Palm Cove - Tropical North Queensland Holiday Destination
Palm Cove has had a long history of pulling people in to rest, relax and holiday ever since Captain Cook used it as a rest stop on his trip down the east coast of Australia. Palm Cove is a beautiful stretch of land which has white sandy beaches lined with the palm trees which gave this holiday destination its name. The town is located 27 kilometres north of Cairns and is nestled between Daintree Tropical Rainforest and the sapphire waters of the Coral Sea.
Palm Cove appeals to tourists from all over the world for its first class accommodation, stunning surrounds and year round glorious tropical weather. Many people from interstate choose to own holiday homes here because of the charming town and laid back vibe. It is a wonderful place to visit all year round.
Palm Cove Accommodation
There are a variety of accommodations in Palm Cove but a similar theme is that most of them are luxurious and come with a sea view. Here you'll find rolling resorts in tropical gardens, stylish beach houses and holiday homes, self serviced apartments for long term stays and hotels that come with all the trimmings. There are also resorts and apartments for the more budget conscious and if you happen to roll into town in your caravan then Palm Cove has a Caravan Park on the beachfront esplanade.
Things To Do & Places To Visit In Palm Cove
Holidaying in Palm Cove is all about relaxation. There's nothing better than grabbing a good book and your towel and heading to the beach or lying by the pool with a cocktail. If you feel like a faster pace then Cairns is a short 30 minute drive south, the Atherton Tablelands also offer great day trips to see the countryside and it's shores back onto the Great Barrier Reef which is Australia's biggest and most beautiful playground.
If you didn't think things could get any more relaxed then think again. Palm Cove has become known as the spa capital of Australia. Spend a day or two relaxing with therapeutic and pampering treatments which are wonderful for both the body and soul. Relax to the sound of nature at the spas nestled in the rainforest or head to the open air spas by the beach. Many of the spas are using Australian botanical ingredients that will appeal to men and women the world over.
There is a little bit of shopping to be done in Palm Cove. It's not the touristy t-shirt and bustling market stalls of Cairns but more upscale boutiques selling Australian and International designers for men, women and children. There's a wonderful range of bathing suits so you can change your pool outfit everyday. There are a number of galleries so you can pick up a keepsake of your time in Palm Cove. You'll also find a small supermarket and amenities stores so you can stock up your self contained apartment.
Dining in Palm Cove is not a chore. Diners will be treated to some of the freshest seafood, cattle straight from the graziers and gorgeous tropical fruits and Australian delicacies. There's gorgeous restaurants that offer alfresco dining so you can enjoy your prawns under the starry North Queensland night. If you don't feel like going out for the night after a busy day on the beach then there are plenty of places you can pick up fish and chips.
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Not a confident swimmer, but want to experience the Great Barrier Reef? At Low Isles you can snorkel straight off the beach, enjoy coral viewing on a glass bottom boat, take a leisurely guided walk around the island or simply relax on the sandy beach. Do as much or as little as you like!
Spend the day on Michaelmas Cay, a small sand island on the outer Great Barrier Reef. You'll cruise from Palm Cove aboard a luxury catamaran, see the reef's brilliant coral and marine life from a semi-submersible submarine, try scuba diving or go on a snorkeling tour. Lunch at the cay is a superb hot and cold buffet, including seafood.
Whether you are a snorkeller or a scuba diver, experienced or a novice, this snorkel and dive cruise from Palm Cove is the perfect day out on the Great Barrier Reef. Visiting three different dive sites you'll discover the abundant marine life and diversity of coral which the Great Barrier Reef is world-famous for.
Great for beginners, non-swimmers and first-time visitors to Tropical North Queensland cruise to Agincourt Reef. You can watch fish feeding, go on a snorkeling expedition, try scuba diving, view the coral and marine life on a semi-submersible submarine, and enjoy a tasty buffet lunch. Transport between Palm Cove and Port Douglas is included.
Getting to Palm Cove
It only takes 25 minutes to drive from Cairns International Airport to Palm Cove so you can choose to either hire a car or jump on a shuttle to take you between to the two places. Most accommodation properties arrange free pick up and drop off shuttles so you don't have to worry about getting to and from the airport. You may want to double check the services your accommodation offers. You can also choose to hire a car from the airport or from Cairns CBD. This way you can get around the whole region at your own pace.