Manoora is the third largest suburb of Cairns, with a population of 5604.

Manoora is the third largest suburb of Cairns, with a population of 5604. It is located quite centrally in the City of Cairns, adjacent to Edge Hill, Manunda and Mooroobool. Manoora has recently been involved in Urban and Community Renewal Programs, run by the State and Local Governments, which focused on up-grading existing public housing stock, and improving community networks and services in the suburb. It also has a considerable amount of commercial activity, which attracts local residents and people from across the City. Manoora is centrally located about 13mins drive west of Cairns CBD.

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The people
Manoora has the largest number of Indigenous people living in any suburb in the City, which includes a greater proportion of Torres Strait Islanders. It is a high rental household area, with the largest public housing estate outside of Brisbane.

There are a number of medical practitioners in Manoora, including a dedicated indigenous health centre. The closest hospital is Cairns Base Hospital, about 5-7mins drive west. Manoora has access to the broad spectrum of medical, dental and pathology services in Cairns CBD.

General facilities
Manoora has a number of community services and facilities located in the area. These are local, district and metropolitan level facilities and services, including Jensen Street Park. The closest library is in the adjacent suburb of Manunda.

There is a small shopping centre in Manoora with groceries, post office, a tavern and various specialty shops. There are also a number of takeaway food outlets, a bottleshop and various trades and services. The closest major shopping centre is DFO in Westcourt and Cairns Central in the city centre.

There are a number of child care centres in Manoora as well as in the adjacent suburbs of Manunda and Mooroobool.

There are no schools in Manoora, but the adjacent suburb of Manunda and Bungalow offer state primary schools, Trinity Bay State High School is also in Manunda, as is the Catholic primary school, St Francis Xavier’s. Cairns High State School is also about 10mins drive away.

Public transport
Sunbus provides public transport service to the area. There are some streets in Manoora that will not be serviced by taxis due to safety issues, check in advance.

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