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It was founded in 1876, as a gold mining town.
Today, Cairns is known for its surrounding mountains and jungle, parks, lush forests, skyline, modern architecture, coral reefs, beaches, and tropical beauty.
People Born in Cairns
Cairns in People's Lives
Isabel Lucas: My family moved here around 1995, when I was about 10 years old. I grew up here, in a multi-cultural household. My Swiss mother raised me speaking German, and I am thus fluent in both German and English. I attended the Catholic St. Monica's College for high school. I moved to Melbourne in 2003, at the age of 18, to attend the University of Melbourne. After achieving fame and success as an actress, I moved back here from Los Angeles years later, in 2011, relieved to once again have a quiet, more simplistic lifestyle. Here, living on a large piece of land, I enjoy hiking and the outdoors, and own quite a lot of animals - including birds, pigs, dogs, horses, and cats.
Jared Leto: I traveled here in 1997 to film scenes of the movie The Thin Red Line.