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Cairns

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​​​​​​​​​​​​Considered the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef Cairns offers its students the opportunity to be part of thriving industries including tourism, environmental management, tropical agriculture and more.

About Cairns

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  • Located in the north of Queensland, Cairns is an important link to Asia and the Pacific.
  • Cairns is famous for its unique World Heritage sites—the Wet Tropics Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.
  • The city is also bordered by thriving small towns and rich agricultural land.
  • Cairns airport is only 8km from the CBD (Central Business District) and has connections to China, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand.
  • North Queensland offers a relaxed lifestyle in a warm, tropical climate with a lot of living space.

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Cairns location marked on a map of Queensland, Australia
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Cairns education

Queensland Government schools in Cairns offer programs that benefit from regional strengths in:

  • aviation
  • marine services
  • mining and related services
  • industry processing
  • health
  • environmental management
  • tropical agriculture
  • medicine
  • infrastructure
  • urban design.

The region’s schools offer pathway programs to Technical and Further Education (TAFE), vocational study and James Cook University—a world leading institute focused on the tropics, marine sciences, biodiversity and tropical healthcare.

About Atherton

  • Just 50 km from the city of Cairns, Atherton is a friendly, rural community in the lush tropical highlands of far north Queensland.
  • The region is a playground for healthy outdoor activities, such as the Atherton Forest Mountain Bike Park with 60 km of cycling trails
  • Known as the ‘food bowl’ of the tropics, the area is famous for fresh produce, including fruit, beef, coffee, chocolate and gourmet cheese. Search EQI schools to find a Cairns or Atherton school that offers the program and subjects you want to study!

Atherton education

Atherton State High School is renowned for its innovative School of Astronomy that enables students to study university level maths and science programs while still at high school.

Students can choose from a diverse range of high school programs, including aerospace, agricultural science, Japanese and legal studies.

Last updated 22 July 2022