Imagine endless miles of golden sand lapped by crystal clear blue waters. Behind stands a brooding backdrop of rainforest-covered mountains. Welcome to Queensland, Australia’s tropical state. And in Palm Cove you’ll find a beach paradise where R&R is guaranteed but adventure and fun are also top of the holiday agenda.
Palm Cove is situated just north of Cairns and within a short drive of the rainforest of the Daintree National Park and the Great Barrier Reef. It’s considered Australia’s spa capital thanks to the many spa resorts in the resort and its popularity means it offers a superb range of holiday accommodation from the luxury top-end of the market to more budget-conscious rentals.
Queensland is the second biggest state in Australia and home to some of quintessentially Australian attractions, from the Outback to the surfing paradise of the Gold Coast, the Great Barrier Reef and marvellous rainforests. Palm Cove enjoys an enviable position close to the major attractions in the far north of the state and is considered the ideal base from which to explore the region from holiday villas and self-contained accommodation, being just 20 minutes’ drive from Cairns, the major city in Queensland’s far north, and 30 minutes away from Port Douglas, the biggest tourist resort in the region.
Its beach is Palm Cove’s biggest attraction and its pristine condition has helped it win the title of Australia’s Cleanest Beach. It has also been named Queensland’s Friendliest Beach for the warm welcome offered to holidaymakers. Sunbathing, swimming and surfing are the perfect outdoor activities – the waters off Palm Cove are sheltered thanks to the Great Barrier Reef – while fishing from the town’s jetty will suit those keen to test their big game fishing skills.
The town’s other big attraction is its spas. Dubbed Australia’s spa capital, it can boast several luxury spa resorts and day spas, offering travellers a relaxing escape from the cares of the world with a myriad of treatments designed to help visitors emerge recharged and rejuvenated, cleansed in body and mind. What’s not to love?
Palm Cove is also home to Cairns Tropical Zoo, an incredible six hectares of tropical landscaped gardens that feature the reptile, bird and mammal life of Australia – a wonderful way to see crocs and koalas up close!
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the wonders of the world, more than 1600 miles of coral reef that is home to an amazing collection of marine wildlife, including turtles, molluscs, fish, sponges and corals. The reef is home to the breeding grounds for humpback whales that migrate from the Antarctic to have their babies in the warmer waters off Queensland’s coast. Take a trip out to the reef to dive and explore this incredible world underwater or watch from a glass-bottomed boat. No trip to northern Queensland is complete without visiting the Great Barrier Reef and it’s easily accessible from Palm Cove.
Also easily accessible is Daintree National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and at around 1600 sq miles, the largest continuous area of tropical rainforest in Australia. The facts of Daintree’s natural habitat are extraordinary – more than 12,000 species of insects; 30% of all frog, reptile and marsupial species in Australia; 65% of Australia’s bat and butterfly species. The forest is so expansive that in areas it actually grows down to the edge of the sea.
A short drive north of Palm Cove, Daintree is a must-see for any visitor to this part of Queensland – for example, you can climb to a canopy high up in the rainforest for the experience of a lifetime. Holiday accommodation in Palm Cove provides the ideal base for exploring this marvellous region.
Northern Queensland has a warm, tropical climate – summer temperatures usually average more than 31°C with the mercury rarely dipping below 24°C at nighttime. The tropical climate also means a wet season with monsoons – summer months of January to March will also mean tropical thunderstorms in late afternoons and evenings. Visitors who have organised their self-contained accommodation will find the convenience of having holiday villas and apartments close by ideal for sheltering from those unexpected showers.
UK travellers heading for Queensland can fly to Brisbane International Airport from London’s Heathrow Airport with some of the major carriers, including BA, Qantas, Etihad and Emirates. From Brisbane, a connecting flight will take you to Cairns from where local transport is plentiful. Renting a car will provide the quickest solution to reaching Palm Cove but those on a tighter budget will find a local bus service that runs to the town from Cairns city centre. From your Palm Cove holiday accommodation, the exotic, tropical world of Queensland is now ready for you to explore.