Yorkeys Knob Cruise Port

If cruising to a "beach suburb" is on your bucket list, then visiting the quaint port town of Yorkeys Knob, Australia may be the perfect trip. Located in the northernmost part of Australia's state of Queensland in the Cairns Region, Yorkeys Knob is one of the country's top three beach areas. Despite its somewhat cheeky name (attempts in the past were made to change it to Yorkeys Beach, but proved unsuccessful), the town's friendly locals are welcoming to the numerous tourists who visit for sun, swimming, and proximity to the Great Barrier Reef. It's also a quick jaunt to tropical rainforests, to get closer to Australia's unique flora and fauna. The picturesque-sounding Half Moon Bay in Yorkeys Knob has a marina, resort, and golf course, the latter of which doubles as a birdwatching spot. Here are some of our favorite experiences while visiting the cruise port of Yorkeys Knob, Australia:
 
  • For a fun way to get around and see the sights, try it on horseback. Blazing Saddles Adventures is run by cheerful, knowledgeable guides on a working sugar cane farm. If horses are too slow for your high-speed lifestyle, you can opt instead for the quad bike tour where you can zip around and get covered in good, clean mud.
     
  • Yorkeys Knob Beach is not only a palm tree-ringed piece of heaven for swimmers and snorkelers, but it's also a world-class kitesurfing destination. There are areas patrolled by lifeguards, as well as changing/restroom facilities; nets are in place to keep the jellyfish at bay.
     
  • To get off land and do some fishing, diving, or dolphin and whale watching, take advantage of the many area boat charters. Outfits such as Aroona Luxury Boat Charters take you out to the Great Barrier Reef in style on either day or multi-day long trips.
     
  • Head south just over ten miles to Cairns, where you can enjoy an incredible rainforest experience. The Skyrail Rainforest Cableway lets you glide above the rainforest canopy and deep within; combine this with the Kuranda Wildlife Experience to visit the Kuranda Koala Gardens, Birdworld, and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary.

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