St Joseph’s School is an integral part of the Cairns Diocese and the Atherton Catholic Parish. Located approximately one and a quarter hour’s drive from Cairns, Atherton sits within the heart of the naturally beautiful and agriculturally rich Atherton Tablelands.

Atherton has a rich history revolving around timber, farming and mining and a strong association with Chinese and European settlers, with a Chinese Temple still existing in Atherton.

The local indigenous Yidinji people have significant landforms surrounding Atherton and connection with the elders of these people was made during the history of the school’s development and continues to be valued and nurtured today.

Students are drawn to St Joseph’s from numerous smaller towns surrounding Atherton, including Herberton, Yungaburra, Tolga, Malanda and Walkamin.