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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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Peppers Beach Club and Spa - Palm Cove AU$223
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 Stars

    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.

    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. Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and Smithfield Shopping Centre are also within 6 mi (10 km).

      Ocean Blue Beachfront House
      Ocean Blue Beachfront House

      Ocean Blue Beachfront House

      139 Arlington Esplanade, Clifton Beach, QLD
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Clifton Beach, this holiday home is within a 15-minute walk of Clifton Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Kewarra Beach and Clifton Village Shopping Centre are also within 1 mile (2 km).

        Agincourt Beachfront Apartments AU$220
        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 Clifton Beach, Palm Cove Beach and Clifton Village Shopping Centre. Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park are also within 9 mi (15 km).

          Pullman Palm Cove Sea Temple Resort and Spa AU$197
          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 Stars

            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.

            Mantra Amphora AU$123
            Mantra Amphora

            Mantra Amphora

            49-63 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove, QLD
               
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated near the beach, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Kuranda National Park and Palm Cove Beach. Clifton Beach is 1.9 mi (3.1 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 mile (2 km) of Kewarra Beach, Palm Cove Beach and Clifton Beach. Clifton Village Shopping Centre and Wet Tropics of Queensland are also within 2 miles (3 km).

                3 Bedroom Beachfront Apartment
                3 Bedroom Beachfront Apartment

                3 Bedroom Beachfront Apartment

                77 Arlington Esplanade, Clifton Beach, QLD
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated on the beach, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Kewarra Beach, Palm Cove Beach and Clifton Beach. Clifton Village Shopping Centre and Wet Tropics of Queensland are also within 2 miles (3 km).