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Ready to relax on the perfect stretch of sand? You’ve come to the right place. Whether you want an endless stretch of sand to stroll along or crystal-clear water that is perfect for snorkelling, the beaches in Tropical North Queensland will hit the spot.

Take Nudey Beach on Fitzroy Island, consistently named as one of Australia’s best beaches. Once you hop off the ferry from Cairns, it’s just a quick walk through the rainforest to Nudey Beach, lovely stretch of white sand where you will rarely find more than a handful of people. Just remember, it is nudey by name not nudey by nature, so keep that swimsuit on.

The mainland has no shortage of enticing options either. Mission Beach has 14km of golden beach to explore on the Cassowary Coast while closer to Cairns, Ellis Beach is a local favourite. Four Mile Beach in the resort town of Port Douglas is a lovely curve of family-friendly sand while the palm-lined beach at Palm Cove has been named both the friendliest and cleanest beach in Queensland.

Even in the deep north there are plenty of beaches to explore, from the serene Myall Beach at Cape Tribulation to the paperbark-fringed Elim Beach in Cape York to Australia’s northernmost beach at the tip of Australia, the gorgeous Punsand Bay. This is one of the few beaches in Australia where you can watch the sun both rise and set so why not give both a go?

4-wheel-driving on the beach at Cape Bedford

Lazy days watching sunrise at Palm Cove

14 kms of golden goodness at Mission Beach

Lines in the sand

No matter what your style – towel lounger, serious snorkeller, diving belle – we’ve got the perfect beach for you.

Holloways Beach
Cairns & Northern Beaches
Guide to Cairns Beaches

A chain of relaxed seaside villages lay just north of Cairns, each boasting their own unique features. Find out more about each of Cairns’ beaches and which tickle your fancy.

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Palm Cove
Local’s guide to Palm Cove – Australia’s most beautiful beach village

Step away from the main strip and discover a few of the local secrets that make Palm Cove so special.

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Palm Cove
48 hours in Palm Cove

A couple of days wasted in Palm Cove is a wonderful way to bring life back to a steady pace.

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Mission Beach & Cassowary Coast
Secret Beaches & Coves of Mission Beach

Mission Beach would be better referred to as Mission Beaches with its 14km stretch of sand interlinking three beaches and four villages. Lesser known are the smaller beaches and coves that make up a huge part of its charming appeal.

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Mission Beach & Cassowary Coast
Guide to the natural attractions around Mission Beach

Snuggly tucked along the Cassowary Coast, Mission Beach and its 14 kms of golden beaches are one of Australia’s best-kept secrets. Here are all the reasons why.

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Coconut Trees
Tropical Lifestyle & Culture
Guide to Cairns & Port Douglas

A getaway is looming and you’re longing for a tropical escape – Cairns and Port Douglas are both popular holiday havens boasting a wealth of experiences. Read this guide to help plan your trip to these two seaside locales.

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Cairns & Northern Beaches
8 Island Campsites on the Great Barrier Reef

Unleash your inner Robinson Crusoe by camping on the Great Barrier Reef! Have you ever dreamed of escaping from the hustle and bustle of our busy lives? Where life is simple, revolving around the rising sun and falling tide? Yep, so have we! Here’s Eight island campsites where you can unleash your inner Robinson Crusoe.

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Camping on Bartle Frere
Cairns & Northern Beaches
Great places to go camping near Cairns

Are your campsites better described as camp palaces, or do you just roll with the bare essentials? Whether you’re at one end of the spectrum or the other, lace up your hiking shoes, load up your 4WD (or hatchback) and string your fairy lights around these camping sites near Cairns.

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