Kewarra Beach

The name is a derivative of the aboriginal word 'kewarra', meaning 'at the foot of the rainbow'. The name was adopted in the 1970s by Euan Bruce, the Cairns engineer charged with creating the suburb.

Location and boundaries

Kewarra Beach is bounded by the Captain Cook Highway and the suburb of Clifton Beach in the north, the Coral Sea and the suburb of Trinity Beach in the east, the waterway, Centenary Park, Moores Gully and Moore Road in the south, and Smithfield Conservation Park and Kuranda National Park in the west.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the late 1800s, with land used mainly for sugar cane growing. Population was minimal until the 1980s. Rapid growth took place from the early 1990s, with the population nearly quadrupling between 1991 and 2011 as large numbers of new dwellings were added to the area. The western side of the highway was developed with a golf course (Paradise Palms) with housing to the north and south.

Land use

Kewarra Beach is a recent residential area, with continuing development.

Major features

Major features of the area include Paradise Palms Resort & Country Club, Kewarra Beach, Moore Lake, Brolga Park, Crocodile Park, Pelican Park, Sunbird Park, Kewarra Beach Community Centre, Sun Pacific College and one other school.

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