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.

Whether you’re out to catch a barra, hike Australia’s largest island National Park or adventure your way through a scenic 4WD track, #Cardwell is the perfect launchpad for an outdoorsy weekend with a friendly local twist 🎣🍃🏝 Hit the #CardwellForestDrive & make your way to this gem – #AttieCreekFalls – to float away your troubles 💎

📸 @kellerdiaries #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia #cassowarycoast 

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Forget going for a walk to see the sunrise, around here we like to start the morning right...by jumping into it! 🪂 Book now to get your adrenaline pumping with @skydiveaustralia before you start your boring work day 😉🌅

🎥 @tabithalipkin #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia [ID: woman skydiving through the clouds]
Kicking your week off with breathtaking sights of the @athertontablelands 🍃🦋

Around here, you’ll be treated to an abundance of waterfalls, lakes, local produce and more! 🌴✨ It’s time to explore the rolling hills that stretch for miles, and one of the best places to do it is Millaa Millaa Lookout, also known as the McHugh Lookout 🌱

P.S. get your sightseeing started as the sun rises to catch the golden skies over the Tablelands - and don’t forget your jacket, it’s starting to get chilly 🥶

 🎥 @kellerdiaries #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia 

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We’re telling you, you WANT to be waiting at the finish line to cheer on our champs in #IMCairns tomomorrow! 🏃‍♂️🌴

🎥 @ironmanoceania & @ironmantri #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia

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In case you didn’t already know, @queensland has some pretty epic locations right here on our own shores…especially in Tropical North Queensland 🌴⛵️

Did you know that all of this and more lies just a 2 hour drive from Cairns!? Say hello to the incredible @cassowarycoastaustralia ☀️🏝️

🎥 @_chelseacavo_ #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia #cassowarycoast #missionbeach

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If you didn’t already know, the most common residents of Tropical North Queensland are the tourist-turned-locals (aka ‘I came for a holiday and never left)🌴

If you’re wondering why, it’s because of incredible experiences like this one with @oceansafaricaprtib just being part of the every-day! 

Have you gone swimming with turtles before? Drop us a 🐢 or head to our bio link to find out how ☝️

🎥 @rachelsholliday #exploretnq #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia #explorecairnsgbr #portdouglasdaintree #greatbarrierreef #capetribulation [ID: underwater shot of a turtle swimming amongst beautiful coral and a woman swimming alongside the turtle]
Shout out to @crystalbrookflynn for reminding us that winter in the tropics is unlike anywhere else 🌴❄️

Head to our bio link to find winter activities to book on your next holiday ☝️

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Happy World Oceans Day! 🌊🐠

Around here, the ocean isn’t just celebrated one day a year - it’s everyday! And here are just a few ways you can dive in while you’re exploring Tropical North Queensland 🩵

Head to our bio link to find more ways to explore ☝️

#exploretnq #explorecairnsgbr #worldoceansday #greatbarrierreef 

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