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Kewarra Beach

Kewarra Beach is a suburb located in the Cairns Regional local government area of Cairns, Queensland. Kewarra Beach has a population of approximately 5850 residents (2011).


Kewarra Beach is located about 20 minutes north of Cairns City and Cairns International Airport just off the Captain Cook Highway and approx. 5 minutes south of Palm Cove and 45 minutes south of Port Douglas.


Kewarra Beach is predominantly reserved for the locals. That's not because it's not as worthy as its rivals such as Palm Cove and Trinity Beach, and it's not because it's difficult to access. To the contrary, Cairns locals have bought all the property at this beach because it is so private and idyllic, leaving very little room for tourism development.


Kewarra is at the southern end of a large stretch of sand that takes in Palm Cove, Clifton Beach, and itself, Kewarra Beach. It is completely protected from the southeasterly swell by a rocky headland, and a large shallow sandbank fills most of the bay. However, the water is still deep enough for a swim and it a very good place to bring a young family. The beach is clean and wide, and has picnic tables, play equipment, and public toilets on site.


To access Kewarra Beach, take the turnoff from the Captain Cook Highway marked KEWARRA, and follow the road until the very end. You'll pass a school, many houses, then make a sharp left turn and proceed until you arrive at a small parking lot. This is where you leave the bitumen behind and step onto the warm sand.


All of Cairns northern beaches have a very laid back relaxed feel to them so if it's a big night out on the tiles you are looking for then you need to hop on the Sun bus and head into Cairns city for some real action and adventure nightlife.