Regional Profile

The Cassowary Coast region is situated between the major regional cities of Cairns (approximately one hour north) and Townsville (approximately two hours south).

The Cassowary Coast is named after the distinctive and endangered flightless bird which inhabits the region, and it covers an area of approximately 4,700 square kilometres.

The region is a mix of town, rural and coastal communities boasting beautiful beaches, lush hinterland and scenic mountains. There are over 3,500 businesses operating in the area, with potential for new business growth and development in all of the towns and communities. The most recognisable industries linked to the region are tourism and primary industries. The Cassowary Coast is Australia's premier banana-growing region and a well-known cane-growing region.

The Cassowary Coast boasts the townships of Innisfail in the north and Tully, Mission Beach and Cardwell in the south.  Essential services are readily accessible. The high rainfall and humidity means this is one of the wettest and greenest places in Australia. The estimated resident population is 30,000.

The Cassowary Coast is well connected to other parts of the nation via the Bruce Highway which passes through many of the region's townships. The Palmerston Highway provides connectivity with the Tablelands region and is its major goods transport route. The region can also be accessed by sea through the commercial port at Mourilyan Harbour, by air through one of three aerodromes, and by rail.

Statistical Profile of the Cassowary Coast

For a statistical profile of the region, visit the Queensland Office of Economic and Statistical Research – Queensland Regional Profiles, accessed via the link below: