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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$130 per night from 17 Jun. to 17 Jun.
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! (692 reviews)
"Friendly staff comfortable rooms had problem with shower"

Reviewed on 10 Jun. 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$299 per night from 17 Jun. to 17 Jun.
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! (491 reviews)
"A nice property, well located with lovely outdoor area and large pool. Our room was facing the street with the car park under it and it was very, very noisy. So check room location when booking. Staff were friendly and helpful."

Reviewed on 7 Jun. 2021

Imagine Drift Palm Cove
Sarayi Boutique Hotel
Sarayi Boutique Hotel
4 out of 5
95 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove, QLD
The price is AU$190 per night from 25 Jun. to 25 Jun.
Located in Palm Cove, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course and within 3 mi (5 km) of Palm Cove Beach, Clifton Beach and Kewarra Beach. Skyrail Rainforest ...
4.1/5Very Good! (411 reviews)
"The hotel was in a great location right opposite the beach and central to restaurant's, shops etc. It was a little tired and run down and in need of some TLC. The staff were friendly and helpful but I think quite new so still learning the ropes. We were lucly to get the last on site car park so you ..."

Reviewed on 14 May 2021

Sarayi Boutique Hotel
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$383 per night from 17 Jun. to 17 Jun.
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! (861 reviews)
"Fantastic place to stay"

Reviewed on 10 May 2021

Peppers Beach Club and Spa - Palm Cove
Mantra Amphora
Mantra Amphora
4.5 out of 5
49-63 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove, QLD
The price is AU$172 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
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 ...
4.2/5Very Good! (756 reviews)
"Mantra is in a perfect location, the room was quite big and had everything we needed. Staff are very nice and always prompt to assist. We loved our stay and will definitely come back :)"

Reviewed on 5 Jun. 2021

Mantra Amphora
Alamanda Palm Cove by Lancemore
Alamanda Palm Cove by Lancemore
5 out of 5
1 Veivers Road, Palm Cove, QLD
The price is AU$499 per night from 17 Jun. to 17 Jun.
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! (443 reviews)
"The location is superb. Accommodation very nice. Hopefully will be back."

Reviewed on 13 May 2021

Alamanda Palm Cove by Lancemore
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