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Palm CoveCairns

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 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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Mantra Amphora
Mantra Amphora
4.5 out of 5
49-63 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove, QLD
The price is AU$134 per night from 4 Dec. to 5 Dec.

Located in Palm Cove, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Kuranda National Park and Palm Cove Beach. Clifton Beach is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) away.

4.2/5Very Good! (727 reviews)

"Wonderfil place to stay, rooms are large with full kitchens. Grest swimming pool and lounging areas"…"

Reviewed on 22 Nov. 2020

Mantra Amphora
Peppers Beach Club and Spa - Palm Cove
Peppers Beach Club and Spa - Palm Cove
5 out of 5
123 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove, QLD
The price is AU$268 per night from 9 Dec. to 10 Dec.

Nestled on the beach, this Palm Cove resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Wet Tropics of Queensland and Palm Cove Beach. Clifton Beach is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) away.

4.5/5Wonderful! (847 reviews)

"Peppers is in a beautiful setting with a very relaxed atmosphere All the staff were helpful and polite A negative would be the number of stairs we had to climb to get to our room as I am in my mid seventies and my partner is eighty one I guess climbing was fine but then we had to get our luggage ..."…"

Reviewed on 11 Aug. 2020

Peppers Beach Club and Spa - Palm Cove
Imagine Drift Palm Cove
Imagine Drift Palm Cove
4 out of 5
Cnr Veivers Rd Williams Esp, Palm Cove, QLD
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$129 per night from 7 Dec. to 8 Dec.

Located in Palm Cove, this beachfront apartment building is in the entertainment district and within 1 mi (2 km) of Kuranda National Park and Palm Cove Beach. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (459 reviews)

"Great location, easy access to shops and the beach. Beautiful pool, friendly staff"…"

Reviewed on 30 Nov. 2020

Imagine Drift Palm Cove
Alamanda Palm Cove by Lancemore
Alamanda Palm Cove by Lancemore
5 out of 5
1 Veivers Road, Palm Cove, QLD
The price is AU$306 per night from 13 Dec. to 14 Dec.

Nestled on the beach, this Palm Cove aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kuranda National Park and Palm Cove Beach. Clifton Beach is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) away.

4.7/5Exceptional! (432 reviews)

"Perfect location, facilities, staff and really clean."…"

Reviewed on 7 Sep. 2020

Alamanda Palm Cove by Lancemore
Hotel Grand Chancellor Palm Cove
Hotel Grand Chancellor Palm Cove
4 out of 5
Coral Coast Drive, Palm Cove, QLD
The price is AU$118 per night from 6 Dec. to 7 Dec.

This family-friendly Cairns hotel is located by the ocean, within 1 mi (2 km) of Wet Tropics of Queensland and Palm Cove Beach. Clifton Beach is 2.6 mi (4.1 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (687 reviews)

"Staff was extremely helpful. Beds were comfortable and pool area very nice."…"

Reviewed on 5 Aug. 2020

Hotel Grand Chancellor Palm Cove
Mango Lagoon Resort & Wellness Spa
Mango Lagoon Resort & Wellness Spa
3.5 out of 5
81 - 85 Cedar Road, Palm Cove, QLD
The price is AU$169 per night from 7 Dec. to 8 Dec.

Located in Palm Cove, this spa aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Wet Tropics of Queensland and Palm Cove Beach. Clifton Beach is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) away.

4.1/5Very Good! (551 reviews)

"Very friendly staff and the service was excellent. The resort was very well maintained. Enjoyed our stay and we felt very comfortable. I would recommend this place to anyone"…"

Reviewed on 2 Sep. 2020

Mango Lagoon Resort & Wellness Spa
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