Cairns, Queensland, Australia

Cairns, became Sidney‘s first sister city in May, 1984.


Cairns (2)

     Sidney to Cairns is 11,470 km or 7,127 mi
Population  157,000

Cairns is a coastal city located in the northern part of the State of Queensland in northeastern Australia.  As Cairns is the jumping off spot for visits to the Great Barrier Reef, tourism is a major component of the region’s economy.  It is a major shipping centre for exports of mineral products and agriculture such as sugar cane, fruits and vegetables.  The downtown core is an interesting mix of historic Queensland-style and modern high-rise buildings.

Sidney and Cairns have much in common.

  • Diverse culture
  • An active arts community
  • Leisure boating and marine activities
  • Oceanside and rainforest living
  • Dynamic intercultural population

SSCA members have visited Cairns.

  • Participation in 3 art exhibits showcasing Cairns and it’s 7 sister cities (2009, 2010 and 2011)
  • Artist and SSCA member Richard Wong, spent some weeks in Cairns as the Artist in Residence at The Tanks Arts Centre in 2014.
  • Two students from Parklands High School took part in a Student Ambassador Program hosted by Cairns.

Cairns Festivals and Events

  • January 26 – Australia Day
  • January/February – Chinese New Year
  • April 25 – ANZAC Day
  • July 5 – Sister Cities Day
  • August – Cairns Festival
  • September – Rotary Rubber Duck Race

More information about Cairns Newspaper

Arts (Aboriginal cultural centre)

Tourism Information

Getting There