Manunda, Queensland

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Aerial view over Manunda.jpg
Manunda is located in Queensland
Coordinates16°55′09″S 145°44′54″E / 16.9191°S 145.7483°E / -16.9191; 145.7483Coordinates: 16°55′09″S 145°44′54″E / 16.9191°S 145.7483°E / -16.9191; 145.7483
Population5,390 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density1,198/km2 (3,100/sq mi)
Area4.5 km2 (1.7 sq mi)
LGA(s)Cairns Region
State electorate(s)Cairns
Federal Division(s)Leichhardt
Suburbs around Manunda:
Manoora Edge Hill Cairns North
Manoora Manunda Parramatta Park
Mooroobool Mooroobool Westcourt

Manunda is a suburb of Cairns in the Cairns Region, Queensland, Australia.[2] In 2016 census, the population of Manunda was 5,390.[1]


Part of the commercial strip, Anderson Street, 2018

Manunda is a flat suburb (0–10 metres above sea level). The southern part of Manunda is residential while the northern part contains a number of community amenities including sportsgrounds and the Cairns Cemetery (also known as Martyn Street Cemetery). In-between is a commercial/industrial estate flanking Anderson Street.[3]


TSMV Manunda entering the harbour at Cairns, 1953

Manunda was named by Queensland Place Names Board on 1 September 1973 after TSMV Manunda of the Adelaide Steamship Company which regularly visited Cairns.[2] In 1975 the neighbouring suburb of Manoora was named for Manunda's sister ship HMAS Manoora.[4]

Manunda is home to many schools. The Cairns Seventh Day Adventist School opened on 6 February 1950. Trinity Bay State High School opened on 25 January 1960. Cairns West State School opened on 28 January 1964. St Francis Xavier's School opened on 23 January 1967.[5]

Manunda Library opened in 1991 and underwent a major refurbishment in 2007.[6]

Cairns School of Distance Education opened 20 July 1974. Emmanuel College opened in Manunda on 29 January 1986. On 4 February 1991 Trinity Bay Centre for Continuing Secondary Education was established, conducting night classes at Trinity Bay State High School.[5]

In 2002 Emmanuel College closed and became Djarragun College, a school committed to improving the educational outcomes of Indigenous students in the Cape York area.[7][8]

Notable people buried in Martyn Street Cemetery[edit]


Cairns Regional Council operates a library service in Manunda, located in the Raintrees shopping Centre.[9]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Manunda (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 18 April 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Manunda - suburb in Cairns Region (entry 48742)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 5 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 29 September 2017.
  4. ^ "Manoora - suburb in Cairns Region (entry 48741)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  5. ^ a b Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0
  6. ^ "Public Libraries Statistical Bulletin 2016-17" (PDF). Public Libraries Connect. State Library of Queensland. November 2017. p. 12. Archived (PDF) from the original on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  7. ^ "Historical details for ABN 58 063 049 669". Department of Industry. Australian Government. 1 November 2017. Archived from the original on 29 September 2017. Retrieved 29 September 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  8. ^ "Djarragun College". Cape York Partnership. Archived from the original on 29 September 2017. Retrieved 29 September 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  9. ^ "Manunda Library". Public Libraries Connect. Archived from the original on 3 February 2018. Retrieved 2 February 2018. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)

External links[edit]

Media related to Manunda, Queensland at Wikimedia Commons

  • "Manunda". Queensland Places. Centre for the Government of Queensland, University of Queensland.