Cairns Catholic School principal enjoying the lifestyle

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Love the Lifestyle

When we’re talking lifestyle, there are many compelling reasons to live and work in Far North Queensland.

Living in Far North Queensland provides endless opportunities to explore ancient rainforests, pristine waterfalls, crystal-clear lakes and the spectacular Great Barrier Reef. And winter won’t get in the way; the mild climate here is perfect for camping, hiking and holidays.

Work-Life Balance

Our region is as diverse as it is beautiful. With some of Australia’s most stunning and remote locations on your doorstep, you’ll quickly fall in love with adventuring and living the tropical lifestyle. We are connected to Australian capital and regional cities, and the world, with a major domestic and international airport, and with our school year ending on the first Friday in December, there's even more opportunity to enjoy work-life balance in the lead up to the festive season.

Location, Location, Location

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Wildlife, culture and adventures abound! Our Diocese spans 377,000 km2, from Tully in the south, west to Dimbulah on the Atherton Tablelands, and north to Waibeni (Thursday Island) in the Torres Strait. Forget spending hours in the car or on a packed train every day. Get more time back in your day to do the things you love. 

Make the most of our outstanding cultural calendar, from local and touring gallery exhibitions, performing arts productions and concerts to action-packed sporting matches including football, soccer, cricket and hockey, to name just a few.

Our 30 schools and colleges educate almost 12,000 students. However, most of our schools are within a two-hour drive of Cairns. The traffic and hustle and bustle of the capital cities does not compare to the laidback commute in Far North Queensland. 

Dreams Become Reality

The property market across Far North Queensland is renowned for being far more accessible than larger southern centres. Affordability is a drawcard for many who choose to live and work here.

Being nestled amongst rich agricultural regions, the outback, rainforest and sea means there is an abundance of culinary delights on offer in Far North Queensland. Our region is home to a huge variety of waterfront dining establishments, cafes and organic farm-to-table experiences. 

Unlike other education providers, our school year ends on the first Friday in December, providing welcome work-life balance during the busy festive season.  

You’ll find our city, rural, and remote school locations friendly and welcoming, so you’ll experience a true sense of community and collegiality.  

A Wealth of Experiences

With our diverse locations comes a range of teaching experiences and leadership opportunities. From suburban schools in central Cairns, rural communities, remote locations, co-ed, single gender, boarding and youth assistance colleges, variety is the spice of life when you work for Cairns Catholic Education.

Seize the opportunity to work with First Nations students or enjoy the financial benefits and incentives of working in our rural and remote locations. 

When you live in a world-renowned tourism location, there’s never any shortage of things to do, see and places to visit.

Things to Do

Here’s a list suggested by Tourism Tropical North Queensland.

Places to See