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About JCU Cairns

The Cairns campus is surrounded on three sides by rainforest-covered mountains, and is dissected by small fresh water creeks. Located near the northern beaches in the suburb of Smithfield, the campus is 15 kilometres north of the Cairns CBD. Around 3,500 students study at JCU Cairns, including 380 international students. Our brand new on-campus student housing opened at the beginning of 2018, offering housing for approximately 300 students.

The Bachelor of Dental Surgery and Bachelor of Information Technology (Internet of Things) are courses specific only to JCU Cairns. Note, there are a number of courses that are not offered in Cairns, including Medicine and Surgery, Veterinary Science and a range of health sciences, so it's important to check the guide prior to choosing your Open Day location.

Cairns region

With more than 2 million visitors annually, Cairns is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Australia. Attractions include two World Heritage natural environments – the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and the ancient Wet Tropics rainforests. Be sure to check out some of the great highlights and attractions the region has to offer with our Open Day deals.

Cairns on a Fork

Cairns on a Fork will feature at this year's Open Day, offering a variety of food stalls and entertainment. Find out more on their Facebook page.

Location & Contact

  • Call us on 07 4781 6838 If calling internationally, dial +61747816838
  • Macgregor Road, Smithfield, Cairns

  • From Captain Cook Highway, take Macgregor Road to the campus entrance and follow signs.

Getting there


Travel time from Cairns CBD is 20 minutes. For taxis, contact 131 008 or visit the Cairns Taxis website. Uber also operates in Cairns.

Free parking will be available in the designated parking area located on either side of the main entry into the campus. Follow signage on the day or download our interactive campus map.


Sunbus operates regular bus services to and from JCU Cairns. See Routes 110, 111, 112, 122 and 123 on the Sunbus website for further information.


Queensland Rail offers regular rail travel services to and from Cairns. See the Queensland Rail website for further information. Note, local rail services do not operate in Cairns.


Cycling is a great way to get to JCU – it reduces related greenhouse gas emissions, traffic congestion and transport costs. JCU offers bicycle parking facilities across the Cairns campus.