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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.

Hotel Grand Chancellor Palm Cove
Hotel Grand Chancellor Palm Cove
4 out of 5
Coral Coast Drive, Palm Cove, QLD
The price is NZ$128 per night from 28 May to 28 May
This family-friendly Cairns hotel is located by the ocean, within 1 mi (2 km) of Wet Tropics of Queensland and Palm Cove Beach. Clifton Beach is 2.6 mi (4.1 ...
4.1/5Very Good! (683 reviews)
"Good value and close to cafes and restaurants."

Reviewed on 3 May 2021

Hotel Grand Chancellor Palm Cove
Imagine Drift Palm Cove
Imagine Drift Palm Cove
4 out of 5
Cnr Veivers Rd Williams Esp, Palm Cove, QLD
The price is NZ$290 per night from 14 May to 14 May
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. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (484 reviews)
"Great location,good clean room.Beautiful pool in tropical setting,sadly unusable,it’s freezing cold!"

Reviewed on 27 Apr. 2021

Imagine Drift Palm Cove
Fitzroy Island Resort
Fitzroy Island Resort
4.5 out of 5
Fitzroy Island via Cairns, Fitzroy Island, QLD
The price is NZ$209 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Nestled on the beach, this Fitzroy Island resort is in a national park and 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Fitzroy Island National Park.
4.1/5Very Good! (755 reviews)
"The narural setting, the beach. The beach pub, the foid was goi also."

Reviewed on 22 Mar. 2021

Fitzroy Island Resort
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Sea Change Beachfront Apartments
Sea Change Beachfront Apartments
5 out of 5
31-35 Vasey Esplanade, Trinity Beach, QLD
The price is NZ$521 per night from 25 May to 25 May
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! (952 reviews)
Trinity Beach - Relaxation to the max
"we stayed 3 nights 4-7 feb 2021.. Checkin was a breeze friendly staff ..highly recommend staying here , we will return for sure :) Very clean , facilities were excellent .. everything you need is in the apartment ..the view across the beach is breathtaking ... I much prefer Trinity Beach to Palm ..."

Reviewed on 9 Feb. 2021

Sea Change Beachfront Apartments
Sea Point On Trinity Beach
Sea Point On Trinity Beach
4.5 out of 5
63 Vasey Esplanade, Trinity Beach, QLD
The price is NZ$389 per night from 14 May to 14 May
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! (112 reviews)
"Loved the unit and the location. Pool Good too. Perfect"

Reviewed on 9 Apr. 2021

Sea Point On Trinity Beach
Vue Apartments Trinity Beach
Vue Apartments Trinity Beach
4.5 out of 5
78-86 Moore Street, Trinity Beach, QLD
The price is NZ$481 per night from 27 May to 27 May
Offering direct access to the beach, this Trinity Beach apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Trinity Beach and Kewarra Beach. Smithfield Conservation ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (288 reviews)
"Beautiful views. The unit and all fittings were excellent quality. Nice and roomy. Huge balcony. Beautiful pool. Very peaceful location. Relaxing holiday."

Reviewed on 30 Mar. 2021

Vue Apartments Trinity Beach
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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