ELLIS BEACH
It's true, Cairns city wasn't blessed with a sandy beach, just tidal mudflats. The City Council has made up for this with the recent construction of a sparkling man made lagoon on the Cairns esplanade. But if you want a 'real' beach experience, you'll have to head a wee ways north, to the string of peaceful, leafy, beachside suburbs called -not surprisingly- the 'Northern Beaches'. C'mon in, the water's perfect!
THE BEACHFRONT COMMUNITIES MAKING UP THE 20 KILOMETRE STRETCH OF COASTLINE KNOWN AS THE 'NORTHERN BEACHES' ARE EACH QUITE UNIQUE IN ATMOSPHERE. USE THE LINKS IN THE SIDE COLUMN TO GO TO YOUR CHOSEN DESTINATION.
The Northern Beaches are pleasant, laid back little villages lined with palm trees and plenty of shaded, grassy areas for picnics and BBQs. The tourism boom in the Cairns region hasn't spoilt the authentic Tropical North Queensland charm of these communities, and the Northern Beaches are largely overlooked by the masses. In fact, you can still often find a stretch of beach completely to yourself, especially during the week, when many of the residents are at work. Local bus company Sunbus does not run to Ellis Beach.

The Northern Beaches have always been a popular getaway for Cairns locals, but in recent years the has area seen the development of a range of tourist accommodation and restaurants, particularly popular with families on vacation. The communities that make up the Cairns Northern Beaches are: Machan's Beach, Holloway's Beach, Yorkey's Knob, Trinity Beach, Kewarra Beach, Clifton Beach, Palm Cove and Ellis Beach.

Swimmers at the Northern Beaches of Holloway's Beach, Yorkey's Knob, Trinity Beach, Kewarra Beach, Clifton Beach, Palm Cove and Ellis Beach can swim in stinger resistant enclosures during the summer 'stinger season'The Cairns City Council installs stinger resistant nets at Ellis Beach during the 'stinger season'. Swim only in netted areas, and for more information about marine stingers, please visit our SAFE TRAVEL page.

ELLIS BEACH

Ellis Beach is a small coastal community, with little urban development, located along the road to Port Douglas. Ellis Beach marks the point where the drive north on the Captain Cook Highway starts to become really spectacular. Nearly all traces of human development have been left behind, and there's just the Pacific Ocean on the East and mountains on the West. There is a small shop, a hotel/ cafe, a very active surf life saving club, which organises events very often, and a caravan park with cabins.


ACCOMMODATION - ELLIS BEACH

Ellis Beach holiday accommodation offers some of the last remaining absolute beachfront holiday cabins on the entire Queensland Coast. The cabins offer modern air-conditioned comfort, each with a private balcony overlooking the palm fringed beaches and ocean. While neighbouring tourist locations have a number of resorts spread along the non-beach side of an esplanade, at Ellis you can stroll from your cabin to the beach without the need to even cross a road.

ELLIS BEACH BUNGALOWS AND LEISURE PARK
Captain Cook Highway, Ellis Beach
Phone (07) 4055 3538 / Fax (07) 4055 3077
Offering different types of holiday accommodation to suit everyone's taste and budget, Ellis Beach Oceanfront Bungalows is the perfect getaway for the whole family.

DINING - ELLIS BEACH

ELLIS BEACH BAR & GRILL
Captain Cook Highway, Ellis Beach
Phone (07) 4055 3534 / Fax (07) 4059 1312
Ellis Beach Bar and Grill boasta a magnificent location and is the perfect venue to enjoy either a coffee or a relaxed meal, while overlooking the fabulous beach and the Coral Sea.

BUCHAN'S BEACH
At the very southern end of Ellis Beach is Buchans Point, a popular (unofficial) 'clothes optional' beach. As you travel north along the Cook Highway, you'll see the carpark on the beach side of the road between Palm Cove and Ellis Beach. It is then just a short walk south to the beautiful sandy beach backed by cliffs and the highway. It's a small, protected beach that's popular with the locals and interstate visitors, and The Cairns Sunboys (a nude social group for gay men) and the Barrier Reef Sun Club. Although Buchans Beach has been recognised as a nude beach since the 1950's, please remember that nude sunbathing is actually illegal in Queensland; a recent move to legalise it was blocked by the State Government.

GETTING TO ELLIS BEACH

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Cairns Unlimited offers you the best deals on car rentals.NO, WE ARE NOT MISSING SUNBUS IN THE GETTING TO ELLIS BEACH SECTION. UNFORTUNATELY, THEY DO NOT RUN A SERVICE TO ELLIS BEACH. However, if you are thinking of joining a tour, bear in mind that most of the tour companies will pick you up from your accommodation in the Northern Beaches and will drop you off at the end of the day. But, if you want to have the freedom of driving your own car, please visit our CAIRNS CAR HIRE page, where we will offer you the best deal available on a rental car or campervan in the whole city of Cairns and surrounds. Could you ask for more?

The local taxi company is Black and White taxis. Taxi fares in Queensland are regulated by the government. While you're in town, phone 131 008 to book a taxi.

SUN PALM EXPRESS
Phone (07) 4087 2900
Sun Palm Express runs a number of services every day from Cairns to all points north as far as Cape Tribulation, picking up and setting down at all accommodation houses, hotels, air, bus, train and shipping terminals.

Amazing sunset in Tropical North Queensland. Fishing in the beach, in Tropical North Queensland.


EMERGENCY SERVICES

In case of emergency only, dial 000. In all other cases, phone the local service :

Ambulance 131 233
Hospital (07) 4050 6333
Police (07) 4030 7000

Internet access is available at:

Ellis Beach Bar & Grill
Captain Cook Highway
Phone (07) 4055 3534