Ellis Beach: A Hidden Gem in Tropical Far North Queensland

Ellis Beach: A Hidden Gem in Tropical Far North Queensland


Double Island at Ellis Beach in Far North Queensland, Australia


Table of Contents

Thinking of going to Ellis Beach in Tropical North Queensland? Then you should find my post about it quite useful. Below is a table of contents that outlines its structure.

1. Introduction
2. History of Ellis Beach
3. Where is Ellis Beach?
4. How to Get to Ellis Beach
5. Things To Do At Ellis Beach
6. Hotels at Ellis Beach
7. Where To Eat and drink coffee at Ellis Beach
8. FAQs

After reading this post it is my hope that I would have inspired you to visit this fantastic Qld Beach!



Nestled along the picturesque coastline of Far North Queensland, just a short drive from Cairns, you’ll find Ellis Beach.

Boasting an immaculate stretch of coastline that disappears off into the distance, this tropical paradise is where sun, sand, and the soothing rhythm of the Coral Sea converge.

Renowned for its stunning natural beauty, Ellis Beach comprises palm-fringed shores, shimmering crystal-clear turquoise waters, and a spectacular backdrop of rainforest-clad hills. It is the perfect place to relax on a Queensland Beach Holiday or escape city life’s pressures.

From romantic strolls along the shoreline to heart-pumping water sports and everything in between, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at this enchanting coastal haven.

If you are considering visiting this stunning Tropical North Queensland beach next time you are in the area, here is what you need to know.


History of Ellis Beach

The beach itself was first discovered by Europeans in 1876. The explorer George Elphinstone Dalrymple landed on its shore during his expedition to the Daintree River.

However, it wasn’t until the 1950s that the beach initially began to attract visitors as a tourist destination. It only really became a popular tourist destination after the turn of the last century – with bloggers and YouTubers spreading the word about it.


Where is Ellis Beach?

Ellis Beach is located in Far North Queensland about 26 km to the north of Cairns. It is also 5 km south of Palm Cove and 40 km south of Port Douglas.

Situated along the Captain Cook Highway, the beach is part of the Ellis Oceanfront Bungalows Resort. It hugs the coast and provides stunning views of the Coral Sea as you drive past it.

As this beachfront accommodation is located in a beautiful spot, it makes it a popular Queensland holiday destination for those wanting some rest and relaxation.


Palm Trees at Ellis Beach in Tropical Far North Queensland


How to Get to Ellis Beach

The beach is easily accessible by car via the Captain Cook Highway, which runs along the coastline.

Visitors can also take a public bus from Cairns or Port Douglas, with a bus stop located near the beach.

Additionally, many companies offer guided tours to this gorgeous beach as part of a larger itinerary of attractions in Tropical Far North Queensland. You should be able to catch a taxi or Uber there as well if you don’t have a car.


Things To Do At Ellis Beach

Ellis Beach offers a range of activities for holidaymakers of all ages. Here are some of the most popular activities you can do there:

Swimming: The beach’s calm waters and gentle waves make it an ideal spot for swimming. Lifeguards are on duty and there is a stinger net at the beach for your protection during the summer months.

Sunbathing: With its wide expanse of white sand, Ellis Beach is the perfect place to soak up the sun and work on your tan.

Events: The Ellis Beach Surf Life Saving Club hosts regular events throughout the year on the beach. This includes ironman tournaments.

Surfing: While the waves are generally gentle, it’s still possible to catch swell every now and then.

Fishing: The beach’s rocky headlands are a great spot for fishing. You can catch a variety of fish including bream, whiting and flathead.

Walking: The beach has a beautiful walking trail that runs along the coastline. It showcases stunning views of the ocean and the mountains.

Picnicking: The beach has several picnic tables and BBQs, making it a great spot for a family picnic.

Exploring: Within easy reach of the beach are several other attractions, including the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree Rainforest, and the Kuranda Scenic Railway. It’s worth taking some time to explore the surrounding area once you have had your fill of the sand.


Hotels at Ellis Beach

If you’re planning a visit to Ellis Beach, there are several accommodation options to choose from.

The Ellis Oceanfront Bungalows offer self-contained bungalows with ocean views, while the Ellis Beach Retreat has a range of cabins, villas, and apartments.

For those looking for a more luxurious stay, the nearby Palm Cove offers a number of high-end resorts and hotels available.


Where To Eat and drink coffee at Ellis Beach

There are several coffee options available near the beach in Far North Queensland.

Visitors can stop by the Beach Bar & Grill – virtually opposite the beach – for a cup of coffee along with a range of delicious food options.

In nearby Palm Cove, you will find plenty of options for food and drink there, ranging from high-end dining at restaurants like Nu Nu to more casual eateries like The Beach Hut Cafe.

Also, at Palm Cove, you will be able to enjoy an excellent coffee at Espresso & Co.



How Far Is Ellis Beach from Cairns?

From the Cairns CBD the beach is roughly 28 km away. It takes about 25 minutes to get there along the Captain Cook Highway and State Route 1.


Can you swim at Ellis Beach

While the beach is rather remote and low-key overall, it is patrolled by lifesavers during the months of Summer (December to February). Stingers nets are also in operation and you are advised to swim in them as there are potentially harmful jellyfish in the water at this time.


Are there crocodiles at Ellis Beach

There is no hiding that crocodiles are sometimes sighted at this and several other beaches in Tropical North Queensland. Generally speaking they don't stay on the beaches or the coastal waters off the sand - though you can never rule out their presence. Subsequently, you swim at your own risk, especially if the beach is not patrolled by surf lifeguards.


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