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Best Beaches In Cairns

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1. Posted by NYC to NZ (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y

WHat are the best beaches to stay at in Cairns, as far as white sand and crystal clear water!

2. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 11y

The beaches around Cairns aren't that great - head south, north, or to an island - and make sure it's not stinger season.

3. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 11y

Cairns doesn't have a beach, but a pool in the middle of town which is kind of cool, especially because you can go swimming at night. Further north of Cairns you'll find nice beaches in Port Douglas or even more secluded and beautiful ones at Cape Tribulation.

4. Posted by soliqa (Respected Member 284 posts) 11y


i love cairns, its one of my favourite destinations!! as for beach suburbs just north of cairns try palm cove, yorkie's knob, trinity beach. we stayed at trinity beach and it was fantastic. only took about 15/20 mins to get back to the heart of cairns and lots of tours leave from there anyway. further north you can try palm douglas.

during stinger season you swim in a netted enclosure but it's not that big a deal- the water is always warm aswell.