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 Far North Queensland beach next time you are in the area, here is what you need to know.
History of Ellis Beach
Ellis Beach was named after Dick Ellis, a pioneer settler who owned land in the area in the early 1900s.
The beach itself was first discovered by Europeans in 1876 when the explorer George Elphinstone Dalrymple landed on the shore during his expedition to the Daintree River.
However, it wasn’t until the 1950s that the beach began to attract visitors and it has only really become a popular tourist destination since the turn of the century.
Ellis Beach is located in Far North Queensland about 26 km to the north of Cairns. It is also about 5 km south of Palm Cove and 40 km south of Port Douglas.
Situated along the Captain Cook Highway, which hugs the coast and provides stunning views of the Coral Sea, the beach is part of the Ellis Beach Oceanfront Bungalows Resort.
As this beachfront accommodation is located in a beautiful spot, it makes it a popular holiday destination for those wanting some rest and relaxation.
How to get there
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 tour companies offer guided tours to Ellis 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 Lifesaving Club hosts regular events throughout the year on the beach.
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: It has a beautiful walking trail that runs along the coastline, offering 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.
Where to Stay at Ellis Beach
If you’re planning a visit to Ellis Beach, there are several accommodation options to choose from.
The Ellis Beach 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.
Food and Coffee
There are several coffee options available near the beach in Far North Queensland.
Visitors can stop by the Ellis 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.