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On arguably the loveliest of the northern beaches, about 30 minutes from Cairns, these bungalows and cabins sit under palm trees between the Coral Sea and a backdrop of mountainous rainforest. Lifeguards patrol the beach, and there are stinger nets in season as well as a shady pool and a toddlers’ wading pool. You’ll have plenty of privacy, and rooms are basic but pleasant. As you sit on your veranda and gaze at the ocean, keep an eye out for dolphins. Each bungalow and cabin sleeps four and has full kitchen facilities (with microwave, fridge, and freezer), but cabins have no en suite bathrooms (they have use of the communal facilities at the campground in the same complex). The property has a laundry, coin-operated barbecues, and phone and fax facilities (but no phone in your room).