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Why Palm Cove is the Ideal Holiday Destination

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The perfect holiday means something different to everyone.

Some of us are looking for action and adventure at all times; some of us want a once-in-a-lifetime experience we can regale our friends and family with; some of us want nothing more than to spend our days beachside with no immediate plans; and some of us want all of these elements in our holiday.

Well, it is possible to find a place where you can have all of this (and so much more), and that’s in Palm Cove in Tropical North Queensland.

An introduction to Palm Cove

From the outside, Palm Cove looks like a quiet sleepy seaside village tucked away along the coast of TNQ. And to be fair, it is very much this. But it’s also a lot more.

Palm Cove is the ideal tropical holiday destination. Located only 25 minutes north of Cairns, the atmosphere of this beachside community is a charming combination of sophistication and relaxation. The village esplanade hosts boutiques, salons, cafes, and restaurants to keep you entertained, while the palm tree lined beachfront provides the perfect postcard backdrop.

It’s not just the disarmingly charming village that makes Palm Cove such an ideal holiday destination though. Keep reading, because we’re going to tell you exactly why Palm Cove is the perfect place for your next break.

Why Choose Palm Cove for your getaway?

If you’ve seen one tropical beach holiday destination, you’ve seen them all right?  That’s definitely not the case with Palm Cove.  Not only is Palm Cove itself a great place, but it’s also its unique location that makes it the perfect place to base yourself for any Tropical Queensland adventure.

First Class Attractions and Experiences

How many places do you know where two of the world’s most well-known natural attractions are within easy reach?

Well, when you’re in Palm Cove, you are surrounded by two Heritage Listed natural attractions. The Coral Sea, which lines the shores of Palm Cove, is home to the Great Barrier Reef – which is the world’s largest reef system.  And if you head inland in any direction, in less than an hour, you will meet one of the five precincts of the Wet Tropics Rainforest – the oldest rainforest in the world and also home to the Daintree Rainforest.

Whether you’re someone who likes to explore at their own pace, or you prefer to take part in guided tours, you can experience each of these destinations in a multitude of ways.

Some of the ways you can experience these incredible attractions include:

  • Sunset sailing on the Reef
  • Snorkelling and diving tours to the outer reef
  • Scenic Helicopter flights to take in the breathtaking enormity of the reef
  • Rainforest Safaris
  • Venture to a tropical island
  • Waterfalls Circuit tours
  • Mossman Gorge
  • Hot Air Balloon Rides
  • Fishing Charters
  • Rainforest Cableway rides
  • Scenic Railways

TNQ offers so many unique ways to experience these amazing attractions, you’re going to be left speechless. And the best part is, they are all so close to Palm Cove.  You can learn more about some of our favourite day trips from Palm Cove here.

Exotic Culinary Delights

Experiencing the local cuisine is a favourite experience for many holiday makers. Fresh, diverse, and truly divine, that’s what you can expect with every dining experience in Palm Cove.

When it comes to mealtime, Palm Cove offers its visitors all kinds of culinary experiences, from casual brunches to fine dining degustation.

The restaurants and cafes of the area take pride in offering up the best in local produce to create a tropical dining experience you can’t find in other parts of Australia.

Beachfront alfresco dining is a given here and you can enjoy exotic culinary delights as you watch the waves roll directly in front of you.

The best produce of the region includes both expected and surprising items. From the familiar, like barramundi, crab, prawns, mangoes, bananas, and pineapples, to the less expected, but equally as delicious, cheese, chocolate, coffee, and teas.

And the local cafes and restaurants use this produce to create meals inspired by the cuisines of the world, including a modern Australian influence. No matter your food preferences, you won’t be disappointed in Palm Cove.

You can discover more about the cuisine of Palm Cove and Tropical North Queensland here.

World Class Accommodation

One of the key elements of any holiday is where you stay. The accommodation has to be top notch, otherwise the enjoyment of your holiday is at risk. And when you’re in Palm Cove, there are a number of options.

But if you’re looking to capture the charming essence of Palm Cove, there’s really only one choice for your holiday, and that’s the Reef House.

The Reef House is a beachfront, colonial style boutique hotel, that is so much more than a hotel, it’s an institution in the area.

Built back in 1958, the Reef House was one of the first original properties of Palm Cove. What started out as a home for a Cairns bookmaker, the Reef House has evolved into a property that offers 67 private rooms and suites. Retaining the olde-world charm and sophistication of the area, the Reef House offers unique personal touches that hark back the days when Brigadier David Thomson first opened the beachfront property to guests.

In addition to the elegant facilities and personalised service at every turn, the property also boasts two pools, an iconic restaurant where you can dine under the ancient Melaleuca trees and a day spa that is a destination in itself.

Learn more about the property here.

Luxurious relaxation

If relaxation and rejuvenation are a priority for your holidays, then Palm Cove is the right destination for you. The peaceful atmosphere of the village induces a sense of calm over every visitor. It’s hard to not feel relaxed when the gentle waves of the Coral Sea are almost always in your eyeline.

Sunset strolls along the beach, morning yoga, cocktails by the pool. You can have it all in Palm Cove. And if that isn’t enough, Palm Cove is also home to the Reef House Spa, which attracts visitors from all over the area.

You may not know this, but Tropical North Queensland is often referred to as the spa capital of Australia, and the pinnacle of all of day spas is the award-winning Reef House Day Spa.

Stunning rituals are performed on your face and body in a truly personalised experience. To create this intimate experience, the highly trained Spa Therapists work to understand you and your needs. Using a combination of their specialised techniques as well as botanical and marine skincare products to achieve the desired result.

Whether you’re looking for a simple pedicure or a full body immersive experience, the Reef House Spa will leave you feeling more relaxed than you’ve ever experienced before.

Any time of year is the right time of year

There really isn’t a “wrong” time of year to visit Palm Cove. Fresh ocean breeze, warm waters and perennial sunshine makes it an ideal holiday destination all year long.

Unlike much of the rest of Australia, in TNQ, rather than the four traditional seasons, there are two distinct seasons, the wet season and the dry season.

You may have heard a thing or two about the wet season in Tropical North Queensland. Running from November to April, the wet season does bring about higher chances of rain and afternoon storms.

Now, while a little rain isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, it certainly shouldn’t be a reason put off visiting TNQ. Especially when there are incredible experiences to be had and luxurious accommodation to enjoy. In fact, you can learn more about why you the wet season is a great time to visit Tropical North Queensland here.


If you’re looking for a holiday destination that can satisfy any holiday style, then look no further than Palm Cove!

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