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Yorkeys Knob boat ramp


The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) is progressing a project to construct a new recreational boat launching facility at Yorkeys Knob.


Yorkeys Knob, 20 km north of Cairns.

North Queensland Region - Far North District

Project info

Yorkeys Knob was identified as a strategic location for additional boat launching facilities through TMR’s Recreational Boating Facilities Demand Forecasting Study undertaken in 2016. The study concluded that there is an urgent need for an additional boat ramp north of Cairns, and that Yorkeys Knob was the most suitable site due its central location, access to the open sea, proximity to the Great Barrier Reef, and relative ease for getting environmental approvals.

The new boat ramp and associated on-land facilities will be constructed on vacant state-owned land outside of Yorkeys Knob Boating Club and Half Moon Bay Golf Club, with an access road on land between the two clubs. The ramp will be built immediately west of the existing harbour at Yorkeys Knob, outside the marina breakwater.

TMR has and will continue to work closely with Cairns Regional Council (CRC) to determine the scope and configuration of parking and other on-land facilities. TMR and CRC in November 2019 signed a deed of agreement about the contribution of CRC to the project and related matters.

This new facility will improve safety, reduce ‘ramp rage’ and reduce wait times, which means more time out on the water for boaties.

The project will include:

  • 6 lane boat ramp with 2 floating walkways
  • 2 new breakwaters for wave protection
  • a dredged basin
  • an access channel connecting to the existing dredged entrance servicing Half Moon Creek, Bluewater Marina, and Trinity Park canal estate
  • a sealed car-trailer park on state land to accommodate cars with trailers
  • a new access road to connect the proposed boating facility to Buckley Street.

Next steps

  • Further geotechnical and hydrology investigations
  • Detailed design phase
    • further consultation with the Yorkeys Knob Boating Club and the Half Moon Bay Golf Club will occur as part of the detailed design phase of the project
  • Environmental approvals
  • Tendering and construction planned to start in late-2020 (dependent on several factors including funding and permits).

Timeframes may change as the project progresses.

Read the Yorkeys Knob frequently asked questions for more information.

Read the Yorkeys Knob project update no.3 for more information.

View the Yorkeys Knob revised concept plan.

View the Options Investigations Report received by TMR. This report will inform the detailed design.

View the Half Moon Bay Golf Club – Protective Screen Arrangements and Associated Works Report.

Have your say

For more information on this project or to provide feedback, please contact TMR’s Boating Infrastructure team on:

  • Email:
  • Phone: 4045 7115
  • Post: Department of Transport and Main Roads
    PO Box 6185
    Cairns QLD 4870
Last updated
19 November 2019