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View across the Cairns-to-Kuranda railway line towards Freshwater, 2018
|Population||2,023 (2016 census)|
|• Density||1,124/km2 (2,910/sq mi)|
|Area||1.8 km2 (0.7 sq mi)|
|State electorate(s)||Barron River|
Freshwater is a suburb of Cairns in the Cairns Region, Queensland, Australia. The suburb was once a separate town in the Shire of Mulgrave but was amalgamated into the City of Cairns, which subsequently was amalgamated into the Cairns Region.
The European history of Freshwater is a long one dating back to 1877. Chinese market gardeners moved into the area, after exhausting their chances on the Hodgkinson Goldfields, leased small plots from the landowners, successfully growing rice, bananas, pineapples and other tropical crops. Freshwater Post Office opened by April 1925 (a receiving office, earlier named Stratford, had been open from 1897).
A rice mill was established on the Lower Freshwater Creek and was being successfully operated by local man, Joseph Kipling in 1891. Chinese farmers grew rice in the adjacent fields.
At the 2006 census, Freshwater had a population of 1,976.
The Kuranda Scenic Railway has a stop in the suburb.
Freshwater State School is a government primary (P-6) school for boys and girls at 10 Corkill Street. In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 738 students with 50 teachers (43 full-time equivalent) and 25 non-teaching staff (16 full-time equivalent).
- Bunny Adair, Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly and publican at the Freshwater Hotel.
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