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Suburb profile

The Beaches suburbs of Cairns stretch along the Coral Sea coastline like a string of pearls with each beach and suburb displaying differing characteristics.

This ’string of pearls’ commences at Machans Beach (approximately 10 km from the city heart) and then at approximately 5-7 km intervals stretches northwards to Ellis Beach, with Yorkeys Knob; Trinity Park; Trinity Beach; Kewarra Beach; Clifton Beach, Holloways Beach and Palm Cove.

Palm Cove is the furthest beach from Cairns CBD and international airport being approximately a 28 and 20 minute drive respectively.

Cairns is a modern regional “city in the tropics” whose major industries are tourism, manufacturing, agriculture and mining.

Cairns is also seen as the gateway to the Asia / Pacific region, with guests from Guam, Japan, Korea, China and North America experiencing their premier Australian experience via Cairns as their first port of call.


$280,000 – $290,000 is the approximate lowest price for a property approximately twenty years old – with many being purchased for perceived land value only.

A reasonably modern four bedroom, two bathroom, air conditioned house with pool which will require upgrading will most likely start around $360,000 – $380,000 range and new homes with similar features in the early to mid $400,000’s.


Land is a scarce commodity on the ocean side of the Captain Cook Highway, however new land estates which are currently or soon to be released will alleviate some of this shortage.

Prices for newly released estate land could start at:-

Yorkeys Knob – $150000
Trinity Park – $149000
Trinity Beach – $180000
Kewarra Beach – $179000- $210,000
Clifton Beach – $270000
Palm Cove – $220000

Available blocks on the western side of the highway commence at approximately $140000


The range is quite vast depending on age, location,bedroom configuration and condition.

Older two bedroom, 1 bathroom from $165000
New two bedroom, 2 bathroom from $290000

1 bedroom from $235000
2 bedroom from $330000
New 2 bedroom from $550000

Current percentage returns, coupled with the depreciation allowances are seeing strong sales to investors. Rental options include 6/12 month long term leases; 4-6 week medium term stays or holiday letting on multiple night or weekly stays. Many apartments buildings have on-site managers who work to ensure top condition of the grounds and to maximise the occupancy level.


Shopping Centres

Major centers are located at Smithfield and Clifton Beach with well serviced suburban centers at Kewarra Beach, Trinity Beach, Yorkeys Knob Beach and Redlynch. The major centers are anchored by a Woolworths and/or Coles store plus many Australian franchised or chain specialty shops.


Cairns Beaches and the nearby suburbs of Caravonica, Smithfield, Kamerunga, Brinsmead, Redlynch and Freshwater are well serviced by a number of public and private primary and secondary schools.

Kewarra Beach – Trinity Anglican Primary School
Trinity Beach – State Primary
Trinity Park – Holy Cross Catholic Primary
Smithfield – State Secondary
Yorkeys Knob – State Primary
Machans Beach – State Primary
Caravonica – State Primary
Freshwater – State Primary
Redlynch – State Primary and Catholic Primary advancing to secondary
Kamerunga – Lutheran primary and secondary
Brinsmead – Christian primary and secondary


Cairns’ two major hospitals are located on the fringe of the CBD which is a 10-20 minute drive from most of Cairns northern and western suburbs. Smaller medical practices are found in most suburbs as are pharmacies. A 24hr medical service is in Cairns CBD.


A number of veterinary practices exist in the general locale.

Public Transport

Bus services from the beaches and western suburbs run every hour to the city and return.

Sunbus website –

Approximate travel time by car to:
Port Douglas – 45 minutes
Daintree – 120 minutes
Mossman – 55 minutes
Kuranda – 35 minutes
Atherton – 70 minutes
Innisfail – 60 minutes
Mission Beach – 150 minutes

Tourist Spots

Some useful links for things to see and do:
Tourism Tropical North Queensland
Cairns Regional Council
Cairns Fishing
Advance Cairns