Cairns suburbs: Redlynch a family haven in the rainforest
CLOSE to schools and shops but offering an assortment of acreage properties, Redlynch is popular with families and those craving some space.
Despite growth over the years, Redlynch has maintained its strong sense of community and is home to the popular Crystal Cascades swimming holes, recreational parks and bike paths.
The suburb is home to two popular schools — St Andrews Catholic College and Redlynch State College, a couple of daycare centres and a large shopping centre with major grocery retailers and other specialty stores.
Peace Lutheran College, Freshwater State School, Freshwater Christian College and Caravonica State School are all located close by.
Entertainment and leisure comes in the form of the Red Beret Hotel, local cafes and a number of local sporting clubs.
Its mountainous backdrop was a drawcard for a family who snapped up 34-36 Zanzoo Close earlier this year for $1.1m after it had been on the market for just one day.
The sprawling four-bedroom, four-bathroom home sits on 8199sq m of flat land, comes with a tennis court and was the highest selling Cairns property in the week to February 5 this year, according to Core Logic data.
The suburb also has one of the highest rates of households with children than anywhere else in the region.
Last year Cairns Regional Council gave the green light to a community garden at Gamburra Drive Park after a year of work from the Redlynch Valley Community Group.
Located 10km northwest of central Cairns, Redlynch is a swiftly growing suburb and was an integral part of the development of the
Cairns-Atherton Tableland railway with the Cairns to Redlynch section opened in 1887.
Prior to the railway the suburb was called Eight Mile Camp, with debate about whether the name Redlynch stemmed from the identically named suburb in Wiltshire, England, or in honour of the red-haired, Irish railway construction foreman “Red” Lynch.