Cairns – often considered the jumping off point for the Great Barrier Reef – is a sensational destination in and of itself. The area is most famous for its beaches, locally known as the Cairns Northern Beaches.
The strip of beaches includes several well-known spots such as Machan’s Beach, Holloways Beach, Yorkey’s Knob, Trinity Beach, Kewarra Beach, Clifton Beach, Palm Cove Beach and Ellis Beach. Of these, Palm Cove is perhaps the most popular among tourists for its wealth of amenities, including five-star accommodation, dining, nightlife and water sports.
Trinity Beach is catching up to Palm Cove’s resort explosion and offers fantastic boutique shopping and water sports adventures including sailing and snorkeling.
The entire strip of beaches is protected by the Great Barrier Reef, which keeps the water here clean and calm and the sand a brilliant white.
The beaches are no more than twenty minutes from each other and very easily accessible from the Cairns CBD. For those looking for something a little quieter than cosmopolitan Palm Cove and Trinity Beaches, Clifton Beach and Holloways Beach are the perfect getaway.
Lounge under one of the tropical coconut palms at Clifton Beach as you look out over one of the most protected of Cairn’s beaches, or travel a little further north to Holloways Beach. Holloways is a very small, narrow beach that does not draw the larger tourist crowds. If you are looking to get away from it all and soak up the sun, Holloways is a secret gem.