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About Our Area


Gordonvale is a small sugar-growing town and locality situated on the southern side of Cairns in the Cairns Region, Queensland, Australia.  Gordonvale lies approximately 23 kilometres (14 mi) south of the Cairns Central Business District and is just east of the Gillies Range which leads to the Atherton Tableland.


Since 1993, Gordonvale Family Medical Centre has been providing timely, family health care with the goal of improving the health of individuals, families and our local community and is located in Norman Street, Gordonvale.

General Facilities

Gordonvale has a number of convenience supermarkets and grocery stores, golf club, licensed pubs and sporting facilities.

Parks and Swimming Holes

Gordonvale has a number of parks in the area as well as walking/bike tracks. Most parks have children’s play equipment .Ross and Lock is a very popular swim hole with the locals because you can drive right up to the river and the terrain nearby is good for four wheel driving and quad biking. It’s fun for kids because they can jump in off the bridge and float along with the rapids downstream. It is quite rocky so river shoes are recommended. The Little Mulgrave swim hole is 15 minutes south of Gordonvale and is a beautiful little spot if you’ve got younger kids as the river is shallow and gentle. It has a little beach area and the bottom is quite sandy too. Harvey Creek is 25 minutes South of Gordonvale and is a favourite swimming hole for locals. It’s just off the main highway and if heading south from Cairns, turn left at the Harvey Creek turnoff just after driving through Deeral. Just park under the trees and find yourself a grassy spot by the river or at one of the picnic tables. The water here is clear and you can see the bottom, which is always a bonus. There are some rocks but the bottom of the creek is mainly sandy so you don’t need to worry about sharp rocks. There are also plenty of shallow areas and rock pools to sit in if you don’t feel like swimming. But by far the best fun here is jumping off the bridge into the water. It is just by the Mountain View Pub. There is a turning on the right hand side just before the pub so turn in there and drive down to the parking area.

Child Care and Education

Gordonvale offers several Early Education Centres in the area as well as private and public primary schools and the Gordonvale High School.


Sunbus provides a full public transport service in the area. The suburb is serviced by Cairns taxi companies.