Holiday in Cairns and Northern Beaches

Chasing a beach break? You’re sure to find the perfect one in Cairns. 

Just look at this line-up: Trinity Beach is a calm swimming beach lined with palm trees and restaurants. At Yorkeys Knob (tee hee), you can shop up a storm or learn to kite surf. Palm Cove has the feel of a quiet seaside village, with fancy dining just across the road from the ocean. With so many fab beaches on your doorstep – and Cairns, the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef beyond – why wouldn’t you stay in the Northern Beaches? Whether you’re planning a trip with your BFFs or a romantic retreat, snap up one of our Cairns Northern Beaches hotels for a special occasion indeed.

Things to See and Do

Start the fun and adventure the moment you arrive in Cairns, before you even make it out to the beaches. This city has an Esplanade lagoon pool to safely cool off in, complete with BBQ areas so you can cook up some snags. It also has a regional gallery filled with neat local (and international) art. Catch the Kuranda Scenic Railway to the rainforest town of Kuranda for one of the prettiest train rides you’re likely to experience, past waterfalls and ravines. While you’re in Kuranda, spend time at the Rainforestation Nature Park and the Kuranda Markets – quirky, colourful markets held in Heritage-listed rainforest.

In the Cairns Northern beaches, you can swim safely with nets protecting you from those nasty stingers. Looking for something a little more adrenaline-pumping than a swim? Yorkeys Knob is a premier kitesurfing destination where you can learn to ride a kiteboard like a boss. Start the day with a sunrise kayak tour at Palm Cove. Tee off at Half Moon Bay Golf Course, take a day trip to the gorge-ous Barron Gorge National Park, or stay in Clifton Beach to be close to the Cairns Tropical Zoo.

Of course, the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest are must-do activities for ANY Tropical North Queensland trip. Get your swim, your snorkel or your scuba on and marvel at the pretty coral. And take a hike, quite literally, in ancient and secluded woods.

Shopping, Dining and Nightlife

The Cairns beaches have local shopping choices that range from the Coastwatchers mall to the fashionable boutiques of Palm Cove’s Williams Esplanade. The beaches also have no shortage of (surprise surprise) beachfront dining, ranging from down to earth and simple (fish and chips on the beach with your partner) to something a little fancier (like Italian food and cocktails by the sea). Trinity Beach has all kinds of yummy dining choices including pizza and seafood, bars and grills and Thai.

The Cairns Northern Beaches are laidback, relaxed and not major party zones, but if you want some nightlife, there are local pubs and taverns. Or you can cab it back into Cairns!

Getting here

Start by bundling up your cheap flights to Cairns and Cairns Northern Beaches accommodation with us. You can hire a car or get to and around the Northern Beaches by bus or taxi. The main thing is getting here so you can live every lastminute in the starting point to Far North Queensland.


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