Northern Beaches

The Pristine, unspoilt beaches of Cairns, renowned for their palm-fringed golden sands and calm tropical waters, stretch more than 26 Kilometres along the Coral Sea.

This historic beach location has some of the best views of Trinity Inlet and the Coral Sea. The neighbourhood at Machans Beach has an eclectic and hippie feel with a unique community culture that sets it apart from the other beaches around Cairns. If you are planning your trip to Cairns and want to stay in a quiet unassuming beach and blend in with the locals, then Machans Beach is the right place for you.

Next along the Captain Cook Highway is Holloways Beach. Ideal for long strolls along the Ocean’s Edge, this is a lovely spot to cool off, sit and enjoy the fresh air, or cast out a fishing line. Accommodation ranges from Air BnB’s, luxurious holiday homes to family friendly holiday apartments, as well as bed and breakfast accommodation and beachfront resorts.

Named after a fisherman who lived on the Rocky Hill in the 1880s, Yorkeys Knob is home to the 200-berth international Half Moon Bay Marina. Nestled in the cove of Half Moon Bay Marina. Nestled in the cove of Half Moon Bay is the Yorkeys Knob Boating Club, serving bistro meals in an open-air setting with expansive views of the marina and the ocean from the covered balcony. Yorkeys Knob is where you will find one of the most popular gold courses in Tropical North Queensland. The picturesque 18-Hole Half Moon Bay Golf Club overlooks the boating club and marina providing magnificent views across the Coral Sea.

This seaside village is sheltered between two headlands with views of clear blue water out to the Ocean. Enjoy a barbecue on the beach, join the locals for a beer at a hotel with the best water views in town, cast a line from the shore or build a sandcastle with the kids. Accommodation options include Air BnB’s, resorts and self-contained apartments with many overlooking the beach.

Set like a jewel between rainforest and reef, Kewarra Beach is prized by locals for being quiet, uncrowded and relaxed. The beach offers a glorious view, and in season, bottle-nosed dolphins and dugongs can be spotted frolicking in the bay nearby. The main accommodation is at Kewarra Beach resort and Spa where you will enjoy private beachfront rooms or deluxe rainforest accommodation.

Clifton Beach is favoured by many locals who enjoy sipping on a glass of wine, while relaxing on beach chairs under the swaying palm trees. For those who enjoy some recreation and tennis, Clifton Beach is situated very close to the Paradise Palms tennis complex.

Palm Cove is approximately 35 minutes drive from Cairns CBD. This unique, quiet and relaxing village by the sea with centuries old “paperbark” Melaleuca trees lining the esplanade. Numerous world-class and award-winning beach resorts, restaurants, and spas are complemented by a host of other services and attractions. Enjoy kayaking around nearby islands, getting wet and wild with water sports or just relax with some fishing off the jetty or lazing around on the beach.

Ellis Beach, halfway to Port Douglas, is naturally beautiful with beachfront bungalows, caravan and camping sites. the tropical rainforest is on one side of the highway and unobstructed views of The Great Barrier Reef on the other.