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 togs, 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, hire 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 colourful 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 AU$295 per night from 2 Aug. to 3 Aug.
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! (565 reviews)
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"The pool was great. There should be a solid wall between the bedroom and the toilet/shower for privacy etc."

Reviewed on 18 Mar. 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
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The price is AU$349 per night from 1 Aug. to 2 Aug.
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 Very Good! (599 reviews)
"Lovely resort beautiful facilities but pool needs to be heated in winter."

Reviewed on 20 Jun. 2022

Imagine Drift Palm Cove
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 AU$408 per night from 17 Jul. to 18 Jul.
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! (701 reviews)
"Amazing property in a quiet & peaceful location. Tucked away from the main Palm Cove area which makes parking easy. Rooms were cleaned regularly with service and staff of high quality. Would highly recommend it."

Reviewed on 21 Jun. 2022

Pullman Palm Cove Sea Temple Resort and Spa
The Reef Retreat
The Reef Retreat
4 out of 5
10-14 Harpa Street, Palm Cove, QLD, 4879
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Cairns. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an airport shuttle. Our guests praise the WiFi in their reviews. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (359 reviews)
"The rooms are set among beautiful Melaleuca trees and tropical gardens. The pool is lovely. Everthing you could need was in the room. King size comfortable bed. Staff very helpful and friendly. I would definitely stay there again. Easy walk to grocery shop and short walk to the beautiful beach and ..."

Reviewed on 6 Jun. 2022

The Reef Retreat
Alassio Palm Cove
Alassio Palm Cove
3.5 out of 5
139 Williams Esplanade, outside Cairns, Palm Cove, QLD, 4879
Stay at this 3.5-star beach hotel in Cairns. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a beach locale. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the overall value in their ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (117 reviews)
"Nice pool. Lovely staff. Spacious and very clean units"

Reviewed on 14 Jan. 2022

Alassio Palm Cove
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
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