Cairns Beaches

Travel Guide
Palm Cove Beach featuring landscape views, a sandy beach and tropical scenes

With the Great Barrier Reef on your front doorstep and breathtaking tropical rainforest out the back, this laid-back city is where your adventures begin.

Take the plunge into reef-marbled waters and dense tropical rainforests from Cairns, a major city in northern Queensland and a gateway to some of the country’s most famous World Heritage wonders. Cairns pulses with the life of its natural surroundings, while its cosmopolitan hum makes it a great spot to base your tropical north Queensland adventures. Embark on a tour of the iconic Great Barrier Reef, see the rainforests of the Wet Tropics or simply kick back on sandy white beaches fringed by palms at the Northern Beaches.

Linger a while in Cairns to discover the city’s local treasures. Take a dip at the Esplanade Lagoon, check out the marina or pick up regional delights from the farmers’ market. Cairns Tropical Zoo showcases the diverse wildlife that resides in Queensland’s tropical north.

Discover postcard-perfect waters along Cairns’ Northern Beaches. Trinity Beach offers family-friendly swimming areas, while Palm Cove is the ideal romantic getaway. Enjoy the seclusion of Clifton Beach beneath the shade of a coconut palm.

When you’re ready to explore a little further, head to the Reef Fleet Terminal for a wide range of coral-cay sightseeing and diving tours, or jump on board the historic railway that takes passengers through breathtaking rainforest to the town of Kuranda. Check out Barron Gorge National Park to soar over the Wet Tropics on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Book a white-water rafting adventure on the Tully, Barron or North Johnstone rivers. Explore ancient rainforests at Cape Tribulation and the Daintree or take a four-wheel drive journey through the hinterland savannah and fertile plateau of the Atherton Tablelands.

Cairns is located on Queensland’s northern coast and is accessible via its own domestic and international airport, as well as the coast’s major arterial highway. The Northern Beaches are about a 15-minute drive from the city. Accommodation options include island resorts and rainforest lodges. Chat to the lifeguards before swimming between November and May, as stingers can make the waters extremely dangerous. Peak visitor times are between June and August, when the climate is warm and dry.

Where to stay in Cairns Beaches

Imagine Drift Palm Cove
Imagine Drift Palm Cove
4 out of 5
Cnr Veivers Rd Williams Esp, Palm Cove, QLD
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$179 per night from 4 Oct. to 4 Oct.
Located in Palm Cove, this beachfront apartment building is in the entertainment district and within 1 mi (2 km) of Kuranda National Park and Palm Cove Beach. ...
4.2/5Excellent! (511 reviews)
"I was staying there on my own and felt very safe and welcomed the reception lady was exceptional very friendly and helpful I’ll be back"

Reviewed on 18 Sep. 2021

Imagine Drift Palm Cove
Peppers Beach Club and Spa - Palm Cove
Peppers Beach Club and Spa - Palm Cove
5 out of 5
123 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove, QLD
The price is AU$316 per night from 11 Oct. to 11 Oct.
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.
4.5/5Wonderful! (879 reviews)
"Great pools and perfect location. The place needs some good cleaning and a refresh, especially for the money they ask."

Reviewed on 4 Aug. 2021

Peppers Beach Club and Spa - Palm Cove
Pullman Palm Cove Sea Temple Resort and Spa
Pullman Palm Cove Sea Temple Resort and Spa
5 out of 5
5 Triton Street, Palm Cove, QLD
The price is AU$265 per night from 6 Oct. to 6 Oct.
Located in Palm Cove, this luxury resort is within 1 mile (2 km) of Palm Cove Beach and Kuranda National Park. Clifton Beach and Clifton Village Shopping Centre ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (690 reviews)
Nice place and excellent staff.
"The staff at this hotel were the highlight of my stay. Friendly, helpful and know their jobs well. I stayed 8 nights and every interaction from check-in to check-out was positive. Thankyou for the great stay .. hang on to those ones Pullman you've got some real gems."

Reviewed on 30 May 2021

Pullman Palm Cove Sea Temple Resort and Spa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Imagine Drift Palm Cove
Imagine Drift Palm Cove
4 out of 5
Cnr Veivers Rd Williams Esp, Palm Cove, QLD
The price is AU$179 per night from 4 Oct. to 4 Oct.
Located in Palm Cove, this beachfront apartment building is in the entertainment district and within 1 mi (2 km) of Kuranda National Park and Palm Cove Beach. ...
4.2/5Excellent! (511 reviews)
"I was staying there on my own and felt very safe and welcomed the reception lady was exceptional very friendly and helpful I’ll be back"

Reviewed on 18 Sep. 2021

Imagine Drift Palm Cove
Sea Change Beachfront Apartments
Sea Change Beachfront Apartments
5 out of 5
31-35 Vasey Esplanade, Trinity Beach, QLD
The price is AU$500 per night from 10 Oct. to 10 Oct.
Nestled on the beach, this Trinity Beach apartment building is within 6 mi (10 km) of Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Tjapukai Cultural Park and Smithfield Shopping ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (961 reviews)
"Great location to Trinity Beach. Fantastic apartment overlooking beach. Staff very friendly and helpful."

Reviewed on 12 Sep. 2021

Sea Change Beachfront Apartments
Roydon Beachfront Apartments
Roydon Beachfront Apartments
4.5 out of 5
83-87 Vasey Esplanade, Trinity Beach, QLD
Nestled on the beach, this Trinity Beach apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Trinity Beach and Earl Hill Conservation Park. Kewarra Beach and Smithfield ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (533 reviews)
"Truely a specious two bedroom apartment with ensuite. Very well supplied with emanates, few items can be very useful for a family vacation which we have not seen anywhere else, e.g. esky, containers, beach and picnic utensils. Staff has been really helpful and very friendly to communicate. Highly ..."

Reviewed on 23 Sep. 2021

Roydon Beachfront Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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