PALM COVE
Palm Cove, on Cairns Northern Beaches, is one of the most elegant and distinguished destinations in Far North Queensland. Palm Cove is the place chosen by many to celebrate their wedding or spend their honeymoon. The range of Palm Cove holiday accommodation is outstanding, catering from couples to families, and many of the Palm Cove restaurants are renowned for their world-class quality.
THE BEACHFRONT COMMUNITIES MAKING UP THE 20 KILOMETRE STRETCH OF COASTLINE KNOWN AS THE 'NORTHERN BEACHES' ARE EACH QUITE UNIQUE IN ATMOSPHERE. USE THE LINKS IN THE SIDE COLUMN TO GO TO YOUR CHOSEN DESTINATION.
The Northern Beaches are pleasant, laid back little villages lined with palm trees and plenty of shaded, grassy areas for picnics and BBQs. The tourism boom in the Cairns region hasn't spoilt the authentic Tropical North Queensland charm of these communities, and although the areas are well served by public transport, with local bus company Sunbus running regular services to and from the centre of Cairns, the Northern Beaches are largely overlooked by the masses. In fact, you can still often find a stretch of beach completely to yourself, especially during the week, when many of the residents are at work.

The Northern Beaches have always been a popular getaway for Cairns locals, but in recent years the has area seen the development of a range of tourist accommodation and restaurants, particularly popular with families on vacation. The communities that make up the Cairns Northern Beaches are: Machan's Beach, Holloway's Beach, Yorkey's Knob, Trinity Beach, Kewarra Beach, Clifton Beach, Palm Cove and Ellis Beach.

Swimmers at the Northern Beaches of Holloway's Beach, Yorkey's Knob, Trinity Beach, Kewarra Beach, Clifton Beach, Palm Cove and Ellis Beach can swim in stinger resistant enclosures during the summer 'stinger season'The Cairns City Council installs stinger resistant nets at Palm Cove during the 'stinger season'. Swim only in netted areas, and for more information about marine stingers, please visit our SAFE TRAVEL page.

PALM COVE

Palm Cove beach, just north of Cairns, is a holiday destination for the whole family. Palm Cove is just what the name says. A cove of sandy beach lined with coconut palms, and with splendid views out to Double Island and 'Scout's Hat' Island. Activities in Palm Cove naturally revolve around the beach, where you can partake in water sports, swim or sunbathe. There are netted enclosures in Palm Cove, where you can swim safely and the beaches are patrolled all year round. Horse riding is popular along the beach at sunset. The esplanade has lots of grassy areas and the council provides free barbecues along the beachfront. And for the kids there is a children's playground located close to the netted area. There's a caravan park, and the Palm Cove jetty, which is a popular fishing spot for locals as well as one of the most popular spots for wedding shots. Palm Cove is one of the favourite destinations in Australia for couple celebrating their wedding.

Althoug very popular with tourists from all over the world, Palm Cove has successfully kept its small town atmosphere. And the Palm Cove beach has been awarded with different titles, such as "Far North Queensland's Friendliest Beach", "Queensland's Cleanest Beach" and even "Australia's Cleanest Beach". And according to Australia's "On the Road Magazine", Palm Cove is among the top 10 beaches of Australia.

Nearby tourist attractions include Cairns Tropical Zoo (formerly Wild World), and Outback Opal Mine as well as Paradise Palms and Novotel golf courses. Palm Cove is one of the few areas where you can still see kangaroos in the wild, close to a major city.

Palm Cove has all the basic services of a small town, including a grocery store and a chemist, but it is fast shedding its image of a sleepy little seaside suburb to become an upmarket tourist destination within Australia, with golf courses, over twenty restaurants, and world class spa holiday accommodation. The Esplanade in Palm Cove is lined with resorts and beachfront accommodation ranging from three star to five star.

ATTRACTIONS AND THINGS TO SEE AND DO - PALM COVE

Cairns Tropical Zoo, one of the best interactive zoos in Tropical North Queensland.All the family will enjoy a visit to Cairns Tropical Zoo, in Far North Queensland. CAIRNS TROPICAL ZOO
Captain Cook Highway, Palm Cove
Phone (07) 4055 3669 / Fax (07) 4059 1160

www.cairnstropicalzoo.com

It's the natural thing to do!

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A visit to the tropical north wouldn't be complete without seeing some of Australia's fantastic wildlife up close. Just 20 minutes north of the city at Palm Cove, Cairns Tropical Zoo has exciting daily presentations featuring fabulous free flight birds, giant saltwater crocodiles, feeding the pelicans, stunning reptiles, and so much more - including a mob of tame kangaroos just waiting to be hand fed. Souvenir wildlife photos are available for an extra cost. There are numerous opportunities during the day to get close, touch, feel, and make some new animal friends.

Cairns Tropical Zoo is now open every day from 8:30am to 4:00pm, so why not plan your visit to include breakfast or lunch. 'Breakfast Time at the Zoo' commences every day from 8.30am for both groups and self-drive visitors. Whilst enjoying your bacon and eggs or scrumptious Belgian Waffles, enjoy some very up close and personal animal time with one of the zoo's keepers. .

Cairns Night Zoo, in Tropical North Queensland, provides a great opportunity to experience nocturnal wildlife in the tropics.Cairns Night Zoo, in Tropical North Queensland, offers a very enjoyable Australian night out.CAIRNS NIGHT ZOO
Captain Cook Highway, Palm Cove
Phone (07) 4055 3669 / Fax (07) 4059 1160

www.cairnsnightzoo.com

A Great Australian Night Out!

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Whatever your age or nationality, Cairns Night Zoo is a 'must do' for any holiday itinerary. Operating 7.00pm to 10.00pm five nights per week, (Monday to Thursday and Saturday nights), this dinner with a difference features a big dose of Aussie hospitality.

Dinner includes the famous Australian BBQ, salads, delicious desserts, and complimentary beers, wines, champagne and soft drinks. Enjoy live music provided by the resident musician, then it's off on the spotlighting tour. See crocodiles, koalas, birds, some cute & cuddly animals and maybe even a slithering creature! Enjoy Billy Tea & Damper with our Swaggie (an original Australian bushman), and meet some friendly kangaroos before heading back for more entertainment and some 'Hokey Pokey'. (That's a dance!) This is a night filled with good food, good folk, and good fun!

HARTLEY'S CROCODILE ADVENTURES
Captain Cook Highway, Wangetti
Phone (07) 4055 3576 / Fax (07) 4059 1017
Hartley's is famous for its exciting and educational wildlife presentations including crocodile shows, wetland wildlife, snake show, cassowary feeding, koala feeding and more. Open 8:30am – 5:00pm.

BEACH FUN CO.
Corner of Williams Esplanade and Harpa Street,
Palm Cove
Arrange a jetski tour up and down the coast or around Double Island. Spot turtles and even dolphins. Or rent a jetski and have your own fun! Double and single jetskis available.

JUNGARA GALLERY PALM COVE
Palm Cove Shopping Village, 111 Williams Esplanade
Phone (07) 4059 0999 / Fax (07)4059 0799
The sister Gallery to Cairns oldest Aboriginal Art Gallery and only authentic supplier of the finest quality Indigenous investment arts and crafts in Far North Queensland. Proudly supporting local artists and craftspeople.

PALM COVE WATERSPORTS
Cnr Williams Esplanade and Cedar Road, Palm Cove
Mobile 0402 861 011 / Fax (07) 4058 0274
Kayaking tours. Palm Cove Watersports often have amazing encounters with dolphins, turtles and other marine life while paddling around Double Island.


ACCOMMODATION - PALM COVE

There is no shortage of holiday accommodation in Palm Cove. You can find nearly any style of accommodation for your vacations in this beautiful part of Far North Queensland, from beachfront hotels and resorts to family friendly holiday apartments and villas.

For a comprehensive list of all the accommodation options in Palm Cove, please visit our PALM COVE HOLIDAY ACCOMMODATION section.

DINING - PALM COVE

As you would expect, Palm Cove has no shortage of dining options to suit everyone's taste and if you know where to look, even to fit a moderate budget. It's advisable to book ahead any Palm Cove restaurant, as the more well known places do fill up quickly during the busy seasons.

Celebrate any special ocassion at Casmar restaurant, in Palm Cove.Casmar at Palm Cove offers an extensive dining menu, catering from every ocassion and function. CASMAR
Crn Harpa St & Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove (MAP)
Phone (07) 4059 0013 / Fax (07) 4059 0018

www.casmar.com.au

Multi-award winning restaurant!

Just a few steps above the rest, multi award winning Casmar restaurant offers uninterrupted views of the Coral Sea and Double Island with Palm Cove's only balcony dining.

Casmar's award winning team will set the mood with a relaxed atmosphere and friendly service. Two well-travelled chefs head up the kitchen creating a dining experience to remember. Specializing in seafood and modern Australian cuisine the chefs source the best local ingredients to tantalize the taste buds.

Casmar restaurant is available for lunch or dinner for any special occasion and has live music every week, with local artists performing.

AURORA CAFÉ RESTAURANT
Mango Lagoon Resort & Well Spa, 81-85 Cedar Road, Palm Cove
Phone (07) 4055 3400 / Fax (07) 4057 6838
Enjoy a selection of contemporary foods and fine wines at Aurora Cafe' Restaurant specialising in flavours of the pacific rim and also offering fabulous macrobiotic and organic specialties, Including 1 to 7 day detox menu.

APRES BEACH BAR AND GRILL
Apres Beach Bar and Grill is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, serving a wide variety of food at very reasonable prices - which is often difficult to find in trendy Palm Cove.

CAFE DE LEMA
Shop 13, Palm Cove Shopping Village, Palm Cove
Phone (07) 4055 3690
Cafe De Lema is a quirky alfresco cafe overlooking the ocean in Palm Cove.

COCKY'S AT THE COVE
Shop 3, 117 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove
Phone (07) 4059 1691
Cocky's has been around for many years and is a Palm Cove favourite for icecreams, milkshakes, or light meals.

COLONIES AT THE COVE
Paradise Village
117 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove
Phone (07) 4055 3058 / Fax (07) 4059 1559
Colonies serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and are fully licensed or BYO (bring your own). The menu at this Palm Cove restaurants is modern Australian cuisine influenced by the flavours of the Mediterranean.

CHOC DEE THAI RESTAURANT
123 William Esplanade , Palm Cove
Phone (07) 4059 2533 / Fax (07) 4059 2544
Premier Palm Cove Thai Restaurant serving all the typical Thai favourites. Dine-in and takeaway.

COVE'S BEACHSIDE CAFE
Shop 13, Paradise Village Resort, Palm Cove
Phone (07) 4055 3041

FAR HORIZONS RESTAURANT
Angsana Resort, 1 Veivers Road, Palm Cove
Phone (07) 4055 3000
Award winning restaurant with a guitarist in the cocktail bar Friday and Saturday nights. Sometimes sets up tables on the lawn among the palm trees beside the beach

IL FORNO RESTAURANT
Shop 7, Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove
Phone (07) 4059 1666

NU NU RESTAURANT
123 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove
Phone (07) 4059 1880 / Fax (07) 4059 1884
Nu Nu contemporary menu reflects the tropical and luscious environment of Northern Queensland. Predominantly Asian and Mediterranean inspired, the food is both elegant and sophisticated.

SPICE MARKET
Novotel Palm Cove Resort, Coral Coast Drive, Palm Cove
Phone (07) 4059 1234
Novotel Palm Cove's signature restaurant. Voted in top 200 restaurants, Australian Gourmet Traveller 2003.

SURF LIFE SAVING CLUB
135 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove
Phone (07) 4059 1244 / Fax (07) 4059 1362
The Palm Cove Surf Life Saving Club one of the oldest established Surf Life Saving Clubs in Australia. The food at the Surf Life Saving Club in Palm Cove is delicious and the prices are very affordable.

THE SEBEL REEF HOUSE
99 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove
Phone (07) 4055 3633
Located at the front of The Sebel Reef House & Spa, opposite the Coral Sea, Reef House Restaurant is considered one of the regions finest winning the Best Restaurant category at the Tropical North Queensland Tourism Awards in 2007 and 2008.

VIVO BAR AND GRILL
49 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove
Phone (07) 4059 0944
Vivo Bar and Grill Restaurant was awarded in 2005 the Catering award for the best Italian Restaurant in North Queensland.

PETE'S PLACE
73 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove
Phone (07) 4055 3088

GETTING TO PALM COVE

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Sunbus is Cairns local bus company, servicing the city of Cairns and Cairns Northern Beaches, including Palm Cove.Sunbus is the local bus company servicing Cairns city, suburbs and Northern Beaches. They run a dozen or so different routes around the city and operate a 'Hail and Ride' system. Sunbus runs a route from Cairns to Palm Cove, stopping at Trinity Beach, Kewarra Beach and Clifton Beach along the way. If you are looking for a cheaper option, Sunbus offer 24 hour and weekly zone tickets, cheaper than the return ticket. You can find a Sunbus route map, prices and timetables of their services on their website.

The local taxi company is Black and White taxis. Taxi fares in Queensland are regulated by the government, and a trip from the airport to Palm Cove should be no more than approximately $52. But hey, book your Palm Cove holiday accommodation or CAIRNS RENTAL CAR through Cairns Unlimited, and that's fifty two bucks we could save you! While you're in town, phone 131 008 to book a taxi.

SUN PALM EXPRESS
Phone (07) 4087 2900
Sun Palm Express runs a number of services every day from Cairns to all points north as far as Cape Tribulation, picking up and setting down at all accommodation houses, hotels, air, bus, train and shipping terminals.

SKYSAFARI
NO LONGER OPERATING To offer a unique element to your experience, Skysafari have multiple landing locations to pick up and drop off guests for their Air Tours or Scenic Flights.

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EMERGENCY SERVICES

In case of emergency only, dial 000. In all other cases, phone the local service :

Ambulance 131 233
Hospital (07) 4050 6333
Police (07) 4030 7000