Picturesque, two tropical islands, a long sandy beach lined with coconut trees and surrounded by tropical rainforest, romantic and free-spirited, the magic of Palm Cove invades your senses as you take in the ultimate serenity of a seaside holiday, relax and rejuvenate, laze on a white sandy beach, or take a stroll in a unique seaside village where centuries old ‘paperbark’ Melaleuca trees grow.
There is much to experience in the village, you may choose to dine in a world-class restaurant or lunch at the local surf club, be entertained at the tavern, visit a local gallery, shop for some great resort wear and holiday essentials, or relax with a day spa or massage, restyle at a hair and beauty salon, or recharge with a visit to a health and fitness facility. Wander through the night markets for a great souvenir.
The Shopping Village operates a small supermarket, gift shops, information center, chemist, the village booking offices can arrange a snorkelling or diving trip on the Great Barrier Reef, kayaking to nearby islands, rainforest excursions, bus tours, bushwalking in tropical rainforests, there is a variety of Cairns attractions including Skyrail, the Kuranda Train, Water Ski Park, Tjapuka Aboriginal Cultural Park, and the nearby Cairns Tropical Wildlife Zoo.
Palm Cove is gaining a reputation as the “Wedding Capitol of Australia” with options of a beach or esplanade ceremony of your choice; offering a magnitude of suitable accommodation and catering by world-renowned restaurants, a perfect wedding in a beautiful setting, and an ideal backdrop for your cherished wedding photos.
Palm Cove is patrolled by surf lifesavers, in the summer during the jellyfish season the beach is netted for the safety of the swimmers, for your own protection remember to swim between the beach flags and heed the lifesavers advice and warnings. You may visit the Palm Cove Surf Lifesaving Club on the esplanade for a great meal, cool refreshments and entertainment, or to just relax and enjoy the friendly atmosphere.
There is a fisherman’s wharf for anglers and novices to drop a line; The Palm cove fishing wharf is one of the region’s most popular fishing spots where anglers regularly catch species such as mackerel, giant trevally or “G.T’s” and shark. Fishing Rods are available for hire so you may experience the excitement of catching your own fish. Beside the wharf there is a concrete boat ramp and trailer parking for the boating enthusiasts it’s only a few minutes to the islands and a fishing reef. All water sports are catered for so you can get wet and wild. Hire a four-wheel bike and pedal the esplanade or for the energetic visitor join the many joggers on their daily runs. Play golf, walk, run, exercise there is something for everyone.
Palm Cove is 30 minutes from the city of Cairns and the Cairns Domestic and International Airport and offers first class accommodation with numerous world-class award-winning beach resorts, restaurants and day spars, and a wide range of eateries for all tastes and budgets.
The Palm Cove Holiday Park features shady powered and unpowered caravan, motor home, camper and camping sites, there is a friendly casual atmosphere and it is situated in an ideal location only meters from the beach and fishing wharf. The park offers free Wi-Fi, tour desk, amenities block, laundry, BBQ’s, camp kitchen, disabled access and gas refills. If you require transport there is a regular bus service between Palm Cove and the city of Cairns.
Palm Cove’s famous Majestic Melaleuca Trees line the esplanade, these century old trees are locally known as White Tea Trees, Cajeput, Paperbark or Swamp Tea Trees. When Captain Cook sailed his ship the Endeavour “within three leagues of the Palm Cove foreshore on June 10th 1770” some specimens on the foreshore are reported to be over 400 years old. Several of these trees are of the grandest of their species in Australia and rise to a height of 40 meters and a girth of up to 10 meters. Just a few meters away there are no Melaleuca, as they need to grow in a very specialized ecosystem. Properties along the western side of the promenade are built over ‘soak’ or ‘swale. The fresh water soak is hostile to a majority of the plant species in the region but the Paperbark thrives in these specialized conditions only a few uniquely qualified plants such as the Native Gardenia and the Red Mahogany with its bright yellow flowers favour the same conditions.
Colourful Rainbow Lorikeets, the cheekiest of the parrot family, along with honey eaters, sunbirds, fruit bats, native bees and countless other species feed on the nectar from the ivory flowers of the Melaleuca as they bloom for long periods throughout the year. The Buff-breasted kingfisher also finds a home in these majestic trees during the months of October and April.
The local community, residents and businesses are very protective of these magnificent old giants and you will find descriptive plaques placed in front of a number of other tree species in the village and along the Palm cove foreshore.
Palm Cove History. Dating back to over 60,000 years, Aborigines became the first settlers of Palm Cove; it was used as a rest stop by Captain Cook in his navigation of the Australian coast in 1770 and it is believed in their search for fresh fruit and water Captain Cooks crew found “sweet fresh water” at Sweet Water Creek as it is still named today, the most famous landing at Palm Cove happened in 1873 when G.E. Dalrymple’s Northeast Coast Expedition landed to explore the beach. The expedition was met with hostility by the indigenous people and they opened a violent assault on the exploring crew which led to one of the largest beachfront invasions in Australian History.
Shortly before World War 1 in 1918 the land was brought by Albert Vievers from Archdeacon Campbell. Vievers was important in the advancement to Palm Cove as he commissioned the construction of the first road into Palm Beach as it was known then, on applying to the government for the name Palm Beach the application was rejected and it was renamed Palm Cove. During World War 11 Palm Cove (Palm Beach) was used as an Australian Army training base, extensive training in amphibious boats and beach landings were carried out at Palm Cove.
The United States Army B company 532nd Engineer Amphibian Regiment sailed from San Francisco Bay in January 1942 to combine their training with the Australians and the American’s were excited to learn that they would be working with the famous “Rats of Tobruk”- a nickname the 9th had earned in North Africa. Troops from the two countries cooperated in daily training maneuvers on the Cairns northern beaches with vigor and determination until they were shipped out for operations in New Guinea in July 1943. The vertical outcrop of Hancock Island and Double Island were used for training target practice. Hancock Island suffered severe damage and both islands still bear the scars today, years after the war ceased mines began washing up on the beaches of Palm Cove…. much to the astonishment of the locals.
Palm Cove is guarded by the South Pacific Ocean and the Great Barrier Reef and it is completely surrounded by the Daintree Tropical Rainforest and is in close proximity to the Daintree National Park.