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.

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