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Fishing Info › Boat Ramps

Boat ramps are readily available to the casual trailer boat or tinnie owner, but care should be taken when launching or retrieving since our warm tropical climate encourages the growth of marine algae and slime making the ramps extremely slippery.

Daintree Township With Ramp In Foreground Also, our waterways are home to crocodiles which could well be watching your every move, so don't do anything foolish. Cleaning of fish and dumping discarded frames, gut and skin is most irresponsible as it will only attract these cunning animals.

Apart from these 2 cautionary suggestions, our local ramps are well maintained and can be used with confidence. Toilet facilities are available at most of them.

Local ramps can be found at the following locations:

Trinity Inlet (Cairns Harbour)

Marlin Marina Boat Ramp

  • Smiths Creek: Next to sugar terminal. Small ramp with limited car parking.
  • Tingara Street-Smith Creek: Large public ramp and car park offering wash down and rigging areas. Lighting provided. Handy floating pontoon. To become main town ramp.
  • Redbank: Off Redbank road and further up the system. Small ramp with limited parking. Not good access on large dropping tides as access is limited at very low water.
  • Blackfellow Creek: Off Thompson road Edmonton. Small ramp with limited parking.

Barron River

  • Highway Bridge: Next to main highway near Cairns airport. Small ramp with good river access and lit car parking.
  • Machans Beach: Small ramp, limited parking and subject to tidal conditions.

Yorkeys Knob

  • Next To Boating Club: Good sea access, sheltered rock wall and ample car parking and facilities. Some problems with siltation for the larger deep drafted vessels.

Palm Cove

  • North End Of The Esplanade: Narrow ramp open to prevailing weather. Only accessible in calm weather however parking is OK and there are shops nearby.

Port Douglas Dixon Inlet RampPalm Cove Boat Ramp

Port Douglas

  • Dixon Inlet: Next to the Combined Club. Sheltered wide ramp.Fairly shallow entrance to sea faring vessels. Refer to Port Douglas section for photo.

Cooya Beach

  • Mossman River Mouth: Relatively small shallow ramp more suited to estuary craft.

Rocky Point

  • Dayman Point: Just south of Wonga Beach on Cook Highway. Access to off shore reefs. Take care on windy days as shallow waters can be very rough.

Daintree River

  • Ferry Crossing: A new all tidal ramp situated just upstream of ferry crossing. Facilities available at crossing. Daintree River Ferry Crossing Ramp
  • Daintree Village: Situated upstream in fresh water reach of river. Limited to smaller river vessels only.

Mulgrave River

  • Deeral: 45 kms south of Cairns. All tidal trailer boat ramp with toilet facilities

Russell River

  • Bellenden Ker: 55 kms south of Cairns. All tidal trailer boat ramp with toilet facilities.

Other southern ramps are located at Bramston Beach, Flying Fish Point, Innisfail, Mourilyan Harbour and Kurrimine Beach.


Please refer to our Localities section for more information about the main fishing spots around the Tropical North.


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