Business & economic development


Cairns offers lucrative investment opportunities in tourism, international education, agribusiness, marine services, property and more. View our Investment Prospectus to find out more. More

Industry support

Information and assistance to access leading agencies and industries in the region, providing key resources in economic, tourism, aviation, marine, education and agricultural sectors. More

Business support

Cairns Regional Council is committed to supporting local businesses. When starting or expanding a business, information and advice at the early stages is critical. More

Strategic industry sectors

Valued at approximately $14 billion, the Cairns region's economy is driven by globally-competitive tourism, international education, agriculture, marine and aviation sectors. More

Data and eUpdates

Data, tools and news to help inform business and investment decisions. More


Information about the Cairns region written in simplified Chinese. More


Cairns is an ideal location for filming, photography, documentaries, television programs and commercials. More

Economic development strategies

Council has strategies for a strong, diversified and sustainable regional economy that supports new and existing industry, investment and business activities. More

TNQ Innovation Awards

The Tropical North Queensland Innovation Awards recognise and reward progressive businesses, innovators and entrepreneurs from across the region. More

Upcoming events for business:

Welcome to Cairns:

Capturing Content business workshop

Date: Wed 27 Jun
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: TTNQ, Level 2, 51 Esplanade, Cairns

Cost: $20 per person

Contact: Kelsey Andersen 07 4015 1206

Learn how to build digital content that represents your business. More

IBA Business Start-up workshop

Date: Wed 18 Jul
Time: 8:30am - 4:00pm
Location: 59 McLeod Street, Cairns

Contact: Russell Schmidt 1800 107 107 (ask for Russell Schmidt)

Free workshop to assist Indigenous Australians get ready to start a business. More

Small business masterclass: Create leads & sales with Facebook

Date: Tue 24 Jul
Time: 2:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: Cairns Regional Council Civic Reception Room, Ground Floor, 119-145 Spence Street, Cairns

Cost: $15 per person

Practical session on how to promote your business on Facebook. More

Cairns Investment Prospectus

Download our Prospectus ( PDF, 3.39 MB ) or view the e-book below to discover the many investment opportunities on offer in Cairns.

Contact us to find out how we can help you take advantage of investment opportunities in Cairns.Email us today ( to find out how we can help you take advantage of investment opportunities in Cairns, or telephone us on +61 7 4044 3347.

Last updated: 27 May 2018