Palm Cove beaches
The upmarket resort town of Palm Cove is named for the coconut palms that line its streets and beach. Although not native to Australia, these palms now go hand in hand with northern Queensland, providing a touch of holiday-in-the-tropics atmosphere. After a few days swimming at Palm Cove beach, explore quiet Ellis Beach, another stinger-netted beach nearby to the north. From the Palm Cove jetty, you can also take a trip to the Great Barrier Reef or to popular Green Island, a coral cay with superb fringing reefs for snorkelling and diving, and an underwater observatory that offers tours aboard glass-bottomed boats. You are likely to see endangered green and hawksbill turtles, giant clams and stingrays. The island has a small luxury resort, but most visitors are content with a daytrip.