Astute Cairns is one of five offices under the banner of the award winning Astute North Queensland group.

Astute Cairns (known as the Head Office of the Astute North Queensland group) is a full service office providing Finance, Insurance and Wealth services that opened in 2000. Owned and operated by John and Orla Watts, they and their team offer a full financial services suite incorporating home loans, commercial and business lending as well as equipment finance, personal loans and all types of insurance and superannuation.

We offer access to an extensive lending panel and pride ourselves on making the sometimes daunting process of obtaining finance as easy and uncomplicated as possible.

Previously known as Cairns Home Loans, Astute Cairns is home to over 10 Residential Brokers, 2 Equipment Finance Brokers and 2 Financial Planners.

Astute Cairns is part of the Astute North Queensland group that also has offices in Atherton, Ayr and Port Douglas


* Cairns Wealth and Insurance Pty Ltd T/As Astute is a corporate authorised representative (377873) of Alliance Wealth Pty Ltd | ABN 93 161 647 007 | AFSL 499221 |

What Our Client Have To Say

Astute are very professional & helpful. Would recommend these guys to anyone looking at refinancing or purchasing. Started with this team when they were in their little office, my how they have grown. Special thanks to Verena for all her help but all the staff are wonderful and great with the little ones as well J Thanks heaps.

Renee Melville, Cairns

John and the team looked after us on many fronts from mortgage, superannuation and even life insurance. We even compared rates on our new vehicle lease and Astute came through better than any bank.

These guys definitely have the XFactor

Colin Gilbert, Cairns

Morene Rumble helped my partner and I get our finances in order with a personal loan to start saving for a house. I would highly recommend Morene to everyone, she’s very easy to talk to, friendly and makes you feel very comfortable with any situation.

Coryn Drane, Bentley Park

Prompt efficient service from the 1st phone call to make an appointment through to the loan contract. Excellent service all round. Well informed and kept up to date throughout the process . Highly recommended. Thank you.

Donna G, Cairns

We recently had an appointment with Astute to help us sort out our mortgage needs. From the moment we stepped into the building we were made to feel welcome. From Shae on the front desk to Damian during our appointment. Damian went above and beyond to help us with our needs, explaining things simply and offering further support. It all makes so much more sense when you have someone who knows what they’re talking about! Thank you so much.

Tanya Greene, Cairns

I was very impressed with the quality of service and support. Jasmin really went beyond to ensure my equipment loan went as smooth and quickly as possible which took a great deal of stress out of setting up my new business. I would highly recommend Astute’s EF team Donnie, Morene and Jasmin for any car or equipment loans.

Matthew, Edmonton

First, Tania: Quite simply, a complete, caring professional. I am not sure where on the spectrum the amount of work she did to get us into our current home falls in her professional career (mind-blowingly easy, somewhat challenging, borderline impossible…), but to us it literally meant the world. The reason we came back to her (and Astute) is because of the level of care and attention she gave us–we don’t feel like a number, an account, a bottom line, or a percentage point. I would recommend her (and go back to her for advice) again and again and again; when we found ourselves in the position to invest and/or buy again, our first thought was we needed to talk to Tania before doing literally anything else.

Building on that, Astute: Again, I would (and do) recommend them to anyone when talk of buying a home or investing comes up. Long story short, I work for a guy named Scotty Garden, and there is very little under the Earth’s sun I would not do for him; ergo I take his advice on anything as gospel. When I causally mentioned a few years back that Michelle and I were thinking of buying a house, he enthusiastically recommended we talk to John Watts at Cairns Home Loans and we did, and John gave us solid, practical advice: Save a bit more and come back to us. And we did, because he looked after us as people (again not an account). He could have talked us into buying something we couldn’t afford, or buying something we didn’t really want, or (as one local branch of an unnamed John Symond-run group told us) we were grumpily told it was “unrealistic” to think of buying a home in our position. Working in tourism/hospitality, I appreciate the personal attention, as well as helping a local business continue doing what it does well.

Sorry to gush, but Michelle and I really do hold you and your whole team in the highest regard. Thank you again, and I will [not] try to stay out of trouble.

Russell & Michelle, Cairns