Beachfront at Alamanda 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

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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.

Reef House


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 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.

Nu Nu Palm Cove


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 has panoramic views over Double Island.

dog on Palm Cove Beach Cairns


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.


  • 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.

palm cove

Getting here

  • 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.

  • By car

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


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


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From family fun to romantic getaways, #PalmCove is the ultimate seaside location for all of your tropical needs (plus, it’s very photogenic 😉) 🏝 When you get the chance, discover this dreamy enclave of luxury hotels & fine-dining restaurants all wrapped up with a beautiful palm-fringed beach 🌴🌺 What more could you ask for? ☀️
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With the beach right at your doorstep, there’s no better place to catch a cool sunset than #PalmCove 🌅✨ Just a short 30 minute drive north of #Cairns, this tiny beachside village isn’t all about drop & flop 🌴🐚 Explore the town on foot, or choose a bike instead of car & buy fresh seafood for a sunset barbecue on the beach 🏖 You can hire a kayak & 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 & flathead to be caught 🎣
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You always hear people say don’t look down, but you’ll never hear them say don’t look up - especially with views like this right above your head 😍☀️

Say hello to one of the most beautiful palm fringed beaches you’ll ever see ⛵️🌴 #PalmCove is a tiny enclave of endless luxury beachfront hotels, fine-dining & unmissable views 🍝🍹

We hope you had a palm-tastic Monday! 🌴

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There’s no place we’d rather be than soaking up some vitamin D beneath the palms at sunny #EllisBeach ☀️🌴 Wedged neatly between the Coral Sea & the @wettropicsworldheritage area lies the secluded #EllisBeach, just five minutes north of #PalmCove along the Captain Cook Highway 🐚🚙 Spend a day lazing on this stretch of soft sand or set up camp & catch the golden morning skies 🌅
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Rainy days don’t put a dampener on beach days in #PalmCove ☔️ This pocket of paradise is perfectly positioned between Cairns & Port Douglas, making it a perfectly convenient place to flop-and-drop 🍸👙 

Wake up at any one of the beautiful resorts on its short, but idyllic, Williams Esplanade & wander down to local haunts like @vivopalmcove or @nunurestaurant for a mouth-watering breakfast & coffee ☕️ If indoor relaxation is your style, then book yourself in for a spa experience & dream the day away 🧖‍♀️🐚
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Gooood morning from #EllisBeach ☀️🌴 Who wouldn't mind taking a leaf out of @vanlifestraya's book and waking up here? ☕️ Located only 5mins north of #PalmCove on the #GreatBarrierReefDrive, you'll find the Ellis Beach Oceanfront Bungalows. @vanlifestraya recommend getting here early to secure an unpowered spot at the end right by the beach 🏖 If you're there on a Sunday arvo, pop down to @ellisbeachbargrill dollar oysters & live music 🦪 If not, they're open daily serving delicious meals, coffee & cold drinks of course 🍻
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A chain of relaxed seaside villages lay just north of #Cairns including stunning #CliftonBeach 🌴 Neighbouring its more famous sibling #PalmCove, you can take a short walk or cycle between the two beaches to find your own secluded patch of sand under the swaying palms ⛱  Consider stopping in at local Clifton Beach favourite @cocomojos for a bite to eat from their world-inspired menu. You won't be disappointed! 🤤🍹 
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Beachfront dining under the stars? Yes please ✨🥂 What better way to end the day than with dinner at @nunurestaurant under the swaying palms & sandy shores 🌴🌺 Treat yourself to deliciously fresh, seasonal food and stunning views of #PalmCove 🦐🥭

This particular spot is available for special bookings or events, with the deck & tropical interior of @nunurestaurant mere metres away, featuring the most spectacular coconut tree & ocean views 🌊
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Another palmy sunrise in @tropicalnorthqueensland 🌅🌴 Make like @blakeyy_j & soak up the morning rays from under the trees at #PalmCove 🏝⛵️ From kayaking & beach yoga to some of the best brunch spots in the region, you can easily spend a whole weekend exploring this beautiful seaside village ☀️🌺
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