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Situated in an idyllic situation between the popular Tropical North Queensland hubs of Cairns and Port Douglas - and possessing many of the benefits of both without the crowding of either - Palm Cove offers a beautiful and relaxed seaside environment from which to begin your reef and rainforest adventures. Boasting an upmarket vibe in terms of both accommodation and dining, Palm Cove is an ideal choice for those looking to pay a little extra in return for a quality hub for your tropical holiday; you'll gain a more peaceful overall environment ensuring solid night's sleeps, while also being able to take part in the numerous reef tours and trips to the likes of Cape Tribulation, Kuranda and other regional highlights. As the majority of day tours to the region's natural attractions offer transfers and pickups from Palm Cove, you'll be able to take part in experiences that depart from both Cairns AND Port Douglas and thus have a greater range of options for itinerary choices.

Regular buses depart from Palm Cove to Cairns so you'll have no problem travelling to those experiences that don't offer pickups as well; thus with a stay in Palm Cove you get the best of both worlds with a higher level of style! Simply choose from the available experiences below and book your tropical journey online today.

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Great Barrier Reef Snorkel and Dive Cruise to 2 Reef Locations
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3 Day Ultimate Great Barrier Reef Cruise Pass
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Cairns Hot Air Ballooning
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Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Tour from Cairns
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Great Barrier Reef Cruise to Great Adventures Activity Platform
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Tully River and Barron River White Water Rafting Tours
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Cape Tribulation and Mossman Gorge Day Tour from Cairns and Port Douglas
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Barron River Half Day White Water Rafting
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Great Barrier Reef Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise
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Michaelmas Cay Sailing Cruise
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Cairns Horse Riding and Quad Bike Tours
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Kuranda 3 Attraction Package
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Hartleys Crocodile Adventure Park Half Day Tour from Cairns
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Aboriginal Cultural Daintree Rainforest Tour with River Cruise from Cairns
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Blazing Saddles ATV Quad Bike Tour
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Hartleys Crocodile Adventures
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Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and Kuranda Scenic Railway Self Drive Tour from Cairns
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Kuranda Koala Gardens
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Top 10 Things to do in - Palm Cove and surrounds

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Hot Air Ballooning
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Kuranda Koala Gardens
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Hartley’s Crocodile Adventure Park
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Palm Cove Beach
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Fitzroy Island
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The Esplanade
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Watersports
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Fishing
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Spa Treatment
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Shopping
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1. Go Hot Air Ballooning with HotAir Cairns

Location:1 Spence St, Cairns

A hot air balloon flight with operator Hot Air Cairns can provide you with a tranquil and stunning viewpoint that few other sightseeing opportunities can match. Cairns makes for a special hot air ballooning destination due to the tapestry of colours that come with a location that straddles the best of both rainforest and reef. Hot air ballooning is one of life’s true must-do experiences – and there are few better venues in which to take the plunge and do so that Cairns and Tropical North QLD.

2. Cuddle a koala at Kuranda Koala Gardens

Location:Heritage Markets, Kuranda

Get up close to one of Australia’s cutest and cuddliest animals, the koala, at the excellent Koala Gardens – another quality attraction within Kuranda. Experience the warm embrace of these Australian icons – a must-do activity when you’re visiting Australia from overseas – in one of the few QLD locations you can do so. You’ll see the koalas lazing around and relaxing in this natural habitat, sleeping or enjoying a feast of yummy eucalyptus leaves. The young ones will love getting the chance to pet and even hold a koala and mum and dad will love the chance to capture that moment on camera.

3. Visit Hartley’s Crocodile Adventure Park

Location:Captain Cook Highway, Wangetti

Take a tour out to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventure Park to get up close (not too close) to some big, hungry crocodiles. With one of the largest collection of crocodiles in captivity in Queensland, Hartley’s also has a lot more to get your skin crawling, heart pumping and mouths dropping. Hartley’s Adventure Park is also home a large collection of kangaroos, wallabies and koalas to satisfy your softer side.

4. Relax on Palm Cove Beach

Location:Palm Cove

One of Far North Queensland’s cleanest beaches, Palm Cove boasts community spirit and beauty. With a strong connection to nature, the beach has a range of flora and fauna fringing the beach including the 500-year-old Melaleuca Trees that shade almost the entire length of the beach. The buildings in the area have been built around the trees making them one of the most beautiful, natural attractions on the shore.

5. Visit Fitzroy Island

Location:Fitzroy Island

Catch the ferry to Fitzroy Island for a day of relaxing with one of the most popular island day trips in the region. With a reputation as more of a place for locals than visitors, Fitzroy Island provides a solid all-around island destination with plenty of activities that’s also quite accessible. A destination for the more discerning traveller, Fitzroy Island offers the likes of hiking, sea kayaking and a range of bars and cafes in addition to the standard snorkelling and lazing in the sunshine.

6. Dine on the Esplanade

Location:The Esplanade

If you're looking for a delicious meal with an incredible view, wander along and browse the menus of the various establishments on the Esplanade. Located on the waterfront you can find a range of eateries cooking up a selection of different cuisines including Italian, Indian, Chinese and more.

7. Enjoy Watersports

Location:Palm Cove Beach

Enjoy the beautiful beach and waters off Palm Cove by heading out on the water on a watersport adventure. There are a number of local companies operating in the area who will be able to show you the ropes when it comes to watersports in Palm Cove. Local operator Palm Cove Watersports offers sea kayaking and snorkelling adventures, kayak hire and stand up paddle boarding.

8. Throw in a line off the Jetty

Location:Palm Cove Jetty

Fishing is a popular past time in the Palm Cove region for locals and is a great way for visitors to spend their time. The Palm Cove Jetty is a popular spot to throw in a line and on any good day, you'll find a collection of keen fishermen casting in to try and reel in a keeper. If you're looking to catch some bigger fish, you can head out on the water as the boat ramp is located next to the Jetty.

9. Relax at a spa

Location:Various locations

Spend the day relaxing with a visit to one of Palm Cove's popular spas. With a few to choose from in the local area including Alamanda Spa Palm Cove, Peppers Beach Club exclusive day spa, and The Sea Temple Resort and Spa, you will be well catered for in the relaxation department.

10. Browse the shops

Location:Various locations

Browse some of the local shops and you might find some hidden treasure to add to your wardrobe. Featuring a number of local boutiques selling everything from jewellery and clothes to souvenirs, visitors are sure to find something to purchase that will act as a great piece of memorability for their visit to this beautiful part of Queensland.

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