Kewarra Beach, approximately 20 minutes north of Cairns City, is predominantly
reserved for the locals. That's not because it's not as worthy as its
rivals such as Palm Cove and Trinity Beach, and it's not because it's
difficult to access. To the contrary, Cairns locals have bought all the
property at this beach because it is so private and idyllic, leaving very
little room for tourism development.
Kewarra is at the southern end of a large stretch of sand that takes
in Palm Cove, Clifton Beach, and itself, Kewarra Beach. It is completely
protected from the southeasterly swell by a rocky headland, and a large
shallow sandbank fills most of the bay. However, the water is still deep
enough for a swim and it a very good place to bring a young family. The
beach is clean and wide, and has picnic tables, play equipment, and public
toilets on site.
To access Kewarra Beach, take the turnoff from the Captain Cook Highway
marked KEWARRA, and follow the road until the very end. You'll pass a
school, many houses, then make a sharp left turn and proceed until you
arrive at a small parking lot. This is where you leave the bitumen behind
and step onto the warm sand.
Another way to access Kewarra is as follows:
Take the turnoff from the Captain Cook Highway to TRINITY BEACH. Follow
the road until you get to the last roundabout before the beach (you'll know
it when you get there) and turn left. Go to the very end of this road where
it turns into a dirt track. At this point, you'll either need a 4WD or a
rental car that you don't mind giving a rough ride, and make your way about
100 metres along the track. When you enter the clearing, find a good spot
to park your car and there you are. The rocks are great for exploring and
the fishing here is excellent.
Note: This beach has a stinger net during the stinger season. When the
stinger net is in place, please only swim inside its protective barriers.
Swimming outside the nets exposes you to unnecessary dangers.