Palm Cove is a true gem. A seaside esplande with lots of grassy
areas lined with palm trees makes for a very inviting place to put
your feet up with a good book. There is good accommodation, over
20 restaurants, golf courses and of course the views are superb.
Palm Cove is a popular spot for Cairns locals wanting to cool off
on a typical balmy North Queensland afternoon.
Part of Cairns City 120,000
from closest major city
Approximately 26 km north of the Cairns CBD.
Palm Cove received its name for fairly obvious reasons - it is
a palm lined cove. In recent times it has become a thriving beach
side resort town, popular with locals and tourists alike.
of the town
Palm Cove has a well landscaped beach front Esplanade with shaded
grassy areas that provide perfect locations for picnics. Looking
out to sea are two islands. Double Island which has a small exclusive
resort located at one end, and Scout Hat Island, which looks like
a Scouts Hat and it is uninhabited. Palm Cove is mainly a beach
Palm Cove has its own jetty which is a popular fishing hot spot
for locals. There are beautiful parklands and walking tracks.
Most activities revolve around the beach where you can relax, partake
in all kinds of water sports or simply swim. Like all North Queensland
beaches, stingers or box jellyfish are around between November and
May making it necessary to swim in enclosures. These are clearly
marked and the beaches are patrolled all year round. The Novotel
Resort at Palm Cove has an excellent Golf Course with visitors welcome.
Wild World is an excellent wild life park within walking distance
from Palm Cove. Horse riding is popular along the beach at Sunset.
Palm Cove is one of the few areas where you can still see kangaroos
in the wild, close to a major city. Bird life is also abundant especially
on the golf course around sunset. The Council provides free electric
BBQ's along the beach front.
» Visit Tours To Go’s extensive range of tours departing Palm Cove
Most of the accommodation at Palm Cove is resort style. It is generally
quite new and of a good standard. The self contained accommodation
in Palm Cove is also very popular.
» Browse our Palm Cove accommodation
Palm Cove has a number of good restaurants. Bookings are always
advisable as Palm Cove can often be extremely busy especially during
school holidays. Takeaway food is available on the Esplanade.
» Visit Cairns Dining’s Palm Cove restaurants section
Palm Cove has basic services available including a grocery store,
chemist, tourist information, and car hire. Public transport from
Cairns to Palm Cove is available with Sunbus, distinctive blue buses
that run regularly throughout the day. A taxi fare from Cairns to
Palm Cove will cost approximately $35 one way.