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Holidays to Cairns and Northern Beaches

It may not have its own beach, but you can still come to Cairns for sunshine, sand and swimming – all thanks to the nearby Northern Beaches. 

Suburbs like Trinity Beach, Palm Cove and Yorkeys Knob are like pictures from postcards but better, with clean, calm beaches that come fringed with palm trees. Lounge around, cook a BBQ lunch, or swim safely in the nets away from the stingers. Known as the gateway to Tropical North Queensland, Cairns is close to the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. It’s also an awesome place to shop for souvenirs, dine by the sea in style, or have a night on the town. Book your Cairns Northern Beaches hotel with us and find the beach that’s right for your Cairns holiday.

History

The Cairns Northern Beaches are a string of beach communities that start about 15 minutes north of Cairns (by car). Cairns was officially founded in 1876 following the discovery of gold. Trinity Beach was a training hub for soldiers during World War Two, and Yorkies Knob took its name from George Lawson (“Yorkey”), a York-shire born sea cucumber fisherman who lived on the hill above the sea.
Things to do

Popular with families (and deservedly so), Trinity Beach is a place to relax and enjoy the views of calm sea in front of you, palm trees behind you and two headlands on either side. It’s lined with BBQs and picnic tables, and comes with a pleasant selection of seaside restaurants and cafes as well.

Palm Cove is a honeymooner’s delight: a long sandy stretch with rolling hills in the distance and a jetty perfect for walks or for fishing (or a little of both, if that’s what you find romantic). Yorkeys Knob beach is rated as one of the world’s top kite-surfing destinations (and that’s no mean feat). Think the beaches of Cairns are exciting now? Wait until you find yourself tearing through the water propelled by the power of the wind!
Most of the beaches around Cairns have swimming nets in place during stinger season. For a safe swim, stay inside the nets!

Check out Cairns for great food, all kinds of nightlife, and attractions like the Cairns Esplanade Lagoon and Kuranda Scenic Railway. And of course, it would be a shame to venture to the gateway to Far North Queensland and not see its two main attractions. Make sure you take a tour of the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest for natural beauty the likes of which you won’t forget.

Shopping and dining

The Northern Beaches have restaurants, bars, cafes and takeaway places facing the sea, and a good selection of shopping centres. Head to Cairns to pick up something a little different at the Cairns Night Markets – the city’s premier shopping destination – and a whole host of satisfying restaurants with tonnes of fresh local seafood.

Getting here

Bundle up your Cairns Northern Beaches accommodation and cheap flight to Cairns and the Northern Beaches into one package. With a peaceful local beach on your doorstep and the Reef, the Daintree AND Cairns nearby, our Cairns Northern Beaches hotels are in the right place… and now is the right time.

Family Hotels in Cairns Beaches

Cairns Plaza Hotel

Cairns Plaza Hotel

145 The Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
    3.5 out of 5.0
     
     
    4.1 out of 5 (133 reviews)

    Situated in Cairns, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Muddy's Playground and Cairns Esplanade. Cairns Marlin Marina and Reef Fleet Terminal are also within ...

    from AU$110

    Cairns Sunland Leisure Park

    Cairns Sunland Leisure Park

    49-61 Little Pease Street, Manoora, QLD
      4.0 out of 5.0
       
       
      4.0 out of 5 (742 reviews)

      Situated near the airport, this campsite is within 3 miles (5 km) of Royal Flying Doctor, Cairns Esplanade and Cairns Central Shopping Centre. Centenary Lakes ...

      from AU$54

      Blue Lagoon Resort

      Blue Lagoon Resort

      22 - 26 Trinity Beach Road, Trinity Beach, QLD
        4.5 out of 5.0
         
         
        4.5 out of 5 (213 reviews)

        Situated near the airport, this luxury apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Trinity Beach and Kewarra Beach. Smithfield Conservation Park and Earl ...

        from AU$275

        Marlin Cove Resort

        Marlin Cove Resort

        2 Keem St, Trinity Beach, QLD
          3.5 out of 5.0
           
           
          4.6 out of 5 (125 reviews)

          This family-friendly Trinity Beach apartment building is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Trinity Beach and Kewarra Beach. Smithfield Conservation ...

          from AU$135

          Romantic Hotels in Cairns Beaches

          Peppers Beach Club and Spa - Palm Cove

          Peppers Beach Club and Spa - Palm Cove

          123 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove, QLD
            5.0 out of 5.0
             
             
            4.6 out of 5 (422 reviews)

            Nestled on the beach, this Palm Cove resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Wet Tropics of Queensland and Palm Cove Beach. Clifton Beach is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) away.

            from AU$208

            Pullman Reef Hotel Casino

            Pullman Reef Hotel Casino

            35-41 Wharf Street, Cairns, QLD
              5.0 out of 5.0
               
               
              4.8 out of 5 (280 reviews)

              This family-friendly Cairns hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 5-minute walk of Cairns Zoom and Wildlife Dome and Reef Fleet Terminal. Cairns Esplanade ...

              from AU$199

              Alamanda Palm Cove by Lancemore

              Alamanda Palm Cove by Lancemore

              1 Veivers Road, Palm Cove, QLD
                5.0 out of 5.0
                 
                 
                4.7 out of 5 (101 reviews)

                Nestled on the beach, this Palm Cove aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kuranda National Park and Palm Cove Beach. Clifton Beach is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) away.

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                Pullman Palm Cove Sea Temple Resort and Spa

                Pullman Palm Cove Sea Temple Resort and Spa

                5 Triton Street, Palm Cove, QLD
                  5.0 out of 5.0
                   
                   
                  4.6 out of 5 (304 reviews)

                  Nestled on the beach, this Palm Cove resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kuranda National Park and Palm Cove Beach. Clifton Beach is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) away.

                  from AU$197

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