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Ellis Beach, Cairns Region

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Ellis Beach is a locality in Tropical North Queensland, Australia. It lies on the Coral Sea. At the 2006 census, Ellis Beach had a population of 30.The five-kilometre strip of Ellis Beach is located 20km north of Cairns on the Captain Cook Highway between Cairns and Port Douglas, within the Cairns Region local government area.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.Ellis Beach featured in the fourth season of the Amazing Race.HistoryThe 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.
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  • Great spot. You'll see some natural wildlife - like Cassowaries - strolling along this small private beach. It is a must see for anyone with a rental car and a free afternoon. There is a small campgro...  more »
  • Ellis beach would have to be perhaps the best beach north of cairns. Just a couple kms past Palm Cove, it has life guards on duty, stinger nets in place and beach reports adving of all conditions...in...  more »
  • Ellis Beach was an ideal location for a wedding ceremony. The sandy beach with palm trees along the edge made an idyllic setting for a recent wedding. The wedding was conducted toward the centre part ...  more »