Cairns Beaches

The beauty of palm tree-lined sands is enough to draw anybody to Cairns beaches for a swim, some sun, and a bit of relaxation. Along the coastline are some of the most stunning stretches of beach, where you can enjoy the warm water and tropical climate that Far North Queensland is renowned for.

Whether you seek the privacy of Ellis Beach, the convenience of Trinity Beach, or the versatility of Yorkeys Knob, these beaches will have you captivated. Just remember to observe the signage, particularly during stinger season, so you can enjoy your beach visit safely.

Palm Cove

Located in Palm Cove, approximately 20 minutes from Cairns, this beach accommodates any experience. Whether you want to relax with a good book, try windsurfing or go for a dip, Palm Cove beach is amazing. The main area of Palm Cove is just a short walk from the beach, making it easy to cool off before having a bite to eat.

Trinity Beach

Arguably the most popular of all the Cairns beaches, Trinity Beach is the place to be on a warm day (which is a pretty regular occurrence in Cairns!). Wedged between two headlands, Trinity Beach is fantastic for swimming or for simply relaxing on the sand. The area is dotted with cafes, restaurants and resorts, which draw many people to the beach.

Ellis Beach

Located close to Palm Cove, Ellis Beach is a small beach that feels intensely private. The waters are very calm, perfect for a gentle swim, with the beach somewhat protected by rocks at the southern end. With little development on the beachside, Ellis Beach is not as busy as others in Cairns or Port Douglas.

Yorkeys Knob

If you’re planning to surf, jet-ski or windsurf in Cairns, Yorkeys Knob is the best place to do it. Just 15 minutes from Cairns CBD, the beach is mainly surrounded by residential properties, making this a very quiet spot. The estuarine creek offers great fishing, and during low tide you can wander along the sand for what feels like miles.

Clifton Beach

When you want to make like the locals, head to Clifton Beach. Just over 20 minutes from the CBD of Cairns, Clifton Beach is a beautiful spot that has managed to avoid major waterfront development. Many people choose to picnic on the beach here or simply relax and admire their surroundings as the small waves roll in.

Holloways Beach

Holloways Beach is a narrow stretch of sand and a quiet beach not far from the city. Bordered by residential areas and a recent waterfront dining addition, Holloways Beach is perfect for spending an afternoon relaxing. Take a fishing line or that book you’ve been meaning to read and enjoy this quiet beachside spot.