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

Fishing Palm Cove jetty


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.

Alamanda Palm Cove Day Spa


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.


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.


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.

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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Five minutes north of Palm Cove, you’ll round a corner on the Captain Cook Highway (AKA the #GBRDrive) & a postcard-perfect scene will greet you 🌴If the relaxed atmosphere of Ellis Beach is to your liking, stay at #EllisBeachOceanfrontBungalows, walking distance from @ellisbeachbargrill, famous for their $1 oysters on Sundays! 😋 Photo by ​@mitch.toft #exploreTNQ
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scUber arrived in @tropicalnorthqueensland today & we're pretty pumped 🙌🏼 If you're in Cairns, Palm Cove or Port Douglas you can book this once-in-a-lifetime experience via the @uber_australia app from this Sunday📱The rideshare submarine will exploring the edge of the continenal shelf at Agincourt Reef off @portdouglasdaintree until 18 June. Hit the link in our bio for more info! #exploreTNQ #thisisqueensland
Palm Cove's famous, @nunurestaurant serves up more than epic views for breakfast, lunch & dinner 😋🌴 There's one helluva menu to choose from but @food_vixen ordered the Cassava Hash Brown with whipped fetta, avo & beetroot 🥑🍴 What a colourful combo! #exploreTNQ #RestaurantAustralia
Is sunset your favourite time of the day? 🌅 Better yet, is sunset along the beach beneath the swaying palm trees at @visitpalmcove at the top of your must-be-right-now list? ✨🌴 If you're in Palm Cove this week, remember Valentine's Day is only around the corner... 💖 Photo by @theseitterwoodhouse #exploreTNQ

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