Kurrimine Beach, a rural town and beach holiday place, is 30 km south of Innisfail and 100 km south-east of Cairns.

The locality was originally named Murdering Point, after the discovery of two bodies in 1878, believed to be the survivors of a wreck, the 'Riser', which foundered on Kings Reef, a few kilometres from Kurrimine Beach. Murdering Point has been mostly submerged by coastal sand drift, and its renaming as Kurrimine appears to have occurred in the postwar years. It is thought that the name was derived from an Aboriginal expression meaning sunrise.

At first known as Kurrimine, the locality's first recorded census population numbered 38 (1961). Within 20 years the population was about 700, a testament to the enlargement of coastal townships as roads and motor transport improved in north Queensland. The town was renamed Kurrimine Beach in 1982.

Kurrimine Beach has a Progress, Recreation and Sporting Association, a general store, a motel, holiday units and a caravan park. Its census populations have been:

Census DatePopulation
(excluding visitors and tourists)

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