Cairns Campus

Drive north along Captain Cook Highway and take the first exit at the roundabout onto McGregor Road.

You can reach the Cairns campus directly from the city by buses #201 or #32. Visit Translink to plan your trip to James Cook University (JCU).

A convenient and comfortable way to travel, the Spirit of Queensland (from Brisbane) and The Savannahlander (from Forsayth) both offer rail travel services to Cairns regularly. Check out Queensland Rail Travel for details and timetables.

Cycling is a great way to get to the University. It reduces related greenhouse gas emissions, is great exercise, reduces transport costs, and reduces traffic congestion. JCU has bicycle parking facilities across both campuses.


Free parking will be available in the designated parking lot located on either side of the main entry into the campus. Optiminds parking is available in the designated parking lot behind building B1. Follow the directions of traffic control personnel. Visit our interactive map of the Cairns Campus.

Stay and Play

There are a range of accommodation options available in Cairns city and surrounding coastal suburbs. Register now to be the first to know about when deals become available to JCU guests.

Visit Our Region

The stunning region of Cairns is brought to life with festivals, events ;and experiences shaped by the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics rainforest. Revel the outdoor lifestyle and ease of an intimate cosmopolitan city that is adventurous by nature. Register now to be the first to know about when deals become available to JCU guests.

Location & Contact

  • Call us on 07 4232 1000 If calling internationally, dial +61 7 4232 1000
  • 11am - 3pm
  • 14-88 McGregor Road, Smithfield

  • The Cairns campus is located on McGregor Road, Smithfield. From the city, the campus is 15 kilometres (9 miles) north of the city centre.