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 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.

Swimmers at the Northern Beaches of Holloway's Beach, Yorkey's Knob, Trinity Beach, Kewarra Beach, Clifton Beach, Palm Cove and Ellis Beach can swim in stinger resistant enclosures during the summer 'stinger season'The Cairns City Council installs stinger resistant nets at the northern end of Yorkeys Knob beach during the 'stinger season'. Swim only in netted areas, and for more information about marine stingers, please visit our SAFE TRAVEL page.


Yorkeys Knob is separated from Holloways Beach to the south by a narrow channel and a large sand bar, and is terminated at the northern end by ... well ... a rather large knob. To get to 'Yorkeys', after you exit the highway, you'll pass sugar cane farms before reaching the village and then the beach.

Aerial view of the almost deserted beach of Yorkeys Knob, north of Cairns. This quiet beachside suburb apparently owes its name to one George Yorkey Lawson, a Yorkshire born, Cairns based beche-de-mer (sea cucumber) fisherman. Yorkey built a homestead in the vinicity of what is now Yorkeys Knob. The 'knob' is the headland at the northern end of the beach, the first headland north of the Harbour of Cairns.

Yorkeys Knob is a very popular beach for water sports, but especially kite surfing. In fact, this little stretch of beach is regardeded as one of the top kitesurfing and kiteboarding locations in Australia, and is renowned among kitesurfers worldwide. On any day with more than a few knots of tropical breeze, the kitsurfers will line the southern end of the beach, providing a thrilling and colourful spectacle for other beachgoers.

As Yorkeys Knob develops, the two big attractions are the Half Moon Bay Boat Club and Marina, and the Half Moon Bay Country Golf Club. That's not to mention the long open beach, with stinger nets enclosures which provides safe swimming during the summer months. There is a good range of accommodation to suit all budgets and a number of restaurants and take aways, with luxury resorts and condominiums in the planning.

Yorkey's Knob, in the Cairns Northern Beaches, is one of the most popular destinations in Australia for kite surfing or kiting.For its small size, Yorkeys Knob has all the services you may need during your vacation: a mini-supermarket, video store, a liquor store, post office, and bakery. There is a newsagency at The Beach Place, on Sims Esplanade. The petrol station on the edge of the village no longer sells petrol, so the closest 'servo' is a few kilometres north on the highway near the Smithfield roundabout..

Every year, during the Queen's birthday long weekend, the residents of Yorkeys Knob celebrate The Festival of the Knob. For more information about this and other festivals in the area, please visit our


Shop 9/471 Varley Street, Yorkeys Knob
Phone (07) 4055 7918
Kite Rite offers packages for everyone in Yorkeys Knob. From group kite surfing lessons held over the weekend, to one-on-one tuition with personalised attention so you learn to surf, Kite Rite can customise a kiting package that is right for you. Or you can enjoy a memorable kiting day at the Great Barrier Reef.



Yorkeys Knob accommodation is understated in comparison with Trinity Beach or Palm Cove. The majority of holiday accommodation in Yorkeys Knob is in the form of self contained apartments. But the apartments range from budget holiday units to luxurious beachfront penthouse suites. There are also resorts and holiday homes, and bed and breakfast accommodation on Yorkey's Knob.

Self contained accommodation just a short walk from Yorkeys Knob beachfront.Self contained holiday apartments in a rainforest setting.VILLA MARINE
8 Rutherford Street , Yorkeys Knob (MAP)
Phone (07) 4055 7158 / Fax (07) 4055 8380


Tranquil rainforest setting!

These self contained holiday units have the unique situation of a rainforest frontage as well as being fifty metres from the beachfront. Villa Marine offers one of the most affordable budget priced accommodation options in Cairns and at Cairns Northern Beaches, with holiday apartments to suit singles, couples, families and groups.

The apartments are set in large tropical gardens secluded and away from main roads noise and sheltered from beachfront winds by our own rainforest. Restaurants, Yorkeys Knob golf course, shops, post office and the Yorkeys Knob Marina are within short walking distance. Each holiday apartment has its own private patio which face the rainforest so guests look directly out at forest not other holiday resorts and apartments, so the setting is secluded, very tranquil and peaceful.

The York Apartments, in Tropical North Queensland, provide the perfect accommodation in Yorkeys Knob.Enjoy and relax at the tropical swimming pool while staying at The York Apartments, in Tropical North Queensland.THE YORK
61-63 Sims Esplanade, Yorkeys Knob (MAP)
Phone (07) 4055 8733 / Fax (07) 4055 8744
details coming soon

Feels like a home away from home!

The York Beachfront Apartments located right on the beachfront features 16 fully self contained apartments with lovely sea breezes.

Each apartment faces the beach and has air conditioning and ceiling fans, queen size beds, a fully equipped kitchen with your own washing machine and dryer. (There's even an ironing board, iron and hair dryer). All the apartments are 1 bedroom ensuite rooms with a double sofa bed in the lounge which would accommodate 2 extra persons. Satellite TV and undercover off road parking are also features. Guest facilities include a large lap pool, spa, bbq area and tour desk with complimentary booking service. Located only 15 minutes from Cairns city and 10 minutes from the airport, Yorkeys Knob is one of Far North Queensland's best beach holiday spots.

Half Moon Bay Resort, located in Yorkeys Know, Cairns Northern Beaches, offers fully four star accommodation.Half Moon Bay Resort, located in Yorkeys Know, Cairns Northern Beaches, overlooks Half Moon Bay Golf Club.HALF MOON BAY RESORT
101 -103 Wattle Street, Yorkeys Knob (MAP)
Phone (07) 4055 8059 / Fax (07) 4055 8282
details coming soon

Overlooking Half Moon Bay Golf Club!

Half Moon Bay Resort offers a relaxed tranquil setting to enjoy the sounds of the birds, a stroll through our lush tropical gardens or a lounge by the resort pool. The Resort overlooks Half Moon Bay Golf Club and is bordered by a nature reserve. Star Apple restaurant is located directly opposite at the Golf Club. The 4 star apartments are fully self contained, air conditioned, with free cable TV and include washing machines and clothes dryers. The beach, local shops, the boat club/marina and restaurants are all within a 5- 10 min walk.

Combine a stay at Half Moon Bay Resort with tours and cruises that showcase the wonder of Tropical North Queensland or with a Play and Stay golfing package. Their packages offer three, five or seven night stays combined with car rental and tours to the major attractions in and around Cairns. A package can be tailored to the specific requirements of the guests, whether it be adventure, sightseeing, golf of diving / snorkelling.

12-14 Deauville Close, Yorkeys Knob
Phone (07) 4055 8033 / Fax (07) 4055 8037
Offering one and two bedroom fully self-contained holiday apartments, Golden Sands Resort is right on the beachfront with only open lawns and gardens separating your apartment from the long stretch of golden sand that is Yorkeys Knob beach.

Jessie Close, Yorkeys Knob
Phone (07) 4055 7158 / Fax (07) 4055 8380
This pet friendly, family friendly Yorkeys Knob holiday house is suitable for holiday makers looking for an affordable fully self-contained holiday house or large holiday apartment close to the beach.

8 Rutherford Street, Yorkeys Knob
Phone (07) 4055 7158
Affordable self contained holiday units that have the unique situation of a rainforest frontage as well as being located only fifty metres from the beachfront, all nine Villa Marine apartments are very peaceful and secluded.

79 Sims Esplanade, Yorkeys Knob
Phone (07) 4055 7139
Perfect location right on the beach.


Yorkeys Knob restaurant Driftaways offers a unique dining experience overlooking Double Island and the coastline.DRIFTAWAYS RESTAURANT
Yorkeys Knob Boating Club
25 Buckley Street, Yorkeys Knob (MAP)
Phone (07) 4055 7711
email address coming soon
website coming soon

Relax, unwind and drift away at Driftaways. A unique dining experience is had by all with spectacular ocean views overlooking Double Island Point and coastline. The menu is designed to cater for all tastes and special requirements with delicious items of seafood, steak, pasta, salads and much more.

Yorkeys Knob Boating Club has the largest shade sail in the Far North to provide the ultimate in 'all weather' alfresco dining at Driftaways Restaurant. Come in and relax, enjoy great food, a fantastic view and a complete tropical atmosphere. You can listen to some of our great local musicians or enjoy an intimate sunset dinner for two. There is also a playground for the kids.

459 Varley Street (Shop 10), Yorkeys Knob
Phone (07) 4055 7213
Yorkeys Knob Takeaway was voted best hamburgers in Cairns by local radio station, SeaFM.

471 Varley Street, Yorkeys Knob
Phone (07) 4055 8450
Buzz Aroma Cafe specializes in deli style food, great breakfasts and quick lunches. They offer a very affordable Sunday roast and an extensive menu on Friday and Saturday nights.


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Cairns Unlimited offers you the best deals on car rentals.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 CAIRNS CAR HIRE 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?

Sunbus is Cairns local bus company, servicing the city of Cairns and Cairns Northern Beaches, including Yorkeys Knob.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' system. Sunbus connects Cairns City Place with Yorkeys Knob daily. 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 Yorkeys Knob holiday accommodation or CAIRNS RENTAL CAR through Cairns Unlimited, and that's thirty five bucks we could save you! While you're in town, phone 131 008 to book a taxi.

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.

Early morning on Yorkeys Knob beach, just north of Cairns. Fishing at the beach, in Tropical North Queensland.


In case of emergency only, dial 000. In all other cases, phone the local service :

Ambulance 131 233
Hospital (07) 4050 6333
Police (07) 4030 7000

Internet access is available at:

Yorkeys Knob Video
7/455 Varley Street
Phone (07) 4055 7724

The Beach Place
79 Sims Esplanade
Phone (07) 4055 7306