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This quiet beach north of Cairns offers long stretches of white sand and clear water.

Clifton Beach is a tropical beachside town surrounded by two natural wonders: a World Heritage-listed rain forest and the Great Barrier Reef. The 3.7-mile (six-kilometer) beach is lined with palm trees, white sand and clear water. Come to swim, go white-water rafting, wildlife watching, or just unwind in the shade with a drink in one hand and a book in the other.

Clifton Beach is relatively quiet, with fewer tourists than neighboring beaches and an almost non-existent nightlife. Spend a few hours or a few weeks here. Accommodation options range from budget dormitory-style rooms, to luxury resorts. There are cafés and restaurants, grocery stores and a few specialty retail outlets where you can pick up holiday equipment such as fishing gear and snorkels.

At the beach you’ll find picnic tables, barbecues and play equipment. Feed kangaroos and cuddle a koala at the Cairns Tropical Zoo. Keen golfers can enjoy a game on the local golf course, which is considered one of Australia’s top 50 greens

Explore the headland of Cape Tribulation and the surrounding Daintree Rainforest on foot, by car or as part of a tour. Walk north along the beach to Palm Cove, a town that offers more bars and restaurants, as well as boutiques and art galleries. Port Douglas is a 45-minute drive north of Clifton Beach. Many tour companies leave from Port Douglas for the Great Barrier Reef, and the town of about 5,000 residents has a thriving backpacker nightlife and fine-dining restaurants.

The weather is warm all year, and hot and humid in summer. Clifton Beach has nets that protect swimmers from harmful marine stingers such as irukandji jellyfish, which are in the waters between November and May. Lifeguards patrol the beach every day during “stinger season”.

Clifton Beach is a 25-minute drive north of Cairns along the Captain Cook Highway. Buses run regularly between Cairns and Palm Cove, stopping at Clifton Beach every hour throughout the day.

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Imagine Drift Palm Cove
Imagine Drift Palm Cove
4 out of 5
Cnr Veivers Rd Williams Esp, Palm Cove, QLD, 4879
The price is £203 per night from 20 Jul to 21 Jul
Stay at this 4-star luxury aparthotel in Cairns. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a beach locale. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in their reviews. Popular ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (599 reviews)
"Lovely resort beautiful facilities but pool needs to be heated in winter."

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Imagine Drift Palm Cove
Argosy On The Beach
Argosy On The Beach
4 out of 5
119 Arlington Esplanade, Clifton Beach, QLD, 4879
Stay at this 4-star beach apartment in Cairns. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a beach locale. Our guests praise the helpful staff in their reviews. Popular ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (112 reviews)
"Great position,quiet.Still close enough to restaurants etc at Palm Cove."

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Argosy On The Beach
Agincourt Beachfront Apartments
Agincourt Beachfront Apartments
3.5 out of 5
69-73 Arlington Esplanade Clifton Beach, Clifton Beach, QLD, 4879
Stay at this 3.5-star beach aparthotel in Cairns. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a beach locale. Our guests praise the comfy beds and the property condition ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (413 reviews)
"Great spot, great staff"

Reviewed on 19 Jun 2022

Agincourt Beachfront Apartments
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Mango Lagoon Resort & Wellness Spa
Mango Lagoon Resort & Wellness Spa
3.5 out of 5
81 - 85 Cedar Road, Palm Cove, QLD, 4878
The price is £181 per night from 13 Jul to 14 Jul
Mango Lagoon Resort & Wellness Spa
Imagine Drift Palm Cove
Imagine Drift Palm Cove
4 out of 5
Cnr Veivers Rd Williams Esp, Palm Cove, QLD, 4879
The price is £203 per night from 20 Jul to 21 Jul
Imagine Drift Palm Cove
Argosy On The Beach
Argosy On The Beach
4 out of 5
119 Arlington Esplanade, Clifton Beach, QLD, 4879
Argosy On The Beach
Agincourt Beachfront Apartments
Agincourt Beachfront Apartments
3.5 out of 5
69-73 Arlington Esplanade Clifton Beach, Clifton Beach, QLD, 4879
Agincourt Beachfront Apartments
Clifton Sands Holiday Apartments
Clifton Sands Holiday Apartments
3.5 out of 5
81-87 Guide Street, (Entrance on Clifton Road), Clifton Beach, QLD, 4879
Clifton Sands Holiday Apartments
Oceanfront Breeze with Beach Views 5
Oceanfront Breeze with Beach Views 5
4 out of 5
75 Arlington Esplanade, Clifton Beach, QLD, 4879
Oceanfront Breeze with Beach Views 5
Villa Beach Palm Cove
Villa Beach Palm Cove
3.5 out of 5
85-87 Upolu Esplanade, Clifton Beach, QLD, 4879
Villa Beach Palm Cove
Pullman Palm Cove Sea Temple Resort and Spa
Pullman Palm Cove Sea Temple Resort and Spa
5 out of 5
5 Triton Street, Palm Cove, QLD, 4879
The price is £231 per night from 15 Jul to 16 Jul
Pullman Palm Cove Sea Temple Resort and Spa
Alamanda Palm Cove by Lancemore
Alamanda Palm Cove by Lancemore
5 out of 5
1 Veivers Road, Palm Cove, QLD, 4879
Alamanda Palm Cove by Lancemore
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.