You’ll get a bit muddy – there are no beaches in cairns proper. Or buchans point i think some call it. We spied a man in the water with either tan trunks or a tanned bum, it turned out to be the latter! No life guard when we visited during the week but i would assume that on weekends and core tourist times, it is patrolled.
Been to ellis beach? share your experiences!
The walk on the beach was not ideal, due to the incline of the beach (this might be different with a lower tide, but at high tide much of the beach is covered by water). There are no tourist, i think we were the only ones.