Cairns Northern Beaches

If you are after soft sand and palm fringed beaches then step outside of Cairns City and travel north to the Cairns Northern Beaches. The Northern Beaches stretch for 26km along beautiful coastline. A mixture of residential and holiday accommodation is scattered up the coastline, with the most popular holiday hotspots being at Trinity Beach and Palm Cove. The Cairns Northern Beaches are well serviced with bus connections, tours, Great Barrier Reef trips, restaurants & cafes, as well as general businesses such as post offices, banks, shopping centres and grocery stores.


Trinity Beach

Situated just 20 minutes by car from Cairns City, Trinity Beach is a lovely sheltered cove nestled between two headlands. The golden sandy beach is framed by 1km of beautiful palms and features great facilities including electric BBQs for family enjoyment dotted along Vasey Esplanade, a beachside children’s playground, various cafes and and intimate al fresco restaurants. Towards the southern headland is a rock walk and where you can enjoy watching sunrises, sunsets, dolphins and boats. Trinity Beach is known as having the quieter, relaxed, laid-back tropical lifestyle and is a favourite for both locals and tourists.


Trinity Beach Activities

Along the Esplanade you will also find a number of restaurants, a tavern, car rental, a beachwear shop and stores selling basic provisions. Dining is varied with a choice of intimate restaurants, cafes and take-away shops, some local favourites include L'Unicos, Fratelli On Trinity and the Trinity Beach Bar & Grill which has the best water views in town. An easy walk from the beach is the Coastwatchers Shopping Centre which includes a supermarket, butcher, pharmacy, bakery, liquor store and other general needs. Trinity Beach has safe swimming year round, with a protective Stinger Net during the summer months that is lifeguard patrolled. Beach activities include windsurfing, sailing, waveskis, kayaking, fishing and beach volleyball. All Great Barrier Reef tours, rainforest trips, Kuranda & Skyrail packages can pick up from here, and after a busy day of touring there is no better place to return than to the laid-back, relaxed atmosphere of Trinity Beach.


Our Trinity Beach Accommodation Favourites

There are many beachfront holiday apartments in Trinity Beach that are all designed to take advantage of the direct ocean views. With large furnished balconies you can enjoy the beautiful sunrises and sunsets from the comfort of your apartment. Our favourite luxury beachfront apartments include Sea Change, The Meridien at Trinity and Vue Trinity Beach, offering 1, 2 and 3 Bedroom fully self contained apartments. A unique feature of Sea Change are the roof top terraces, which feature private BBQ facilities and sun lounges, that are great for families. The Blue Lagoon Resort is a modern complex located just 500 metres from the beachfront offering a flexible accommodation range including Studio Rooms, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments. The Amaroo at Trinity takes pride place of its location, perched high above the beach towards the northern headland, the Amaroo provides the best possible views of the Coral Coast to the east, and surrounding mountain ranges to the north and west. With simple great value studio rooms, this complex provides an ideal escape for couples.

Find out more:
Sea Change Luxury Beachfront Apartments
Blue Lagoon Trinity Beach - Studios & Apartments
Vue Trinity Beach - Modern, spacious beachfront apartments
Amaroo at Trinity - Budget studios with awesome views!


Palm Cove

 Palm Cove is a step up from the laid-back lifestyle of Trinity Beach, featuring exclusive 5 Star Resorts, award winning restaurants, boutique shopping and resortwear, art galleries and internationally renowned day spas, that all line the stunning beachfront. Set within a very long cove that stretches all the way to Kewarra Beach, you will find all the action along Williams Esplanade. A great destination for couples, families and honeymooners; Palm Cove has retained its tropical ambience with shady palm trees and clusters of beautiful Melaleuca trees that line the beachfront, and which many of the resorts have been built around.


Palm Cove Activities

The grassy areas along Williams Esplanade provide beautiful shady spots for a picnic, there is a kids play area and a beach hire centre where you can hire windsurfers, kayaks, sailing catamarans, sun loungers and umbrellas. Palm Cove is known as the Spa Capital of Australia, so a must experience is to indulge in a spa treatment at one of the many internationally acclaimed day spas. There are few better ways to explore the coastline and islands of tropical North Queensland than in a sea kayak, so grab a kayak and take to the waters with Palm Cove Watersports. A guided sunrise paddle to Double Island will have you encounter amazing marine life, and the backdrop of rainforest mountains at sunrise is just sensational. Grab an icecream and dangle your legs off Palm Cove jetty where the locals like to fish, it's the perfect place to be at sunset with glorious views to Double Island, the Coral Sea and beyond.


Our Palm Cove Accommodation Favourites

You will find a mixture of beach shacks, holiday apartments and 5 Star Resorts that line the beachfront at Palm Cove. Our favourite places to stay include Peppers Beach Club & Spa, which is a magnificent property located in the centre of the Palm Cove Esplanade. This dazzling white lavish resort overlooks massive age-old Melaleuca trees through to Palm Cove beach. The entrance is grand and leads through to a huge tropical lagoon which the resort is built around. This is the perfect place to indulge, relax, dine and shop with many resort facilities and services to care of your every need. Peppers Beach Club & Spa makes for an ideal couples escape, family holiday or fun getaway with friends.

The Mantra Amphora Resort Palm Cove is built around a large free form pool that is situated in the centre of the complex. Designed in a South Pacific style, the complex is in keeping with the tropical surrounds. The pool has a spa and various depth levels, which is perfect for children of all ages. Vivo Bar & Grill is located at the front of the resort. This stunning white-painted colonial style building offers the ultimate dining experience, with wide airy verandahs and beautiful beach views - this is the place to go for the best handcrafted cocktails in Palm Cove.

The Angsana Resort is the only absolute beachfront Resort with a beachfront restaurant in Palm Cove. Featuring stylish, contemporary beachfront and pool view suites, three saltwater swimming pools and an award winning day spa. All Palm Cove resorts come fully equipped with optional self catering facilities, otherwise there is a multitude of dining options right on the doorstep.

Find out more:
Peppers Beach Club & Spa
Mantra Amphora Resort
Angsana Resort & Spa Great Barrier Reef


Getting There

Generally people who are staying at Trinity Beach or Palm Cove hire a car so that they can self drive around beautiful Tropical North Queensland. Bus transport runs at convenient and regular intervals, both day and night. All tours can pick up from here and airport shuttles can be arranged. Speak to one of our friendly consultants who will guide you best with what transport would be suitable for your stay.

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Cairns Beaches accommodation
Trinity Beach accommodation & activities
Palm Cove accommodation & activities