Palm Cove

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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 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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Hotel Grand Chancellor Palm Cove
Hotel Grand Chancellor Palm Cove
4 out of 5
Coral Coast Drive, Palm Cove, QLD
The price is AU$102 per night from 16 Nov. to 16 Nov.
This family-friendly Cairns hotel is located by the ocean, within 1 mi (2 km) of Palm Cove Beach, Wet Tropics of Queensland and Macalister Range National Park. ...
4/5 Very Good! (715 reviews)
"Great spot easy to get to beach Restaurants and Bars"

Reviewed on 14 Oct. 2021

Hotel Grand Chancellor Palm Cove
Imagine Drift Palm Cove
Imagine Drift Palm Cove
4 out of 5
Cnr Veivers Rd Williams Esp, Palm Cove, QLD
The price is AU$143 per night from 24 Oct. to 24 Oct.
Located in Palm Cove, this beachfront apartment building is in the entertainment district and within 1 mi (2 km) of Palm Cove Beach, Kuranda National Park and ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (516 reviews)
"The hot tub is incredible!! The rooms were great, would definitely stay at this resort again."

Reviewed on 26 Sep. 2021

Imagine Drift Palm Cove
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 31 Oct. to 31 Oct.
Nestled on the beach, this Palm Cove resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Palm Cove Beach, Wet Tropics of Queensland and Macalister Range National Park. Clifton Beach ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (879 reviews)
"Great pools and perfect location. The place needs some good cleaning and a refresh, especially for the money they ask."

Reviewed on 4 Aug. 2021

Peppers Beach Club and Spa - 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
The price is AU$255 per night from 19 Oct. to 19 Oct.
This family-friendly Cairns resort is located on the beach, within 1 mi (2 km) of Palm Cove Beach and Kuranda National Park. Clifton Beach and Clifton Village ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (690 reviews)
Nice place and excellent staff.
"The staff at this hotel were the highlight of my stay. Friendly, helpful and know their jobs well. I stayed 8 nights and every interaction from check-in to check-out was positive. Thankyou for the great stay .. hang on to those ones Pullman you've got some real gems."

Reviewed on 30 May 2021

Pullman Palm Cove Sea Temple Resort and Spa
Mantra Amphora
Mantra Amphora
4.5 out of 5
49-63 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove, QLD
The price is AU$147 per night from 17 Oct. to 17 Oct.
Located in Palm Cove, this luxury hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Palm Cove Beach, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Clifton Beach and Kewarra Beach. Skyrail Rainforest ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (777 reviews)
Fantastic location, amazing room and facilities.
"Fantastic place to stay in Palm Cove! The location, one bedroom room and amenities were amazing. Set in a quiet location with a beautiful pool area. The one bedroom apartment was clean, spacious, modern and well appointed. We are looking for returning to the Mantra for another luxurious stay."

Reviewed on 9 Jul. 2021

Mantra Amphora
The Reef Retreat
The Reef Retreat
4 out of 5
10-14 Harpa Street, Palm Cove, QLD
Located in Palm Cove, this aparthotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Palm Cove Beach, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and James Cook University. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (341 reviews)
"it is secluded but 100m from all the action of Palm Cove. Great location"

Reviewed on 21 Sep. 2021

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