Palm Cove Australia
"Palm Cove Australia - Tranquil Paradise on the Great Barrier Reef"
I've made it quite clear that I'm not a fan of Cairns and I would much prefer to stay in Port Douglas or here in Palm Cove. Making the choice between the two is a very personal one.
Palm Cove is just one strip of hotels along the sea front. It has a small selection of wonderful restaurants, most of which have a bar, there's a few cafes and small shops but that is pretty much it.
Port Douglas is bigger, more touristy, probably slightly more up market but much more of a tourist hub. If you want more life and soul then this is the best place for you. But if you want quiet, peaceful and ocean views then Palm Cove Australia is the place for you.
Getting To Palm Cove
You'll find Palm Cove Australia about 40 minutes north from Cairns airport.
You can arrange transfers here (most hotels in Palm Cove will assist) but expect to pay for this. A good option if you really intend to do very little other than a day out at the reef.
Hiring a car is a good option if you intend to see a bit more of the area and is easy to organise from Cairns Airport with all the major operators working from here.
Things To See And Do in Palm Cove Australia
This place is all about relaxing and not doing very much!
The beach opposite the strip of hotels is lovely but you should be careful where you swim. There is a section that is netted off to try to keep the jelly fish out during stinger season (during the summer months) and this is the safest place to swim.
I was there recently and noticed they had started to put signs up to warn you about crocodiles in the water - again another reason to swim in the netted area!!
All of the good hotels on the strip have lovely pools and we spent more time hanging out at the pool than in the sea. We did enjoy being so close to the water though and being able to take morning and evening strolls along the path that hugs the beach.
There are also a large number of spas here so getting a nice massage or pampering session is definitely recommended.
The array of restaurants and cafes will keep you well fed and watered throughout the day too. Nu Nu has been voted as one of Australia's best restaurants so well worth treating yourself here one evening.
Palm Cove Australia is a great place to enjoy the Great Barrier Reef Australia - day trips on the reef or a trip to Green Island Australia for some snorkeling are really easy from here.
I'd hire a car and go a bit further afield like up to the Daintree Rainforest. Here you can visit the Visitor Centre and view the forest from a set of impressive high walkways. You can also do a crocodile spotting boat trip (try Crocodile Express)
Where to Stay in Palm Cove
Peppers Beach Club Resort $$$
- right in the hub of the main strip. Sea Temple Resort and Spa$$$
- THE place to stay in Palm Cove. Modern, more exclusive situated at the end of the strip, tucked away. Come for a spa treatment or drink here if you can't afford to stay!Sebel Reef House and Spa $$$
- Lovely rooms, great restaurant and centrally located. A popular choice.Sarayi one bedroom apartments $150 to $300Malaleuca Resort $160 great location and good value for money. Laundry and kitchen facilities too.
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