No 1 – Palm Cove Beach

The beach is arguably the most pristine of all Cairns’ Northern Beaches, and it offers picnic tables and free barbeques along its entire length. At the northern end of the beach is a long jetty, described as the most expensive fishing platform in the world by local politicians.

Behind the fringe of palm trees lies Palm Cove Accommodation. From backpackers accommodation to 5-star resorts and fine-dining restaurants, Palm Cove has it all. This versatile beach can be used for the most relaxing holiday experience you can find, and can also serve as an exciting venue for water sports and other activities the far north has to offer.

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No 2 – Trinity Beach

Trinity Beach is the place to be. This banana-shaped beach is sheltered between two large headlands, so all you can see from your beach towel as you soak up the rays is the blue water of the Pacific Ocean. Trinity Beach is very popular with everyone in Cairns and therefore has a huge selection of take-away shops, restaurants, small shopping centres, and accommodation types.

The beach is lined with picnic tables and barbeques that are free to use. The swaying palm trees and aroma of hot fish and chips make Trinity Beach a marvellous place for a family outing or an afternoon get-together with friends.

While Trinity Beach is a residential beach, the road along the beachfront is entirely dedicated to tourist resorts, restaurants and cafes.

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No 3 – Ellis Beach

Ellis Beach is located on the northern side of a rocky outcrop that separates it from the bustling Palm Cove. This beach has all the beauty and charm that Palm Cove offers, but it is totally undeveloped and far fewer people visit it. The local Cairns bus line does not drive to Ellis, which partially accounts for the low number of visitors to the beach.

Ellis Beach is long and thin, stretching for just over 1 kilometre. There is very little swell or surf here because of the rocky outcrop at the southern end and the large Double Island that blocks the sea. At the southern end of the beach the fishing is excellent, and at all other places the sunbathing is great.

Please be careful when swimming here because not many people are around and if you get into trouble you may be on your own to sort yourself out.

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No 4 – Four Mile Beach

This is the premier beach of Port Douglas. From the main Port Douglas district, you can walk to the beach in under 5 minutes and then continue to walk along the sandy beach for hours under the tropical sun. 4-Mile Beach begins at the northern rocky headland – great for kids to explore and play with the small crabs that make the beach their home. Then the 4 miles of beach unfold in a gentle curve that continues as far as the eye can see, without a hint of development. In fact, the accommodation and houses are neatly hidden behind the swaying palms.

Note: This beach has a stinger net during the stinger season. When the stinger net is in place, please only swim inside its protective barriers. Swimming outside the nets exposes you to unnecessary dangers.

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No 5 – Holloways Beach

Holloways beach is narrow – only a couple of metres in width – but is a lovely spot to cool off, take the dog for a walk, sit and enjoy the fresh air, or cast out a fishing line. A very nice restaurant and café make Holloways a pleasant beach in all circumstances.

To access Holloways Beach, follow the Captain Cook Highway north until you reach the roundabout with the sign HOLLOWAYS BEACH. Turn right here and follow the road all the way to the end. This road is well marked with signs, which make it easy to follow.

Note: This beach has a stinger net during the stinger season. When the stinger net is in place, please only swim inside its protective barriers. Swimming outside the nets exposes you to unnecessary dangers.

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No 1 – Vivaldis Restaurant

“It takes more than exquisite cooking to make a memorable meal. We at Vivaldis Restaurant believe an intimate atmosphere in the right location, personal and attentive service and great company are what separates a delicious dinner from an unforgettable experience in Cairns.”

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No 2 – Waterbar Grill & Steakhouse

“THE ULTIMATE STEAKHOUSE IN CAIRNS

Succulent meat, big flavours, exceptional service and superb Cairns waterfront location. It’s no wonder the Waterbar & Grill is the local’s choice for lunch and dinner.”

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No 3 – Bushfire Flame Grill

“At Bushfire Flame Grill guests enjoy a Brazilian-inspired, Australian-style buffet barbecue. Metre long skewers of succulent Australian beef, pork, lamb and chicken are seasoned, marinated and roasted on the churrasco grill.

The swords are then served “Rodizio” style – Our knife-wielding waiters will slice sizzling hot roasted meats directly to your plate. This allows guests to experience a wide variety of tastes.

Included with the Churrasco Experience is the grilled sugar & cinnamon encrusted Mareeba Gold pineapple, caramelised and carved from a skewer directly to your plate. With both our churuzzo expereince and our ala carte menu we use care- fully selected regional ingredients including prime Australian beef.”

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No 4 – Little Ricardo’s – Pizzeria

“Hearty traditions that bring food satisfaction to people. Head Chef Rick Conlon started culinary experience at age 15. He really enjoys cooking and getting satisfaction out of the food that he prepares and cooks.

Dine and enjoy a delectable array of pizza, pasta, chicken, seafood and salad dishes that will satisfy your craving.

The exquisite Italian & Mediterranean cuisine (ala carte) will give you authentic flavours to delight for.

The place also offers an outdoor dining area for a feel of the tranquil breeze of Cairns. Little Ricardo’s full menu is available for take-away. Drop by our place at 191 Sheridan St. Cairns for your take-away orders.”

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No 5 – Barnacle Bills – Seafood

“Airy, maritime-themed seafood restaurant with ample indoor and outdoor seating and a relaxed vibe. Waterfront dining doesn’t get better than Barnacle Bills, Cairns premier seafood restaurant. Situated on the Cairns Esplanade, long lunches are a charm as warm afternoons turn into beautiful balmy evenings and the aroma of the regions freshest seafood cut through the fresh sea salt air.”

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