Cruises to Cairns Yorkeys Knob

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Cairns Yorkeys Knob

This delightful northern beaches suburb, located just a short drive from Cairns, has plenty to offer visitors.

Yorkeys Knob is a northern suburb of Cairns, named after a Yorkshireman called George Lawson who is believed to have arrived in the area with the insurgence of gold-diggers to northern Australia in the mid 1800’s. The knob itself is the first headland north of Cairns. Its boulders tumble into the ocean forming a calm bay on the northern side. On the southern side of the knob is a fabulous beach. In fact, the beach at Yorkeys Knob is a world-class kite surfing destination, rated 10 in the world.

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Cairns Yorkeys Knob Shore Tours

Most Popular

Guest favourites, the most booked Shore Tours at this port

Port Douglas On Your Own


7 hours

Adult: $79.99pp

Child: $79.99pp

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Quad Bike Adventure


3 hours

Adult: $169.99pp

Child: $169.99pp

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Whitewater Rafting on the Baron River


3 hours

Adult: $175.99pp

Child: $175.99pp

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Must See

Our handpicked Shore Tours are a must for any guest.

Skyrail, Kuranda Village and Scenic Train


6 hours

Adult: $195.99pp

Child: $159.95pp

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Cairns Reef Scenic Flight


1.5 hour

Adult: $249.99pp

Child: $249.99pp

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Cairns in Style


3.25 hours

Adult: $79.99pp

Child: $79.99pp

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What To See


Kuranda Village is surrounded by World Heritage Rainforest and provides visitors shopping opportunities as a major centre for opals and didgeridoos. From here join the famous Kuranda Scenic Railway for a journey through the mountains on this legendary railway constructed 100 years ago, enjoy the World’s Most Beautiful Rainforest Experience aboard the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway or explore the spectacular Australian Butterfly Sanctuary.


Home to over 120 native plant species and colourful bird life, surrounded by coral gardens and abundant marine life to explore, Green Island offers the unique opportunity for a combined reef and rainforest experience. It is the only coral cay on the Great Barrier Reef with a rainforest.


Spend your day doing all things adventurous! From whitewater rafting, jet boat, jet ski to parasailing, there’s never a dull moment!

More About Yorkeys Knob


Your ship will anchor offshore and a regular tender service will operator to and from Yorkeys Knob Marina.


Taxis are available from the marina. For a small fee, shuttle buses will be available to take you to Cairns. Check your Pacific Daily for further details.


North Queensland is well known for its abundance of exotic fruits, fresh seafood such as prawns, mud crabs, crayfish, coral trout and scallops, as well as it’s locally grown and processed coffee and tea. All of these delicious foods can be found on restaurant and café menus throughout the region. Quarantine authorities do not generally allow food such as fruit and vegetables, dairy and meat products and sandwiches to be taken off the ship however commercially packaged confectionery, chips and bottled drinking water are allowed subject to inspection.


A short drive (approx 15 mins) from Yorkeys Knob is Smithfield Shopping Centre. Here you’ll find large department stores and over 60 specialty stores. Check onboard for the Cairns City shuttle service timetable.


From May to October it is dry season. During this time the average minimum temperature is 17 degrees and the average maximum temperature is 31.4 degrees. During the wet season tropical rainfalls caused by monsoons bring the average rainfall to 169mm.


Major credit cards and charge cards are widely accepted. Automatic teller machines can provide currency to foreign card holders.


Public telephones are available throughout the town. Mobile coverage is generally available. Internet Cafe’s are available close to the shuttle drop off location in Cairns.


To make your day ashore as enjoyable as possible, please wear comfortable flat soled shoes, lightweight clothing and a hat. You are also advised to bring sunscreen and bottled water.


There are a range of tours available for you to really get the most out of your time in Yorkeys Knob. Tours can be booked onboard at the shore tours desk and are subject to availability. Passengers are required to meet at a specific location for each shore tour departure. Please refer to your tour ticket for the correct time and place.


Coral is an extremely precious marine organism. In an effort to preserve its natural beauty and habitat please avoid touching it in all circumstances. Just as with other Australian beaches, marine stingers can visit occasionally in the summer months. During your time ashore we ask that you dispose of your rubbish thoughtfully.

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