Cairns North, Queensland
Cairns Hospital on the Esplanade, 2012
|Population||5,191 (2016 census)|
|• Density||811/km2 (2,101/sq mi)|
|Area||6.4 km2 (2.5 sq mi)|
Cairns North is bounded by the Cairns Airport to the north, the Coral Sea to the east and Lily Creek to the west. As the name suggests, it is immediately north of the Cairns central business district. Highway 1 (part of the main route around the Australian coast) passes through the suburb on Sheridan Street.
The suburb is flat land just above sea level. Parkland and an esplanade separate the developed areas of the suburb from the sea. At high tide there is a small sandy beach but low tide reveals an extensive mudflat.
The suburb has a mix of uses having both permanent and holiday residential (the latter being mostly close to the shore), commercial buildings and community facilities, including a number of schools, Cairns Hospital, the Tobruk Memorial swimming pool and the now closed cemetery in McLeod Street.
Edge Hill State School opened in Cairns North on 19 February 1917. It was renamed Cairns North State School in 1939 ( just prior to the opening of a separate Edge Hill State School in neighbouring suburb of Edge Hill in 1940). Cairns North State School closed on 31 December 2004.
Mother of Good Counsel School opened on 29 March 1936 with 19 students, after Father Phelan (an Augustinian priest) saw the need for Catholic education in the area. The school was operated by the Sisters of Mercy.
Although Cairns North has a beach, in 1962 concerns about marine stingers in the seawater resulted in the establishment of the Tobruk Memorial swimming pool (not to be confused with the similarly named pool in Townsville).
According to the 2016 census of Population, there were 5,191 people in Cairns North.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 7.0% of the population.
- 47.8% of people were born in Australia. The next most common countries of birth were India 4.9%, England 4.1%, New Zealand 3.4% and Japan 2.5%.
- 56.6% of people spoke only English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Punjabi 3.2%, Japanese 2.8% and Mandarin 2.5%.
- The most common response for religion was No Religion at 32.5%.
Cairns North has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:
- 127–145 McLeod Street: McLeod Street Pioneer Cemetery
- 180 McLeod Street: Herries Private Hospital
- Sheridan Street: Cairns Technical College and High School Building (now Block A of the Cairns State High School)
- 183–185 The Esplanade, Cairns North: Floriana
The Cairns Indigenous Art Centre is at 355 Sheridan Street. It is operated by Umi Arts, an Indigenous organisation established in 2005, to preserve and protect the culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
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