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Machans Beach
Esplanade 2005
Machans Beach is located in Queensland
Machans Beach
Machans Beach
Coordinates 16°51′20″S 145°44′52″E / 16.8555°S 145.7477°E / -16.8555; 145.7477Coordinates: 16°51′20″S 145°44′52″E / 16.8555°S 145.7477°E / -16.8555; 145.7477
Population 1,051 (2016 census)
 • Density 140.1/km2 (363/sq mi)
Established 1885
Postcode(s) 4878
Area 7.5 km2 (2.9 sq mi)
LGA(s) Cairns Region
State electorate(s) Barron River
Federal Division(s) Leichhardt
Suburbs around Machans Beach:
Holloways Beach Coral Sea. Coral Sea
Barron Machans Beach Coral Sea
Stratford Aeroglen Aeroglen

Machans Beach is a beach and coastal suburb of Cairns in the Cairns Region, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census, Machans Beach had a population of 1,051 people.


The area was first surveyed in 1885, but was not permanently settled until the 1920s. It is named after Richard Machan who was among the first permanent white settlers in the area, having purchased land in the 1920s. Using a Model T Ford, Richard Machan provided transportation services to the area. He built a jetty to encourage tourist boats from Cairns to call at nearby Barron Beach.

Machans Beach State School opened on 4 February 1952.

Relationship to airport

Machans Beach is located about 1–2 km north of the Cairns International Airport. Plans to extend the airport in 2011 raised a number of objections from Machans Beach residents in relation to environmental concerns and noise concerns.

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