Not to be missed things to do on a Palm Cove getaway

Palm Cove is the perfect name for this place. A relaxed beach community in Far North Queensland, it has an esplanade lined with palm trees overlooking a brilliant blue sea. A brief ride on a shuttle will take you to the start of an adventure on the Great Barrier Reef, and Cairns is only a short drive away. What more could you want from a summer holiday?

The unique geographic setting of the Trinity Beach and Palm Cove regions created by the Great Barrier Reef and rainforest, gives you endless opportunities to explore. Whether you want to swim, dive, surf, cruise, sky ride, sky jump, mountain hike or a forest trail, North of Cairns is an all-in-one package with many fun things to do for a great holiday. Following is a list of fun-filled and exciting activities you can engage in, during your next trip near Palm Cove.

Visit The Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef

No trip to Tropical North Queensland would be complete without a visit to the world’s largest coral reef. Stretching more than 2000 kms across,  the Great Barrier Reef offers a spectacular underwater snorkelling and diving experience with colourful coral and a wide variety of tropical fish. Not to mention the more than 900 islands with incredible beaches!  There are regular buses and shuttles from Palm Cove to Cairns so you can start your reef tour or cruise.

Great Barrier Reef Tours

Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling Tours

The Great Barrier Reef is a World Heritage area and one of the Natural Wonders of the World.  A Great Barrier Reef Tour is ideal for many, a once in a life time opportunity to experience something so special that your memories will last a lifetime. and with so many tour options, from Pontoon Reef Trips, Island Day Trips, Snorkeling Reef Trips and Scuba Diving Day Trips

Great Barrier Reef Scenic Helicopter Tour

Great Barrier Reef

Indulge in the tropical beauty of the Great Barrier Reef, through a one day or half-a-day scenic tour by helicopter and boat. Swimming, Scuba diving and snorkeling are included in the package, with guide. The 25-minute air ride will give you the opportunity to see the Great Barrier Reef in a bird’s eye view, grabbing every piece of this natural wonder. The tour costs $265 per person.

Cairns Hot Air Balloon Tour

Experience the bird’s eye view over the Atherton Tablelands in Far North of Queensland, in a hot air balloon ride. This 30 – 60-minute ride in the early morning gives you the opportunity to enjoy the scenic beauty of the natural wonders of Cairns and Trinity Beach. The unforgettable experience of watching the sunrise from the sky, in a serene, romantic and silent setup is a must-do attraction in Trinity Beach. If needed, you can reserve a hot air balloon for your entire group. The tour costs $186 per person.

Cooktown 4-Wheel Drive Adventure

Have extreme fun on a 4-wheel drive ride, while you explore the historic city of Cooktown. Starting from Cairns, the 4WD adventure covers the world heritage listed Daintree National Park, Bloomfield Track, Northern Beaches and Port Douglas. While travelling comfortably in an air-conditioned 4-wheel jeep, explore the endless beauty of the rainforest, outback and the beach. You will cross the Daintree River in a cable ferry, where you get the opportunity to click your camera in a magnificent setting. The lunch will be provided at a local pub. During the tour at Cooktown, you will get the opportunity to explore the city in your own space. The 4WD tour costs $206 per person.

Kuranda Skyrail & Scenic Railway

Zip line across the Daintree Rainforest

Enjoy a full-day tour that takes you through this wonderful, heritage-listed rainforest of Kuranda. The tour starts early, as you are picked from your accommodation point within Cairns, by a luxury bus which takes you to the Kuranda Scenic Rail. The historical Kuranda train takes you on a journey through the forest, allowing you to see fabulous sights, through tunnels and bridges. 1.45-hour journey in the train takes you to the exotic Kuranda Village, hidden in the middle of the rainforest, where you experience an exquisite culinary and wildlife attractions. There, you can take leisure walks through the markets and scenic pathways, to experience this amazing life by yourself.

Flames of the Forest Dining Experience

Enjoy a wine & dine under candlelight experience under the roof of one of the oldest rainforest in the world. Flames of the Forest is a fine-dining restaurant in Port Douglas, where you indulge in food and music at the same time, exposing yourself to the cultural and culinary taste of the Aborigines. The candlelight experience in the heart of the rainforest would be an unforgettable piece of memory, for your Trinity Beach tour.

Hartleys Crocodile Farm


Located just 40 minutes north of Cairns and 15 minutes north of Palm Cove, Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures is simply the best place to see crocodiles and local wildlife in Tropical North Queensland. With over 2100 metres of timber boardwalks and pathways leading you on a journey of discovery through woodlands and rainforest where you can see an array of wildlife, including beautiful tropical birds, reptiles, insects and other native fauna.

At Hartley’s, you can see magnificent and fearsome crocs from the safety of more than 2100 metres of boardwalks and pathways. Visit crocodile lagoons and pools, take a boat cruise on the wetlands of Hartley’s Lagoon to see crocodiles at feeding time, and catch a wildlife presentation like a snake show or koala feeding.

Enjoy our entertaining and educational wildlife presentations including snakes, cassowaries, koalas, crocodiles, quolls and much more. Take a boat cruise on Hartley’s Lagoon to see crocodiles and other wildlife on our melaleuca wetland. Learn about sustainable use and conservation on our Crocodile Farm tour.

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park


At Tjapukai, you can get a taste of authentic Indigenous culture and experience a range of activities. See authentic Aboriginal art, learn all about Aboriginal culture at the Bundarra Dingal Theatre, take part in a corroboree and learn to hunt with a spear.

Half Day Trip to Green Island

You will travel to the Green Island in the Great Barrier Reef in a helicopter, enjoying the scenic view over the Reef. Once you land on Green Island, it will be your own paradise on Earth, where you engage in a number of activities including the sea tour in a glass-bottom boat, visit the tropical aquarium, swimming, walk in the rainforest on the Island, Snorkeling. Spend around 6 hours on the island, and have the option to return to the mainland on a high-speed catamaran. You can enjoy a seafood buffet lunch at the restaurant of the Green Island Resort. The tour costs $356 per person.

Visit Cairns

take a visit to cairns from palm cove

With the brilliant beach city only a roughly 30-minute drive away, there’s no excuse not to visit Cairns when you stay in Palm Cove. And with this city being close to attractions like the Reef and the Wet Tropics World Heritage Rainforest as well as a stunning beach and esplanade, you won’t regret the journey.

Night Wildlife Tour in Atherton Tablelands

Experience the exotic wildlife of Australia, in their natural habitat of a scenic and rich rainforest. The Atherton Tablelands is a unique rainforest landscape in Australia, with a number of natural trails, mountains and waterfalls. Your tour is led by an experienced tour guide, who ensures your safety while giving you interesting and useful information about the rainforest. You get to see kangaroos and lizards during daytime, and keep immersed after sunset, until you observe the elusive platypus. The tour includes afternoon tea at the Lake Barrine and an often picture-perfect sunset followed by dinner at a country restaurant. The experience costs $150 per person.

If you need a place to stay while enjoying these many fun things in Palm Cove, visit us at Oasis at Palm Cove.

Spend a Day at Palm Cove Beach

Palm Cove Qld - Sun, Swimming, Sandcastles

Palm Cove Beach has been called “North Queensland’s friendliest beach” and “Australia’s cleanest beach” and once you visit you’ll understand why. Relax on the soft sand, under the shade of a palm tree and peer out over the pristine blue water at islands on the horizon. Go for a relaxing dip in the sea or, if you need something a little more adventurous, try jet skiing, paddle boarding or taking a ride on a catamaran.

Take a stroll down Williams Esplanade


Lined with palm trees and ancient paperbark Melaleuca trees, Williams Esplanade is a beautiful shady strip that you can wander up and down for food, coffee, shopping, art galleries and seaside views.

Go Shopping on Williams Esplanade

Williams Esplanade

All of Palm Cove’s shopping is on Williams Esplanade, and there’s plenty to choose from. From the colourful shopfronts of Palm Cove Shopping Village to ladies boutiques, swimwear stores and jewellery shops, there’s a lot to see, do and buy.

Dine on Williams Esplanade

seafood on williams esplanade

And while you’re on Williams Esplanade, check out the beachfront restaurants offering everything from fine dining to chilled cafes. Try Japanese, Greek, crepes, healthy options or whatever else your taste buds crave.

Visit a Day Spa

visit a day spa

Palm Cove has been nicknamed “the spa capital of Australia” and a walk around Williams Avenue or Palm Cove village offers plenty of opportunities to relax and rejuvenate in a satisfying spa.

Reef Feast

Reef Feast in Palm Cove

Over three days every October, North Queensland’s number one community event thrills the senses with a feast of fine food and live music. The Taste of Palm Cove event offers six stages of local entertainment plus great cuisine under the stars at Williams Esplanade.


Paddle around Double Island with a tour that offers refreshments. They also offer a Kuranda Rainforest Paddle Boarding Experience, and if it’s a little windy, they offer kite surfing! They even have a yoga paddle board experience on Saturdays.



Palm cove water sports have a sunrise tour. Once on the island, enjoy fresh fruit and juices before trekking along the shore line looking for Blue Spotted Lagoon rays, Mangrove rays, Eagle rays, Shovel Nose sharks and an array of fish and crabs – not to mention the birds of prey. Half day kayak & snorkelling tours paddle around the eastern side of the Island exploring great sea caves.

Just around the corner, rest on the coral fringed beach with fresh fruit and juices supplied. Everybody can snorkel or swim here as the waters are always calm. Around the western side, stop again on the beach next to the exclusive Double Island Resort.


Beach Funco offers Kayak hire, Stand Up Paddle Boards, Aqua Bike, Paddle Boat, Sailing Cat (Sail in paradise), Boogie Boards and Sun Lounges. Like a bit more excitement? Try one of their high powered jet skis or take out a tinny.


Bike hire from Northern beaches bike hire has plenty of bike trail board walks whether you just want to peddle along the beach pathways to mountain bike trails and tours. They offer guided mountain, cross country and downhill mountain bike tours, tailored to your riding style.



Palm Cove offers a variety of shops from boutique ladies fashions to surf shops, jewellery, art and craft, hairdressers.


Palm Cove has evolved into Australia’s ultimate spa destination, it has been recognised nationally and internationally as a destination that offers a true tropical spa experience. People travel from across the country to enjoy these many spas treatments from exotic spa treatments to varied exclusive treatments.

We also have some very good dining places here in palm cove. You can check out our blog for the 12 best restaurants.



Yes, there is plenty for the kids to do too, with 3 Playgrounds all with easy walking distance. The playground on the Esplanade has just had a major refurb and is brand new. There is also fishing off the jetty with locals and holidaymakers getting good catches of Spanish Mackerel, grunter, cod, whiting, stripeys, flathead and catfish that are easily accessible using prawn or fish baits. Stingrays and sharks are also a popular target. Nanuk’s Palm Cove is a mobile Beach Kiosk located next to the Palm Cove Jetty, providing fishing rod hire and the sale of bait, cold drinks, ice cream, hot dogs and hot chips to visitors and locals.


There is even an excellent 9-hole Golf course with first-rate facilities set in 100 acres of beautiful tropical gardens. Enjoy a leisurely game as you walk the lush fairways fringed by Rainforest Mountains and graceful Melaleuca trees. Watch out for the numerous water hazards as you play this course. Take the challenge!