City Profile – Cairns ; Comprehensive overview of the city, PEST analysis and analysis of key industries including technology, tourism and hospitality, construction and retail.

Cairns city is situated at the center of Far North Queensland or Tropical North Queensland Region, in the state of Queensland in Australia. Cairns city covers a total land area of 254.1 square kilometers and is at statistical area level 4 (SA4), according to Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS)


“City Profile – Cairns” provides historical and forecast data on key city level metrics along with analytical coverage of the latest political, economic, social, technological, infrastructural, legal and environmental issues affecting Cairns. The report contains detailed tourism, retail, construction, technology and public infrastructure data and insight into economic, social, and industry trends.


- The service and industry sectors remain the key contributors to the regional economy – and the major employers.

– Cairns is one of the key tourist destinations in Australia, for both domestic and international tourists.

Reasons to buy

- Gain a comprehensive knowledge of future economic and demographic trends and understand the performance of various sectors within the city.

- Analyze and understand the business environment in the city to align your investment and expansion strategies.

- The report helps to drive a conclusion in choosing a suitable city to invest or expand according to your business structure.

- Explore new opportunities in the hospitality, tourism, construction, real estate and retail sectors.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

City Snapshot

PEST Analysis




Technology and Infrastructure


Internal Transport Networks




Business Environment Analysis

Travel and Tourism

Tourism Flows




Construction and Real Estate


Real Estate Market


Retail Market

Consumption, Income and Prices



Further Reading

Ask the Analyst

About MarketLine


List of Tables

List of Tables

Table 1: Cairns city – key facts (estimates), 2018

Table 2: Cairns city – real GDP growth, 2000-25

Table 3: Cairns city – economic growth comparison, (Index 2010=100), 2000-25

Table 4: Cairns city – GDP per capita comparison, 2000-25 (US$)

Table 5: Cairns city – employment structure, 2000-25 (% of total)

Table 6: Cairns city – main universities, 2018

Table 7: Cairns city – population comparison, 2000-25 (million)

Table 8: Cairns city – population by age, 2000-25 (% of total)

Table 9: Cairns city – Cairns Airport, 2016-19*

Table 10: Cairns city – Cairns port , cargo (metric tons), FY2016-18

Table 11: Cairns city – office rents, 2018

Table 12: Tropical North Queensland – tourism indicators, 2017-18

Table 13: Tropical North Queensland – international arrivals by country of residence, 2017-18

Table 14: Tropical North Queensland – visitor nights indicators, 2017-18

Table 15: Cairns city – hotel indicators, 2017-18

Table 16: Cairns city – UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Table 17: Cairns city – MICE and other events

List of Figures

List of Figures

Figure 1: Cairns city – real GDP and real GDP growth, 2000-25

Figure 2: Cairns city – economic growth comparison, (Index 2010=100), 2000-25

Figure 3: Cairns city – GDP per capita comparison, 2000-25

Figure 4: Cairns city – employment structure, 2000-25 (% of total)

Figure 5: Cairns city – population comparison, 2000-25

Figure 6: Cairns city – population by age, 2000-25 (% of total)


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