The northern beaches are the best area to stay in Cairns if you want relaxing beachside accommodation close to all the action. And Kewarra Beach Resort has a beautiful quiet beach with cosy and secluded beachfront bungalows and rainforest cabins.
There is a huge choice of hotel and apartment accommodation in Cairns to suit all budgets, but if you want to feel like you’re a million miles away from anywhere without actually having to travel very far, then Kewarra Beach Resort is ideal.
Only 20 minutes from the centre of town, it is set amongst rainforest right along the front of a beautiful long golden beach, so it’s a perfect place to relax after a long day visiting the Great Barrier Reef or Daintree Rainforest.
Kewarra Beach is a very residential suburb of Cairns and this is the only resort in the area so it feels quiet and secluded.
The entrance to the resort is impressive. The first thing you see is a grand open plan reception area with a wide walkway featuring an enormous wooden sculpture of a bird.
It has high ceilings and no solid exterior walls, so the rainforest and beautiful gum tree trunks are a part of the building.
It immediately sets the tone for a very relaxed, quiet holiday and yet it’s still so close to Cairns so you can easily access all the tours and activities on offer.
The reception area also has a bar, various lounge areas and the Paperbark Restaurant, all with incredible views. And if you visit during the hot summer months, you’ll want nothing more than to sit back with a cool drink before checking in to your room.
lUSH tROPICAL GARDENS
Make sure you grab a map from reception when you check in as there are a lot of pathways throughout the resort leading to boardwalks, picturesque lagoons, various swimming pools, the Day Spa, seating areas to enjoy a cup of coffee or read a book and also the bungalows.
These are lit up at night so you can easily navigate your way around.
And since there’s quite a variety of wildlife in the gardens, make sure you wander around the gardens early in the morning or at dusk when you’re most likely to spot animals and birds.
The beach is also worth exploring in the mornings or late in the afternoon when it’s not so hot outside.
But be careful not to get too close to the estuarine river that meets up with the beach as there may be crocodiles.
Always check with reception if it’s safe to swim as stinger season and crocodile breeding season run from late October through to May.
If you want to swim, the resort has two beautiful swimming pools that guests can enjoy.
ROOM WITH A VIEW
All the bungalows throughout the resort look onto either the beach or the rainforest and are secluded by tropical gardens.
The setting is incredibly peaceful and that’s one of the things we loved about staying here.
Most of the rooms mainly cater for couples but the resort does offer a few larger rooms for families. Our bungalow had a king size bed, separate bathroom, tea and coffee facilities, television, a balcony and was surrounded by rainforest which meant we woke to the sounds of the birds calling out to each other.
The Paperbark Restaurant near the reception area offers formal indoor dining and is where guests congregate for breakfast.
The resort also has a Beach Shack right on the beach, which is very popular with locals. It is perfect for balmy tropical evenings and the only place in Cairns where you can literally dine on the beach.
Tropical cocktails, wood-fired pizzas on the beach, starry nights and palm trees on the beach – if you’re looking for where to stay in Cairns that guarantees a truly tropical holiday, this is it!
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