The 2011 population for Smithfield is 3,713, with a population density of 2.82 persons per hectare.
Smithfield is bounded by Smithfield Conservation Park, the suburbs of Trinity Beach and Trinity Park and O’Brien Road in the north, the suburb of Yorkeys Knob in the east, the Captain Cook Highway, Brinsmead-Kamerunga Road and the suburb of Caravonica in the south, and Kuranda National Park in the west.
Smithfield is thought to be named after William Smith, who cut a track through the area in the late 1870s.
Settlement of the area dates from 1876, with land used mainly for sugar cane growing. Significant development did not occur until the 1980s. Rapid growth continued during the early 1990s, with growth slowing considerably between 1996 and 2006 as fewer new dwellings were added to the area. Population and housing growth resumed between 2006 and 2011. Population growth is expected to continue, spurred by development of the Smithfield Town Centre.
Smithfield is a relatively recent residential area, with some industrial and commercial land use, and conservation areas in the west.Major features
Major features of the area include James Cook University (Cairns Campus), Smithfield Conservation Park, Cattana Wetlands, Smithfield Shopping Centre, Smithfield Bungy Tower, Cable Ski Cairns, Kuranda Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, Smithfield Sporting Precinct, YMCA Cairns Marlin Coast Recreation Centre, Smithfield Bicentennial Pool, Kennedy Park, Mason Park, Rainy Mountain Park and one school.
"You'll be amazed by the community resources already available to Smithfield Village residents."It sounds astonishing, but the fact is that within five minutes of your new home in Smithfield Village, there are already many outstanding facilities. A substantial community recreation centre. A 50 metre public swimming pool. Holy Cross School, Trinity Park, the local primary school, and Smithfield High School. James Cook University is a casual bike ride across the Highway which also shares the name of Australia's famous discoverer. And there are local shops within walking distance of the Village. What's more, the substantial Smithfield Shopping Centre, with K Mart, Woolworths and many excellent specialty stores, is a brief, three-minute drive away. Why would you not want to live in Smithfield Village?
"Best beach, great walks close to everything you need"A great area to live a hidden secret that's now out growing with lots of good quality housing estates including the marina development. Older blocks are large in size a classy and fun area to live.