Cairns suburbs set to get huge rollout of free wi-fi hotspots

Cairns is getting wired, big time.

More than 100 free Telstra Air wi-fi hot spots will be added from Gordonvale to Palm Cove in a partnership between Cairns Regional Council and Telstra.

By the end of June, free wi-fi will be available at a range of public spaces and facilities, including:          

  • Munro Martin Parklands
  • Tobruk Pool
  • Barlow Park
  • Coastwatcher Park, Trinity Beach
  • Norman Park, Gordonvale
  • Walker Road Sporting and Recreation Precinct, Edmonton
  • Goomboora Park, Brinsmead
  • Sugarworld, Edmonton 
  • Martyn Street Netball Centre

The rollout is on top of 35 Telstra Air wi-fi points already installed at Telstra's public payphones.

Telstra Executive Director, Premier Business, Andrew Wildblood said the take-up of wi-fi at the company's hot spots in Cairns since the first hot spots were installed in May last year had been "strong". 

“In just over a year, people in Cairns have downloaded more than 23 terabytes of data over the network," he said.

"That’s roughly equivalent to about 23 million hi-res images or more than 11,000 standard definition movies."

In addition to the wi-fi partnership, council and Telstra are also developing a mobile app that Mayor Bob Manning says will "better connect Council with our community and set us on the path to becoming a more efficient and connected city".

“While we can’t go into much detail just yet, we look forward to sharing more on this in the next few months,” Cr Manning said.