Experience an Exceptional Location

Cairns Student Lodge is ideally located on the northern beaches at Smithfield.
It is also opposite the convenient shopping, fitness and healthcare facilities of Campus Shopping Village.

We are less than a 10 minutes’ walk from James Cook University (JCU) Cairns, a short bus ride to the city Central Queensland University (CQU) Cairns,
TAFE Queensland North, Cairns or even to the relaxing palm-lined beaches of tropical north Queensland, including Palm Cove and Trinity beaches.

Also don’t forget to experience the markets and restaurants in the vibrant heart of Cairns city (just 16.6 kilometres away).

And best of all Cairns Student Lodge is only 15km from the Cairns Airport and can be easily accessed by shuttle bus or taxi.


With a dedicated, direct footpath and a walk of less than 10 minutes between the lodge and JCU, you’ll never be late for class. Take the tour and check out our video below.

Experience Cairns

Enjoy life in the tropical sunshine where two World Heritage sites meet — the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and the Wet Tropics Rainforest. As a Cairns Student Lodge resident Cairns city, CQU, and TAFE are all an easy commute by car or public transport. In your free time explore tropical wetlands, dive the Great Barrier Reef, enjoy a live show, swim under waterfalls, or keep fit on the Esplanade with the free Active Living Programs and a swim in the Cairns Lagoon.

Public Transport

CSL is connected to the Cairns northern beaches, Smithfield Shopping Centre, and Cairns city by Cairns Sunbus. With bus stops conveniently located at the end of Faculty Close, at the JCU campus, in Cairns city centre (one block from CQU), and at Cairns TAFE, getting to class, the city, or a major shopping centre is easy. Ticket fares start from as little as $1.10. For full details on Sunbus services, fares, and routes visit the Sunbus website.


You can find everything you need with a number of shopping facilities located within easy access to the lodge. Campus Shopping Village, located directly opposite, is home to a grocery store, chemist, medical and dental facilities, hair and beauty services, gymnasium, and a number of food outlets including takeaway options. A wider range of shopping options is available via a short bus or bicycle ride away at Smithfield Shopping Centre; shopping options include Coles and Woolworths supermarkets, banks, a post office, doctor’s offices, chemists, clothing stores, hair and beauty services, and a bookstore.

Medical Services

Smithfield Medical Centre is conveniently located at Campus Shopping Village directly opposite Cairns Student Lodge. Five doctors and a team of nurses, including a mental health nurse, are available to assist you with any medical needs that may arise during your time at the lodge. To find out more, visit the centre website.

Amcal Chemist is also located at Campus Shopping Village and can assist with your prescriptions and a range of health concerns. You can find out more about their range of services at the AMCAL website.

If you need a doctor after hours or on a weekend or public holiday House Call Doctor is available to visit you at your unit. Appointments are available by phoning 13 55 66, online at the House Call Doctor website, or via their free mobile app. Hours of operation are Monday to Friday 6pm to 8pm; Saturday 12pm to Midnight; Sunday all day; and public holidays 24 hours.

Cafés and Food Outlets

Campus Shopping Village, Smithfield Shopping Centre, and the surrounding area offer numerous off-campus food options. Options include Thai and Indian cuisine, ramen, KFC, Red Rooster, McDonalds, Hungry Jacks, pizza, kebabs and sushi, as well as a number of cafés.


If you like to keep fit and active there are plenty of gyms to choose from in and around Smithfield. The JCU Fitness Centre Cairns is open during semester 1 and 2 and is located on campus near the basketball courts and football field. They offer a range of weight and cardio equipment with a full-year membership costing $50 for Student Association members and $100 for non-members. Gyms in the surrounding area include Maxenergy at Campus Shopping Village, Genesis Fitness (open 24 hours), Anytime Fitness (open 24 hours). Marlin Coast CrossFit on McGregor Road, and the Marlin Coast YMCA.

Public Swimming Pool

Marlin Coast Bicentennial Pool is located within walking distance of Cairns Student Lodge. Facilities include a 50-metre heated pool, a covered 25-metre heated pool, a children’s pool, and a children’s wading pool. If you are a competitive swimmer, or want to be, the pool is also home to the Marlin Coast Swimming Club. Other services offered at the pool are aqua fitness classes and swimming lessons through the Frogs Legs Swim School. For more information visit the official website.



Leisure Activities

Great Barrier Reef

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Take the plunge into one of the Seven Wonders of the World and discover why the Great Barrier Reef is the largest, most spectacular coral reef system on earth.

Kuranda Scenic Railway

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​​​​​​​​​​​​Experience One Of The Most Unique Rail Journeys In Australia. Discovering The Living Colour And Natural Beauty Of a World Heritage-Listed Rainforest That's Millions Of Years Old.

Cape Tribulation

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​​​​​​​​​​​​Cape Tribulation is in the heart of the Daintree Rainforest, and has some of the oldest rainforest on the planet, this Word Heritage listed rainforest is adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef.



Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Cairns Australia, is a world first in environmental tourism taking you on an amazing experience over Australia’s World Heritage listed Tropical Rainforest canopy and deep into the forest.



Tjapukai is where Australia begins. Australia’s most accessible venue to experience authentic Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture dating back over 40,000 years

What other's have said, from Google Review

Clean rooms, aircon, good showers and food, no bugs, really enjoyed staying here for nine days with all the integrated water cohort while we travelled the area. Good place for large groups to stay. Courtyards and pool area make it easy and pleasant to socialise at the end of the day. Thanks Hamish ...

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