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Red Arrow walk on Mount Whitfield - panoramio.jpg
Red Arrow walk on Mount Whitfield
Whitfield is located in Queensland
Location in Queensland
Population 4,275 (2016 census)
 • Density 713/km2 (1,850/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4870
Area 6.0 km2 (2.3 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s) Cairns Region
State electorate(s) Cairns
Federal Division(s) Leichhardt
Suburbs around Whitfield:
Stratford Stratford Aeroglen
Brinsmead Whitfield Cairns North
Kanimbla Manoora Edge Hill

Whitfield is a suburb of Cairns in the Cairns Region, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census, Whitfield had a population of 4,275 people.


The southern portion of Whitfield is developed as residential land rising from sea level to about 50m up the slopes of Mount Whitfield. The northern part of the suburb is undeveloped bushland within the Mount Whitfield Conservation Park which occupies the upper slopes of Mount Whitfield which rises to 350m.

Heritage listings

Whitfield has heritage listings including:


School gate, Whitfield State School, circa 2022
School gate, Whitfield State School, circa 202

Whitfield State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 42-74 McManus Street (16°54′42″S 145°43′44″E / 16.9118°S 145.7288°E / -16.9118; 145.7288 (Whitfield State School)). In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 831 students with 64 teachers (60 full-time equivalent) and 38 non-teaching staff (25 full-time equivalent). It includes a special education program.

There are no secondary schools in Whitfield. The nearest government secondary schools are Trinity Bay State High School in Manunda to the south-east and Cairns State High School in Cairns North to the east.

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