The Advance Cairns Region is located in Far North Queensland, between 100 and 1,100 kilometres north of the Townsville CBD, and 1,200 and 2,200 kilometres north of the Brisbane CBD.
The region, typically referred to as Tropical North Queensland, is bounded by Torres Shire and the Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council area in the north, the Coral Sea and Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire in the east, Hinchinbrook Shire, the Charters Towers Regional Council area, Etheridge Shire and Carpentaria Shire in the south, and Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire, Pormpuraaw Aboriginal Shire, Aurukun Shire and the Gulf of Carpentaria in the west.
The Advance Cairns Region represents the area covered by 26 local government areas.
Nearly two-thirds of the population in the region live in the Cairns Regional Council area, with between 7 and 12% living in each of the Cassowary Coast Regional Council area, the Douglas Shire, the Mareeba Shire and the Tablelands Regional Council area, and about 2% living in the Cook Shire.
Urban areas include residential, commercial, industrial, institutional, entertainment and tourist land uses. Rural land is used largely for agriculture, particularly sugar cane farming and banana growing, with some tropical fruit and vegetable growing, coffee growing, cattle grazing, timber production, mining and fishing. Tourism is an important industry, with world-heritage rainforests, beaches, tropical islands, coastal ranges and numerous resorts.
As at June 2019 the Estimated Resident Population of the region was 279,948 people.