Freshwater, Queensland

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Kiplings Mill in Freshwater a suburb of Cairns Queensland circa 1890.JPG
Joseph Kipling's rice mill in Freshwater, Cairns, Queensland, Australia, circa 1890
Freshwater is located in Queensland
Coordinates 16°53′S 145°43′E / 16.883°S 145.717°E / -16.883; 145.717Coordinates: 16°53′S 145°43′E / 16.883°S 145.717°E / -16.883; 145.717
Population 1,976 (2006 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 4870
LGA(s) Cairns Regional Council
State electorate(s) Barron River
Federal Division(s) Leichhardt
Localities around Freshwater:
Barron Barron Stratford
Kamerunga Freshwater Stratford
Redlynch Brinsmead Brinsmead

Freshwater is a suburb of Cairns, Queensland in Australia. The suburb once belonged to the Shire of Mulgrave but was amalgamated into the City of Cairns. At the 2006 census, Freshwater had a population of 1,976.[1]


The European history of Freshwater is a long one dating back to 1877. Chinese market gardeners moved into the area, after exhausting their chances on the Hodgkinson Goldfields, leased small plots from the landowners, successfully growing rice, bananas, pineapples and other tropical crops. Freshwater Post Office opened by April 1925 (a receiving office, earlier named Stratford, had been open from 1897).[2]

A rice mill was established on the Lower Freshwater Creek and was being successfully operated by local man, Joseph Kipling in 1891. Chinese farmers grew rice in the adjacent fields.[3][4]


The Kuranda Scenic Railway has a stop in the suburb.

Notable people[edit]

  • Bunny Adair, Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly and publican at the Freshwater Hotel


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Freshwater (Cairns City) (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  2. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Benfer, John; Benfer, Val (1995), A history of Freshwater, The author, retrieved 3 February 2014 
  4. ^ "Enterprise in Cairns.". Cairns Post (Qld. : 1884 - 1893) (Qld.: National Library of Australia). 18 May 1892. p. 3. Retrieved 3 February 2014.