Palm Cove Beach
Palm Cove Beach
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Sunday
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  • Cat J A
    Melbourne, Australia393 contributions
    Stopped by Stingers
    Such a beautiful and easily accessible beach that runs the length of the esplanade. The 110 bus from Cairns stops at the edge of the sand and carparks are equally close although hotly contested. Clean and fringed by palm trees it is something out of a postcard so it was just unfortunate then that we couldn't swim due to the stingers. Despite the lifeguards closing the beach, some brave souls ventured in - not us but the temptation was overwhelming! A walk across the road to casual cafes and the ice cream shop made it a great day at the beach.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 24 April 2023
  • Tantaylor
    Safety Beach, Australia94 contributions
    Love Palm Cove.
    Palm Cove is the perfect place to stay. Not far from Cairns, with a beautiful beach and lovely shops and a good variety of restaurants. We stayed here for our honeymoon 27 years ago and I was so pleased that it hadn’t lost its chilled, laidback vibe. Love it here and can’t wait to return.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 May 2023
  • Sheryl C
    Melbourne, Australia36 contributions
    Wonderful.
    Warm waters at 23 degrees, some days clearer than others but swim between the flags and enjoy the Coral Sea. Life guards are friendly and have great information. Look out for dolphins on the calm days😊🌊☀️
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 September 2023
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Dallsallad
Seaford, Australia13 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
Beach is beautiful, warm water, the only thing I would probably review is more things for kids to do when visiting. Limited areas other than beach for young kids
Written 20 February 2024
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Sheryl C
Melbourne, Australia36 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Warm waters at 23 degrees, some days clearer than others but swim between the flags and enjoy the Coral Sea.
Life guards are friendly and have great information. Look out for dolphins on the calm days😊🌊☀️
Written 1 September 2023
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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australia27,908 contributions
Jul 2023
The Palm Cove Beach and the village that fronts the water has retained a good quality atmosphere and has avoided too much tackiness. The beach has good sand and pretty views south and north.
Written 23 July 2023
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Tantaylor
Safety Beach, Australia94 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
Palm Cove is the perfect place to stay. Not far from Cairns, with a beautiful beach and lovely shops and a good variety of restaurants. We stayed here for our honeymoon 27 years ago and I was so pleased that it hadn’t lost its chilled, laidback vibe. Love it here and can’t wait to return.
Written 21 May 2023
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Ken B
15 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
Palm Cove is one of the better beach suburbs on the northern side of Cairns. It has a range of good accommodation, including several excellent resorts, rental accom and a beachfront caravan park, and there are many restaurants, to suit most tastes and pockets, adjacent to the beach. Two small virtual beachfront supermarkets will get you organised for those last minute household things you need to make your new home from home more comfortable, or a Coles supermarket is a short drive back towards Cairns on the main highway. Smithfield Shopping Centre (a bit further towards Cairns) will have anything you can’t find locally. The beach itself is picturesque and tropical, although swimming is best done within the stinger net enclosure in stinger season. A long pier is perfect for the keen sea fishermen and women.
Written 21 May 2023
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Cat J A
Melbourne, Australia393 contributions
Apr 2023 • Friends
Such a beautiful and easily accessible beach that runs the length of the esplanade. The 110 bus from Cairns stops at the edge of the sand and carparks are equally close although hotly contested. Clean and fringed by palm trees it is something out of a postcard so it was just unfortunate then that we couldn't swim due to the stingers. Despite the lifeguards closing the beach, some brave souls ventured in - not us but the temptation was overwhelming! A walk across the road to casual cafes and the ice cream shop made it a great day at the beach.
Written 25 April 2023
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NMurphy101
64 contributions
Apr 2023 • Friends
Located just about half an hour away from Cairns, this beautiful beach is lined with palm trees and a convenient series of businesses behind it across the road.
The sand is comfortable, the beach itself is very clean, the water is pleasant, and the views are excellent. During stinger season, they have a designated area for swimming, much like other beaches along the Northwest coastline.
It's definitely worth the trip up, especially if you are headed further north as it's only a short detour off the main road.
Written 16 April 2023
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Prue Holly
2 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
Such a Stunning Beach. We were treated with Amazing weather. Lifeguards are on the beach too. 🌴🥥
Written 24 March 2023
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Andrew S
18 contributions
Feb 2023
The first leg of the Northern Beaches Leisure Trail runs from Palm Cove to Clifton Beach, and according to the Council website will eventually connect Palm Cove with Cairns. I jumped on my bike to try it out. Four kms of paved track and boardwalk begins 100m down Triton St at the southern end of Palm Cove and runs through delightful swamp, beach and forest, as far as the southern end of Clifton Beach foreshore. Its a nice, shady, well-made, level track through a beautiful landscape, ideal for walkers, scooters, and cyclists. It didn't seem very well-used, perhaps because Council has not invested in good signage or maps. After about 1.5k there is a baffling intersection with an old vandalised sign simply saying 'Welcome to the Argentea Boardwalk'. Turn left here for Clifton Beach unless you want to get lost in the burbs.
Written 9 February 2023
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Rolf I
94 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
Such a beautiful beach which changes hourly. Great to sit and watch with a drink or for a dip in the surf club netted area..
Written 12 January 2023
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