Palm Cove

Top Things To Do in Palm Cove On Your Next Tropical Getaway

We love Palm Cove in far north Queensland and we know you will too! An idyllic tropical paradise suitable for that short getaway or a longer staycation in Australia. From its silky sand beach to its delicious food and the large range of accommodations, there are many good reasons to visit Palm Cove. Palm Cove has a relaxed village vibe and is located close to the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest.

We share with you our top things to do in Palm Cove on your next tropical getaway.

Palm Cove is easily accessible from Cairns Airport, being just a short 25 minutes drive. Further north is Port Douglas which can be reached in just 40 minutes. Cairns is easily reached from Brisbane, the flight time is 2 hours and 25 minutes.

Whether you are searching for a romantic break, travelling as a couple, or with friends or family, Palm Cove offers so much on your next vacation.

Palm Cove’s iconic photograph – the palm trees on Williams Esplanade

If you love spending time on the beach, Palm Cove Beach, is the place for you and if you are a pool lover some of the best pools can be found in the beautiful Palm Cove resorts.

Good to know: During Summer which covers the months from November to March we recommend that you swim inside the marked enclosures on Palm Cove Beach due to jellyfish. Also, there are chances of crocodile attacks during the breeding season from September to April. There are signs along the beachfront in relation to the crocodiles.

You will find everything you need to know in our article, where to stay and where to eat plus some of the best activities in the area.

If you have any questions on Palm Cove or other staycation destinations around Australia, join our Staycation Australia Facebook Group here. Our community love sharing their travel inspirations and will be able to answer any questions you may have.

Palm Cove Accommodation

Palm Cove has a range of accommodation to suit families, solo travellers, and friends looking for that perfect tropical escape. Accommodation ranges from Airbnb rentals to hotels and a range of apartments to choose from depending on your budget.

Hotels in Palm Cove

Palm Cove 5 Star Accommodation

Palm Cove Reef House

Palm Cove Reef House – King Spa Suite

The luxury colonial 5-star Palm Cove Reef House offers accommodation right in the centre of Palm Cove overlooking the Coral Sea. You have a choice of 67 rooms and suites and the villas can sleep up to 8. All rooms are decorated stylishly with tropical furnishings.

Enjoy a drink at the Brigadier’s Bar and Lounge before heading into dinner at the Reef House Restaurant. Guests are invited to enjoy complimentary punch & canapés in the Brigadier’s Lounge hosted by the General Manager.

When you are not sightseeing enjoy the adults-only tranquility pool and children can enjoy the heated mineral pool.

Address: 99 Williams Esplanade Palm Cove

Click here for availability and latest prices

Palm Cove Peppers Beach Club & Spa

The 5-star Peppers Beach Club & Spa is located at 123 Williams Esplanade in Palm Cove. Surrounded by lush green gardens the Beach Club has a rainforest rock pool, a lagoon pool and sandy beaches. For that relaxing family staycation or romantic getaway, you will be spoilt staying in one of the hotel’s contemporary and chic spa rooms, suites or the penthouse with a plunge pool.

Dining options are available at the La Mesa Restaurant and Lobby Bar and you can enjoy the Rocks Pool Bar during the day.

Book that special spa treatment at the Day Spa, play tennis or workout at the gym.

Click here for availability and latest prices

Pullman Palm Cove Sea Temple Resort & Spa

Located at the southern end of Palm Cove beach at 5 Triton Street is the 5-star luxury Pullman Palm Cove Sea Temple Resort & Spa. For that family staycation in Palm Cove or a romantic getaway the Pullman Palm Cove has a range of accommodation available from studio spa rooms, 1, 2 or 3 bedroom apartments, apartments with plunge pools, to penthouse apartments that offer either a plunge pool or a rooftop spa.

Pullman Palm Cove Sea Temple Resort & Spa Bedroom – 5 star luxury at its best

You can dine at the Temple of Tastes Restaurant or enjoy a cocktail from the Lagoon Bar.

There are three swimming pools available – children’s swimming pool, lap pool or the lagoon swimming pool.

Enjoy the latest spa treatments from Vie Spa or enjoy a work out at the gym or take a walk along the beach from the hotel’s direct beach access.

Click here for the latest availability and prices

Palm Cove 4 Star Hotels

Palm Cove Mantra Amphora

The Palm Cove Mantra Amphora is a 4-star hotel located at 49 – 63 Williams Esplanade Palm Cove opposite the beach. Well located for restaurants, cafes and bars on William Esplanade.

Palm Cove Mantra Amphora Hotel – garden view balcony and spa bath with a view

Rooms available are hotel rooms, 1, 2 and 3 self-contained apartments with balcony and garden or pool views. Most rooms have a spa bath. There is a children’s wading pool and a lagoon-style swimming pool.

The popular Vivo Bar & Grill Restaurant is located on-site.

Click here for the latest availability and latest deals.

Palm Cove Grand Chancellor

The Palm Cove Grand Chancellor Hotel is located on Coral Coast Drive in Palm Cove, a 5 minutes walk from Palm Cove Beach. The hotel is situated in 3 hectares of beautifully manicured lush tropical gardens with 2 swimming pools and an onsite restaurant and bar with alfresco dining.

Accommodation is located in low rise buildings throughout the resort with either an outdoor terrace or balcony with views over the gardens or the pool.

Check out their Staycation Package with includes accommodation in a Superior King or Twin Room with an antipasto platter, sparkling wine, free wifi and 12 pm checkout.

To check availability and the latest deals click here.

Palm Cove Apartments

4.5 Star Elysium Apartments

The Elysium Apartments offer 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments as well as studio rooms located at 26 Veivers Road Palm Cove 200m from the beach. The studio rooms have a kitchenette whilst the apartments have a fully equipped kitchen.

Facilities include a large outdoor swimming pool with massaging spa jets, air conditioning, cable TV, balcony and free parking.

To check latest availability and the latest deals click here.

Marlin Waters Beachfront Apartments

Located at 131-133 Williams Esplanade opposite Palm Cove Beach these 4-star apartments offer guests private balconies and lovely ocean views. There is an outdoor swimming pool, hot tub, BBQ, laundry facilities, air conditioning, cable TV, DVD player, fully equipped kitchen and elevator access.

To check availability and the latest deals click here.

Palm Cove Tropic Apartments

The Palm Cove Tropic Apartments located at 6 Triton Street are well-positioned being only 100m from Palm Cove Beach. The apartments are all fully self-contained with separate bedrooms, fully equipped kitchen, balcony or patio overlooking the rainforest pool or garden. There is a heated pool, terrace with deck chairs and a covered BBQ area.

To check latest availability the deals click here

For More Palm Cove Hotel Options

Things To Do in Palm Cove – top best-seller tours

Enjoy a Cairns Hot Air Balloon Flight

A 40-minute unforgettable flight from Cairns soaring high over the Atherton Tablelands and the reef at sunrise. A flight in a hot air balloon is one of those bucket-list experiences you will never forget.

The excitement of a hot air balloon flight over Cairns – image credit Experience Oz

Click here to book your flight

Fitzroy Island Full Day Trip

Enjoy walks through the rainforest on your full-day trip from Cairns to Fitzroy Island. The journey takes 45 minutes on the ferry and you have up to 5 hours to explore. You can enjoy snorkelling, kayaking, and glass-bottom tours.

Fitzroy Island – image credit Experience Oz

Click here to book your Fitzroy Island Full Day Trip

Great Barrier Reef Sailing Cruise

Check-in for your cruise at 7.15 from the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal. During your day adventure, you will visit 2 outer reef locations on your brand new catamaran. You can scuba dive, snorkel or just relax and soak up the sunshine. Morning and afternoon tea is included plus a tropical hot and cold buffet lunch.

Great Barrier Reef Cruise – image credit Experience Oz

Click here to book your Great Barrier Reef Sailing Cruise

Self Drive Kuranda Tour including Scenic Railway and Skyrail

Travel at a leisurely pace on your self-drive Kuranda Tour. Explore the village of Kuranda and enjoy spectacular views over the rainforests and waterfalls. Included are discounted entry to the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Koala Gardens and Birdworld.

Scenic Railway – image credit Experience Oz

Drive yourself to the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Hop on the Scenic Railway for your visit to Kuranda where you can explore the village at your own pace. Return on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway to collect your car.

Click here to book your ‘skip the line’ allocated tickets for the Scenic Railway and Skyrail.

Cape Tribulation and Daintree Rainforest 4WD Day Tour

Visit National Parks and Cape Tribulation Beach, cruise on the Daintree River and visit Mossman Gorge. Lunch is included in an idyllic rainforest setting.

Alexander Range – image credit Experience Oz

Click here to book your 4WD Day Tour to Cape Tribulation and Daintree Rainforest

Hartleys Crocodile Adventures Entry Tickets

Take a cruise on Hartley’s Lagoon to see the wildlife. This is the best place to see crocodiles in Far North Queensland. Hartley’s Crocodiles Adventure is located in Palm Cove. Enjoy the Cassowary Walk and the Wildlife Discovery Trail and enjoy wildlife presentations.

Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures – image credit Experience Oz

Pre-purchase your entry tickets in advance here.

Palm Cove Golf

Visit Trinity Beach

9.3 km from Palm Cove is Trinity Beach perfect for a visit. Walk along the beach towards the south end and head to the point for great views over Trinity Beach. Trinity Beach has more of a local feel and not as touristy as Palm Cove.

View over Trinity Beach
Views over Trinity Beach for the point lookout

Enjoy lunch or dinner at the Trinity Beach Tavern with views over the Coral Sea from the upstairs deck.

Trinity Beach Tavern
Trinity Beach Tavern

Are you looking to play a round of golf or two on your next staycation in Palm Cove? Check out the list of available golf courses below:

Paradise Palms Golf Course — 18 holes.

Half Moon Bay Golf Club — 18 holes.

Palm Cove Restaurants

Palm Cove is not short of high-end quality restaurants, cafes and bars. During our stay our top three favourites were:

Nu Nu Palm Cove

The award winning beachfront Nu Nu Restaurant at 1 Veivers Road in Palm Cove is an excellent choice for breakfast, lunch and dinner serving the best of modern Australian cuisine.

Palm Cove NuNu Restaurant
Nu Nu Restaurant

Good to know: Reservations for dinner should be made in advance.

Vivo Palm Cove

Dining in a beautiful Queensland colonial building overlooking the Coral Sea at 49 Williams Esplanade. Vivo is open from 06.30 am to 9.00 pm for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Modern Australian dining at its best with vegetarian and vegan options available.

Vivo Palm Cove
Vivo Restaurant

Good to know: Dinner reservations need to be made in advance, we enjoyed dinner on the Verandah with great sunset views.

Chill at Portofino Restaurant

Chill at Portofino Palm Cove
All-day dining at Chill at Portofino

Chill at Portofino is popular all times of the day. We enjoyed daily breakfasts and dinner throughout our stay here. Their daily menu consists of fish, meat, pastas, pizzas, deserts, coffees and their award-winning smoothies, cocktails and fruit juices.

Address: 3/41 Williams Esplanade Palm Cove

Palm Cove Cafes

There are many cafes in Palm Cove to choose from.

Best coffee can be found at Espresso & Co Cafe at 115/117 Williams Esplanade Palm Cove.

If you are craving for burgers, steaks or pizza try Rattle n’ Hum Bar and Grill at 119 Williams Esplanade Palm Cove. They have live music on Friday and Saturday nights.

Rattle n Hum Palm Cove
Rattle n Hum for steaks, pizzas and more

Palm Cove Car Rentals

For car rentals, you have a choice of picking it up from the airport or arranging it in Palm Cove.

Frequently Asked Questions for Visiting Palm Cove

What are the travelling distances around Palm Cove?

Palm Cove to Cairns – 25.4 km and an average driving time of 29 minutes

Cairns Airport to Palm Cove – 24.8 km with an average driving time of 27 minutes

Palm Cove to Port Douglas – 42.3 km with an average driving time of 38 minutes

Palm Cove to Trinity Beach – 9.3 km with an average driving time of 10 minutes

Are there Supermarkets in Palm Cove?

Palm Cove Deli is located in the Palm Cove Shopping Village at 115/117 Williams Esplanade.

Palm Cove Coles is located on Endeavour Road at Clifton Beach.

Pete’s Place offers a small grocery section as well as takeaway food. Address: 73 Williams Esplanade

Palm Cove Weather

When is the best time to visit Palm Cove?

Summer in Palm Cove is the wet season with high temperatures reaching around 32 – 34 degrees.

Wintertime daytime temperatures are in the low 20s and at night can drop down to around 17 degrees.

The best time to visit the Great Barrier Reef is between October and December.

Getting To Palm Cove

Palm Cove Australia is in Far North Queensland. The main airport is Cairns which is an international airport as well as a domestic airport.

Palm Cove Australia Flights – Cheap Flight Deals to Cairns

For the latest flight deals to Cairns click here


Palm Cove Queensland is a tropical destination that will suit all families, solo travellers and couples. Beautiful views over the Coral Sea, excellent dining options and one of the best locations in Far North Queensland to experience the major attractions no doubt you will return year after year.

More Staycation Australia Ideas:

Visit Bruny Island in Tasmania

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *