WELCOME TO PALM COVE!

Palm Cove is a 25-minute drive north of Cairns and  is the ideal getaway for couples and families who want to enjoy the beauty of a relaxed beach holiday, but still be within easy access of all the excitement and attractions that the Far North has to offer. 

Williams Esplanade is the main hub, lined with clusters of beautiful paperbark trees that many of the resorts have been built around. On one side you will find classy resorts, restaurants, boutique shopping and cafes, on the other is picture postcard views of pristine beaches, palm tree lined footpaths, Double Island, the Coral Sea and beyond.

Our local consultants can help you choose the ideal accommodation & activities for your Palm Cove holiday. Local Office : 07 4040 2100, +61 7 4040 2100

THINGS TO DO IN PALM COVE

GENERAL TOURISM INFO


 

Palm Cove AUSTRALIA

Palm Cove is a 25-minute drive north of Cairns and has developed into an exclusive resort and holiday apartment destination. The beach is within a very long cove that stretches all the way to Kewarra Beach. Restaurants and 5 star resorts line the beachfront village.

Visitors will enjoy the relaxed beachside lifestyle comprising of classy resorts, restaurants, boutique shopping and cafes, pristine beaches, palm tree lined footpaths and views to Double Island and the Coral Sea, all just 25 minutes from Cairns City.

Accommodation

Palm Cove offers a superb selection of accommodation ranging from budget to luxury 5 star beachfront resorts and self contained holiday apartments. You will find most accommodation conveniently located along the Esplanade, or a short stroll from the beach. Choosing a resort stay, in most cases, comes with the added convenience of bar/cafe facilities situated within the complex, numerous pools, day spa, gym facilities and games room. However if you prefer to self cater then most holiday apartments come fully equipped with kitchen facilities. It is possible to purchase all the basic essentials locally, or you can visit Clifton Shopping Village or Smithfield Shopping Centre to stock up for your stay.

Restaurants

You will find superb restaurants and cafes situated along Williams Esplanade with views out to the Coral Sea. Choose from informal casual dining to romantic elegant beachside dining. Our top picks are Casmar Cafe Bar - this dining hot spot is the only eatery in Palm Cove that has balcony dining. Specialising in seafood and modern Australian cuisine. Nu Nu Restaurant is located at the Alamanda by Lancemore Resort and Spa (the only resort with absolute beach frontage). This restaurant has been listed in Gourmet Traveller Top 200 Restaurants in Australia. Il Forno Restaurant & Pizzeria is well known by the locals for the best pizzas in North Queensland! Every pizza fan who visits Palm Cove must visit this restaurant. Bookings are recommended.

The Spa Capital

Palm Cove is the ultimate retreat for the avid spa enthusiast, renowned as the “Spa Capital of Australia,”Great Barrier Reef Palm Cove boasts a wide range of international award winning wellness spas along with massage, hair and beauty and body specialists.  If you have never had a spa experience now is your chance, as a spa treatment is a ‘must do’ activity in Palm Cove. Start your holiday in total relaxation!

Weddings

Palm Cove Beach is the North's most popular wedding beach with many weddings taking place every weekend. The Alamanda by Lancemore Resort and Spa has a beachfront chapel at the Southern end of the beach.  If you would like to arrange your wedding on this beach there are four zones that can be booked through the Cairns Regional Council for a very small fee.

Activities

Palm Cove is easily accessible to the many amazing day tour options the Cairns region is famous for - from the Great Barrier Reef to Cape Tribulation & The Daintree Rainforest. Palm Cove Watersports offers sunrise and morning kayaking tours that circumnavigate Double Island and Scouts Hat. Depending on conditions there is also sometimes an afternoon tour.  These tours depart from Palm Cove Jetty year round and cater for those seeking a peaceful paddle or a bit of adventure. Most often you will encounter with dolphins, turtles and other spectacular marine life. 

The beach is within a very long cove that stretches all the way to Kewarra Beach making it perfect for long walks. Joggers, walkers and cyclists love the tropical lifestyle and beautiful scenery.  

In 2014 the Iron Man Cairns started at Palm Cove Beach.  This is a fabulous location for a large event with the beach providing a natural theatre to watch the action.

The Palm cove jetty is one of the regions most popular fishing spots where anglers regularly catch species such as mackerel, Giant Trevally or "G.T's" and shark. Next door to the Palm Cove Watersports near the jetty is a Food Van.  The chap here rents out fishing equipment if you feel like throwing in a line.  

Take the family for a round of golf at the Palm Cove Country Club situated within the Novotel Resort, this 9 hole golf course provides a challenge for both novices and experienced players, or for a family fun day out visit Paradise Palms with a challenging golf course and kids entertainment with Pelicans in Paradise.

Top 10 Things to Do in Palm Cove

  1. Have a spa treatment

  2. Great Barrier Reef Day Tour

  3. Go sea kayaking to Double Island

  4. Grab an icecream and relax on the beach

  5. Dine at one of the stunning beachfront restaurants

  6. Try a round of golf at Paradise Palms

  7. Take the kids to Pelicans in Paradise at the Paradise Palms Resort

  8. Enjoy some retail therapy with boutique shopping

  9. Hire a car and explore the beaches

  10. Experience a Rainforest day tour

Palm Cove Surf Life Saving Club

This tropical seaside village has an excellent new surf lifesaver club on the beach with a fabulous family friendly restaurant - a great spot for a leisurely breakfast, lunch or sundowner.  They offer $15 Specials every day and an Early Bird Special between 5pm-6pm where kids eat for around $5 and get a free icy pole and a drink.

Surf Life Saving North Queensland also has a  Lifesavers Program at the Cairns Esplanade Lagoon for U6's to U12's during each school holidays. Cost is around $85 per child. The Cairns Surf Life Saving Club is one of the oldest Surf Life Saving clubs in Queensland, having been formed in 1924 as a volunteer organization to patrol the Northern Beaches of Cairns. Cairns SLSC maintains its voluntary patrols of the beach on weekends and public holidays from April to November.

In 2014 the Iron Man Cairns started at Palm Cove Beach.  This is a fabulous location for a large event with the beach providing a natural theatre to watch the action. 

Climate & Weather

Cairns has a Tropical climate, with generally hot and humid Summers and milder dryer Winters. The majority of Cairn's rainfall occurs during summer between January and March. Typical daytime min/max temperature ranges are 23C/31C in mid-Summer and 18C/26C in mid-Winter.

The most popular time for visitors to Cairns is between June and October, a pleasant time of year with low rainfall, cool comfortable temperatures and fine sunny days. Water temperature during summer hits around 29 degrees and drops slightly to 25 degrees during winter.

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SUNRISE KAYAK

A wonderful way to start the day!

A 30min paddle at first light. Gently glide over the fringing reefs of Double Island. Look for Blue Spotted Lagoon rays, Mangrove rays, Eagle rays, Shovel Nose sharks and an array of fish and crabs. Find out more...


ABSOLUTE BEACHFRONT RESORT

Stunning Beachfront & Pool View Suites at the Alamanda Palm Cove by Lancemore.
SUMMER SPECIAL! 
STAY 4 PAY 3
From $301 per night
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Luxury Boutique Collection Apartments at Sea Temple Resort Palm Cove.

Studio Rooms and 1, 2, 3, 4 bedroom apartments and Villas offer the option of luxurious swim-outs or spa baths on rooftop terraces. Find out more...


Set sail aboard a 32 metre luxury sailing catamaran for a day to remember on the Great Barrier Reef

Visit Michaelmas Cay, a picturesque sand cay encircled by spectacular fringing reef teeming with an incredible diversity of marine life. Find out more...