Smithfield, Queensland

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Smithfield is located in Queensland
Coordinates 16°49′53″S 145°41′27″E / 16.83139°S 145.69083°E / -16.83139; 145.69083Coordinates: 16°49′53″S 145°41′27″E / 16.83139°S 145.69083°E / -16.83139; 145.69083
Population 3,707 (2011 census)[1]
Established 1876
Postcode(s) 4878
Location 15 km (9 mi) N of Cairns
LGA(s) Cairns Regional Council
State electorate(s) Barron River
Federal Division(s) Leichhardt
Suburbs around Smithfield:
Kewarra Beach Trinity Beach
Trinity Park
Yorkeys Knob
Macalister Range Smithfield Yorkeys Knob
Barron Gorge Caravonica Barron

Smithfield is a suburb about 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) to the north of Cairns City, Queensland, Australia. At the 2011 Australian Census the suburb recorded a population of 3,707.[1] The Captain Cook Highway passes through Smithfield.

It was first established in 1876, and was a rival for dominance of the area to Cairns at that time. However, after a devastating flooding of the Barron River on which the settlement was situated during a cyclone, the original site was abandoned.

It is now a suburb of Cairns, and is the business and trade centre of the Cairns 'Northern Beaches'. In the suburb's south is the lower station of the Kuranda Scenic Railway.


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Smithfield (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 6 September 2014. 

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