Newell Beach: Best Visitors Guide 2024 (UPDATED)

Idyllic stretch of sand and palm trees near Port Douglas in Tropical North Queensland

 

Newell Beach Visitor Guide for Tropical North Queensland, Australia

 

Table of Contents

Hello beach lovers and welcome to my review of Newell Beach! To ensure it is easy for you to follow I have arranged it into the sections below:

1. Introduction
2. Where is Newell Beach?
3. Best Time To Visit Newell Beach
4. What Facilities do they have at Newell Beach?
5. How to get to Newell Beach
6. Things to do at Newell Beach
7. Newell Beach Accommodation
8. Where to Eat at Newell Beach
9. Final Thought
10. FAQs

Having read this post, I hope it will inspire you to pay a visit to this fabulous beach in Tropical North Queensland!

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Read Time: 7 Minutes

 

Introduction

Newell Beach is a gorgeous beach that is definitely worth spending some time at before exploring the magnificent Daintree Rainforest. Flanked by estuaries at both its ends, this fabulous Tropical North Queensland beach stretches for around 2.5km. It is notable for presenting superb views of the Port Douglas headland at its southern end as well as the quaint Flagstaff Hill Lighthouse and picturesque Low Isles.

For those who love fishing, boating, sunbathing and beach walking, this beach is the perfect destination in which to get your fix. Swimming is also possible, though not recommended, and should only be done at high tide due to the expansive tidal flats.

That said, you should always be mindful of crocodiles in this area as they are prevalent in the mangroves around the estuaries. Aside from them, Newell beach is a wonderful place to spend a few hours relaxing, resting and soaking up the tropical vibe.

If you happen to be in the area, I’d definitely recommend checking it out.

 

As it is located in the tropics, Wonga Beach is a destination you can visit all year round.

 

Where is Newell Beach?

Newell Beach is a coastal suburb within the shire of Douglas in Tropical North Queensland. Sandwiched in between Wonga Beach to the North and Cooya Beach to the south, it is located about a 30 minute drive from Port Douglas and just a 10 minute drive to the town of Mossman.

If you are coming from the Cairns CBD to Newell Beach it will take you about an hour and 20 minutes to drive there. Though the scenic coastal drive along the Captain Cook Highway is so captivating, you might want to tack on some extra time to your journey plan to enable you to take it all in.

 

Distance to Other Beaches in TNQ

  • Trinity Beach (67km)
  • Cow Bay (44km)
  • Wonga Beach (18km)
  • Kewarra Beach (64km)
  • Wangetti Beach (46km)
  • Bramston Beach (164km)
  • Four Mile Beach (24km)
  • Clifton Beach (61km)
  • Palm Cove (59km)
  • Cooya Beach (12km)
  • Etty Bay (181km)
  • Ellis Beach (55km)
  • Holloways Beach (77km)
  • Yorkeys Knob (73km)
  • Machans Beach (77km)
  • Best Time To Visit Newell Beach

    Given that Newell Beach is situated in Tropical North Queensland, it is a coastal destination that you can visit all year round. However, if you have spent a bit of time at Tropical North Queensland beaches, you will understand that the region has two seasons – the wet season and the dry season. Subsequently, this might affect the timing of when you want to go there.

    The wet season, typically runs from November to April and is characterised by high humidity and heavy rainfall. Conversely, the dry season, runs from May to October and generally offers cooler temperatures and a more pleasant climate in which to enjoy your time there. During both seasons, you will get plenty of sunshine. So deciding on when to go is a question of personal preference in terms of whether you want to be there when the landscapes are much greener (rainy season) or when the skies are clearer (dry season). Of course, your availability (and that of your family and friends) will play a part in your decision too.

    Whenever you decide to go, just bear in mind that this beach near Cairns is a pristine natural environment, so it relies on responsible tourism being practised there. For this reason, beach visitors are encouraged to follow Leave No Trace principles, dispose of waste responsibly and respect local flora and fauna.

     

    Newell Beach in Tropical North Queensland

     

    What Facilities do they have at Newell Beach?

    Newell Beach has a good range of public beachfront facilities including toilets, picnic tables and barbecue facilities. In addition, it also has a convenience store where you can purchase ready-to-eat food and groceries.

    Just a short drive up the road, the town of Mossman also features several cafes and takeaways, a Woolworths to buy groceries, a post office, banks, hairdressers, hospital, medical clinics and shops.

     

    One of the main attractions of Newell Beach is its incredible, unspoilt natural beauty. This beach spans 2.5km along the idyllic waters of the Coral Sea, providing breathtaking views of the Great Barrier Reef and the surrounding rainforest-covered hills.

     

    How to get to Newell Beach

    Once you are in Tropical North Queensland, the easiest way to get to Newell Beach is to drive there. Doing this will involve cruising along the Captain Cook Highway if you are coming from the Cairns Esplanade, during which time you will pass suburbs like Trinity Beach, Clifton Beach, Palm Cove and Port Douglas en route to Mossman. Once you get to Mossman you should turn off from Foxton Avenue onto Mossman Daintree Road, which will then take you to Newell Road and onto Marine Parade. From that road, you’ll soon be at the main entrances to the beach.

    If you don’t have your own car you can hire one from Cairns Airport. Most of the major car hire companies including Europcar, Enterprise and Avis have outlets there. It would be worth telling them your travel plans as they will be able to advise you on the most suitable vehicle to match them. Some attractions and regions in Tropical North Queensland might require four wheel drive access.

    For those who would rather be driven there by someone else, you can always catch a ride with an Uber or Port Douglas Taxis.

     

    Distance to Other places in Queensland

  • Cairns (83km)
  • Cooktown (262km)
  • Port Douglas (28km)
  • Townsville (428km)
  • Mission Beach (221km)
  • Kuranda (86km)
  • Mackay (814km)
  • Airlie Beach (703km)
  • Brisbane (1790km)
  • Noosa (1658km)
  • Hervey Bay (1526km)
  • Longreach (1031km)
  • Mt Isa (1160km)
  • Surfers Paradise (1858km)
  • Things to do at Newell Beach

    One of the main attractions of Newell Beach is its incredible, unspoilt natural beauty. This beach spans 2.5km along the idyllic waters of the Coral Sea, providing breathtaking views of the Great Barrier Reef and the surrounding rainforest-covered hills. This makes it a beautiful beach for walking on, beachcombing or sun bathing.

    Unfortunately, swimming is not recommended as the waves can get quite choppy. There is also not currently a stinger net or surf lifesaver patrol in place, so it is best to stay out of the water.

    For those who enjoy fishing, Newell Beach offers the chance to catch a range of species including Coral Trout, sharks, Grassy Sweet Lips and Stripies. Nearby, the Mossman River has a boat ramp which allows you to take to the water in your tinnie and cast a line for bream or Barramundi Queenies. If you don’t have a boat, you can charter one from Port Douglas or book yourself on a trip from one of the various companies that offer them there. Similarly, you can also book excursions to the Daintree Rainforest, Mossman Gorge, as well as kayaking tours.

     

    Lovely day at Newell Beach in Tropical North Queensland, Australia

     

    Newell Beach Accommodation

    For those who want to stay directly near the sand, Newell Beach offers a variety of accommodation options. These range from luxury resorts and a caravan park to holiday apartments and Airbnb options.

    One of the best accommodation providers is The Palms of Newell Beach, which is an absolute beachfront retreat that offers comfortable rooms with stunning views of the Coral Sea.

    Elsewhere, Marine On Marine Newell Beach places you right near the beach. It also offers 3 bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and free WI-FI. So, it is a great choice for families.

    Another good option is the Newell Beach Caravan Park and Holiday Units provides excellent spots and facilities for those with tents and trailers, while the Manta Ray B&B is a more affordable and charming choice.

     

    For most tourists, Newell Beach is not a place they will visit for more than a couple of days. However, for those that do spend time there, they will get to enjoy a captivating destination in Tropical North Queensland that showcases some of the area’s pristine natural beauty.

     

    Where to Eat at Newell Beach

    If you want to eat whilst visiting this coastal suburb, your best bet is the Newell Beach Takeaway and Cafe. They are known for serving up a mean fish and chips and delicious pizzas and their service is nice and quick.

    Over at Mossman, if you happen to be in town on a Friday night you should check out Hughie’s Wine Bar which is a trendy wine bar that also offers delicious tapas and is located within the Mossman Hotel. Otherwise, you best bet for food is at Port Douglas, where there are plenty of dining options including Zinc, which serves modern Australian fare, Lacuna, an delightful Italian restaurant and my personal favourite Melaleuca, who have won an Australian Good Food Guide four years in a row.

     

    Final Thought

    For most tourists, Newell Beach is not a place they will visit for more than a couple of days. However, for those that do spend time there, they will get to enjoy a captivating destination in Tropical North Queensland that showcases some of the area’s pristine natural beauty.

    The great thing about this beach near Cairns is that it is nice and quiet. You won’t get hoards of tourists spoiling the ambience, so for this reason you’ll probably be instantly enamoured by it.

     

    FAQs

    Where is Newell Beach?

    The sleepy coastal community of Newell Beach is nestled in between Port Douglas and the Daintree National Park.

     

    Are there Crocs at Newell Beach?

    Around Newell Beach, large crocodiles are known to reside in the area. Indeed, a 4.5 metre specimen was captured close to the beach area back in 2021. Moreover, in 2023, a 65 year old man was bitten on the foot while sleeping at night on the beach.

     

    Is Newell Beach worth visiting?

    Newell Beach is a secluded and quiet 2.5km stretch of soft golden sand that provides excellent opportunities for fishing, swimming and diving.

     

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