LOCATED just west of the Cairns city centre, former farming land now known as Parramatta Park was developed in about 1886 when the initial subdivision into acre-sized lots began across the city.
Low-lying, the area is now in-demand for its offer of inner-city living in a variety of accommodation styles.
Today, Parramatta Park is home to Barlow Park, Cairns Showground, Little Barlow Park, Parramatta Park and West Barlow Park.
It is also a hub for recreational facilities including Barlow Park Sportsfield.
For local families, Parramatta Park has a state primary school, a Catholic primary school and St Augustine’s College, an all-boys Catholic boarding high school.
Cairns State High School’s proximity is also one of the main reasons families like to live in Parramatta Park.
One of the biggest drawcards to the suburb is its proximity to amenities in Cairns city centre including the soon-to-be-completed Cairns Performing Arts Centre, Cairns Convention Centre and a selection of bars, restaurants, clubs and art galleries.
The suburb is just five minutes’ drive from Cairns Central Shopping Centre — a popular place for residents to meet, shop and eat, with a Myer, Kmart, Target, Coles and a wide variety of specialty stores.
The Cairns CBD shopping precinct, including Rusty’s Farmers Market on Grafton St and the popular Lake St and Shields St shopping strips, is also nearby.
Earlier this year, property at Freshwater, Parramatta Park, Caravonica, Edge Hill and Brinsmead had been found to post the best real estate returns over the past five years.
An abundance of charming Queenslanders and easy apartment-style living are at the forefront of Parramatta Park’s popularity and many locals and newcomers to the city are bringing the properties back to their former glory.
Many families, frustrated by time spent in traffic, are moving from the Northern Beaches to Parramatta Park.
Parramatta Park is also well known as one of the most multicultural locales in Cairns and is home to independent young people and maturing singles, international students and blue-collar workers.