Cairns Northern Beaches

Palm Cove

The Cairns Northern Beaches stretch for 26km along the beautiful Coral Coast. They begin just north of the city beyond the Barron River Bridge with Machans Beach, followed by Holloways Beach, Yorkeys Knob, Trinity Beach, Kewarra Beach, Clifton Beach, Palm Cove and Ellis Beach. The beaches provide the basis for a huge amount of Cairns’ tourism, and holiday accommodation caters to every budget and desire.

All of the Northern Beaches have pockets of residential dwellings, and most also have comfortable beachfront accommodation. For visitors staying at one of Cairns' northern beaches, there are facilities to meet all your needs. A large shopping centre is located at Smithfield, which is central to all the beaches. The Skyrail rainforest cableway and the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park are located nearby. The choice of restaurants is extensive.

Palm Cove

The local Cairns bus service picks up and drops off passengers at all the beaches, except for Ellis Beach. They run every half and hour, and can deliver you to the city centre quickly.

More information about Cairns' Northern Beaches can be found at the dedicated Queensland Beaches website, or see our accommodation listings in the beaches area.

See our accommodation selection in: Palm Cove, Kewarra Beach, Trinity Beach & Yorkeys Knob.

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Port Douglas

North of Cairns is the star-stricken celebrity going areas proximate to Cairns; the Northern Beaches and Port Douglas. Calm azure waters and gentle crashing waves with white sandy beaches are the spectacular reality just north of Cairns. Regularly awarded Queensland’s cleanest beaches awards, Cairns Beaches are perfect for relaxing, lazing and working on the suntan!

Browse our range of Port Douglas accommodation, and see the luxury which awaits in this casual township of Port Douglas.

Great Barrier Reef

The area famous and well visited for its ‘largest living organism’, the Great Barrier Reef. The reef is a must see for any visitors to the Cairns.

Resort accommodation can be found on the Great Barrier Reef off Cairns on Green Island, Fitzroy Island and Double Island. Dunk Island and Bedarra Island near Mission Beach also sport luxury accommodation, and are great for couples who are looking for a relaxing and secluded getaway.

See our range of Great Barrier Reef tours for information about the companies who operate on the reef from Cairns. In Cairns city.

Atherton Tablelands

West of Cairns is a treat for gourmet food lovers, birdwatching enthusiasts, bushwalkers, photographers and hopeless romantics! The Cairns Highlands, formerly known as the Atherton Tablelands is a self-drive adventure land which is highly recommended for those staying a little while in the Cairns region.

The best aspect of staying on the Tablelands is that all Atherton Tablelands accommodation in very unique. Browse our range to see some of the best on offer in the region.

Innisfail & Mission Beach

South of Cairns lies the sleepy town of Innisfail which thrives on sugar cane and bananas. Drive a little further, and you'll be enthralled by an old Spanish castle at Paronella Park, and one of Australia's most magnificent beaches at Mission Beach.

Accommodation in this area can be found at Mission Beach Holidays.