Where to live

  • In town – The Strand, Castle Hill, North Ward: On the water, close to cafes, restaurants, shops but about a 25 minute drive to the Hospital
  • Near the Hospital – Douglas, Riverside, Annandale. These are suburbs on the Ross River which is pretty as well, its out of the action but minutes from the hospital.


  • Jam Corner
  • Coffee Dominion
  • Millie J and Co
  • The Sweatshop
  • Three Loaves Bakehouse
  • Café Bambini
  • Betty Blue
  • Lemon Tart
  • The Precinct at Idalia has good delis, fruit, butcher, baker etc
  • absolute tea
  • Sweeter than Sugar for cupcakes


  • A touch of Salt
  • Saltcellar
  • Vine 21
  • GYO Japanese restaurant
  • Ciabbata
  • Jam Corner


  • There are heap of playgrounds and pools/water parks along The Strand
  • The same goes for the Ross River, with Riverway being the best option

Things to do

  • The strand
  • River Walks
  • Riverway
  • Shopping at Stocklands
  • Drive up Castle Hill
  • Cotters Markets on a Sunday Morning

Where to visit

  • Magnetic Island is so close, you can go for a day trip or take the car over and stay. There is a Peppers with a restaurant or there are a lot of restaurants and cafes and places to stay over at Horseshoe Bay.
  • The Atherton Tablelands are quite an effort but well worth it. Stay at Yungaburra and explore the area from there
  • Mission Beach
  • Cairns
  • Palm Beach
  • Port Douglas
  • Arlie Beach
  • Whitsundays