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Kitesurfing

Updated: 30-May-2012

Kitesurfing is a very popular sport with Cairns locals and Yorkeys Knob only a 14 minute drive north of the city is the perfect location for this excellent sport.

The perfect time to visit is between April and October when Tropical North Queensland receives constant south-easterly trade winds that work perfectly with the beach.

Head out to Yorkeys Knob with your camera and video to see around 40 kites dipping and diving in a festival of colour every weekend during these months. 

If you're interested in learning how to Kite Surf when you are in Cairns, Chris Rose is our local Kite Surfing guru and has developed a his own teaching system.  He is an accredited instructor with the International Kite Surfing Organisation ( IKO ).  He has a shop in the Yorkeys Knob shopping centre with all of the latest equipment for sale as well as second hand kites.  Lessons can be arranged here or you will find Chris on the beach at Yorkeys in good kitesurfing conditions.

Chris Rose is also able to point you in the right direction if you want to head up to Papua New Guinea on an extreme kite Surfing adventure.  Ask to see the movie of this trip.  It has some excellent footage. 

Other excellent areas for Kite Surfing in Tropical North Queensland include the southern end of Port Douglas Four Mile Beach and Blue Lagoon on Lizard Island. 

Lizard Island is not for beginners but is our personal favourite destination due to the stunning clear waters, beautiful coral reefs, natural beauty and above all the perfect consistent breeze over flat water.  There were a number of kite surfing enthusiasts working at the resort when we were there.  Live it up and stay in the Lizard Island Resort.  An all inclusive 5 star affair with fabulous rooms and views.  Go on, life's short!!  It's a real treat.   Lizard Island also of course has the most brilliant diving and snorkelling locations in the world nearby as well as perfect snorkelling right off the beach.  There is also a Marine Park Research facility on the island. 

Alternatively, there are also a number of moorings up here if you have your own liveaboard vessel or you can fly in, fly out and camp in the totally basic campground.  You will need to get National Park camping permits from the Queensland Parks and Wildlife.  There is an office here in Cairns city or you may be able to apply online.

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