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MACHANS BEACH
MACHANS BEACH
SONYA'S RESTAURANT
SONYA'S RESTAURANT
MOUTH OF THE BARRON RIVER
MOUTH OF THE BARRON RIVER

Machans Beach

Updated: 11-Jul-2013

Machans Beach:
When traveling north from Cairns the first beach that you will encounter is Machans Beach.  WIth a population of just under 900 Machans, as the locals call it, is a quaint little residential community which has managed to avoid the progress of commerce and development.

Unobtrusively nestled amongst the houses you will find a post office, a fish and chip shop, Sports Club and tennis courts, service station and Boat Ramp on the Barron River. Machans also has one restaurant that sits on O'Shea Esplanade so that you can look over the water while you dine.
The sun and moon rise over the sea at Machans Beach and is at times quite spectacular many of the local residents often picnic on the beach and watch the sun and moon rise.

Although it is called a beach the sand spends most of it's time under water so it not ideal for swimming but at the northern end of O'Shea Esplanade there is a large beach area ideal for sun bathing and swimming.  There are also wind surfers who frequent the beach. A few hundred metres along the northern end of the beach is Holloways beach which has a stinger net. Fishing is a popular past time for the locals as this is where the Barron River flows into the sea. Dolphins pass by during the months of July and August and can be seen just a few metres off the beach front.

Machans Beach is the first beach north of the City. It is located on the mouth of the Barron River & is adjacent to the airport. Machans is a quaint residential area.

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