5 Reasons to Study in Cairns

In​ternational students who study in Cairns enjoy first-class education and numerous opportunities for new learning experiences and outdoor adventure. Located in the North of Queensland, Cairns is an important link to Asia and a global leader in tropical health, environmental management, tourism, aquaculture, marine services, fishing and agriculture.​
5 Reasons to Study in Cairns
  • Live in a region rich in beautiful outdoor spaces and environmental treasures, including the World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.​
  • Study specialist programs that draw on regional industry expertise, such as marine science, mining, tropical ​​agriculture, environmental science and tourism.​​
  • ​​Benefit from pathways to TAFE, vocational study and world-leading universities.​​​​​
  • ​​Enjoy a healthy outdoor lifestyle in a warm, tropical climate with lots of living space.​​
  • Connect to major cities across Asia and the Pacific through Cairns airport.​
Your choice of schools in Cairns
High Schools
  • Atherton State High School​
  • Cairns State High School​
  • Smithfield State High School​
  • Trinity Bay State High School​
Preparatory to Year 12 schools:​
  • Redlynch State College​
Primary schools:​
  • Edge Hill State School​
  • Trinity Beach State School​
  • Whitfield State School​
School updates: ​
The 'Daintree Rainforest Observatory - Our classroom in the rainforest' ​
A state-school initiative to bring science lessons to the beautiful Daintree will be brought to life by a consortium consisting of James Cook University, Trinity Bay State High School, Cairns State High School, Smithfield State High School and Redlynch State College.
The 'Classroom in the rainforest' will be based at the Daintree Rainforest Observatory, which offers students a range of ecosystems to study and explore, including mangroves, highland and lowland forest, freshwater and shoreline. The project secured funding from Queensland International Education and Training Partnership Fund, which helps to develop initiatives that align with the goals of the Queensland Government's International Education and Training Strategy to Advance Queensland 20​​​16​—​2026.​​
The fund is managed by the Trade and Investment Queensland's (TIQ) International Education and Training Unit (IETU).
Atherton State High School reaches the final stage of prestigious Queensland Aerospace Industry Education Awards​
In November 2017, three Atherton State High School students earned a place at the finals of the prestigious Queensland Aerospace Industry Education Awards​. The awards are run by the Gateway into Industry Schools Program​ and sponsored by many large aerospace companies such as Qantas, Boeing, Virgin Australia, the Air Force and many more. 
The School's Senior Syllabus in Aerospace Studies gives students the opportunity to study the underlying principles of aviation and aerospace, including the structure, management and regulation of aviation and aerospace businesses and enterprises. Students can also interact with the aerospace industry through excursions and field research, and even have access to a Flight Simulator program.
Step into the entertainment and music industry at Redlynch State College​
Many young people dream of entering the music industry however, few have access to the specialist training required to build the foundation for a serious career. Redlynch State College is one of only few Australian schools that give students the chance to gain these skills early by studying a Certificate III in Live Production and Services.
As well as developing essential theoretical knowledge, students gain practical experience by working on school and community events. The qualification provides a pathway into a career or further study through industry education courses and university degree programs, such as audio engineering, lighting, event management and production. ​
Orpheus Island: Classroom on the reef​
Twenty-four international students were among the group of students from Trinity Bay State High School who took part in a five-day research project with teachers and researchers from James Cook University at the Orpheus Island Research Centre, 50 km off the coast of Townsville.