Things to Do in Palm Cove

A leisurely stroll along the beaches of Palm Cove reveals how it earned its name. Palm trees line the way, framing the perfect beach getaway. Located 27 kilometres north of Cairns, Palm Cove is often found by accident but quickly makes its way into the good graces of travellers who fall in love with this lazy beach side village.

Relax and Enjoy the Views in Palm Cove


Many visitors seek no more entertainment than the simplicity of Palm Cove. Here, lazy days fade slowly into leisurely evenings listening to the waves and feeling warm, tropical breezes. Palm Cove is unlike any other beach; it sits along a rainforest that meanders all the way up to the reef.

There's no need to bring an umbrella along, as the shade of the trees cool you as you lie in the sand and behold the view. Greeting beachgoers are the butterflies and birds of the rainforest fluttering about, creating a magical mix of beach beauty plus rainforest wonder. Palm Cove is one of the safest locations to holiday, making it attractive to families.

Attractions Near Palm Cove

Lazy days and leisurely evening beach strolls aren't the only thing to do in Palm Cove, however. Daintree National Park, home to Cape Tribulation, Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef, was originally owned by the Eastern Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal people, and the land still holds spiritual meaning to them today. The government has set aside this place to protect and preserve its beauty, historical significance, and environmental importance. It truly is something for every traveller to see.

At nearby Barron Gorge National Park, visitors can take an elevated train ride on the Kuranda Skyrail. Along the ride, visitors get the best possible vantage point to see the rainforest, waterfalls, and other points of interest in the park. While you're in the area, be sure to check out the Cairns Tropical Zoo, where you can touch, hold, and feed the animals.

There are also a host of guided tours to entertain and inform travellers. In the centre of Palm Cove, a group of tours specialists offer unbiased information on all the tours available in the area. Most tour buses pick travellers up wherever they are staying and bring them back at the end of the tour.

Dining in Palm Cove

Whether you're in the mood for gourmet cuisine or a casual picnic on the beach, Palm Cove has choices. Munch on fish and chips while you watch the moon settle above the waves or don your dress clothes and take in one of Palm Cove's top restaurants.

Sebel Reef House Restaurant and Far Horizons Restaurant each serve breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. Sebel specializes in Australian fare, while Far Horizons serves international foods and local seafood. Nu Nu Restaurant offers Asian dishes, while Bella Baci and Vivi Bar and Grill offer Italian cuisine. For more casual dining, try Ando's Bar and Grill or Apres Beach Bar.

Accommodations in Palm Cove

After a day of enjoying all the things to do in Palm Cove, the best way to rest and relax is with a holiday rental. Holiday rentals vary in size and price from an affordable studio apartment to a roomy five-bedroom home.

A lazy Palm Cove holiday is the ideal way to truly get away from it all.

Palm Cove Accommodation

3 - 5  Night Minimum Stay
1 BR, 1 BA, Sleeps 2


1  Night Minimum Stay
14 BR, 4 BA, Sleeps 28


From  AUD150 /nt
1 - 5  Night Minimum Stay
2 BR, 1 BA, Sleeps 6


From  AUD345 /nt
1  Night Minimum Stay
2 BR, 2 BA, Sleeps 4


1 - 3  Night Minimum Stay
1 BR, 1 BA, Sleeps 2