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Palm Cove Queensland

A famous tropical seaside paradise in Northern Queensland with amazing paperbark-lined Esplanade.


At a Glance

Withstanding its name, Palm Cove is a gorgeous tropical haven lined with iconic palm trees. Aside from its beautiful beachfront and blue waters, this little village is near to two World Heritage sites with The Great Barrier Reef out the sea and Daintree Rainforest inland. Palm trees are not the only thing going on in Palm Cove, there are miles of ancient paperbark trees that nearly lines the entire cove. An impressive sight indeed.

Palm Cove is also known for its top-of-the-world spa facilities located on Spa Street, come indulge yourself with a complete spa treatment and rid of the burdens and stress accumulated through the years. Top the spa treatment with a scrumptious meal at Nu Nu, a fancy gourmet restaurant, for a perfect holiday.


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Where is Palm Cove?

 

Palm Cove is 1729 kilometres northwest of Brisbane.

Palm Cove is located on the the eastern side of Tropical North Queensland. It is one of the many east-facing Pacific coastal community with the Great Barrier Reef to the east and the rainforests to the west. A small reef and island beach is located a small distance offshore from Palm Cove. The best way to get to Palm Cove is to get to Cairns via plane and then rent a car from there.


 

Things to see in Palm Cove

 

Hartley's Creek Crocodile Farm

Spent a fantastic morning crocodile watching, with a native animal side show. Going out on the boat (included in the price) and learning about the age, length, weight, habits and tendencies of crocs then seeing them jump in the air to catch food. Each croc had their own story. Definitely recommend if you're staying in the Palm Cove area.

Hartley's Creek Crocodile Farm

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Palm Cove Beach

Palm Cove is one of the best beaches in Australia. Especially if you have young kids as there is shade all along the beach and lovely grasses area where can also sit. Never too rough. Water is warm but not too hot. Also, Palm Cove Beach with beautiful beach lined with Palm trees, with a lovely breeze which is very pleasant but gives you a false impression of the heat of the sun, ensures you wear sun cream to avoid burning. Watersport hire is available on the beach, jet ski etc. Highly recommend stopping in here if you are in the area.

Palm Cove Beach

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Double Island

You can gently paddle over and around Double Island (visible from Palm Cove). If you lucky, you may see the odd turtle pop up a head, a few jumping fish, beautiful corals and clams under the water.... Great tour in the fantastic location. Highly enjoyable!!

Double Island

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The Daintree Rainforest

Daintree Rainforest is one of the world Heritage-listed. It is so beautiful that its ancient ferns, emerald green vines and lush canopy provided inspiration for the movie Avatar. In the Daintree Rainforest, you can trek through jungle and discover plants and animals found nowhere else on the planet. It is also a great experience you never forget that to cruise along the winding waterways of the Daintree River, looking for saltwater crocodiles.

The Daintree Rainforest

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What's the weather like?

 

Palm Cove has 2 effective distinct seasons being in the tropical climate group. For outdoor goers, it might be better to visit the beautiful beaches during the winter where it is warm and dry as the heavy downpours during the summer might hinder your journey. In Summer (December to February), the average maximum temperature is 30°C with an average minimum of 23°C. In Winter (June to August), the average maximum temperature is 25°C with an average minimum of 17°C.

 

Get to know Palm Cove's history

 

Palm Cove is a beach located shortly north of Cairns. It was named after the iconic palm trees around the shoreline. The land surrounding Palm Cove was purchased by Albert Veivers, who gave life the area by connecting it to roads. The opening of the Ramada Reef Resort has also led to increase in recognition and awareness of Palm Cove by the international community.

The first European to visit the area near present day Cairns was James Cook, who mapped and named the area Trinity Bay in 1770. Prior to European contact, the area was inhabited by the Gimuy Walubara Yidinji people. After a hundred year, prospects of gold mining in the area warranted consideration of establishing a coastal settlement to export the minerals. After some surveyance, the site of Cairns was chosen to be the site of settlement and a new port is proclaimed in 1876 by William Wellington Cairns, the governor of Queensland.

A series of industrialisation and modernisation has seen Cairns grow into what it is today.