Separated from Holloways Beach by a narrow channel and a large sand bar,
Yorkeys Knob is much larger and surf-prone than it's southerly counterparts.
Of course, the surf here can't get much higher than half a meter, but
that's pretty good for this part of the world.
Yorkeys is home to many Cairns residents but the waterfront is now developing
into a tourist location that is the most convenient of all the Cairns
beaches. Yorkeys is only 15 minutes drive from Cairns, 5 minutes from
Skyrail and Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, and a short stroll to world-class
The estuarine creek at the southern end of the beach is great for fishing,
and the adventurous can walk out to sea for dozens of metres along the
sand bar at low tide. There are very few people at this section of beach
because the road ends many hundreds of metres back along the beach.
Yorkeys Knob is a very popular beach for water sports such as jet skiing,
wind surfing and kite surfing. This is due to the southeasterly winds
hitting the beach on a sharp angle that is just right for launching wind
toys. The small amount of surf generated by the sand bar also provides
jumps and a thrilling ride.
To get to Yorkeys Knob, follow the Captain Cook Highway north until you
reach the roundabout with the sign YORKEYS KNOB. Turn right here and follow
the road all the way into the small village. (You'll pass sugar cane farms
and a petrol station along the way.) The road will pass through the village,
then take a sharp right turn pass huge gum trees. Then the beach appears.
Parking is available all along the beachfront.
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.
Yorkeys Knob Accommodation
Yorkeys Knob - Half Moon Bay Resort
19 fully self-contained one bedroom luxury apartments with full self catering
facilities. All apartments are airconditioned with ceiling fans, and each
apartment has its own private balcony.
Knob - Golden Sands Resort Cairns
A boutique resort style hotel on Cairns northern beaches providing one
and two bedroom self-contained holiday apartment accommodation. Features
include direct beach access, a large lagoon pool, garden restaurant and
- York Beachfront Holiday Accommodation
Ocean-facing 4 star luxury holiday apartments with each apartment featuring
a spacious balcony or private garden courtyard.
Yorkeys Knob - A Villa Gail
Beach front luxury Bad and Breakfast with tropical gardens and ocean views.
Mediterranean atmosphere with a 20 min drive to Cairns.