The Cairns Northern Beaches stretch from residential Machans and Holloways beaches just north of Cairns all the way to Port Douglas.
Machans & Holloways Beach: Machans Beach is the closest beach to Cairns city but due to its proximity of the Cairns International Airport flight path it has remained a mainly residential, but charmingly quaint, beach. Holloway's Beach is also a mainly residential area but there is a lovely beach and breakfast at "straight on the beach' is highly recommended. There are a number of small B&B type accommodation places including the gay owned and operated - Toby’s retreat. There is also a resort on the Beach at Holloways Beach
Yorkeys Knob Beach: home to a marina, golf course and Yorkeys Knob Boating Club and has a couple of accommodation choices close to the beach. It is also the place to go if you want to add some adventure to your gay holiday in Cairns by trying your hand at kite surfing!
Trinity Beach: Trinity Beach is probably the first of the 'tourist' beaches, and has a range of holiday apartments near or on the beach, a hotel, restaurants.. The beach itself is beautiful, with a couple of good bars and places to eat, it is a favourite of many gay holiday makers, but is by no means a gay beach! Behind the beach is earl hill, which is known as the Hollywood of Cairns. There are some spectacular exclusive holiday houses for rent up in the gated community, where you can sit in luxury and look out over the beach and the Coral Sea.
Kewarra & Clifton Beach: Kewarra and Clifton beaches are ideal for gay visitors seeking a quieter pace with a stylish resort at Kewarra and apartments at Clifton beach.
Palm Cove: One of Cairns major attractions is the luxury resort beach of Palm Cove. With major five-star resorts, holiday accommodation and a golf course, this is some of the most expensive real estate in the Cairns region. Palm Cove is known as the spa capital of Australia with many of the luxury beachfront resorts including spas on their premises. There are also a couple of Gay owned and operated boutique complexes in this very fashionable gay friendly village Award-winning restaurants and boutique shops line the village’s esplanade which is shaded by ancient melaleucas and palm trees. Apartments and a beach side caravan park ensure a range of accommodation options.
Ellis & Buchans Gay Beach: The next beach along, about five minutes’ drive north of Palm Cove, is Ellis Beach which is popular for its wide, sandy beach. But most gay locals visit Buchans beach at the southern end of Ellis beach. It’s a popular “clothes optional” gay beach. As you travel north along the Cook Highway, you’ll see the car park on the beach side of the road between Palm Cove and Ellis Beach. It is then just a short walk south to the beautiful sandy beach backed by cliffs and the highway. It’s a small, protected beach popular with gay Cairns locals, and gay travellers, The Cairns Sunboys (a nude social group for gay men) and the Barrier Reef Sun Club.
North to Port Douglas: From Ellis Beach, the Captain Cook Highway winds along an awe inspiring coastal range north - one of Australia’s greatest drives - towards Port Douglas and Mossman. There are a number of great beaches along the way, including the regions famous Gay Resort Turtle Cove, and the unusual Pebbly beach- which as the name suggests - is covered in pebbles.
Thala Beach closer to Port Douglas is home to the spectacular Gay Friendly Thala Beach Nature Reserve, an up-market resort with pristine beaches and a well-respected restaurant.