Beaches in North Queenslan
Whether you want an endless stretch of sand to stroll along or crystal-clear water that is perfect for snorkelling, the beaches in Tropical North Queensland will hit the spot.
Nudey Beach on Fitzroy Island is located just a zippy 45-minute ferry ride from Cairns. Whether you’re heading over on a day trip or plan on staying a night or two at the resort, it makes for a great (and easy) island escape for couples, families, and even solo travellers.
If you’re looking for something a little closer to the mainland, then Dunk is your island, located midway between Cairns and Townsville, just 4km offshore from Mission Beach. Family Islands National Park and is a spectacular mix of rainforest and reef just waiting to be explored.
Ellis Beach(approx. 30 minutes from Cairns) is located at the very start of the Great Barrier Reef Drive – a gorgeous scenic drive from Palm Cove to Port Douglas – and is rated among Australia’s top 20 beaches in the 101 Best Beaches 2017 awards.
Palm Cove Beach
This picturesque coastal village is located at the far end of Cairns’ Northern Beaches, around a 30-minute drive from the city. Bursting with vibrant shops, restaurants, resorts and cafes, it has everything covered within walking distance of accommodation options.
Another Cairns locale just 20 minutes from the city, Trinity Beach brings to the table a relaxing atmosphere, stunner palm-fringed foreshore, and calm sheltered waters. Situated between two headlands, this 1km stretch offers loads of activities if you feel like getting active, otherwise just claim yourself a soft patch of sand for the day and soak up the sun.
Four Mile Beach
Port Douglas is home to the beautiful Four Mile Beach, a flawless stretch of coast that runs all the way from Yule Point – a stunning ‘stop the car’ spot for an Insta-worthy snap – to the rocks at Island Point. Four miles to be exact. It’s the perfect place to soak up the sun while the kids enjoy the gentle surf break. Patrolled year-round and with loads of fun activities on offer, it’s not hard to see why Port is a travel destination for families from all over the world.