Yorkeys Knob is always remembered by visitors to Far North Queensland because of its unusual, and almost comical name. Named after a local fisherman, Yorkey, who lived on the rocky hill, otherwise known as the Knob, adjacent to Half Moon Beach in the late 19th century.
According to The Knob, A History of Yorkeys Knob by Mary T Williams, "the Knob itself is the first headland north of the Harbour of Cairns, a cheeky headland layered in rock with a fuzz of timber. Its boulders tumble into the sea in arrow fashion forming a calm bay on its northern side and giving the surf full play to the south. The bay is called Half Moon Bay because of its crescent-shaped white beach and cradles a tidal river running up to and fed by the massive range. On earth level at any angle or off-shore, the lumpy and picturesque Knob invites an explanation why a man nicknamed Yorkey gave to this Knob a meaning."
Only 15m north of Cairns, Yorkeys Knob has a gorgeous beach which is rarely trodden by the tourism masses. Still a sleepy beach village, many love Yorkeys Knob for its inexpensive accommodation and relaxed, casual surrounds. The beach is a calm and safe one for swimming, a world class marina of 200 berths is sheltered behind the knob, and a magificent 18 hole golf course prides itself on stunning ocean views.
Accommodation in Yorkeys Knob is affordable and comfortable, with holiday apartments, bed & breakfast establishments and beach condos in plentiful supply. A wonderful place to take your family, Yorkeys Knob accommodation is often self contained (or self cater as some prefer to call it) and safe destination for children with little traffic, and a small community.