Yorkeys Knob is one of the beach suburbs of Cairns, the principal city of Far North Queensland. Yorkeys Knob got its name from George Lawson, a Yorkshire-born, Cairns-based beche-de-mer fisherman. Lawson built a homestead adjoining the Mount Buchan estate near what is now Yorkeys Knob. He used the mangroves near his homestead for the firewood and water needed for his beche-de-mer smoking station on Green Island. Locals are attached to the name, despite the reaction it sometimes gets.
Cairns founded 1876. The city was named after William Wellington Cairns, then-current Governor of Queensland. It was formed to serve miners heading for the Hodgkinson River goldfield, but experienced a decline when an easier route was discovered from Port Douglas. It later developed into a railhead and major port for exporting sugar cane, gold and other metals, minerals and agricultural products from surrounding coastal areas and the Atherton Tableland region. Now a major tourism centre.
What a spot to take a refreshing dip! One of the most photographed #waterfalls in Australia, the beautiful Millaa Millaa Falls in @Queensland are surrounded by lush #rainforest and cascade into a pristine waterhole that's a popular swimming spot. A great spot to spend an afternoon, there is a grassy spot nearby that's perfect for a #picnic with a view. Photo: @elisaparkranger
- Salton Sea - There is a place where beaches are made not of sand, but of the skeletons of millions of fish. Luxury yacht clubs are now frequented only by pigeons, vacation homes lay open to the elements and RV camp grounds look more like burial grounds. (c) above Jeremy Engleman & JBennett Fitts below No