Located some 15 minutes’ drive north of central Cairns, the Smithfield area is close to the Northern Beaches. Smithfield is the location of the southern terminal off the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway from Kurunda. Stupendous views across the plains to the coast are had as the Skyrail clears the mountain range to stop at Smithfield, close to the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park Cairns. Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park showcases the culture of the indigenous rainforest people of Tropical North Queensland. In close proximity to the Cairns CBD, Smithfield has good road access to the many attractions of Cairns; the Cairns Marina, Cairns Convention Centre, the casino, the indoor waterside markets with excellent crafts and unique clothing, theatres, shops and other Cairns attractions.
• Local recreational activities include the cable ski park & Sky Rail terminal, the Cattana Wetlands Conservation Park & the new Event Cinemas located in the Smithfield village shopping centre.
• There are several medical clinics and general practitioners in the Smithfield area which include pathology services, along with several dentists.
• The major shopping centre is the Smithfield Village shopping centre. This includes Coles & Woolworths, Kmart, Dan Murphies and many specialty shops, takeaway’s, and restaurants in the complex as well as a new cinema. On the east side of the Cook Highway is an area of commerce which includes takeaways and specialty shops such as Bunnings.
• There is an abundance of childcare centres in Smithfield including; Learning Centre Smithfield, ABC Learning Centre, Kids In Care, Armadillo Child Care Centre, Marlin Coast Family Day Care Service and Bubbly Bears Child Minding.
• Smithfield is well known as the home of James Cook University. It is also home to Smithfield State High School, with the neighbouring suburb of Trinity Park having Holy Cross School (Prep – Yr 6).
• Sunbus and taxis service this area.