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Cairns’ Industry Sectors

Cairns’ location has made it ideal for research and innovation in specialty areas like tropical health and medicine, agriculture, and tropical architecture and engineering design.


The Cairns region is a global hub of specialist knowledge in tropical health and medicine, with researchers collaborating to alleviate diseases like malaria.

With expertise in industries such as tropical fruits, fishing and aquaculture, Far North Queensland is also a major supply base for agricultural services. The Australian Tropical Forest Institute in Cairns is a globally renowned research institute and home to the Australian Tropical Herbarium – a collection of more than 170,000 plant specimens.

Another of the region’s key strengths is tropical architecture and engineering design, and the construction of environmentally sustainable buildings.