Cairns BeachesAustralia

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Explore Cairns Beaches: its coral reefs, beaches, snorkeling, and more!

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.

Known for

Family-Friendly, Coral Reefs and Rain Forests

Top Hotels in Cairns Beaches

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Imagine Drift Palm Cove
4 out of 5
Cnr Veivers Rd Williams Esp, Palm Cove, QLD
$99/night
Sep 16 - Sep 17
4.3/5Excellent! (363 reviews)

Located in Palm Cove, this beachfront apartment building is in the entertainment district, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Palm Cove Beach, and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Clifton ...

4.3/5Excellent! (363 reviews)

"Pool good. Carpet in foyer dated. Good location. Close to eateries. Grest spot."…"

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2019

Imagine Drift Palm Cove
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Fitzroy Island Resort
4.5 out of 5
Fitzroy Island via Cairns, Fitzroy Island, QLD
$119/night
Sep 18 - Sep 19
4.1/5Very Good! (695 reviews)

This resort is by the ocean, nestled on a beach in Fitzroy Island within easy reach of windsurfing and kayaking. Regional attractions also include Marineland ...

4.1/5Very Good! (695 reviews)

"Incredible location and a truly memorable experience. The room was large and comfortable. The hot water in the shower was a little unreliable. Wonderful having laundry facilities in the room! The island is gorgeous, and the snorkeling was wonderful! We saw sea turtles, rays, and incredible fish. ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2019

Fitzroy Island Resort
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Blue Lagoon Resort
4.5 out of 5
22 - 26 Trinity Beach Road, Trinity Beach, QLD
$135/night
Oct 16 - Oct 17
4.4/5Wonderful! (874 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this luxury apartment building is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Kewarra Beach and within 6 mi (10 km) of Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and Palm ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (874 reviews)

"Property was amazing. Pool so clean and everything was 10/10"…"

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2019

Blue Lagoon Resort

Popular things to do in Cairns Beaches

Palm Cove Beach
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Palm Cove Beach

Located in between the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef, this palm tree-lined beach is an idyllic spot to take it easy or begin an adventure.

Clifton Beach
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Clifton Beach

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

Great Barrier Reef
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Great Barrier Reef

The largest coral reef in the world lies just off the coast of Cairns and offers thousands of kilometers of coral, marine life and untouched white sand beaches.

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
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Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Soar above the treetops of the rain forest, gorges and mountains of North Queensland in a glass-enclosed cable car.

Cairns Esplanade
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Cairns Esplanade

Stroll along the boardwalk surrounded by palms tree and landscaped gardens and watch the sun set over the Coral Sea.

Four Mile Beach
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Four Mile Beach

One of the most-photographed stretches of beach in Australia has pristine white sands, waving palm trees, clear blue water and spectacular views across the ocean.

Top activities in Cairns Beaches

Green Island Reef Cruise
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Green Island Reef Cruise

$42

Cruise to Green Island, the only coral cay in the Great Barrier Reef with a lush rainforest. Spend the day exploring this protected Marine National Park—immersing yourself in its surrounding undersea universe teeming with technicolor coral and marine life.

Small Group Premium Daintree & Cape Tribulation Day Tour
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Small Group Premium Daintree & Cape Tribulation Day Tour

$157

Indulge in an unforgettable full-day premium small group tour of the Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation. Soak up the breathtaking scenery and immerse yourself in the ecological history of the region as you cruise Captain Cook Highway, with stops for an electric boat ride and a stroll along the beach.

Daintree Rainforest & Cape Tribulation Tour
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Daintree Rainforest & Cape Tribulation Tour

$140

Spend a day exploring the scenic, natural areas around the Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation. Visit a mangrove forest, attempt to spot the elusive southern cassowary and estuarine crocodiles, and hand feed a kangaroo on your comprehensive journey through the bush.

Small-Group Sailing Adventure to Green Island & Reef Snorkel
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Small-Group Sailing Adventure to Green Island & Reef Snorkel

$97

Get up-close to the Great Barrier Reef’s vibrant, biodiverse undersea universe during this excursion to idyllic Green Island. Sail aboard a classic schooner and bask in the unspoiled beauty of the Coral Sea before arriving at an exclusive reef mooring to snorkel the day away.

Fitzroy Island Adventures - Full Day or Half Day
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Fitzroy Island Adventures - Full Day or Half Day

$54

Spend a day soaking up the sun and sand on Fitzroy Island, an unspoiled outpost on the Great Barrier Reef covered in lush rainforest and surrounded by clear waters and coral reefs.

Hartley's Crocodile and Beach Combo from Cairns
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Hartley's Crocodile and Beach Combo from Cairns

$63

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Harry Freeman Drive Lot 10 Captain Cook Hwy Left from Harry Freeman Drive, Palm Cove, Queensland 4879 Australia Enjoy an unforgettable animal encounter with a visit to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures from Cairns.