Clifton Beach

Reportedly named after Clifton, Perthshire, Scotland, the birthplace of Mary Hunter Smart, a European settler in the area in the 1880s. Clifton Beach was named as a suburb in May of 1959. It was as an acknowledgement of a civic duty by William F. Smart, that Mulgrave Shire Council thought to name the area after Smart's Scottish birthplace. However that name, Inverkeilor, was deemed unsuitable, and his wife’s birthplace, Clifton, was chosen.

Location and boundaries

Clifton Beach is bounded by the Captain Cook Highway and Delaneys Creek in the north, the Coral Sea in the east, the suburb of Kewarra Beach and the Captain Cook Highway in the south, and Kuranda National Park and the locality of Macalister Range in the west.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1880s, with land used mainly for sugar cane growing. Significant development occurred from the 1970s, with rapid growth during the 1980s. The population continued to increase from the early 1990s as new dwellings continued to be added to the area, particularly high density housing.

Land use

Clifton Beach is a relatively recent residential area, with undeveloped areas in the west.

Major features

Major features of the area include Cairns Tropical Zoo, Outback Opal Mine, Deadmans Gully Environmental Reserve, Edward Mann Park, Evergreen Park, Tobias Reserve, Clifton Beach and Clifton Village Shopping Centre.

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