Cairns and FNQ Beaches

Beaches around Cairns and FNQ

Most people are surprised to learn that Cairns itself does not have a beach!

However, luckily there are really nice beaches to the the north and south of Cairns, from the well known popular 4-mile Beach in Port Douglas and Palm Cove beach, to the lesser known Ellis Beach in the north and Etty Bay in the south.

Palm Cove View with jetty
Palm Cove Beach with thanks to Kaz Orford for the photo.

Cairns Northern Beaches

Cairns Northern Beaches are all beautiful and completely different from each other.

If you’re looking for a beach with beachside cafes, shops and restaurants, then Palm Cove or Trinity Beach are the beaches for you. If it’s windy we suggest Trinity Beach as it is more sheltered.

For quieter beaches with a residential feel, then head to Holloways Beach, Yorkeys Knob, Kewarra Beach or Clifton Beach.

For the locals favourite head to Ellis Beach just north of Palm Cove.

.For fishing and exploring try Machans Beach or Kewarra Beach.

Marine Stinger Sign
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Machans Beach

Cairns’ Closest Beach Machans Beach is Cairns Closest beach, approximately a 10 minutes drive north of Cairns. However forget about swimming here!  Machans Beach has

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Kewarra Beach looking spectacular

Kewarra Beach

Kewarra Beach  A hidden gem, popular with the locals. With a wide sandy beach, beautiful views, a large under cover BBQ area, small playground and

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Ellis Beach

Ellis Beach

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Palm Cove View with jetty

Palm Cove

Palm Cove is Cairns most popular beach – and for good reason – it is stunning! If you like beachside villages, cafes, food, good coffee,

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Yorkeys Knob Beach - main area

Yorkeys Knob Beach

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View Trinity Beach looking south

Trinity Beach

Trinity Beach – Cairns Northern Beaches Trinity Beach is a beautiful and stunning beach, ideal for families and kids.   Located 25 mins north from Cairns,

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Clifton Beach

Clifton Beach

Clifton Beach is a beautiful quiet beach, with palm trees, a sandy beach and beautiful views of the coral sea.Located in the Cairns Northern Beaches

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