Far North Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils

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The FNQROC (Far North Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils) Region is located in the northern-most part of Queensland. The Region encompasses a total land area of more than 317,000 square kilometres. The FNQROC Region includes significant areas of national park and state forest, rural areas and urban areas. The main urban centre is Cairns, with smaller urban areas in the townships of Atherton, Babinda, Cooktown, Gordonvale, Ingham, Innisfail, Karumba, Mareeba, Mossman, Normanton and Port Douglas. The Region is also home to numerous smaller townships and villages, and aboriginal communities at Hope Vale, Wujal Wujal and Yarrabah. Rural land is used largely for cattle grazing, sugar cane farming and banana growing, with some tropical fruit, vegetable, grain, tea and coffee growing and timber production. Fishing is also an important industry.

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NOTE: The land use shown in the map is derived from ABS Mesh Block categories. Mesh Blocks broadly identify land use and are not designed to provide definitive land use. It is purely an indicator of the main planned land use for a Mesh Blocks. For more information please refer to ABS Mesh Block categories.

Transportation Networks

  • Bruce Highway
  • Captain Cook Highway
  • Kennedy Highway
  • Mulligan Highway
  • Palmerston Highway
  • Port of Cairns
  • Cairns Airport
  • North Coast railway line
  • Gulflander, Savannahlander and Tilt trains
  • various small airports and harbours


  • Brisbane CBD 1,400-2,600km

Major Industrial Precincts

  • Aeroglen (around Captain Cook Hwy)
  • Arriga (Tableland Mill)
  • Bungalow
  • Cairns North (north)
  • Craiglie (south-west)
  • Edmonton (north-east)
  • Goondi Bend (around Clifford Rd)
  • Gordonvale (Mulgrave Central Sugar Mill)
  • Ingham (south of the airport)
  • Karumba (along the riverbank)
  • Macknade (Macknade Sugar Mill)
  • Malanda (north of James St and east of Churchill Ave)
  • Manunda (along Anderson St)
  • Mareeba (around the junction of the railway lines)
  • Mossman (Mossman Central Mill)
  • Mossman (south)
  • Normanton (near the Norman River)
  • Portsmith
  • South Johnstone (South Johnstone Sugar Mill)
  • Stratford (east)
  • Tolga (Tolga industrial estate)
  • Tully (east of Bruce Hwy)
  • Tully (Tully Sugar Mill)
  • Victoria Plantation (Victoria Sugar Mill)
  • Woree (north)

Far North Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils

economic profile