Palm trees at Palm Cove

Where to go

Palm Cove

Tropical North Queensland’s Glamorous Beach Village

Palm Cove is a tiny enclave of luxury hotels and fine-dining restaurants beside a beautiful palm-fringed beach.

My favourite ingredient is heart of palm from a coconut palm. Its exquisite flavour, sublime texture and relative scarcity make it almost unbeatable. I believe it to be the perfect distillation of the spirit of the tropics

Nick Holloway – head chef, Nu Nu restaurant

Father and son fishing on Palm Cove jetty

BAREFOOT GLAMOUR

About 30 minutes north of Cairns, Palm Cove is a tiny beachside village centred around an esplanade lined with 500-year-old melaleuca trees. Walk around barefoot, choose a bike instead of a car and buy fresh seafood for a sunset barbecue on the beach. You can hire a kayak and paddle right off the beach or take a tour to nearby Double Island. The Palm Cove jetty is a great fishing spot, with plenty of Spanish mackerel, cod, whiting, stripeys and flathead to be caught.

Pool and rooms at Reef House

COLONIAL CHARM

Palm Cove may be small (about 2000 people), but it’s home to some spectacular boutique hotels and resorts. The Reef House, built in 1958, is one of Palm Cove’s original properties, a charming colonial beach house with a fantastic pool.

Woman in pool at Alamanda

THE BEACH AT YOUR DOOR

The Alamanda Palm Cove is the only truly beachfront resort in town, sitting right by the sand at the southern end of the esplanade. Quality self-contained apartments are an excellent option for families or the Palm Cove Holiday Park offers caravan and camping sites directly opposite the beach.

Dish at NuNu restaurant

INNOVATIVE DINING

Dining in Palm Cove ranges from fish and chips on the beach to high-end, award-winning restaurants. Nu Nu serves innovative modern Australian tasting menus with matching wines, Beach Almond does beautifully presented Asian seafood, and Vivo Italian bar and grill has panoramic views over Double Island.

Dog on beach at Palm Cove

DOG DAY AFTERNOONS

If you like to take your dog on holidays, then Palm Cove is a great choice. There’s a wide range of pet-friendly accommodation and dogs are allowed in several cafes and restaurants. You can also walk them along the beach.

Tips

  • For an unforgettable start to your day, hire a kayak on the beach and paddle out to watch the sunrise from an ocean that’s as smooth as glass.

  • Palm Cove has been dubbed the spa capital of Australia, so take time out to enjoy a massage or treatment at one of the many day spas in town. Many offer specialised menus using native Australian ingredients, and treatments can be enjoyed in serene rooms tucked away in the rainforest or in open-air pavilions by the beach.

  • Palm Cove is also one of Australia’s most popular wedding destinations, with venues ranging from tiny beachfront chapels to rooftop terraces and stylish modern resorts.

  • Be safe in the water. From October to June, marine stingers (including box jellyfish) are found in the ocean off Palm Cove. During this time, swim only within netted areas.

Discover More

Discover all the glamour and gorgeousness Palm Cove has to offer – or escape to the surrounding regions to find the secret spots locals love.

Hammock and trees at Palm cove

Getting here

  • Bus at palm cove

    By bus

    Shuttle services are available between Cairns and Palm Cove although, scheduled public services also operate. Shuttle services and private transfers are also available from Cairns and Port Douglas.

  • Car driving in Palm Cove

    By car

    Self-drive or hire a car and find your way to Palm Cove from any local port in Tropical North Queensland.

Stay

It’s luxury, luxury and more luxury in Palm Cove.

 

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