Machans Beach is the closest beach to Cairns city, being only 10 minutes
drive from the CBD. It is a laid-back residential suburb, and unfortunately
the beach was prone to severe erosion many years ago so a large rock wall
was erected to prevent the beachfront houses from falling into the ocean.
However, there is a large stretch of beach at the far southern end of
the bay that is wonderful for afternoon strolls or games or football and
cricket. The sand slopes onto the ocean and such a slight angle that at
low tide the beach becomes wider than it is long.
If you are interested in swimming, try the next beach in the chain of
northern beaches, Holloways Beach.