Prior to 1887, Redlynch was known as Eight Mile Section Camp, being eight miles from Cairns along the developing railway. It is not clear why the name was changed, but one version ascribes the name to the English village of Redlynch, in Wiltshire. Redlynch means ‘reed marsh’ in old English. Another version reflects the feisty personality of an Irish railway construction foreman, ‘Red’ Lynch. Freshwater railway station isthe site of a cottage claimed to have been the home of Mr Lynch.

Location and boundaries

Redlynch - Lamb Range is bounded by Barron Gorge National Park, the locality of Barron Gorge, Lomandra Close, Harley Street, Brinsmead-Kamerunga Road, the locality of Kamerunga, Brinsmead Road, Freshwater Christian College, Kamerunga Road and Freshwater Creek in the north, the suburbs of Brinsmead, Kanimbla, Mooroobool, Earlville, Bayview Heights, Mount Sheridan, Bentley Park, Edmonton, Mount Peter and Gordonvale in the east, the localities of Little Mulgrave and Goldsborough in the south, and the Tablelands Regional Council area in the west.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the late 1870s, with land used mainly for sugar cane growing. Significant development did not occur until the 1980s. Rapid growth took place from the early 1990s, with the population increasing six-fold between 1991 and 2011 as large numbers of new dwellings were added to the area, particularly in Redlynch.

Land use

Redlynch - Lamb Range is a rural and national park area to the west of Cairns, with rapidly developing residential areas in Redlynch.

Major features

Major features of the area include Dinden National Park, Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, Kuranda Scenic Railway, Lake Morris, Copperlode Falls Dam, Redlynch Central Shopping Centre, Redlynch Community Sports Facility, Adventure Gully, Early Settlers Park, Redlynch Skate Park, Riverview Park, Rocks Road Reserve, Salli & John Mitchell Memorial Park and two schools.

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