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Why visit Palm Cove
This small beach community is tucked between Cairns and Port Douglas, making it the perfect home-base destination for a tropical Queensland getaway. Although with so much on offer, you may find yourself spending your entire holiday in Palm Cove. Surrounded by the Daintree Rainforest and sheltered by the Great Barrier Reef, the area provides visitors staying in Palm Cove with a year-round tropical paradise.
Best time to visit Palm Cove
Due to its tropical climate, Palm Cove can be visited year round so the best time to visit depends on your preferences. To visit during the hottest days, visit over December to February however this is also peak travel time and may involve storms and wet weather. Visiting over March-April ensures temperatures are still warm while enduring less crowds. Over September and October the days are longest and driest.
Getting around Palm Cove
There are public buses operating around Palm Cove though the main town itself is easy enough to traverse by foot. Being so close to Cairns and Port Douglas as well as other attractions in Far North Queensland it is recommended you hire a car to get around or venture out a bit further, there are private coaches that can also be organised too.
What to do in Palm Cove
Though small, Palm Cove punches above its weight in available activities. From the more upscale luxuriant experiences like day spas and decadent dining options, to adventurous experiences like sea kayaking or a cable car journey through lush rainforests, Palm Cove makes the ideal holiday spot for those who want a little bit of everything in a tropical paradise.
Free things to do in Palm Cove
Beach BBQ This is actually two different activities combined in one! Of course when you reach a tropical oasis one of the first things you want to do is hit the beach. Make it a whole beach day at Palm Cove beach and then utilise one of the many bbq facilities dotted along the green spaces on the shoreline for a spot of dinner as the sun sets. You can swim in Palm Cove beach year round but exercise caution. During the wet season from November to March the waters are home to box jellyfish so you must swim in the special enclosures. You'll also notice Crocodile warning signs, though sightings on the beach are somewhat rare. Barron Falls Lookout This one will require some travel outside of Palm Cove but this lookout is one of the most popular in all of North Queensland and it's easy to see why. Located in Barron Gorge National Park, this spot overlooks Barron Falls in all their glory and will make you feel small and marvel at the power of nature. It's only a gentle, quick hike through the forest so this is an activity suited for most. Of course for those who are more active, they can continue hiking through the rainforest for the day.
Fun things to do in Palm Cove
Kayak to Double Island Just off the coast of Palm Cove is the beautiful Double Island. Favoured by locals and celebrities for its pristine waters and colourful reefs, a visit to this island is a must-do. Hire a kayak from one of the many rental facilities and enjoy the short paddle over to Double Island. Make sure to keep a look out for rays, turtles, and other marine wildlife. This is not an intensive paddle so it is suitable for most people. Visit Kuranda by train Located deep in the rainforest is a charming little village by the name of Kuranda. Make your way over the Kuranda Scenic Railway, about a 30 minute drive from Palm Cove, to enjoy a train ride like no other. This train weaves through the rainforest offering stunning scenes of nature before stopping in Kuranda where you can visit the daily heritage markets or stop by a butterfly sanctuary. For a little more adventure, you can also marvel at the rainforest from above with a skyrail cable car journey.
Where to eat & drink in Palm Cove
You can't go past Nu Nu Restaurant for the quintessential Palm Cove dining experience. With fresh seafood and views over the ocean, this beachfront restaurant encapsulates the spirit of Palm Cove. Another local favourite is Vivo Palm Cove. Complete with wrap around veranda and an open plan dining space, Vivo Palm Cove embodies tropical North Queensland with its fresh menu and refreshing cocktails. For your morning caffeine hit, head over to top-rated cafe 27 degrees for your morning coffee and a nourishing healthy breakfast.
Where to stay in Palm Cove
Find the perfect Palm Cove accommodation at one of Accor's Palm Cove hotels. With tranquil resort locations as well as budget-friendly bungalows, Palm Cove accommodation is spread throughout the township, giving you direct access to everything Palm Cove has to offer. However you choose to spend your time in this seaside city, you can't go wrong with Accor Palm Cove accommodation.