It's true, Cairns city wasn't blessed with a sandy beach, just tidal mudflats. The City Council has made up for this with the recent construction of a sparkling man made lagoon on the Cairns esplanade. But if you want a 'real' beach experience, you'll have to head a wee ways north, to the string of peaceful, leafy, beachside suburbs called -not surprisingly- the 'Northern Beaches'. C'mon in, the water's perfect!
THE BEACHFRONT COMMUNITIES MAKING UP THE 20 KILOMETRE STRETCH OF COASTLINE KNOWN AS THE 'NORTHERN BEACHES' ARE EACH QUITE UNIQUE IN ATMOSPHERE. USE THE LINKS IN THE SIDE COLUMN TO GO TO YOUR CHOSEN DESTINATION.
The Northern Beaches are pleasant, laid back little villages lined with palm trees and plenty of shaded, grassy areas for picnics and BBQs. The tourism boom in the Cairns region hasn't spoilt the authentic Tropical North Queensland charm of these communities, and although the areas are well served by public transport, with local bus company Sunbus running regular services to and from the centre of Cairns, the Northern Beaches are largely overlooked by the masses. In fact, you can still often find a stretch of beach completely to yourself, especially during the week, when many of the residents are at work.
The Northern Beaches have always been a popular getaway for Cairns locals, but in recent years the has area seen the development of a range of tourist accommodation and restaurants, particularly popular with families on vacation. The communities that make up the Cairns Northern Beaches are: Machan's Beach, Holloway's Beach, Yorkey's Knob, Trinity Beach, Kewarra Beach, Clifton Beach, Palm Cove and Ellis Beach.
The Cairns City Council installs stinger resistant nets at Kewarra Beach during the 'stinger season'. Swim only in netted areas, and for more information about marine stingers, please visit our page. SAFE TRAVEL
Kewarra is at the southern end of a long stretch of sand that also includes Palm Cove and Clifton Beach. The beach itself is clean and wide, and protected from the southeasterly swell by a rocky headland. It's an excellent spot for families, with picnic tables, play equipment, and public toilets all handy. The suburb of Kewarra Beach could be described as quiet and classy. Compared to Trinity Beach - to the south - it's a small community suburb with limited facilities. Much of the beachfront real estate is residential, owned and occupied by Cairns locals before development had a chance.
But it's a pleasant place to visit (or live!), maybe partly because of the lack of development. It's a great choice of you're looking to get away from the crowds. The long beach is fronted by a park, and if you fancy playing a round, the local Paradise Palms Golf Course is of international standards.
Kewarra Beach accommodation is less developed than Trinity Beach or Palm Cove, but you will find a range of choices, from family friendly holiday homes and apartments to bed and breakfast accommodation and an internationally acclaimed resort. ACCOMMODATION - KEWARRA BEACH
KEWARRA BEACH RESORT & SPA
Kewarra Street, Kewarra Beach (MAP)
Phone (07) 4058 4000 / Fax (07) 4057 7525
Internationally acclaimed... with private beachfront!
A secluded hideaway in picturesque tropical Queensland set on thirty acres of lush landscaped rainforest gardens this private boutique beachfront property provides the ultimate Australian holiday experience. Kewarra Beach Resort and Spa focuses on environmental sensitivity, superb cuisine and world class service, while boasting extensive botanical gardens with detached secluded suites and spacious private bungalows itís no surprise that this wonderfully romantic hideaway has become a firm favourite with honeymooners and nature lovers the world over. Just twenty minutes from Cairns airport, the property is perfectly located to explore the Great Barrier Reef and the magnificent ancient rainforests of Gondwana.
Fantastic Kewarra Beach holiday home to accommodate even two families who want to enjoy their tropical holidays. The home has five bedrooms and two bathrooms and is fully furnished.
BOYZ ON THE BEACH - CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
1 Coogee Close, Kewarra Bech
Phone (07) 4055 6462 / Fax (07) 4055 6472
A gay owned and operated B&B at Kewarra Beach, north of Cairns, Boyz on the Beach provides holiday accommodation exclusively for men, situated just a short stroll from a beautiful coconut lined foreshore of Kewarra Beach.
PERSONA VILLA KEWARRA BEACH
35 Kewarra Street, Kewarra Beach
Phone / Fax (07) 4058 2440
A family friendly holiday accommodation with four bedrooms accommodation up to eight adults. Situated across the road from the beach, the holiday let home has a private saltwater swimming pool and cabana, self contained kitchen and two bathrooms including a spa bath.
DINING - KEWARRA BEACH
Kewarra Beach Resort, Kewarra Beach
Phone (07) 4058 4000
Paperbark Restaurant at Kewarra Beach Resort and Spa will tempt your palate with exquisite local seafood and an array of tantalizing dishes. The kitchen brigade prides itself in creating innovative menus that reflect the diverse range of unique flavours that tropical North Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef are renowned for.
Paradise Palms Resort and Country Club
Paradise Palms Drive, Kewarra Beach
Phone (07) 4059 9910
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Fifty Nine Restaurant is the perfect location to have a meal. The restaurant offers views of the ocean and the mountains and is surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens.
DEBONO'S PIZZA AND PASTA
Kewarra Shopping Centre, Kewarra Beach
Phone (07) 4057 7111
Italian cuisine to eat in or take away.
NAUTILUS BEACH CAFE & BAR
Situated at the high tide mark on Kewarra's very own private beach the Nautilus cafe provides the perfect beach location for a morning coffee, light lunch or sunset cocktails.
KEWARRA FISH 'N' CHIPS
Shop 4/5 Poolwood Road, Kewarra Beach
Phone (07) 4057 6110
Great fish and chips, and gourmet burgers. They deliver from Trinity Beach to Palm Cove from Thursday to Sunday, with a minimum order of $20.
GETTING TO KEWARRA BEACH
If you are thinking of joining a tour, bear in mind that most of the tour companies will pick you up from your accommodation in the Northern Beaches and will drop you off at the end of the day. However, if you want to have the freedom of driving your own car, please visit our page, where we will offer you the best deal available on a rental car or campervan in the whole city of Cairns and surrounds. Could you ask for more? CAIRNS CAR HIRE .
Sunbus is the local bus company servicing Cairns city, suburbs and Northern Beaches. They run a dozen or so different routes around the city and operate a 'Hail and Ride' service. Sunbus runs a route from Cairns to Palm Cove, stopping at Trinity Beach, Kewarra Beach and Clifton Beach along the way. If you are looking for a cheaper option, Sunbus offer 24 hour and weekly zone tickets, cheaper than the return ticket. You can find a Sunbus route map, prices and timetables of their services on their website. The local taxi company is Black and White taxis. Taxi fares in Queensland are regulated by the government. But hey, book your Kewarra Beach holiday accommodation or
through Cairns Unlimited, and that's forty six bucks we could save you! While you're in town, phone 131 008 to book a taxi. CAIRNS RENTAL CAR
SUN PALM EXPRESS
Phone (07) 4087 2900
Sun Palm Express runs a number of services every day from Cairns to all points north as far as Cape Tribulation, picking up and setting down at all accommodation houses, hotels, air, bus, train and shipping terminals.
In case of
. In all other cases, phone the local service :
Ambulance 131 233
Hospital (07) 4050 6333
Police (07) 4030 7000