CQUniversity Cairns

CQUniversity has one of the largest and fastest-growing footprints of any university in Australia, and the Cairns campus is one of the newest campuses in CQUniversity's network of 25+ locations across Australia. Officially opening in October, 2015, the Cairns campus supports more than 1,000 on-campus and online students across the Cairns region.

Located in the heart of the Cairns CBD, the multi-million dollar Cairns campus features contemporary student study and recreational spaces, and state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities. Positioned across from the beautiful Cairns Esplanade parklands and renowned recreational hotspot, the Cairns Lagoon, students can revel in all the Cairns city has to offer. Cairns boasts a diverse mix of experiences including a collection of cosmopolitan cafés, dynamic arts and cultural scene, bustling bars and of course access to the bordering World Heritage Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics Rainforest.

At CQUni Cairns, students enjoy a fresh and individualised learning experience coupled with small class sizes, the latest teaching technology and expert lecturers, all within a supportive and inclusive learning environment. With flexible learning options, students can choose to study on-campus, online or mixed mode – a combination of both. The campus' teaching rooms are equipped with the latest technology including computer and video conferencing facilities to connect students with lecturers and other students studying across the CQUni network of campuses, fostering a culture of collaborative learning.  The campus also boasts purpose-built paramedic science, nursing and engineering labs as well as modern recording and performance studios, for students to hone their practical and technical skills.

CQUni Cairns currently supports a cohort of more than 1,000 students across a range of disciplines including engineering, ICT, aviation, education, business, accounting, nursing, paramedic science, professional communication, public health, tourism and creative and performing arts.  The campus also offers support for the University’s extensive online course offering which includes accident forensics, digital media, law, psychology, social work and many more.

The Cairns campus has strong links to both community and industry and is committed to playing a pivotal role in the economic and social development of the Cairns region through its partnerships and research capacity. CQUni Cairns supports the CQUniversity Cairns Taipans, a community partnership that spans more than 5 years and is a valuable component of our community engagement. Currently, CQUni Cairns’ flagship research initiatives include the Centre for Tourism and Regional Opportunities and the Centre for Indigenous Health Equity Research which provide data and key recommendations for the Cairns community. CQUni Cairns continue to support local organisations and initiatives such as the Business Liaison Association, Cairns Chamber of Commerce, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ), Advance Cairns and Study Cairns. These industry connections are a cornerstone of CQUni’s commitment to delivering industry-relevant courses to students. Importantly, CQUni’s courses are designed alongside industry to deliver real-world knowledge and skills through work integrated learning opportunities, practical learning experiences and project-based learning.  To find out more about CQUni Cairns’ community and industry partnerships, visit our Engage with Industry page.


The CQUni Cairns campus melds state-of-the-art technology with fresh and contemporary interiors to create innovative and positive learning facilities.

Facilities include:

  • Nursing, engineering and paramedic science labs
  • Creative and performing arts studios including three recording studios, production facility and professional rehearsal studio
  • PC and Mac labs
  • Wireless networking
  • High-tech classrooms, theatres and teaching spaces
  • Student facilities including photocopying, scanning and printing
  • Modern, fully-equipped student kitchen
  • Student recreational and social spaces
  • Campus library with access to extensive online databases
  • Student study zones and after-hours access
  • Research facilities
  • Meeting rooms
  • Staff offices

About Cairns

Cairns is a global, coastal city located in tropical North Queensland and is the economic hub for the Cairns region.  Nestled between two world heritage icons, the Wet Tropics Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Cairns is a unique environment renowned nationally and internationally as a premier tourist destination. With a population of approx. 160,285 persons (as at 30 June 2015) from across more than 47 nations, Cairns is one of Australia’s most vibrant multicultural cities.

With an international airport, Cairns city is connected domestically and globally making it an attractive study destination for both domestic and international students alike. Boasting world-class food, affordable accommodation and a diverse cultural scene, Cairns attracts more than 2.7 million domestic and international holiday-makers each year.

Cairns has an eclectic art and cultural scene. The region is brought to life with a host of festivals, events and experiences. These include Chinese New Year celebrations, the Cairns Airport Adventure Festival, Ironman Asia-Pacific Championships, Cairns Festival, Cairns Amateurs and the Cairns Tennis International. CQUni Cairns is a proud sponsor of the Understory Film Festival – a short film festival for FNQ filmmakers. Weekend markets present a celebration of the senses with colour, fashion, arts, crafts, textiles and tasty tropical fruits and homemade treats. Each year Cairns is host to a talented lineup of local and touring live performances to further enhance the vibrant arts and cultural scene.

Cairns acts as a gateway to the nearby Atherton Tablelands, Daintree and Wet Tropics rainforest, and the outback Savannah region beyond the Great Dividing Range. Our environment encourages outdoor activities and adventure, and Cairns’ boasts a plethora of outdoor experiences through its sporting clubs and facilities, extensive cycleways, botanical gardens and parklands, tropical beaches, rainforest walking trails and waterfalls.

Local history and heritage are important aspects of any community and the Cairns region has a rich and diverse history. Cairns is the traditional homeland of the Yirrganydji people – an indigenous rainforest and coastal culture belonging to the Djabugay language group of Far North Queensland. The Yirrganydji territory comprised of the coastal strip of land between the areas now known as Cairns and Port Douglas.  There are many opportunities to embrace our unique tropical culture through art exhibitions at the Tanks Arts Centre or Cairns Regional Gallery or through historic artifacts and stories told through the Cairns Museum and Tjapukai Cultural.

Contact Details


Corner Abbott Street and Shields Street, Cairns QLD 4870
Current and future student enquiries: 13 27 86
Overseas enquiries: +61 7 4930 9000
Local campus enquiries: +61 7 4037 4777


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Cairns is an ideal destination for students who enjoy the outdoors. CQUniversity Cairns is conveniently located in the heart of the city, a short walk away from the lagoon and esplanade and close to the bus terminal. The campus is equipped with engineering, computer, paramedic and nursing labs, performance and recording studios, sport science and an aviation hangar. Join us on a journey through the campus and see why our students enjoy studying in Cairns, Australia and at CQUniversity. Transcript