF members’ accommodation assistance and contributions is anticipated to be reflected in members’ salaries during February 2020.

Members may see an increase or decrease in their Defence accommodation related contributions and allowances for Service Residences, Living-in accommodation, Rent allowance, meal allowance and other allowances and charges.

Members will be notified of any changes prior to their salary changing through a range of Service notification channels including Service Newspapers, Defgram and Signal.

Director Military Conditions and Housing Policy, Mr Derek Cox, acknowledged the importance of this annual review.

“Defence undertakes the annual review to ensure the Defence requirement of sharing the national cost of housing with ADF members on a 50/50 basis is met each year,” Mr Cox said.

These annual changes to contributions and charges are based on movement in the broader rental market, Consumer Price Index and national average meal costs.

Members with questions about the annual review of accommodation assistance and contributions should speak to their chain of command or visit the Pay and Conditions Manual (PACMAN).


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Major Attractions

Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Kuranda Scenic Railway, Esplanade Boardwalk, Atherton Tablelands

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