Things to Do
Islands and Cape Tribulation
Palm Cove not only offers so much to explore on land but also off the coastline. There are several islands that border the coastline and offer fantastic day trips. Unspoilt rainforests, stunning beaches and lively reefs, which can be accessed from the beach, are waiting to be explore. Green Island and Fitzroy Island are local favourites and can easily be accessed via boat on a day tour. Accessible via car ferry across the Daintree River is Cape Tribulation. The world-heritage listed national park and coral reefs as far as the eye can see offer a blissfully quiet sanctuary allowing you to soak up the serenity
Beaches and watersports
Awarded the title of the cleanest beach in far North Queensland, Palm Cove’s pristine, tree lined beaches are a huge draw card for the village. With crystal clear waters and white sand at your doorstep, you won’t have to go far to hit the beach making it easy to get involved in every water sport imaginable. If you’re needing to hire your gear, Beach Fun Co is located mid-way along the beach at Palm Cove. Offering everything from jet ski and catamaran tours to stand up paddle board, kayaks, fishing gear and sun lounge hire, perfect for fun or relaxing on the beach. The beach village of Palm Cove is renowned for fishing, with the narrow channel between Double Island and Palm Cove offering a haven for fish migrating from the cool southern waters.
Nestled in lush rainforest and elevated over 1,000 feet above Cairns, Kuranda Village is packed full of history and fun. Though small in size the village is home to a number of attractions allowing you to float above the trees on the Sky Rail, catch the iconic Kuranda Scenic Railway, visit the arts and crafts markets or experience one of the many wildlife attractions and tours all in one day. Make sure to visit the Doongal Aboriginal Art and Artefacts centre, the Butterfly Sanctuary, Koala Gardens and the Bird World and Aviary, all are great spots to take the family and will keep the kids entertained for hours. ATV rainforest tours are also available.
No matter the adventure activity you are looking for Palm Cove and its surrounding areas will have something to get your heart racing and have you ticking off those bucket list items in no time. From ziplining through the lush rainforest, fly in a helicopter over the Great Barrier Reef, bungy jumping into a pool of clear, crisp mountain water or feeling the excitement by riding down a raging river with white water rafting. Make sure to drop into our reception to take advantage of the extensive tour desk and get some local knowledge of the best providers to book with.
Great Barrier Reef
Tropical North Queensland is well known for being the home of one of the world’s most spectacular natural wonders, the Great Barrier Reef. Stretching for over 3000km, the largest reef system in the world is made up of 3000 individual reefs, 880 islands and an abundance of unique marine, bird and fauna species. Palm Cove is lucky enough to have easy access to this unique attraction with daily tour options available. Whether you’re exploring the reef up close by diving or snorkelling or taking an above water approach via a glass bottom boat or scenic flight, the reef and its crystal-clear waters will have you in ore.
There are endless options to explore on foot around the seaside town of Palm Cove and its surrounding areas and townships. You can spend hours wandering under the ancient Melaleuca trees or exploring the rocky trails that take you to secluded beaches. The esplanade is an obvious choice but a must do while in TNQ. Enjoy a stroll at sunset and take in the many people, sights and sounds. If you’re looking to take a hike, venture out to Crystal Cascades and walk the track that runs up to Copperloade Dam. The hidden freshwater swimming hole, series of small waterfalls and surrounding rainforest is well worth the walk.