Things to Do in Palm Cove

The main attraction of Palm Cove is its pristine beach complete with a backdrop of rainforest covered mountains. Spend time lazing on the beach or celebrate the crystal blue water by enjoying a variety of water sports including jet skiing, kayaking, sailing or canoeing. Palm Cove is also the perfect doorway to explore one of the world’s natural wonders, the Great Barrier Reef. Most tours will pick you up from your Palm Cove accommodation and take you on a cruise to dive into the amazing waters and see the incredible underwater life. Also nearby is Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures, where you can see an array of wildlife and enjoy the popular crocodile show. Nearby in Cairns, visit the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway for a breathtaking experience - glide through Australia’s World Heritage listed Tropical Rainforest and explore the wonders of this beautiful area from a bird's eye view.

Bask on the sands of Palm Cove Beach

Consistently voted one of the best beaches in Queensland, this pristine stretch of palm-lined sand is reason enough to make the trip. Arrive just before sunrise for a dip in tropical waters, or spend the afternoon lounging in a hammock strung between two palms, looking out towards Double Island.

The beach is kept clean by community and volunteer groups, and a large flagged and netted area is patrolled by famously friendly life guards. The mild swell doesn’t attract too many surfers, but waves are large enough for bodysurfing. If you want to get out on the water, there are paddle-boats and jet skis available for hire.

Cast a line from the jetty, or straight from the beach

Large numbers of migratory fish moving north to warmer waters have made the channel between Palm Cove and Double Island a legendary fishing spot. It isn’t unusual to see fishermen walking home at sunset with the day’s catch – be it a couple of silvery spotted mackerel, flathead, or even a big barramundi.

Gear up at one of the bait and tackle shops in town and then set up on the beach or jetty to cast. With any luck, you’ll be cooking and eating your catch.

Witness the powerful jaws of a crocodile in action

Want to see the business end of a crocodile, but don’t fancy the risk of getting chomped? Head to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures, a wildlife park with amazing crocodiles. Boat tours and ‘attack shows’ will let you get up close and personal with the ancient reptiles and learn about their incredible biology.

It isn’t just crocodiles though – two kilometres of boardwalks will take you through the habitats of magnificent native birds, turtles, lizards and koalas as you meander through lush native rainforests. Nestled in a World Heritage listed area, the park focuses on preserving the rich biodiversity of Far North Queensland.

Discover hidden coves and beaches

At the northern end of Palm Cove Beach is a rough-looking track hidden among the rocks. Find it and follow its bends through the scrub to be rewarded with a stunning sheltered beach. Larger beaches lie to the south of Palm Cove Beach, with beautiful walks stretching to Kewarra and Clifton Beach.

The natural beauty is overwhelming, with the verdant tropical vegetation on one side and the sparkling Coral Sea on the other.

Give in to relaxation in one of Palm Cove’s spas

Referred to as the ‘spa capital of Australia’, Palm Cove has spas influenced by Roman, Japanese, and indigenous traditions. Relaxation is a personal pursuit and, with the huge variety on offer in Palm Cove, you’ll easily slip into the perfectly tailored experience.

Soaking in the steamy ambience of the tropics in one of the world’s best spas is truly the most luxurious way to unwind. Natural mud, ylang ylang, hot rocks and fresh towels await.