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6 Best Things To Do In Palm Cove, Australia

Adrian Chew
Published Mar 27, 2017

Palm Cove is located in Far North Queensland, Australia. This beach community is about a 25 minute drive from Cairns Airport. Tourists or first timers can also reach Palm Cove by bus, as regular bus services are available, bringing visitors to Palm Cove from Cairn and vice versa. Its name is unique and is named after the palm trees that line the beach. Palm Cove is a unique, quiet, and relaxing tropical village by the sea. It is the ultimate tropical destination and a romantic paradise. Refresh your soul with the many relaxing spas therapies in this paradise heaven. Its close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef makes it an ideal destination for many travelers. Palm Cove is the location of many renowned resorts and hotels. What are you waiting for, head there now.

1. Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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Posted by Hartley's Crocodile Adventures on Friday, 30 December 2016

It’s a wonderful experience whenever you go on a tour. Tours around Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures is even more exhilarating, and you may need to be prepared to overcome your fear. The crocodiles at this farm are not the type you normally see in the zoo. The farm is situated 25 minutes south of Port Douglas and 40 minutes north of Cairns. The newly open eco farm is the best place to see crocodiles and other wildlife. Visitors can experience the wonder of hand feeding crocodiles at Hartley’s Crocodile Farm. If you do not want to miss the live hand feeding, hop on the boat cruise at 10.30 am and you will be in time to witness the feeding at 11 am. This is the main highlight of this attraction. Get your camera ready for taking numerous photos and videos. Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures is a must visit destination if you are around this area.

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

Address: Captain Cook Hwy, Palm Cove, Queensland 4879, Australia

Price: 37 AUD / ~28.25 USD (Adults). 18.50 AUD / ~14.13 USD (Children, 4 to 15 years)

Opening Hours: 8.30 am to 5 pm daily. Closed on Christmas Day

Access: By private vehicle, hire car or coach transfer

Contact: +61- 7 4055 3576

Near by Food: Lilies Restaurant

Website: Crocodile Adventures

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2. Raa & The Temple

Posted by Raa & The Temple on Saturday, 10 October 2015

At first glance you may think it is a temple but it is not. Surprisingly, this is a souvenir shop. To get here, walk along the esplanade and you will find this quaint gift shop in Palm Cove. It is ideally tucked in a cosy corner located upstairs in Palm Cove above the post office. Raa & The Temple is an interesting shop selling everything from local arts and crafts, clothing, beachwear jewellery, homeware, and other beautiful gift ideas. Consider purchasing some local artwork as souvenir before you head for home.

Raa & The Temple

Address: U 10 115-117 Williams Esp | 115-117 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove, Queensland 4879, Australia

Opening Hours: 10 am to 2 pm (Tuesdays to Sundays). Closed on Mondays

Access: Within walking distance along Williams Esplanade

Contact: +61 7 4055 3141

Facebook:Raa & The Temple

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3. Palm Cove Beach

Fantastic morning in paradise

Posted by Raymond Greig on Sunday, 19 February 2017

Enjoy the sunset and walk along one of Australia’s beautiful beaches. Believe it or not, Palm Cove Beach has won numerous awards for the past few years including an award for the cleanest beach. Take a walk along the beach and you will get to see the crystal clear water and a majestic view. This strip of shore includes Clifton Beach, Trinity Beach, and Kewarra Beach. It is a paradise with white sand, a wonderful esplanade with palms on one side, and restaurants, hotels, and shops on the other. The lovely village atmosphere, palm trees, beautiful warm waters, and white sand make it a magical place to unwind. Experience the fun with the many sports available along the coastline such as waterskiing, surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, and boat cruises.

Palm Cove Beach

Address: Palm Cove, Queensland 4879, Australia

Access: 30 minutes drive from Port Douglas or 25 minutes from Cairns

Contact: +65-88888888

Near by Food: Cafes and various restaurants

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4. Go scuba diving

Fish travelling vertically up the reef observed by a diver

Posted by Marlem Dive School on Friday, 1 April 2016

Due to its close proximity to the renowned Great Barrier Reef, scuba diving is gaining popularity in this area. Embark on a full day tour to this pristine coral wonderland of Low Isles on the Great Barrier Reef. The jumping off point from Palm Cove is an ideal spot to explore the world famous Great Barrier Reef. The highlights of this tour are boarding a catamaran until you reach Low Isles. Apart from that, you can enjoy the scenery from the sun deck and sip a cocktail. At Low Isles, a sea shuttle will take you to the beaches. Once you arrive there, you can jump into the clear waters and snorkel around or join a tour guided by a marine biologist. Or, why not explore the reef from a glass bottom boat, so you don’t get wet! Although scuba diving is not for everyone, its a worthwhile experience to get a glimpse of marine life.

Marlem Dive School

Address: Palm Cove, 4879 Cairns, Australia

E-mail: [email protected]

Facebook: Marlem Dive School

Dive & Snorkel Cruise from Palm Cove

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5. Try canoeing

Posted by Palm Cove and Double Island Sea Kayak on Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Are you ready for the experience of a lifetime? Come and join a canoeing or kayaking tour from the south end of Palm Cove and paddle out to Double Island from there. There are mangroves, coral reefs, and even a cave to explore. You might have close encounters with dolphins, whales, small rays, and turtles. This activity is perfect for all ages and skill levels and is a really incredible experience. The entire tour normally lasts approximately three and a half hours.

More Information: Palm Cove and Double Island Sea Kayak

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6. Boat tours


Last but not least, immerse yourself in the world famous wonders of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef in a cruise to customize your adventure. Travel aboard a luxury catamaran and enjoy a delicious buffet lunch. You will have the opportunity either to join an organized group for snorkelling or you can take to the water independently. Besides that, you can also join a glass bottom boat tour. There are several cruises available for you to choose from.

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A holiday destination for all

Palm Cove appeals to tourist all over the world as a holiday destination for its first class accommodations, stunning surroundings, and year round glorious tropical weather. Many travelers choose to come here because of the charming town’s laid back vibe. The white sand beaches lined with palm trees gives this town a natural beauty. The many accommodation options in Palm Cove, both luxurious and budget, have a similar theme of relaxing seaside holiday. A trip to Palm Cove is all about relaxation and exploring the stunning Great Barrier Reef.

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