Key Industries

Cairns & Great Barrier Reef attracts thousands of thought leaders, innovators and high achievers who influence and inspire colleagues across a range of diverse industries. The diversity of the surrounding natural environment frequently attracts the attention of a range of various professions.

Agriculture

Tropical fruits, sugar, coffee, fishing, grass-fed beef, free-range pork and dairy have long been part of the agriculture industry in Tropical North Queensland, while new exotic crops include cacao and vanilla. Food processing is also innovating with banana flour the newest food product in a region producing smoked meats, charcuterie, and award-winning spirits.

 

Tourism

Tourism management and training in environmentally sensitive areas is an area of expertise in Cairns & Great Barrier Reef. Innovative programs like the Savannah Guides and the Master Reef Guides provide focused training for guide interpretation in our World Heritage areas. Tour operators also assist in managing the environment they work in with scientific monitoring and by assisting in research.

 

Marine Services

Cairns has a thriving marine precinct, including three shipyards as well as HMAS Cairns naval base and Defence contractors. In addition to servicing the needs of defence, Cairns is home to a large and diverse marine sector that includes a world-renowned tourism reef fleet, commercial fishing and shipping and plays host to superyachts and cruise ships.

 

Renewable Energy

Cairns & Great Barrier Reef have abundant renewable energy resources such as solar, wind and biomass. As a result of this resource the region has over 100 businesses operating in the renewable energy sector. The renewable energy industry includes household, commercial and industrial, and utility-scale project expertise.

Education and Training

From primary to tertiary, Cairns & Great Barrier Reef is perfectly positioned for education. The region boasts world-class facilities including James Cook University, ranked in the world’s top 4% of tertiary institutions, Central Queensland University, Great Barrier Reef International Marine College and TAFE North. Apprenticeships, traineeships, industry-based training and courses for domestic and international students cover a wide range of topics and areas of expertise.

Aviation

Aviation is an emerging sector for the region due to its strategic location in Asia Pacific and excellent infrastructure. Several international and national companies have major service centres in Cairns including Jet Aviation, who are an official Bombardier service centre and have the largest avionics workshop in the southern hemisphere, and UK owned Cobham Aviation Services. Cairns Aviation Skills Centre and CQUniversity Aviation Campus are both located at Cairns Airport, delivering vocational and Bachelor Qualifications.

Tropical Health and Life Sciences

Cairns & Great Barrier Reef is the ideal location for tropical forest science, biopharmaceuticals, tropical health, tropical foods, and natural resource management. James Cook University, home of the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine, the Australian Tropical Forest Institute and the Australian Tropical Herbarium, conducts internationally acclaimed research encompassing public health, bimolecular, clinical, and translational health systems. Research is conducted across several James Cook University centres exploring key areas including tropical infectious diseases, health security and biosecurity, chronic disorders with high prevalence in the tropics, genetic diseases and health services in regional and remote communities.

Just a couple of Papuan Frogmouths caught by the paps 🎥 Much like our fan favourites the Tawny Frogmouth, these guys aren't actually owls at all 🦉 They are part of the Nocturnal Nightjar family, and are the largest of the Frogmouths in length 🌴🪶 Although the Papuan Frogmouth is common, they’re masters of disguise, meaning they can be hard to spot to even by the sharpest pair of eyes 👀

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[ID: close up of two Papuan Frogmouth birds (similar in appearance to owls) sitting on a branch staring at the camera]
t's not hard to see why Mena Creek Falls has been enchanting visitors to @paronellapark forever 🏰🍃 Have you been here before?

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[ID: aerial of person standing on the bridge at Mena Creek Falls, surrounded by lush greenery]
Just some humpbacks putting on a whaley great show just off the @cassowarycoastaustralia 🐋🤩

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When hear the name Murray, what do you think of? The Red Wiggle? Or maybe Bill Murray 🤔

Well around here, we think Murray Falls. This stunning spot boasts crystal clear waters and naturally sculptured granite boulders 💦 

The Yalgay Ginja Bulumi walk offers views overlooking the Kirrama Range and Murray Valley 🤩 But the best way to experience the Murray Falls and surrounds is to pitch a tent at the campgrounds, just a mere 300m from the waterfall ⛺️

While swimming at the falls itself is restricted, it’s only a few minutes walk to a great swimming hole downstream, complete with its very own natural waterslide 🛝🌴

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[ID: man standing behind wooden rail at a lookout point. He is looking at a waterfall flowing over granite boulders with trees]
A quick dip in the @gbrmarinepark is just what your holiday needs, if you weren't already aware 😌🐠 

📸 @beaumicheli #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia 

[ID: person snorkelling under the water, surrounded by colourful coral and bright blue water]
Is this little guy not the cutest thing you’ve ever seen?? 🥰

If you want to meet some adorable animals on your trip to the tropics, we’ve got wildlife parks to boot 🙌 

Drop in to @wildlifehabitat, @cairnszoom or @rainforestation to meet a few furry friends - and there’s more than just these three! 🌴🤩

📸 @angel_wildlife #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
Don’t forget to tick off these epic spots when you head off on the @savannah_way_australia 🚙✨

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Welcome to a new month, we know you might be getting back into the 'swing' of things but a trip to #CowBay never goes astray 😉🌴

Do you know how this spot got its name? 🤔

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