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Yorkeys Knob, Australia

Yorkeys Knob is in Far North Queensland.​

Yorkeys Knob is the third beach suburb from Cairns and is about 13km from Cairns, and just 15 minutes from the Cairns Airport. Yorkeys Knob is a great place to live, holiday or visit. There are great facilities and attractions, including Yorkeys Knob Boat Club, Halfmoon Bay Golf Course, restaurants, cafes, supermarket and visitor information center. There is a wide range of Yorkeys Knob accommodation, from self-contained apartments, resort and motel accommodation, holiday rentals and holiday homes, as well as Cairns first solar-powered holiday hotel.

Yorkeys Knob Tourist Information Centre Address: 10 Rutherford Street, Yorkeys Knob Phone: +61 7 40557158

The visitor center has over 300 Cairns tours which they can book for you. With free wi-fi, free maps, discount vouchers, and great local knowledge, this is often a visitors first stopping point... Read more

Yorkeys Knob, Australia

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Yorkeys Knob is in Far North Queensland.​

Yorkeys Knob is the third beach suburb from Cairns and is about 13km from Cairns, and just 15 minutes from the Cairns Airport. Yorkeys Knob is a great place to live, holiday or visit. There are great facilities and attractions, including Yorkeys Knob Boat Club, Halfmoon Bay Golf Course, restaurants, cafes, supermarket and visitor information center. There is a wide range of Yorkeys Knob accommodation, from self-contained apartments, resort and motel accommodation, holiday rentals and holiday homes, as well as Cairns first solar-powered holiday hotel.

Yorkeys Knob Tourist Information Centre Address: 10 Rutherford Street, Yorkeys Knob Phone: +61 7 40557158

The visitor center has over 300 Cairns tours which they can book for you. With free wi-fi, free maps, discount vouchers, and great local knowledge, this is often a visitors first stopping point for a visit to Cairns and Yorkeys Knob. They are open 7 days a week.


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Yorkeys Knob, Australia: Port Information


Cruise passengers are carried ashore by the tenders. Cairns is only 15 minutes away.
Usually, cruise companies provide shuttle service to the town center.

Get around Yorkeys Knob, Australia


Yorkeys Knob is serviced by Sunbus seven days a week. The normal service, the 1C, runs hourly Monday to Saturday, and every second hour on Sundays. This service also runs to the Smithfield shopping center, the nearest large shopping complex. A direct service, the 1D, is available during the peak periods, traveling to Cairns in the mornings and back to Yorkeys in the late afternoon.

What to see in Yorkeys Knob, Australia


Tours From Yorkeys Knob for cruise ship visitors: popular choices are, Kuranda, Skyrail and Train, half day fishing, half day white water rafting, half day green island, Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Centre, horseriding, Cairns Tropical Zoo and the Hartleys Crocodile farm. Contact the Yorkeys Knob Visitor Centre for information and bookings.

What to do in Yorkeys Knob, Australia


Recreation
The swimming area is at the northern end of Sims Esplanade. 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 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 meters 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.

Wildlife
The golf club is a very good bird-watching location, with masked lapwings, bush stone-curlews, a range of kingfishers, rainbow lorikeets and sea eagles fairly easy to find. Between the 12th and 13th holes lies Ray Howarth Park, which is home to a huge colony of flying foxes, which you can see heading out searching for food in the early evenings. During the day they hang upside down from the mangrove's trees and make an almighty din. When the melaleucas are in flower you will find them gorging on nectar in the trees at the northern end of Sim's Esplanade.

A small bush track near the State school offers a chance to see a variety of birdlife, monitor lizards, and lots of skinks. Along the beach, you will find pied oystercatchers, bush stone-curlews, ghost fiddler crabs and sand-bubbler crabs. At the rocks at the end of the beach keep an eye out of the beach tree skink scampering around the rocks looking for lunch, while you also watching for a pod of bottlenose dolphins that sometimes visit the small bay on the northern side of the groyne.

What to eat and drink in Yorkeys Knob, Australia


Yorkeys Knob has three restaurants. One at the Half Moon Bay marina has an over-the-water deck looking across Half Moon Bay to Double Island and Haycock Island (also known as Scout's Hat due to its shape).

Shopping in Yorkeys Knob, Australia


Yorkeys Knob has a supermarket, post office, bottleshop, bakery, and a variety of other shops. A newsagent and a small store are on the beachfront, near the main swimming area.

Safety in Yorkeys Knob, Australia


The swimming area 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.

Language spoken in Yorkeys Knob, Australia


Australian English is the main language. 

LOCAL TIME

1:19 am
September 20, 2019
Australia/Brisbane

CURRENT WEATHER

18.18 °C / 64.724 °F
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16.35 °C/61 °F
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Sat

16.19 °C/61 °F
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17.76 °C/64 °F
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Mon

17.21 °C/63 °F
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