The Cairns Beaches District is
characterised by a narrow coastal plain flanked on the east by tropical beaches
and on the west by steep, forested hillslopes. Earl Hill, Taylor Point and Buchans Point are dominant features of the coastline.
The dominant features of the District
are the wetlands adjacent to the coastline and waterways; the floodplain of the
Barron Delta with its extensive cane fields; and the view across the floodplain
to the Barron Gorge and the forested hillslopes of the Kuranda Range.
The upper section of the Redlynch Valley
is characterised by Freshwater Creek bounded closely on both sides by steep,
forested hillsides. The lower section of the Valley opens out to the floodplains
of Freshwater Creek and the Barron River.
The District is characterised by the
backdrop of the Mount Whitfield Environmental Park and the outlook across the
Barron Delta. The region includes the Cairns International Airport.
The natural features of the District are the
remnant areas of the Cairns Central Swamp and the hillslopes of the Whitfield
Range in the north and west of the District.
The CBD-North Cairns District is
characterised by both natural and man-made features. The waters of Trinity Inlet
and Trinity Bay, the mangroves fringing the eastern side of the Inlet and the
forested hillslopes beyond are the dominant natural features of the outlook from
the CBD and North Cairns. The Esplanade Parkland offer includes pedestrian and
bicycle links along the Esplanade to the Cityport Precinct in the south-east and
to the Flecker Botanic Gardens and Centenary Lakes in the north-west, providing
a major recreational facility.
The Portsmith-Woree Industrial Precinct
incorporates the existing major industrial area of the city, and includes the
Cairns Seaport. There are significant mangrove/wetland areas adjacent to
Chinaman Creek and Smith's Creek, which are part of the Trinity Inlet ecosystem.
The White Rock Edmonton District is one
of the major urban growth areas of the city. The District is located between the
wetlands of the upper reaches of the Trinity Inlet and the dominant hillslopes
of the coastal ranges. A number of waterways flow generally from west to east
across the District.
The Gordonvale-Goldsborough District is characterised by the
natural features of the Mulgrave River, the Pyramid and the adjacent ranges; as
well as by cane fields, the sugar mill and the commercial centre surrounding
Norman Park in the centre of Gordonvale.
The township of Babinda is dominated by steep, forested
hillslopes to the west; cane fields to the north, east and south; and by the
sugar mill located within the township. The Boulders swimming hole on Babinda
Creek is a popular recreational spot.
The Rural Lands District incorporates
the lowland areas of the Mulgrave and Russell River Valleys; the rainforested
coastal ranges; and the wetlands and coastline extending from Russell Heads to
Bramston Beach. The District contains significant natural areas important to the
conservation of biodiversity. Many of these areas are included in the Wet
Tropics World Heritage Area.
Little Fitzroy Island
These islands area a significant
recreational resource with Double Island, Green Island, Fitzroy Island providing
facilities and services for the tourist. The smaller islands of Haycock, High
and the Frankland Islands offering nature-based recreation.