Beach information in Queensland Australia
Queensland Beaches of Australia

Yorkeys Knob

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 golf courses.

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 Golf Course
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.

Yorkeys 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 tennis court.

Yorkeys Knob - 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.