A beginner’s guide to Trinity Beach
Tropical far north Queensland, in Australia, is one of the world’s great vacation destinations. Not just a place where the weather is generally amazing and the pace of life relaxed, but this is also the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef – one of the natural wonders of the world.
There is a huge range of accommodation and places to stay along this stretch of coach – Cairns, Port Douglas, Palm Cove – but you might want to consider the small community of Trinity Beach.
The easiest way to get to Trinity Beach is to fly to Cairns. It then takes less than thirty minutes to drive from the airport to Trinity Beach - along the coastal Captain Cook Highway.
Most accommodation options in Trinity Beach will be able to arrange an airport pick-up for you, or there is also a shuttle bus service that operates from the airport. Alternatively, you can hire a car.
It’s useful to have a hire car in this region, as this will give you a bit more flexibility to go into Cairns, Port Douglas, or other parts of the coast, instead of having to rely on public transport or taxis – both of which operate at a fairly relaxed pace.
Where to stay
We stayed at Roydon Beachfront Apartments – a smart, modern complex of self-contained apartments that look directly out on to the beach.
This is perfect if you were a family or a group of friends. Large, spacious apartments, well-equipped self-contained kitchen facilities, and a pool. I love anywhere that you can log on and check your emails and catch up on the news while working on your tan by the pool.
Where to eat
There’s a lot of cafes and restaurants providing plenty of food options in Trinity Cove, or you might just want to grab some supplies from the supermarket and fire up the barbecue.
Two of my favourite places for dinner were L’unico, and also the Blue Moon Grill. The Blue Moon Grill is, as its name suggests, offering grilled meats in all shapes and sizes – the grilled seafood options are really tasty. L’unico is modern Italian and very good – my favourite dish was a pasta with Moreton Bay Bug and chilli. “Bug” doesn’t sound very appetising when you see it on a menu, but it’s a sweet-tasting shellfish that is really quite delicious.
What to do
The great thing about a tropical vacation is that you can choose to be super active, or do nothing at all. There is a myriad of diving and snorkelling tours that enable you to explore the Great Barrier Reef, you can explore the markets of nearby Port Douglas or Palm Cove, you can sit by the pool and read your book, or you can go for long walks along the beach – although the signs warning about crocodiles and stinging jellyfish didn’t really encourage swimming in the ocean.