Cairns detectives have established a crime scene and begun an investigation into the death of eight children in Manoora this morning.
Police were called to the Murray Street residence around 11.20am following reports of a woman with serious injuries.
During an examination of the residence police located the bodies of the children, all aged between 18 months and 15 years.
The woman, believed to be aged in her 30s, is receiving treatment for her injuries and is currently assisting police with their investigations.
A Mobile Police Facility has been established and officers from the Cairns Criminal Investigation Branch, Child Protection and Investigation Unit, Scenes of Crime and Scientific section are conducting an investigation and examination of the scene.
The road is currently closed and no further information is available at this stage.
Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.
Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation working in partnership with the Queensland Police Service.
For all non-urgent police reporting or general police inquiries contact Policelink on 131 444 or Policelink.qld.gov.au 24hrs a day.