Cairns is the gateway to the stunning World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest, and attracts over two million visitors annually. The laid-back city boasts world-class sporting facilities, a swimming lagoon overlooking the picturesque Trinity Inlet, and a popular esplanade lined with cafes, restaurants and bustling markets. Our Cairns campus is located in the western suburb of Manunda approximately 10 minutes drive from the city centre.
What's on offer at the Cairns campus
Our Cairns campus features student-run training facilities including a hair and beauty salon, restaurant, cafe and coffee shop, as well as a range of support services to help you achieve your personal, educational and employment goals. The campus offers a wide range of study areas including accounting, aged care, automotive, beauty and hairdressing, building and construction, business, child care, civil construction, community services, cookery, electrotechnology, engineering, English language studies, health, horticulture, information technology, music, nursing, sport and fitness, tourism and hospitality, training and assessment, and visual arts.
Facilities and services
- Art galleries - Gallery Y and Banggu Minjaany Art Gallery
- Basketball court
- Child care centre
- Customer service centre
- Hairdressing and beauty training hub
- Library and learning support centre
- Makerspace - advanced manufacturing creative hub
- Nursing simulation room
- Restaurants, canteen and cafe
- Wi-Fi and video conferencing facilities
- Capstone testing room
- CO2 freezer training rooms
Learn more about our North and Far North services and facilities.
Certificate IV in Justice Studies
Take the next step with this mid-level qualification in justice studies. This course was developed in consultation with the Department of Justice and Attorney General, Australian Federal Police, Queensland Corrective Services, Brisbane City Council, and Australian Border Force to increase employability in justice related fields.
- Protective Services Officer
- Paralegal /Legal Administrator
- Australian Border Force Officer
- Private Investigator
- Local/State Government Investigator
- Government Administrator
- Corrections Officer
- Police Officer (State or Federal)
- Youth Justice roles
Certificate II in Plumbing Services
Kick start your career in plumbing. This entry-level course will set you up with the foundation skills you need to gain a plumbing apprenticeship. On completion of the partial qualification you will be offered the opportunity to transition to an alternative plumbing program to obtain a full qualification.
- Roof Plumbing Apprentice
- Plumbing Apprentice
Diploma of Business / Diploma of Leadership and Management
Establish your career in business and management with this high-level dual diploma and gain the advanced skills and specialised knowledge needed to work at a strategic level.
- Office Administrator
- Business Manager
- Office Manager
- Assistant Manager
Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
Start your career with this entry-level course that will set you up with the foundation skills you need to succeed as a worker in Early Childhood Education and Care.
- Out of School Hours Care Assistant
- Family Day Care Provider
- Early Childhood Education and Care Assistant
- Early Childhood Education and Care Worker
Gatton, Newton, Eureka and Wilkinson Streets,
Cairns Qld 4870
Locked Bag 1,
Cairns Qld 4870
Sunbus operates bus services in the local area with the closest bus stop located out the front of the campus on Newton Street.
If you live nearby, cycling could be another cost effective option to get to class with bike racks available on campus.
We have plenty of free on-site parking available for students at our Cairns campus.
Refrigeration and air-conditioning
The TAFE Queensland Cairns campus features state-of-the-art air-conditioning and refrigeration training facilities. Apprentices can access two CO2 freezer rooms and eight additional cold rooms, all featuring up-to-date industry technology.
The TAFE Queensland Cairns campus features a world-class capstone testing room for electrical apprentice training. The facility has three apprentice fault-finding capstone assessment cubicles and one external contractor fault finder assessment cubicle. Each cubicle has a number of household electrical items installed and the cubicles operate at low voltage, replicating both 240-volt and three-phase power supplies.
Training restaurants and cafe
Tropics Restaurant and The Queenslander are our award-winning training restaurants, giving our hospitality students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a real world environment. Tropics Cafe and Coffee Shop serves a variety of dishes prepared daily by our apprentice chefs and is served by food and beverage students.
Nursing simulation room
Our learning spaces are more than just classrooms. Our hospital-standard clinical nursing simulation room is equipped with electric beds, vital signs monitors, ECG machines, IV trolleys and responsive simulator mannequins. Prepare yourself for real-world situations and practice on state-of-the-art equipment under the supervision of industry professionals.
Hair and beauty training hub
The salons give you an opportunity to put theory into practice and gain practical skills in a real world environment. Our fully operational hairdressing and beauty salon offers a range of services such as hair styling, cutting, colouring, perming, and chemical straightening. Beauty services include waxing, tinting, manicures, pedicures, spray tanning, makeup application, facials, and massages.
Our purpose-built motorbike workshop at the Cairns campus supports apprentices to gain the technical knowledge and practical skills required to work as motorcycle mechanics.
Music and recording studios
Is this really true? Our newly installed recording studio features state-of-the-art equipment including Pro Tools 12, Avid C24 Control Surface, and Neeve and SSL Preamps. The campus also has two performance and rehearsal spaces where weekly concert practice and monthly open-to-the-public concerts are held. Our graduates regularly achieve national and international recognition with airplay on stations such as Triple J and performances at some of Australia's biggest music festivals.
Participate in the culture of making and grow your creative ideas in collaboration with like-minded makers, designers, fabricators and craftspeople at the Makerspace. The facility comes complete with 3D printers, laser cutter, electronics, individual work stations and so much more. Makerspace workshops cover STEM/STEAM, coding, cloud computing, electronics, security systems, home automation and robotics.
Cultural arts facilities
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art is among some of the oldest in the world. Our painting, drawing and printing studios, along with the Banggu Minjaany Art Gallery, supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists to visually express their culture and identity.
When early childhood educator Nicola Johnston was tasked with developing the content for a new core unit, she never expected the journey to such an emotional experience.
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Refrigeration technician Jennah Halley is making her mark in a male-dominated industry. Jennah wants her kids and women to feel empowered to stand out from the crowd and pursue their goals.
SchoolTech helped Nikita Fay start an automotive career, an industry where women make up just one per cent of the workforce.
Badu Islander Lara Fujii blends family stories with natural elements to create acclaimed cultural artwork.
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TAFE Queensland's Volunteers and Events Training Program (VETP) has taken out the 2022 Australian Business Award for Training Excellence.
The Queensland Future Skills (QFS) Partnership , a training project delivered by BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA), TAFE Queensland and CQUniversity Australia, has been recognised as the winner of the Premier’s Industry Collaboration Award at the 2022 Queensland Training Awards.
TAFE Queensland has again taken out top honours at the prestigious Queensland Training Awards after being named the 2022 Large Training Provider of the Year at the annual awards presentation held in Brisbane on Saturday 17 September, 2022.
Sam Crowe’s love for educating others wasn’t realised until later in life – but it’s a realisation she’s glad she had.
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