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The Best Beaches in Cairns and the Tropical North

By Viator, June 2015

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Tropical North Queensland is famed for being, well, tropical. And what better to do in a tropical paradise than go to the beach? Luckily we've pulled together the best beaches in Cairns and the Tropical North to tempt you.

Starting your tour of the best beaches of the Tropical North is Cairns’ own Trinity Beach. Voted Cairns’ best beach in October 2012, Trinity is characterized by calm water and its relaxed sea-side village feel. The beach is family friendly and popular as a school holiday destination, so be sure to factor that into your plans.

A little further up the coast, Palm Cove is Cairns’ luxury beach town. With all the convenience of Cairns and the benefits of Trinity Beach but just a little more boutique Palm Cove is no stranger to five star dining and pampering spa treatments. Voted Australia’s Cleanest Beach in 2003 and viewed as one of Australia’s most idyllic beaches, the beach is lined by palm trees and al fresco restaurants. Be sure to check it out.

As the name suggests, Four Mile Beach in Port Douglas is a long, sweeping stretch of golden sand. Whilst Port Douglas is known for being a gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Four Mile Beach has its own attractions. The long stretch of sand means there’s plenty of room for both swimmers and surfers. You can even try your hand at kitesurfing down the Southern end of the beach. At only an hour from Cairns, it’s a fun day trip.

Travel a little bit further north up the Queensland Coast and you’ll arrive at the Daintree National Park. The park is split into two parts and far better known for its rainforest than its beaches. Cape Tribulation and Emmagen Beaches are, however, places where the rainforest quite literally meets the sea. Cape Tribulation Beach is the picture perfect beach and it shows – tour operators are in and out of here every day. Nearby Emmagen however is almost always free of crowds.

Sometimes, whilst you love the beach, you can just get a little ‘beached out.’ Too many perfect stretches of golden sand and you find yourself wanting something a little different… but only a little. Just off the mainland, Fitzroy Island is the perfect alternative. Take a day trip and snorkel straight off any of the beaches. With kayaks, a glass bottom boat and even a sea trampoline this is a slightly different beach experience.

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Green Island Day Trip from Cairns

4.5 star rating: Recommended 383 Reviews

Cruise to Green Island from Cairns and find a tropical paradise on the Great Barrier Reef. You'll spend either four or five hours at Green Island, with plenty ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: Varies

From USD $65.90

Fitzroy Island Day Trip from Cairns

4.5 star rating: Recommended 111 Reviews

Escape to Fitzroy Island, a tropical island on the Great Barrier Reef located only 45 minutes by high-speed ferry from Cairns. Spend your day doing as much or ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $54.92

Green Island Half Day Trip from Cairns

4 star rating: Recommended 70 Reviews

Explore the tropical paradise of Green Island on a half day trip from Cairns. Enjoy around two hours exploring the Great Barrier Reef island with time to ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $65.90

Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge and Daintree Rainforest Premium Day Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 13 Reviews

Explore the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest, Mossman Gorge and Cape Tribulation with an expert naturalist guide. Traveling by a specially designed ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $153.77

Cairns Shore Excursion: Green Island Day Trip

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 3 Reviews

When your ship docks in Cairns, take a shore excursion to idyllic Green Island and spend a day in a tropical paradise on the Great Barrier Reef. With four ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $65.90

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