Ellis Beach, Queensland

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Ellis Beach
Ellis Beach – view south to Buchan Point
Ellis Beach is located in Queensland
Ellis Beach
Ellis Beach
Coordinates 16°43′56″S 145°39′10″E / 16.7322°S 145.6527°E / -16.7322; 145.6527Coordinates: 16°43′56″S 145°39′10″E / 16.7322°S 145.6527°E / -16.7322; 145.6527
Population 30 (2006 census)[1]
 • Density 2.1/km2 (5.5/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4879
Area 14.0 km2 (5.4 sq mi)
LGA(s) Cairns Region
State electorate(s) Barron River
Federal Division(s) Leichhardt
Suburbs around Ellis Beach:
Macalister Range Macalister Range Coral Sea
Macalister Range Ellis Beach Coral Sea
Macalister Range Palm Cove Coral Sea

Ellis Beach is a locality in the Cairns Region, Queensland, Australia.[2] At the 2006 census, Ellis Beach had a population of 30.[1]


The five-kilometre strip of Ellis Beach is located aside the Coral Sea 20 kilometres (12 mi) north of Cairns on the Captain Cook Highway between Cairns and Port Douglas, within the Cairns Region local government area.


The Cairns Historical Society's records show that it was named after Dick Ellis, who at the time resided at this beach. He was a shot firer for the Queensland Department of Main Roads – presumably at the time the Cook Highway was constructed in the early 1930s. He lost a hand and the state government constructed a house for him at the beach now known as Ellis Beach on the spot where the café now stands. This was about 1940 and Dick Ellis died in 1960.

Before World War II the area was unnamed (in English) and had no houses. It was only during the war years that it became known as Ellis Beach and this fits with all other records. There are a number of mango trees at Ellis Beach, which it is believed were tended by Mr Ellis. After the construction of the Cook Highway through the area the authorities decided to plant many varieties of trees along each side of the roadway. This was done where the terrain permitted. Mangoes were particularly suitable for this purpose and many of the original trees survive along with other flowering trees. Those along the stretch of road at Ellis Beach would no doubt owe their existence to Dick Ellis. In other areas drought and fire have taken their toll but some still exist.


Ellis Beach is also home to the Ellis Beach Surf Lifesaving Club which regularly hosts competitions and events. From November to May, a stinger net patrolled by the club helps protect swimmers from marine "stingers" (jellyfish species of Chironex and Irukandji) which inhabit the waters during those months. Ellis Beach features pumice stones along its beautiful shores.

In popular culture[edit]

Ellis Beach featured in the fourth season of the Amazing Race.



  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Ellis Beach (Cairns City) (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 10 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "Ellis Beach - locality in Cairns Region (entry 48623)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 30 July 2017.