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 although the areas are well served by public transport, with local bus company Sunbus running regular services to and from the centre of Cairns, 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.
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.
The Cairns City Council installs stinger resistant nets at Holloways Beach during the 'stinger season'. Swim only in netted areas, and for more information about marine stingers, please visit our page. SAFE TRAVEL
Holloway's Beach is also largely a residential suburb, but it recently earnt the Tourism Queensland Friendly Beach Award for Tropical North Queensland. Holloways Beach was commended for its friendly environment for both locals and visitors and for the variety of family-friendly facilities, such as children's play equipment, barbecues and picnic shelters. Nearby there are wetlands that you can explore and a bushland trail. The beach is quite popular with locals and you'll be relieved to know that there is a netted swimming enclosure.
Up to the first half of the 20th century, Holloways Beach was known as San Remo. However, after the 2nd World War, in which Australia played a very active role, the Australian government made a huge effort to rehabilitate the country. One of the strategies the government adopted was the creation of post offices all over Australia. When it was time to establish a post office in San Remo, it was discovered that there was another town called San Remo in Victoria. The residents association had to choose another name for their town, and since there were some instances where Holloways Beach had already been used, they decided to give that name to the beautiful seaside village.
Holloway's Beach accommodation is more developed than Machan's with regard to the tourist industry, but less so that its northern neighbours. You'll find a range of accommodation at Holloways Beach, from luxurious holiday homes to family friendly holiday apartments, as well as bed and breakfast accommodation and beachfront resorts. ACCOMMODATION - HOLLOWAY'S BEACH
10 Coconut Street, Holloway's Beach
Phone / Fax (07) 4055 0444
The Beachfront Hideaway offers three self contained cottages with interconnecting doors to facilitate duel or triple occupancy, accommodating a couple or a family of ten. The Hideaway's all share a beachfront solar heated tropical saltwater pool and charcoal B.B.Q.
BILLABONG BED & BREAKFAST
30 Caribbean Street, Holloways Beach, Cairns
Phone (07) 4037 0162 / Fax (07) 40370162
This holiday home is built on an island surrounded by a private lake with spectacular bird life. Billabong Bed & Breakfast offers two guest rooms with doors opening on to your own deck enjoy views across the lake, air conditioning, en-suite and quality queen size beds.
CAIRNS BEACH RESORT
129 Oleander Street, Holloway's Beach
Phone (07) 4037 0400 / Fax (07) 4037 0600
Superior 4 star apartment style resort with 73 fully furnished self contained units set amidst tropically landscaped gardens, Cairns Beach Resort at Holloway's Beach in Cairns is the closest beach front accommodation to the city.
19 Hibiscus Lane, Holloway's Beach
Mobile 0418 772 751 / Fax (07) 4037 0550
Hire either 6.2m or 4.6m tournament style polycraft centre console long boat. In full survey to 15nm offshore (eg Michelmas Cay, Green Island, etc) as well as local waterways (Cairns Inlet, Lake Tinaroo).
PACIFIC SANDS APARTMENTS
25/1-19 Poinciana Street, Holloway's Beach
Phone (07) 4055 0277 / Fax (07) 4055 0899
Pacific Sands is comprised of 38 two-bedroom, resort style apartments in three two-storey buildings with a centrally located swimming pool. The apartments are only metres from Holloway's Beach.... nestled in secluded tropical landscaped gardens.
82 Baronia Crescent, Holloway's Beach
Phone (07) 4055 0011
At Toby's Retreat you can choose from two rooms - each of which is equipped with a queen bed and a private bathroom. And have the house all to yourself, as this bed and breakfast is for guest use only.
WELZHEIMER HOLIDAY UNITS
9-13 Mimosa Street, Holloway's Beach
Phone (07) 4055 9586 / Fax (07) 4055 9789
The Welzheimer Holiday Units are just four one and two bedroom units, fully equipped for easy living, in a quiet tree lined street, a lazy stroll from the beach. Each has TV, full sized stove, cutlery, crockery, linen and undercover parking.
2 Marietta Street, Holloway's Beach
Phone (07) 4055 9972 / Fax (07) 4055 9886
All rooms are fully airconditioned, private bathrooms or ensuites, ceiling fans and hairdryers. Selected rooms have veranda access and ocean views.
Holloway's Beach caters to your taste buds with a decent range of eateries, from simple snackbars to a pizza and pasta joint and licensed a la carte restaurants. DINING - HOLLOWAY'S BEACH
COOLUMS ON THE BEACH
62 Hibiscus Lane, Holloway's Beach (MAP)
Phone (07) 4055 9200
Cairns' only absolute beachfront restaurant & bar!
Coolums On The Beach is situated directly on the beachfront at Holloways beach. Coolums offers panoramic views of the Coral Sea, the freshest seasonal Australian produce and an innovative modern Australian menu. The food is topped only by the seemless friendly personal and efficient service from Coolums experienced team. Coolums has continued to build upon its reputation in the last two years attracting acclaim both locally and internationally offering diners an exclusive intimate environment complimented by breathtaking views. The restaurants al fresco design Is now covered with weatherproof sails to great a dining room of warmth and elegance all year round. Coolums is a restaurant that is sophisticated yet maintains a fun, relaxed and inviting atmosphere.
HOLLOWAY'S PIZZA PASTA
Crn of Oleander and Palmer Street, Holloway's Beach
Phone (07) 4055 0185
Dine in or Delivery or take away. BYO Restaurant with Italian cooks! Indoors and outdoors seating available.
STRAIT ON THE BEACH
100 Oleander Street, Holloway's Beach
Phone (07) 4055 9616
Beautifully located overlooking the beach at Holloways Beach, Strait on the Beach is a favourite with locals and turists alike. Good food at reasonable prices.
GETTING TO HOLLOWAY'S BEACH
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. However, if you want to have the freedom of driving your own car, please visit our 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? CAIRNS CAR HIRE .
Sunbus is the local bus company servicing Cairns city, suburbs and Northern Beaches. They run a dozen or so different routes around the city and operate a service. Sunbus connects Cairns City Place with Holloway's Beach daily. You can find a Sunbus route map and timetables of their services on their website. 'Hail and Ride' Holloway's Beach is located only fifteen minutes drive from the airport. The local taxi company is Black and White taxis. Taxi fares in Queensland are regulated by the government. But hey, book your accommodation or
through Cairns Unlimited, and that's twenty five bucks we could save you! While you're in town, phone 131 008 to book a taxi. CAIRNS RENTAL CAR
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.
In case of
. In all other cases, phone the local service :
Ambulance 131 233
Hospital (07) 4050 6333
Police (07) 4030 7000