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Yorkeys Knob Beach

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by T. A. Rose (subscribe)
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Published March 21st 2022
Serenely perfect place for FNQ beach holiday
The beach at Yorkeys Knob, Cairns, Queensland
Yorkeys Knob Beach

One of the most beautiful beaches north of Cairns, the calm and secluded Yorkeys Knob Beach is a great place for a relaxed pace vacation. With several accommodation options, such as resorts and serviced apartments available, Yorkeys Knob Beach is restful but also suitable for the adventurous, as tours to reef and hinterland run from its resorts.

One can travel there for a small Uber fare from the centre of town - it is a 15 to 30-minute drive from central Cairns (traffic is highly variable), shuttle buses are expensive (usually $30-50 in one direction). To help get one's bearings, Yorkeys Knob Beach is south of Smithfield, south of Palm Cove but north of the Cairns Airport.

Kitesurfing at Yorkeys Knob Beach

There are several notable facts related to tourism in Yorkeys Knob. One is the beautiful beach with views of spectacular mountains, another is the kitesurfing , while the other is the laidback nightlife. The beach and parks are near good gym equipment and playground equipment, hence the beach does have its fair share of reviews from family vacationers -as seen on Tripadvisor. The nightlife is based in the Yorkeys Knob Boating Club - and although there are no other bars in the community, people enjoy a night out there and there is live music/entertainment as well on most nights.

Golden Sands Resort
Resort garden and pool, Yorkeys Knob Beach

Last year I wrote about the best times to visit Far North Queensland. That article resolved that the best times to visit are all year round but there are four distinct seasons - each bringing different advantages for the vacationer. In such a vacation at Yorkeys Knob, I was seeking some warm weather but not necessarily a reef adventure, just my way of introducing the subtle point that some times are better than others depending on the purpose of one's vacation to a place like Yorkeys Knob Beach.

Esplanade Walking Track
Path near Sims Esplanade, Yorkeys Knob Beach.

Path to beach
Path to beach

Beach facing north
Beach facing north, Yorkeys Knob Beach.

So on my visit there, it was indeed very quiet and serene, with lots of Uber access. If the sun is too hot and you don't want to walk the long walk to the shopping centre, Uber brings items up from nearby Smithfield direct to your door. The resorts are super value too - you get beachfront living and good quality holidaying for middle or low range cost - it's a dream come true to visit and to write this, so it can let other people know there are many lovely other holidaying options in Cairns aside from the more renowned destinations. Cycling is popular up here with surprisingly good facilities for long-distance riding - while not maximal, at least they get well catered for up here, so if you want to cycle or drive up, then it's well worth doing.

Pool at Golden Sands Resort
Pool at Golden Sands Resort, Yorkeys Knob Beach.

Staying at Golden Sands Resort was beachfront and near the most delightful cafe in the Hidden Cafe next to the resort's pool, with a pet-friendly atmosphere. It's a fun place with fresh dishes and a tropical theme - it's licensed as well as an alternative to the boat club. It's a pet lover's paradise, as the beach is suitable for long walks with dogs but in terms of residents and their pets affecting holidaymaking, it's largely hard to notice - it depends on the time of day ultimately. Golden Sands does not permit pets, yet the ground floor adjacent cafe does - as to why, I am not entirely sure but there are dog owners visible in the community very similar to Noosa's eastern beaches. Depending on the time, one can relax and then venture out at other times, because the beach is so spacious, it's still virtually unspoilt - good for pet owners too that they have these places.

Distances are big but overall, it's within reach of civilisation. On the way there from Cairns, I had my best moment for observing nature on this vacation when seeing a jabiru (Black-necked Stork) in the canefields on the Yorkeys Knob Road with its distinct dark blue-green neck and dark bill. Never seen one in the wild before, quite beautiful animals. It was from an endangered species so it's important to use the inaturalist mobile phone application to at least log one's observations to help experts protect such animals - even observations help, but photos are even better.

There are so many options and things to do in this little seaside community - while nice for a bit of a wander off the highway, Yorkeys Knob Beach is a holiday in itself, with a serene tropical ambience not to be missed.

All photos courtesy of author March 2022
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Why? Serene Beach Community North of Cairns.
When: Weather is nice all year round, but each season presents its own advantages for the vacationer.
Where: Yorkeys Knob Beach, Qld 4870 Australia
Cost: Resorts in Yorkeys Knob are good value for money due to its status as a less touristy place compared to other Cairns beaches.
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