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Clifton Beach

This quiet beach north of Cairns offers long stretches of white sand and clear water.

Clifton Beach is a tropical beachside town surrounded by two natural wonders: a World Heritage-listed rain forest and the Great Barrier Reef. The six-kilometre (3.7-mile) beach is lined with palm trees, white sand and clear water. Come to swim, go white-water rafting, wildlife watching, or just unwind in the shade with a drink in one hand and a book in the other.

Clifton Beach is relatively quiet, with fewer tourists than neighbouring beaches and an almost non-existent nightlife. Spend a few hours or a few weeks here. Accommodation options range from budget dormitory-style rooms, to luxury resorts. There are cafés and restaurants, grocery stores and a few specialty retail outlets where you can pick up holiday equipment such as fishing gear and snorkels. 

At the beach you’ll find picnic tables, barbecues and play equipment. Feed kangaroos and cuddle a koala at the Cairns Tropical Zoo. Keen golfers can enjoy a game on the local golf course, which is considered one of Australia’s top 50 greens.

Explore the headland of Cape Tribulation and the surrounding Daintree Rainforest on foot, by car or as part of a tour. Walk north along the beach to Palm Cove, a town that offers more bars and restaurants, as well as boutiques and art galleries. Port Douglas is a 45-minute drive north of Clifton Beach. Many tour companies leave from Port Douglas for the Great Barrier Reef, and the town of about 5,000 residents has a thriving backpacker nightlife and fine-dining restaurants.

The weather is warm all year, and hot and humid in summer. Clifton Beach has nets that protect swimmers from harmful marine stingers such as irukandji jellyfish, which are in the waters between November and May. Lifeguards patrol the beach every day during “stinger season”.

Clifton Beach is a 25-minute drive north of Cairns along the Captain Cook Highway. Buses run regularly between Cairns and Palm Cove, stopping at Clifton Beach every hour throughout the day.


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Argosy On The Beach
Argosy On The Beach

Argosy On The Beach

119 Arlington Esplanade, Clifton Beach, QLD
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Nestled on the beach, this Clifton Beach apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Clifton Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Kewarra Beach and Clifton Village Shopping Centre are also within 1 mi (2 km).

    Agincourt Beachfront Apartments
    Agincourt Beachfront Apartments

    Agincourt Beachfront Apartments

    69-73 Arlington Esplanade Clifton Beach, Clifton Beach, QLD
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Nestled on the beach, this Clifton Beach apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kewarra Beach, Palm Cove Beach, and Clifton Beach. Clifton Village Shopping Centre is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) away.

      Clifton Sands Holiday Apartments
      Clifton Sands Holiday Apartments

      Clifton Sands Holiday Apartments

      81-87 Guide Street, (Entrance on Clifton Road), Clifton Beach, QLD
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated by the ocean, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kewarra Beach, Palm Cove Beach, and Clifton Beach. Clifton Village Shopping Centre is 1 mi (1.6 km) away.

        Arlington Apartments
        Arlington Apartments

        Arlington Apartments

        7/77 Arlington Esplanade, Clifton Beach, QLD
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Clifton Beach, this beach apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kewarra Beach, Palm Cove Beach, and Clifton Beach. Clifton Village Shopping Centre is 1 mi (1.6 km) away.

          Torun Holiday House
          Torun Holiday House

          Torun Holiday House

          Lot 6, 61-67 Arlington Esplanade, Clifton Beach, QLD
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated near the beach, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kewarra Beach, Palm Cove Beach, and Clifton Beach. Clifton Village Shopping Centre is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) away.

            Beachcomber Holiday House
            Beachcomber Holiday House

            Beachcomber Holiday House

            Lot 2, 61-67 Arlington Esplanade, Clifton Beach, QLD
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated by the ocean, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kewarra Beach, Palm Cove Beach, and Clifton Beach. Clifton Village Shopping Centre is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) away.

              Reeflections Beachfront Holiday House
              Reeflections Beachfront Holiday House

              Reeflections Beachfront Holiday House

              Lot 8, 61-67 Arlington Esplanade, Clifton Beach, QLD
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated on the waterfront, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kewarra Beach, Palm Cove Beach, and Clifton Beach. Clifton Village Shopping Centre is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) away.

                Seaside Hideaway at Clifton Beach
                Seaside Hideaway at Clifton Beach

                Seaside Hideaway at Clifton Beach

                47 Upolu Esplanade, Clifton Beach, QLD
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Clifton Beach, this cottage is within a 10-minute walk of Clifton Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Kewarra Beach and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway are also within 6 mi (10 km).