Yorkey's Knob, Queensland
A real gem of tropical North Queensland, Yorkey’s Knob is a beautiful and relaxed beachside community just 13 kilometres north of Cairns. It’s also just a short 10 minute drive from the Cairns International Airport.
Yorkey’s Knob is blessed with safe, palm-fringed swimming beaches, open-air restaurants and cafes, shopping venues, resort and apartment accommodation, and friendly locals. It’s also home to a world-class 18-hole golf course that overlooks a spectacular modern marina.
Close in proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage Rainforests, this stunning part of tropical Queensland is popular for swimming, sailing, windsurfing, snorkelling and diving.
Most cruise ships anchor just outside Half Moon Bay Marina and tender passengers ashore.
The modern Half Moon Bay Marina is able to accommodate large volumes of passengers.
- Toilets and showers
- Restaurant and bar
- Clean drinking water
- Gaming lounge
- Children’s playground.
There are regular bus services, taxis and car hire options just outside the marina. Passengers can also take advantage of a courtesy coach operated by the Yorkey’s Knob Boating Club to visit the northern beaches and other outlying areas.
A plethora of accommodation options can be found throughout town.
How to Get Around
There are many ways to travel to and from Yorkey’s Knob. The town is serviced by Sunbus, a public bus service that runs hourly from Monday to Saturday. Routes include a direct service to Cairns, as well as a service to the Smithfield Shopping Complex.
Passengers can also take advantage of numerous free shuttle services, as well as taxis and rental car options.
Travel times from the marina:
- It is a 7 minute journey to the beach
- It is a 10 minute journey to the local supermarket
- It is a 10 minute journey to a car hire facility.
- It is a 15 minute journey to Cairns (cost is around $35 by taxi)
- It is a 10 minute journey to the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
- It is a 2 hour and 30 minute journey to Cape Tribulation.
- Currency – The local currency in Australia is the Australian dollar which comes in 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, $1 and $2 coin denominations, and $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 note denominations.
- Time Zone – Yorkey’s Knob is on Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is 10 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).
- Weather – Yorkey’s Knob experiences two distinct seasons: the wet and the dry season. The wet season is hot and humid, and starts around November and lasts until April. The mild dry season runs from around May to October. The hottest time to visit Yorkey’s Knob is from December to February, when temperatures range from 24 to 31 degrees Celsius. The coolest time to visit is in June to August, when daytime temperatures hover around 18 degrees Celsius.
- The Great Barrier Reef – Spend a day snorkelling, diving or just swimming in the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, which is easily accessible from Yorkey’s Knob. One of the biggest natural aquariums in the world, visitors can get up close and personal with the colourful array of coral found here. They can also come into contact with the diverse range of marine life that call the reef home, including scores of tropical fish, sea turtles, manta rays, reef sharks, and many more.
- Cape Tribulation – Book a day trip tour to Cape Tribulation and explore some of the oldest rainforest on the planet within the World Heritage-listed Daintree National Park. Cape Tribulation is virtually untouched by urban development, making this one of the cleanest and purest places in the world. This rainforest also backs onto the Great Barrier Reef, and is the only place in the world where two World Heritage sites meet. The drive to Cape Tribulation from Yorkey’s Knob should take around 2.5 hours.
- Skyrail Rainforest Cableway – Take in stunning views over the tropical rainforest canopy and venture deep into the forest on the 7.5 kilometre scenic Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. 6-person gondola cabins (some with glass floors) travel just metres above the canopy, allowing passengers to feel truly immersed in this World Heritage-listed Rainforest. During the 3 hour trip, passengers can disembark at rainforest stations along the way and learn more about this fascinating ecological paradise. The Skyrail experience is only a short 10 minute drive from Yorkey’s Knob. Tickets cost $96 per adult ($48 per child) and include return transfers.