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About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Smithfield is 5,502, with a population density of 4.18 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Smithfield is bounded by Smithfield Conservation Park, the suburbs of Trinity Beach and Trinity Park and O’Brien Road in the north, the suburb of Yorkeys Knob in the east, the Captain Cook Highway, Brinsmead-Kamerunga Road and the suburb of Caravonica in the south, and Kuranda National Park in the west.

Name origin

Smithfield is thought to be named after William Smith, who cut a track through the area in the late 1870s.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from 1876, with land used mainly for sugar cane growing. Significant development did not occur until the 1980s. Rapid growth continued during the early 1990s, with growth slowing considerably between 1996 and 2006 as fewer new dwellings were added to the area. Population and housing growth resumed between 2006 and 2011. Population growth is expected to continue, spurred by development of the Smithfield Town Centre.

Land use

Smithfield is a relatively recent residential area, with some industrial and commercial land use, and conservation areas in the west.

Major features

Major features of the area include James Cook University (Cairns Campus), Smithfield Conservation Park, Cattana Wetlands, Smithfield Shopping Centre, Smithfield Bungy Tower, Cable Ski Cairns, Kuranda Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, Smithfield Sporting Precinct, YMCA Cairns Marlin Coast Recreation Centre, Smithfield Bicentennial Pool, Kennedy Park, Mason Park, Rainy Mountain Park and one school.