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Palm Cove Travel Guide

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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£70
Hotel Grand Chancellor Palm Cove

Hotel Grand Chancellor Palm Cove

Coral Coast Drive, Palm Cove
3.6
of 5, from 76 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Palm Cove hotel is located near the beach, within 3 mi (5 km) of Palm Cove Beach, Clifton Village Shopping Centre and Clifton Beach. Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures are also within 9 mi (15 km).

£203
Peppers Beach Club and Spa - Palm Cove

Peppers Beach Club and Spa - Palm Cove

123 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove
4.4
of 5, from 133 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Palm Cove resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Palm Cove Beach, Clifton Beach, and Clifton Village Shopping Centre. Great Barrier Reef and Cattana Wetlands are also within 9 mi (15 km).

£116
Imagine Drift Palm Cove

Imagine Drift Palm Cove

Cnr Veivers Rd Williams Esp, Palm Cove
4.3
of 5, from 22 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Palm Cove, this beachfront apartment is in the entertainment district and within 3 mi (5 km) of Palm Cove Beach, Clifton Beach, and Clifton Village Shopping Centre. Great Barrier Reef and Cattana Wetlands are also within 9 mi (15 km).

£69
Mantra Amphora

Mantra Amphora

49-63 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove
3.9
of 5, from 134 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Palm Cove hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Palm Cove Beach, Clifton Beach, and Clifton Village Shopping Centre. Great Barrier Reef and Cattana Wetlands are also within 9 mi (15 km).

£88
The Reef Retreat

The Reef Retreat

10-14 Harpa Street, Palm Cove
4.4
of 5, from 82 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated by the sea, this apartment is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Palm Cove Beach and within 3 mi (5 km) of Clifton Village Shopping Centre and Clifton Beach. Great Barrier Reef and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway are also within 9 mi (15 km).

Tranquility

Tranquility

5-7 Amphora Street, Palm Cove
3.1
of 5, from 8 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated by the sea, this resort is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Palm Cove Beach and within 3 mi (5 km) of Clifton Village Shopping Centre and Clifton Beach. Great Barrier Reef and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway are also within 9 mi (15 km).

£75
Mango Lagoon Resort & Wellness Spa

Mango Lagoon Resort & Wellness Spa

81 - 85 Cedar Road, Palm Cove
3.9
of 5, from 99 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated by the ocean, this spa hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Palm Cove Beach and within 3 mi (5 km) of Clifton Village Shopping Centre and Clifton Beach. Great Barrier Reef and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway are also within 9 mi (15 km).

£78
Paradise on the Beach Resort - Palm Cove

Paradise on the Beach Resort - Palm Cove

119-121 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove
4.6
of 5, from 53 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Palm Cove hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Palm Cove Beach, Clifton Beach, and Clifton Village Shopping Centre. Great Barrier Reef and Cattana Wetlands are also within 9 mi (15 km).

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