Economic Profile


Cairns is a prosperous, growing and investment-ready regional centre.

The Cairns Profile

As Australia’s most global regional city, Cairns is a prosperous, growing, and investment-ready regional centre located in the heart of Tropical North Queensland.

Strategically located between two World Heritage listed sites – the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest – the region is more than just a world-class tourist destination; it is fast becoming known for its tropical expertise in health, agriculture, marine science, engineering, construction, and education.

The region is well connected to the rest of Australia and, through direct airline links to eight countries, has competitive access to significant global markets.

With easy access to the Pacific via Cairns International Airport and the Cairns sea port, and with road and rail links to major Australian cities, the region has unrivalled connectivity to northern Australia.

The Regional Economic Profile tool is vital for understanding the role that Tropical North Queensland plays within the broader Australian economy.

The information presented is derived from official sources of information (such as the Australian Bureau of Statistics) and from Australia’s leading economic modellers, NIEIR. The latest data from each series is always presented through the tool.

Results for the region include Gross Regional Product, local jobs, local businesses, employment, unemployment, population, building approvals, industry structure, journey to work, and much more.

The economic profile is a public resource designed to be used by council staff, community groups, investors, business people, students, and the general public.