Yorkeys Knob is a suburb located in the Cairns Regional local government area of Cairns, Queensland with a population of approximately 2760 residents (2016).
Yorkeys Knob is just 5 minutes to the main shopping centre of the northern beaches, Smithfield Shopping Centre, where there are over 60 specialty stores, medical centre, Coles, Woolworths, K-Mart, MacDonalds, Hungry Jacks, all the banks, and a large Bunnings hardware store. Smithfield also has an olympic size public swimming pool, Council Library, and the Marlin Coast Youth Recreational Centre.
It is approximately 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) north of the centre of Cairns, and is the third beach suburb after Machans Beach and Holloways Beach
The swimming area is at the northern end of Sims Esplanade. It is patrolled for 6 months of the year by Surf Lifesaving Queensland, and has a stinger net to protect swimmers from box jellyfish (Chironex fleckeri). Trust the lifesavers and swim between the flags; there have been drownings around the rocks a short distance away. There are barbecue and picnic facilities, plus public toilets and showers. The beach is lined with she-oak casuarinas, beach almonds, ballnuts and coconut palms. At its southern end the beach meets Thomatis Creek, which lies between Yorkeys Knob and Holloways Beach.
The beach is a popular for kitesurfing and windsurfing.
Half Moon Bay Golf Club is located at the western end of Wattle Street, and is a short but challenging layout which features a number of water hazards. It is 5,129 metres long and par is 70. Most of the course is sand-based, and it dries rapidly after heavy rains. A 9-hole course is generally open even if all the other Cairns courses are closed due to flooding, although cyclones can force its closure for a couple of days.