Kewarra Beach, approximately 20 minutes north of Cairns City, 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.