Smithfield, Queensland

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Looking west along Stanton Road from junction with Gavin Street with mountains in the distance, Smithfield, 2018.jpg
Looking west along Stanton Road, 2018
Smithfield is located in Queensland
Coordinates16°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
Population5,303 (2016 census)[1]
Location15 km (9 mi) N of Cairns
LGA(s)Cairns Region
State electorate(s)Barron River
Federal Division(s)Leichhardt
Suburbs around Smithfield:
Kewarra Beach Trinity Beach Trinity Park
Macalister Range Smithfield Yorkeys Knob
Barron Gorge Caravonica Barron

Smithfield is a suburb of Cairns in the Cairns Region, Queensland, Australia.[2] At the 2016 census the suburb recorded a population of 5,303.[1]


Hungry Jack's, Smithfield, 2015

Smithfield is about 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) to the north of Cairns City, Queensland, Australia. The Captain Cook Highway passes through Smithfield and the Kuranda Range Road (the first section of the Kennedy Highway) branches from the Captain Cook Highway at Smithfield.[3]

In the suburb's south is the lower station of the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.


Smithfield Library, 2018

Smithfield was first established in 1876, and was a rival for dominance of the area to Cairns at that time. It was named in honour of prospector and explorer, William "Bill" Smith, who had a camp at this place.[4] On Boxing Day 1877, Bill Smith added further notoriety to the town named after him by murdering a man and then shooting himself in the main street.[5] 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'.

Smithfield State School closed in 1964.[6]

Smithfield State High School opened on 24 January 1983.[6]

Smithfield library opened in 1998 and underwent a major refurbishment in 2008.[7]

At the 2011 census the suburb recorded a population of 3,707.[8]


Cairns Regional Council operates a library at 70 Cheviot Street.[9]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Smithfield (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 5 March 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Smithfield - suburb (entry 49788)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Archived from the original on 19 December 2017. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  4. ^ "The New Township, Barron River. Trinity Bay". The Brisbane Courier. XXXI, (2, 995). Queensland, Australia. 25 December 1876. p. 3. Retrieved 14 September 2018 – via National Library of Australia.
  5. ^ "The Murder and Suicide at Smithfield". The Queenslander. XII, (126). Queensland, Australia. 12 January 1878. p. 34. Retrieved 14 September 2018 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ a b "Opening and closing dates of Queensland schools". Education Queensland. 3 February 2014. Archived from the original on 2017-02-20. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Public Libraries Statistical Bulletin 2016-17" (PDF). Public Libraries Connect. State Library of Queensland. November 2017. p. 12. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2018-01-30. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  8. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Smithfield (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 6 September 2014. Edit this at Wikidata
  9. ^ "Smithfield Library". Public Libraries Connect. State Library of Queensland. 25 March 2015. Archived from the original on 2018-01-19. Retrieved 19 January 2018.

External links[edit]