By Hannah Tattersall
The stylish beach village of Palm Cove is known for its centuries-old paperbark trees, which line almost the entire length of the cove including the beachfront main street, Williams Esplanade. The town is an attractive accommodation option if you're visiting the Great Barrier Reef (it's 30 minutes to Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal or 35 minutes to Port Douglas Marina from where boats head to the reef). The Daintree Rainforest is also nearby, about a two hour drive north.
HOW TO GET THERE
Fly to Cairns Airport from any Australian capital city. Palm Cove is a 30 minute drive north of Cairns. You can hire a car from one of several car hire companies at Cairns Airport or in Cairns city centre. There are also regular shuttle services to Palm Cove from both Cairns Airport and the city of Cairns: Exemplar runs an on-demand shuttle service and Sun Palm Transport offers a timetabled service with regular departures.
- An indulgent spa treatment on "Spa Street"
- A gourmet meal at renowned regional restaurant Nu Nu
- A sunset or sunrise kayak to Double Island