Trinity Beach: Best Visitors Guide 2024 (UPDATED)

Relaxed holiday destination in Tropical North Queensland for families and couples


Trinity Beach Visitor Guide


Planning a visit to Trinity Beach? You’ll have a fantastic time! It is one of my favourites of all Tropical North Queensland beaches.

Outlined below is the structure of my post reviewing it. I’d love you to read through the whole travel article. But if you want to jump straight to a particular piece of information just click the relevant link below.

1. Introduction
2. Where is Trinity Beach?
3. Best time to visit Trinity Beach
4. Beach facilities at Trinity Beach
5. Things to do in Trinity Beach
6. Trinity Beach Tours
7. How to Get to Trinity Beach
8. Trinity Beach Accommodation
9. Trinity Beach Restaurants
10. Coffee
11. Shops
12. Final Thought
13. FAQs

After reading the post you should have a much clearer idea of what to see and do at this little slice of Aussie beach paradise.

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Trinity Beach is one of the best known of all the beaches north of Cairns.

Located in Tropical North Queensland, about a half an hour drive from the CBD and just ten minutes from Palm Cove, this fabulous coastal suburb offers a relaxing escape from the frenetic pace of the city.

Lined with coconut and almond trees, the stunning, perfect-for-sunbathing beach is the main attraction. There is also a stinger net during the warmer months and year-round patrols by surf lifesavers that enable you to swim in a safer environment.

As many of the best Trinity Beach apartments, resorts, holiday accommodation rentals and shops are directly over the road to the sand, this destination offers an idyllic getaway that promises to leave you rejuvenated and refreshed on your Queensland Beach Holiday.


The best time to visit Trinity Beach, Qld, is during the dry season from May to October. At this time, the weather in Tropical North Queensland tends to be very pleasant for tourists.


Where is Trinity Beach?

Trinity Beach Cairns is a relaxed coastal suburb in Far North Queensland which is home to about 6500 people.

One of many beaches near Cairns you can visit within a two hour drive, it stretches for almost a mile and lies between two headlands.

It is a popular destination for holidaymakers and daytrippers, as it is only a twenty-minute drive from the city’s CBD and just a ten-minute run from Palm Cove (both along National Route 1).

The origin of its name comes from Trinity Bay and it resides on land traditionally owned by the indigenous Djabugay (Tjapukai) peoples.


Other Beaches Near Trinity Beach

  • Bramston Beach
  • Cape Tribulation
  • Clifton Beach
  • Cooya Beach
  • Cow Bay
  • Ellis Beach
  • Holloways Beach
  • Kewarra Beach
  • Machans Beach
  • Newell Beach
  • Palm Cove
  • Thornton Beach
  • Wangetti Beach
  • Wonga Beach
  • Yorkeys Knob
  • Best Time to Visit Trinity Beach

    The best time to visit Trinity Beach, Qld, is during the dry season from May to October. At this time, the weather at all the beaches in Tropical North Queensland tends to be very pleasant for tourists. Temperatures are slightly cooler than other months of the year, yet still nice and warm, and humidity levels are much lower. There is also very little in the way of rainfall to ruin your holiday experience.

    These months are a good time to come to the region if you want to swim, as the stinger nets are in operation. However, as they represent the peak tourist season, the area will be busier. You would also need to book beachfront accommodation and various tours and activities well in advance of your visit to avoid paying over the odds or missing out.

    By contrast, the wet season runs from November to April. If you visit the area at this time of year there will be the threat of heavy rainfall, high humidity and even the possibility of tropical cyclones, which could impact your ability to sightsee or spend time outside.

    That said, you will still get plenty of good beach days and some excellent deals on Trinity Beach resorts and other holiday accommodations, that might make a holiday here at this time worthwhile.


    View of the Coral Sea at Trinity Beach in Tropical North Queensland


    How to Get to Trinity Beach

    Trinity Beach Queensland is an easy destination to get to as it just a 20 km drive north of Cairns in Tropical North Queensland.

    From the main city, follow the Captain Cook Highway north until you reach Trinity Beach Road. Turn left onto Trinity Beach Road and then right onto Trinity Beach Boulevard to access the main beach area. If you use an app like Waze, you shouldn’t have any problems getting to the destination.

    If you need to fly into the area, Cairns Airport receives daily flights from several airlines including Virgin Australia, Qantas, Jetstar, Singapore Air and Air New Zealand, in addition to smaller local airlines like Air North, Alliance Airlines and Skytrans. You can get an idea of flight schedules here.

    From the airport you can book a taxi or Uber to take you on to your Trinity Beach accommodation. Alternatively, you can hire a rental car, with several companies including Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Thrifty and Dollar operating desks at the airport.


    When it comes to Trinity Beach accommodation you have a good range of options to choose from. The area has several resorts, apartments and holiday rentals you can make a reservation at.


    Beach Facilities at Trinity Beach

    Set on an idyllic stretch of shoreline on the Cairns Coral Coast, Trinity Beach is a laid-back residental beachside area. It is equipped with a variety of amenities that make it an ideal spot for a day trip or an extended stay.

    Dotted along the Trinity Beach Foreshore there are several toilets, benches, BBQs, picnic shelters and tables. You can usually find a free parking spot on the Vasey Esplanade and there is a small parade of shops, cafes and eateries directly over the road.


    Distance from Trinity Beach to Other Destinations

  • Cairns 20km
  • Cape Tribulation 195km
  • Four Mile Beach 50km
  • Mission Beach 142km
  • Mackay 751km
  • Brisbane 1726km
  • Yeppoon 1101km
  • Surfer's Paradise 1794km
  • Darwin 2785km
  • Sydney 2439km
  • Things to do in Trinity Beach

    Trinity Beach stretches for over a kilometre. Surrounded by palm trees and overlooking the stunning Coral Sea, it is one of the best spots for sunbathing in Tropical North Queensland.

    Although it might not have as many things to do as other Cairns’ Northern Beaches, it has a stinger net throughout the warmer months and is patrolled all year round, which ensures that you can swim here safely. You can also enjoy beach walks, fishing, and seaside dining.

    The area is a convenient base for exploring several local attractions and tours to the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree National Park, Fitzroy Island and Trinity Inlet.

    When you fancy a change of scene, the likes of Palm Cove, Port Douglas and Cooya Beach are within easy driving distance.


    Beach Scene at Trinity Beach Tropical North Queensland


    Trinity Beach Tours

    After a couple of days in Trinity Beach you might want to venture further afield. Thankfully there are several Tropical North Queensland tours and excursions you can go on to fully appreciate the wonders of the area.

    You’ll find a host of tours available to book on these pages at Get Your Guide and Viato.

    However, here is an overview of some of the most popular ones you might want to partake in.

  • Daintree Rainforest Cruise & Mossman Gorge Tour
  • Great Barrier Reef Snorkelling & Diving Cruise
  • Kuranda Scenic Railway, Rainforest & Aboriginal Tour
  • Glass Bottom Boat or Snorkelling at Green Island
  • Cairns Beaches Bike Tour
  • Full day Indigenous Culture and Chasing Waterfalls Tour
  • Atherton Tablelands Rainforest & Waterfalls Tour
  • Paronella Park Day Long Tour
  • Please click on the Get Your Guide and Viator links above for more details about each of these tours and more.


    The best time to visit the beach at Trinity in Far North Queensland is during the dry season.


    Trinity Beach Accommodation

    When it comes to Trinity Beach accommodation you have a good range of options to choose from. The area has several resorts, apartments and holiday rentals you can make a reservation at.

    You will find a full list of where to stay in Trinity Beach here. However, outlined below is an overview of three of the more notable places to consider.


    Vue Apartments Trinity Beach

    If views of the Coral Sea are top of your wishlist, then you should consider the Vue Apartments.

    Set upon a hilltop that directly overlooks Trinity Beach Esplanade, this property has been designed to enhance panoramic views of the Coral Sea, not least its magnificent infinity pool, which appears to seamlessly integrate with its sparkling waters.

    Most of the apartments here come with between one and four bedrooms, and there is also a fabulous penthouse for those who want to really treat themselves.

    In keeping with its overall vibe, the accommodation is stylish and well-appointed with luxurious little touches that will make your stay a truly memorable one.


    On the Beach Holiday Apartments

    No prizes for guessing how this venue got its name!

    For those wanting a Tropical North Queensland beach holiday where they can spend time, swimming, sunbathing and taking in fabulous views of the Coral Sea, On the Beach Holiday Apartments is the perfect place to stay.

    This complex comprises seven different properties that collectively offer 39 self-contained apartments, all of which share direct access to golden sands of Trinity Beach. It is a particularly good family friendly destination as they offer boogie boards, beach toys and pool noodles for hire to holiday makers and guests.


    Blue Lagoon Resort

    The idyllic sounding Blue Lagoon Resort is another fabulous option for Trinity Beach holiday rentals.

    As it is just a couple of minutes from the sand, it is a great choice for families and couples who want to spend a lot of time at the beach, without bringing it back to the apartment with them.

    Accommodations here range from everything from studios three bedroom units available. When not out and about exploring the delights of Tropical North Queensland, you can enjoy a dip or spot of relaxation by two swimming pools. Oh, and in case you were wondering how it got its name, the property resides next to a shimmering blue lagoon lake.


    Trinity Beach Club Holiday Apartments

    The Trinity Beach Club Holiday Apartments is a terrific place to stay when you visit Tropical North Queensland.

    Situated just 200 metres from the beach, this contemporary 4 star complex offers 35 self-contained, one or two bedroom, fully furnished apartments. All of them are surrounded by lush gardens and many present superb views of the Coral Sea.

    Guests can also enjoy a dip in its outdoor swimming pool or a soak in the onsite hot-tub that can accommodate 10 people. Conveniently, there is free parking on site and the free WI-FI is pretty good too.


    Trinity Beach Restaurants

  • L'Unico Trattoria
  • Trinity Beach Bar and Grill
  • Tuk Tuk By The Sea
  • Trinity Beach Tavern
  • Bangkok Rose
  • Tranquillity Cafe
  • Mel's Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant
  • Eat Street Cafe and Bar Smithfield
  • Blue Moon Grill
  • NV Cafe
  • Trinity Beach Restaurants

    Considering it is a small suburb with less than 6600 residents, there are several very good Trinity Beach restaurants you can visit.

    Overall, the suburb offers a good selection of dining options that range from casual cafes and takeaways to funky bistros and more upscale restaurants. The main collection of restaurants can be found on the Vasey Esplanade, with many venues offering al fresco dining with Coral views. Some of the best of them include L’Unico Trattoria Italiano, the Trinity Beach Tavern and Il Chiosco.

    At these establishments, locally sourced seafood is a popular option on their menus. They also offer an eclectic mix of internationally inspired meat dishes and several vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free choices to cater to all dietary needs.

    If you only have time to visit one venue, I would recommend Il Chiosco for beachfront dining. They offer an excellent selection of pasta dishes and pizzas. Try the truffle and Porcini mushroom that comes on a red base with mascarpone cheese. It’s sensational!


    Extended view of the sand and Coral Sea at Trinity Beach TNQ



    There are only a handful of coffee shops in Trinity Beach, but you’ll be pleased to know the overall standard is pretty good.

    L’unico is my go-to venue whenever I visit the area. It is located on the Vasey Esplanade and serves up a fabulous range of espressos, cappuccinos, lattes, and flat whites in a very cool trattoria style setting. They also have a range of milk, including almond, soy, and lactose-free, to cater to different tastes and dietary intolerances.

    Also on the esplanade, Il Chiosco is another excellent option. Their highly skilled baristas always produce exquisite brews, and they also offer a nice range of teas and juices for those who don’t feel like coffee.

    Nearby to both, on Trinity Beach Road, you’ll find NV Café. They have developed a good reputation for their serving exceptional coffee made from speciality roasted coffee beans.


    If you are looking for a quiet coastal area to escape the frenetic pace of the Cairns CBD and waterfront area, then Trinity Beach is an excellent option.



    As Trinity Beach is a small coastal suburb there aren’t that many shops in the area. Certainly nowhere near as many as Palm Cove, let alone Cairns.

    That said, you’ll be able to purchase most of your basics at the Coastwatcher Shopping Centre on Rabul Street. In that complex you will find everything from a Liquor Land and a NIght Owl supermarket to a pharmacy and a bakery. It even has a laundromat which might come in handy if your Trinity Beach accommodation does not have one.

    If you are specifically looking for clothing or souvenir shops, Cinderella For A Night, Luna Label and the fabulous Giving & Living Lifestyle Store are your best options.

    About a 5-minute drive away in the nearby suburb of Smithfield you’ll find the plenty more retail outlets at the Campus Village and Smithfield shopping centres.


    Final Thought

    If you are looking for a quiet coastal area to escape the frenetic pace of the Cairns CBD and waterfront area, then Trinity Beach is an excellent option.

    A perfect spot for couples and families, the area possesses the perfect trifecta of a great beach, excellent holiday accommodation and very good dining choices.

    For those wanting a low-key destination to rest, relax and rejuvenate in Tropical North Queensland, there aren’t that many other better options.



    How Far Is Trinity Beach from Cairns?

    Trinity Beach resides about 20 km from the CBD in Cairns. Overall, it should take you between 20 and 25 minutes to drive there along National Route 1.


    Can you swim at Trinity Beach?

    Generally speaking, Trinity Beach is safe for swimming. The beach is patrolled by lifeguards and during November to May it also has a designated stinger-proof enclosure for people to paddle in. It is not advisable to swim outside of these stinger nets due to the presence of box jellyfish. You should also never swim alone, especially at sunrise or sunset.


    Can you take dogs to Trinity Beach?

    Trinity Beach has a lovely coastal pathway, called the Vasey Esplanade, where you can walk your dog, so long as it is on a leash. Additionally, several restaurants are dog-friendly, while on the left hand side of the beach, as you face it, you will find a closed-off area where your pooch can run leash-free.


    What shops are at Trinity Beach?

    At the time of writing the following shops can be found in the Coastwatcher Shopping Centre on Rabul Street - Night Owl supermarket, Liquor Land, bakery, pharmacy and a newsagent. You will also find a few boutique clothing and jewellery stores dotted along the Vasey Esplanade and Trinity Beach Road.


    What are the best Queensland Beaches near Trinity Beach?

    There are plenty of beaches near Trinity Beach you can visit if you fancy a change of scene during your Tropical North Queensland holiday. Some of the best of them include Palm Cove, Four Mile Beach in Port Douglas, Clifton Beach, Kewarra Beach and Yorkeys Knob.


    Are there any Crocodiles at Trinity Beach

    There is always the possibility of encountering a crocodile on any beach in Tropical North Queensland, but the chances of this happening to you in Trinity Beach are very rare. To stay on the safe side, it is worth avoiding remote beaches at night or before sunlight.

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