Palm Cove

Population 1215

Serene Palm Cove, north-west of Cairns, has white, sandy beaches and streets lined with palm trees. It is essentially a resort village, with locals and tourists alike soaking up the relaxed Far North atmosphere. The lifestyle is based around the water – fishing off the jetty, horseriding along the beach and swimming in the Coral Sea's crystal-clear blue water.

Visitor Information

Paradise Village Shopping Centre, Williams Espl; (07) 4055 3433

Nearby national parks

  • Barron Gorge National Park

    One of the state’s most popular places, Barron Gorge National Park offers lush tropical rainforest in a rugged mountain setting of...more

  • Wooroonooran National Park

    Part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, Wooroonooran National Park boasts the two highest mountains in Queensland, along with wild...more

  • Daintree National Park

    With its stunning scenery of rainforest-clad mountains sweeping down to long sandy beaches, Daintree National Park is one of the most...more

Nearby towns

  • Kuranda

    This small village is set in tropical rainforest on the banks of the Barron River north-west of Cairns. Its beautiful setting attracted a...more

  • Cairns

    This modern, colourful city is the capital of the Tropical North and the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, but was once a service town for...more

  • Port Douglas

    Port Douglas lies on the serene waters of a natural harbour in tropical North Queensland. Once a small village, it is now an international...more

In Town

Reef tours: to Green Island and the Great Barrier Reef; depart Palm Cove jetty daily.

Day tours: to Atherton Tableland and surrounds; details from visitor centre.


Clifton Beach: resort village with park-lined beach and attractions such as Wild World, an interactive animal zoo, and Outback Opal Mine, with simulated mine and displays of Australia's most famous stone; 3 km S.

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures: prides itself on the range of habitats that can be seen from extensive boardwalks and river cruises. Presentations include crocodile and snake shows and koala feeding; 15 km N.

Rex Lookout: stunning coastal views; 17 km N.

Fishing spots near town

Cairns 22 km

Many international game anglers regard Cairns as the game fish capital of the world, with plenty of big black marlin – the Holy Grail of gamefishing. Granders or Julies, call them what you will, these huge female... Find out more

Trinity Inlet 27 km

The Cairns region offers more than gamefishing. South of the city are rivers like the Russell and Mulgrave; to the north are the Daintree and Mowbray Rivers. Anglers heading inland will find opportunities like the famous... Find out more

Julatten 39 km

Fishing is where you find it, and sometimes you find it in unlikely places. Between Mount Molloy and Mossman in the Rex Ranges at a place called Julatten, I came across a couple of people fishing in a pond. I pulled over... Find out more

Lake Tinaroo 49 km

Lake Tinaroo is built across the Barron River Gorge in the Atherton Tablelands; about two hours’ drive from Cairns via Gordonvale and Yungaburra. The lake was the first of Queensland’s impoundments stocked... Find out more

Russell Heads 62 km

Russell Heads is the junction and estuary system of the Russell and Mulgrave Rivers, south of Cairns. I was fishing with Kieran Livingstone who had a Cairns Custom Craft aluminium, a solid boat ideal for river and... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Wildlife experience - Cairns 9 km

Combine several of the Cairns area’s main wildlife attractions into one seamless day out: the Kuranda Scenic Railway, Skyrail, Kuranda Koala Gardens, Birdworld and the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Book through... Find out more

Savannahlander 22 km

This small two- or three-carriage train heads out across the savannah country from Cairns to Forsayth on a four-day round trip, allowing you to get off at towns and see key places, such as Undara, along the way. You can... Find out more

Reef tours 36 km

As with elsewhere on the reef, there is the luxury of choice for diving or snorkelling trips, particularly from Port Douglas. However, remember the reef is not just offshore and involves a boat trip. Among the... Find out more

Daintree Discovery Centre 62 km

This multi-award-winning ecotourism centre is a great place to learn about the legendary Daintree rainforest. There are elevated boardwalks, an aerial walkway, a canopy tower and a large interpretive display centre with... Find out more

Bushwalking around the Daintree and Cape Tribulation 66 km

Join a guided day or night bushwalk in the privately owned Cooper Creek Wilderness, to discover the incredible natural riches of this area. Back Country Bliss Adventures also runs gentle, guided half-day bushwalks to... Find out more

Golf courses around town

Paradise Palms Country Club 4 km

‘Paradise’ is appropriately named. Situated 25 minutes north of Cairns, and just off the Captain Cook Highway, this is a beautiful golf course. The rainforest-covered Great Dividing Range dominates the... Find out more

Sea Temple Golf & Country Club 32 km

Technological advancements in agronomy and construction equipment have opened up new frontiers and landscapes for golf course designers during the past 40 years. One course designer who has never shirked a tough... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Nu Nu Restaurant

Expect the unexpected here where Asian and Mediterranean styles are brilliantly blended with extensive and original use of fresh local produce. You would go a long way to find anything tastier than the wok-fried north... Find out more

Reef House Restaurant

After purchasing the property in 1972, Brigadier David Thompson operated Reef House as a private guesthouse, open to just a few guests. What was a quiet spot to stay overnight and eat superb meals far from everything but... Find out more

Vivo Bar and Grill

This colonial-style, open-plan restaurant could lure you into sitting here all day, sipping, tasting and dreaming as you gaze over the Coral Sea. There’s an excellent selection of Italian wines and the food is... Find out more

Campsites around town

Speewah Campground 15 km

This campground is in the conservation park adjacent to Barron Gorge National Park’s western boundary. It is reached from the Kennedy Hwy, 10 km west of Kuranda, then a further 6 km east to the site. You can also... Find out more

Davies Creek camping area 30 km

Camp beside the creek at this clearing 6 km from the Kennedy Hwy, accessible by conventional vehicles. There are 8 sites with space for 10 campers per site. Bring firewood for the allocated fireplaces, and all... Find out more

Dinden camping area (bush camping) 32 km

A 4WD is advisable for accessing these 6 bush campsites, 5 km along Davies Creek Rd from Davies Creek National Park. It is preferable to visit in the dry season (Apr–Oct). Bring your own water, rubbish bags, and a... Find out more

Kauri Creek camping area 44 km

A great spot for swimming and canoeing, Kauri Creek is 9 km from the western entrance and 19 km from the eastern entrance of Danbulla Forest Dr. Open fires are allowed in fire rings; generators are not permitted.... Find out more

Granite Gorge Nature Park 44 km

Formed millions of years ago by ancient volcanoes, the boulders at Granite Gorge are a natural wonder well worth checking out. Some, allegedly, are shaped like animals. The tent sites are shady; safari tent accommodation... Find out more

School Point camping area 45 km

School Point can be reached by 2WD or boat. It has has 8 numbered campsites with a gravel surface. To get here, turn off Danbulla Forest Dr 16 km from the western entrance, or 12 km from the eastern entrance, and follow... Find out more

Downfall Creek camping area 45 km

This campground is 7 km from the western entrance and 21 km from the eastern entrance of the Danbulla Forest Dr. Campers can take the 2.4 km walk through the forest to Kauri Creek. Bring all self-sufficient supplies,... Find out more

Fong-On Bay camping area 46 km

A favourite with waterskiers, this campground is divided into 2 sections with good water access: Bulmba and Gungul. To get here, turn off Danbulla Forest Dr 16.5 km from the western entrance, or 11.5 km from the eastern... Find out more

Platypus camping area 47 km

Platypus campground, 4 km from the western entrance, has 18 numbered sites for small tents, large tents and vans. Open fires are allowed here in the provided fire rings and BBQs (except when fire bans apply); bring your... Find out more

Discovery Holiday Parks – Lake Tinaroo 49 km

Just 150 m from Lake Tinaroo, this caravan park has an excellent range of facilities for a comfortable stay after a day of boating or waterskiing on the lake. Other activities include fishing for barramundi or sooty... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Ellis Beach Oceanfront Bungalows 3 km

This small, absolute beachfront park is 30 km north of Cairns. Ellis Beach was voted the cleanest beach in Queensland and has a patrolled swimming area. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Lake Placid Tourist Park 14 km

This park is about 10 km north-west of Cairns, on the bank of the Barron River. Enjoy the covered barbecue area, and the Skyrail terminal, a major attraction, is nearby. Bookings are required in peak periods and a... Find out more

Cool Waters Holiday Park 18 km

Located in the foothills a few kilometers out of Cairns, this is a quality park with very good facilities. Pets are allowed, but small dogs only. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

BIG4 Cairns Crystal Cascades Holiday Park 20 km

This good quality park is easily accessible and only about 5 km from the centre of Cairns. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Cairns Sunland Leisure Park 20 km

Located in suburban Cairns, this park is easily accessible and is a good base to spend a few days. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Cairnsvilla and Leisure Park 21 km

The park is 4 km from the centre of Cairns, set in a quiet area with beautiful tropical surrounds. It has very good facilities including a mini-mart and a TV room. It is an ideal park for a holiday.... Find out more

Big4 Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort 26 km

Enjoy the excellent facilities of this quality park, on the southern approach to the city 7 km from the centre of Cairns. There is a cafe, free minigolf, tennis and aqua aerobics, and the list continues. Bookings are... Find out more

BIG4 Port Douglas Glengarry Holiday Park 30 km

The park is located in a peaceful location about 10 km south of Port Douglas off the Captain Cook Highway. It is a nice park, tucked away from the busy centre of this popular tourist destination. Bookings are required in... Find out more

Pandanus Van Park 35 km

This park is just 2 km from the centre of Port Douglas, on the main road into town. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Lake Tinaroo Holiday Park 49 km

This park is located on Tinaroo Dam, 17 km from Atherton. It is popular with anglers who come year round to catch barramundi from the stocked reservoir. The park has good basic facilities. Bookings are required in peak... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Angsana Great Barrier Reef

The five-star Angsana Spa brand is associated worldwide with luxury, from Dubai to Shanghai, Morocco to the Maldives. This is one of only two Angsana Spas in Australia and the only resort in Palm Cove with absolute beach... Find out more

Peppers Beach Club & Spa

Children will love the sandy beach at the lagoon pool here, and there’s also a rainforest lagoon pool as well as a more formal pool for laps. It’s easy to be active with a tennis court and gym, but just as... Find out more

Sea Temple Resort & Spa

The resort is contemporary Asian in style, and its 126 apartments and villas range from one to four bedrooms, as well as one-bedroom studios. Some apartments have their own private pool or rooftop spa, while others have... Find out more

The Sebel Reef House & Spa

Set among paperbark trees, this resort has pleasant colonial-style architecture and its Brigadier’s Bar and Lounge reflects the atmosphere of bygone days. Guests gather here at sunset and drinks charges are based... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Kingfisher Park Birdwatcher’s Lodge 39 km

Guaranteed to get keen birdwatchers excited, this eco-accredited establishment at Julatten is renowned as one of the best birdwatching spots north of Cairns, with rare endemic species seen around the pool. For six months... Find out more

Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat 62 km

By renting out nine elegant eco-accredited treehouses (near Malanda), the owners have funded a massive weed-clearing and revegetation program – including planting 20 000 trees – on their 92-hectare property,... Find out more

Daintree Rainforest Retreat, near Cow Bay 63 km

When the owners here decided to reduce their carbon footprint by installing 48 solar panels, the generator’s monthly diesel consumption changed from 1600 litres to 200 litres. By revegetating a rainforest on their... Find out more

Daintree Eco Lodge and Spa 64 km

If you are in need of some pampering, this is the place to go. With strong and proud links to the Aboriginal heritage of the site – a women’s healing place – the Eco Lodge has 15 sumptuous villas set... Find out more

Daintree Wilderness Lodge, Alexandra Bay 65 km

Set in fan-palm rainforest, the eight bungalows here, accessed by raised boardwalks to protect the forest floor, are partially solar-powered by 20 solar panels, and a biocycle system breaks down all waste on site. As... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Gordonvale park area 41 km

33km N of Babinda (R) or 27km S of Cairns (L)

Just off the highway at the Mulgrave River.

The Boulders camping area 69 km

T/O at Babinda

Small campground located 6km west of the highway via the main street. Near a picnic area in the rainforest. Limited sites.

What's on around town

Palm Cove Fiesta: Oct.

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