Cairns Northern Beaches Peak Hour Shortcut

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If you’re living in Cairns on the Northern Beaches, you probably have to put up with peak hour traffic. For the population size, the traffic is disproportionately excessive and this is due to the population explosion and lack of government spending to accommodate the growth. Yet, there are some things you can do to make your life easier.

If you live in Cairns further North than Yorkeys Knob, you are going to come across two roundabouts on the Captain Cook Highway. Both are bottlenecks. One intersects Cairns Western Arterial Road (which leads to the North Westerns region) and the other Kennedy Highway (the main road leading to and from Kuranda and the West).

If you live in Cairns, these are a real pest and from many locals experience, can create traffic backup longer than a kilometre in some instances. You know what we do? We avoid them.

See the map pictured on how to get around them. Basically you can bypass the roundabouts by going through the back roads of Yorkeys Knob. It takes around 6 minutes, from start to end. If the traffic is bad (like it is very often nowadays) you can save some good time and your sanity with it. We highly recommend this route if you are familiar with the roads in Cairns and know when to expect those bottlenecks to be active. Just be mindful of the cane fields and what resides within them. Many a wallaby are in there, so keep your eyes out for the little critters.

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