Palm Cove

Cairns
Palm Cove

Relax on sandy beaches and swim in turquoise waters at a resort town between the Great Barrier Reef and the rain forests of tropical Far North Queensland.

Palm Cove is a small but popular resort town about half an hour’s drive north of Cairns. It’s home to one of Australia’s most beautiful beaches and an addictive holiday vibe. Just inland is the sparsely populated countryside of Northern Queensland, where you’ll find untouched forests and native animals. And, of course, one of the wonders of the world, the Great Barrier Reef, is close at hand.

Throw on your swimwear, grab an umbrella and head to the beachfront. Palm Cove is first and foremost a beach town, and for good reason. Walk along soft white sand flanked by palm trees and mountains. Even in high season you won’t run into many people, and looking out to sea, you’ll spot islands and fishing boats. If you need to cool off, jump into the pristine waters. Be sure to swim within the safety nets, though, as jelly fish and other creatures inhabit the water.

For a peaceful afternoon, rent out a kayak and go for a paddle. If you’re a fan of fishing, grab some gear, pack some lunch and try your luck off the Palm Cove jetty. There are whiting, grunter, mackerel and many other species to catch.

If all this sounds a little too quiet, hire a Jet Ski and explore the coastline at a faster pace. Of course, many people travel to North Queensland for the Barrier Reef. Head out and explore what's under the water with one of the many companies that operate in nearby Cairns. Snorkel or dive among the staggering coral formations and colorful marine life of the reef, which lies just off the coast here.

Inland, there are rain forests, swamps and woodlands. Take a drive to the Atherton Tablelands and explore the quaint country towns, or walk among tropical forests to see waterfalls and beautiful creeks. There are plenty of nearby attractions where you can check out the native wildlife, including the awesome saltwater crocodile.

If, like many, you are visiting for the relaxation, then check into one of Palm Cove's wonderful spas or retreats and enjoy some serious pampering.


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Mango Lagoon Resort & Wellness Spa
Mango Lagoon Resort & Wellness Spa
3.5 out of 5
81 - 85 Cedar Road, Palm Cove, QLD, 4878
The price is £135 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Stay at this 3.5-star spa hotel in Cairns. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 4 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds in their ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (563 reviews)
"Surrounding areas and layout of the property provides privacy. Good access to the beach and restaurants."

Reviewed on 25 Feb 2022

Mango Lagoon Resort & Wellness Spa
Imagine Drift Palm Cove
Imagine Drift Palm Cove
4 out of 5
Cnr Veivers Rd Williams Esp, Palm Cove, QLD, 4879
The price is £146 per night from 31 May to 1 Jun
Stay at this 4-star luxury aparthotel in Cairns. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a beach locale. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in their reviews. Popular ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (586 reviews)
"The apartment was airy and clean. The 2nd bedroom was far away from the bathroom and not very private. The amenities were great and the pool super inviting. Staff were lovely. Would stay here again.."

Reviewed on 25 May 2022

Imagine Drift Palm Cove
Sarayi Boutique Hotel
Sarayi Boutique Hotel
4 out of 5
95 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove, QLD, 4879
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Cairns. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a beach locale. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms in their ...
4/5 Very Good! (432 reviews)
"Friendly staff. Very clean room, good value."

Reviewed on 19 Feb 2022

Sarayi Boutique Hotel
Pullman Palm Cove Sea Temple Resort and Spa
Pullman Palm Cove Sea Temple Resort and Spa
5 out of 5
5 Triton Street, Palm Cove, QLD, 4879
The price is £168 per night from 1 Jun to 2 Jun
Stay at this 5-star luxury resort in Cairns. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 3 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (697 reviews)
"Resort was in a great location, staff were friendly and helpful. I found the property to be a little tired and in need of some general maintenance. Room rate should include breakfast at $850 per night."

Reviewed on 18 Apr 2022

Pullman Palm Cove Sea Temple Resort and Spa
Alamanda Palm Cove by Lancemore
Alamanda Palm Cove by Lancemore
5 out of 5
1 Veivers Road, Palm Cove, QLD, 4879
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Cairns. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 3 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (457 reviews)
"lovely vibe... tropical and cool. big apartment elegant but the stand out was the customer service by the staff. Really outstanding"

Reviewed on 27 Apr 2022

Alamanda Palm Cove by Lancemore
Peppers Beach Club and Spa - Palm Cove
Peppers Beach Club and Spa - Palm Cove
5 out of 5
123 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove, QLD, 4879
Stay at this 5-star luxury resort in Cairns. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 3 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (906 reviews)
"Great, kid friendly resort. Daughter loved the pool The rooms were well set up for a family with washing machine etc. The extra $20 to get 'late' checkout (11am) was not ideal given nightly cost."

Reviewed on 13 May 2022

Peppers Beach Club and Spa - Palm Cove
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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