I am thinking about buying a home unit in Cairns north Queensland. I like the tropic climate – particularly as an escape from the Melbourne winter but also because I like the mix of natural habitats that lie in and around Cairns – from Port Douglas and the Daintree to the Atherton Tablelands. I probably would want to live in Cairns rather than an outlying area though I might consider Mareeba, Mossman or Port Douglas. I probably would want to live in reasonable proximity to urban facilities, restaurants and so on and particularly the airport. I want a unit as I want to be able to lock up and leave. Cheap air tickets to Cairns from Melbourne – around $256 return – along with relatively inexpensive real estate are an attraction. I’d probably continue to spend the summer and spring in Melbourne.
I’ve spent a few days checking out the options via the web and will probably visit the area in June to have a careful look around.
I’d be interested to hear views of any people with experience of Cairns as a place to live in. What’s it like to live there for extended periods? Any problems? What are good parts of Cairns to live in? Why does the real estate there seem so inexpensive?
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