While Palm Cove’s breath-taking views and sceneries are enough to put its name on the map, there’s more to it than meets the eye. A plethora of fun activities that you can experience only here at Palm Cove will definitely bring pleasure to all your senses, making your visit to this paradise a memorable one.
Palm Cove is ideally located on the coastline of Northern Queensland where century-old paperbark trees cover the land and soothing sounds of the waves from the Great Barrier Reef welcome travelers from all kinds of places.
Aside from the relaxing vibe, picturesque landscape, and stunning seascape, Palm Cove evidently has a lot more to offer. In this piece, we rounded up only some of them to entice you to pack your bags and book a trip to this one-of-a-kind natural wonder!
1. Explore the Great Barrier Reef
This World Heritage-listed attraction is just a stone’s throw away from Palm Cove. So might as well go for a dive there! Lively and colorful marine life awaits you under the crystal-clear water of the world-famous reef. A cruise to the activity platform of The Reef is offered to tourists who aren’t afraid of some underwater activity.
But if you’re not into diving and snorkeling, you can still appreciate the aquatic life by sitting back and observing them from your glass-bottom boats.
2. Hot Air Balloon Rides
From deep down under the sea, we’re taking you up in the air with this one. There might be no better way to marvel at the beauty of the entire landscape of Queensland, but through a ride in one of the giant hot air, balloons offered in the area. The bird’s eye view of Palm Cove and nearby tourist attractions like The Reef and the rainforests can be your most memorable experience during your trip. And it’s hard to top that!
3. Hang Out with the Wildlife
If you’re a certified animal lover, now’s your chance to meet some of Australia’s furry and feathery icons. You can observe the koalas in their natural habitats when you visit the Koala Gardens. While you’re at it, ask the tour guide or someone from the staff if you can carry one of them and take a picture. Yes, it’s allowed! Just ask nicely.
If you’re more of a bird-lover, then you’ll love the Birdworld Kundara. It’s a haven for more than 60 species of birds that roam freely as tourists flock to the attraction. Just watch out though, because a cheeky macaw might hitch a ride on your shoulder.
If koalas and birds are not your things, you’d probably enjoy a more thrilling tour of Hartley’s Crocodile Adventure Park. Aside from taking care of animals from the wild, they also stage entertaining and educational shows that star crocodiles, snakes, wombats, and more. They are trained and handled by professionals so no need to worry!
4. Relax at The Reef House
After a whole day of fun, it’s no wonder if you get tired. Good thing you can have your muscles kneaded and your energy revitalized at the Reef House. It’s a posh and boutique colonial-style accommodation that’s ideally located at the heart of Palm Cove. It overlooks the Coral Sea so you’ll be rewarded with the best view of sundown when you stay there. They also pride themselves in their beach house ambiance and luxury escapes, coupled with world-class amenities and services.
The spa services that they offer are award-winning, so you’re assured of a relaxing experience. Their invigorating massage will prepare you for the next day’s activities. Or if you want, indulge in their soothing spa service on your last day at the Cove to perfectly cap-off your holiday!
5. Stop by a Village Hidden in the Rainforest
The village of Kuranda is not your ordinary village. It’s located on top of the hills in Cairns, and just to get there is already an adventure in itself. You have to hop in a charmingly vintage train of the Kuranda Scenic Railway that will weave you through the lush rainforest and bring you to the village. Sounds like plucked straight out of a movie, right?
Aside from a once-in-a-lifetime commute, there are other fun activities that you can do in the village. You can visit the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary that takes care of the 1500 and over butterfly species, or buy souvenirs in the Kuranda Heritage Market.
6. Unleash the Adrenaline-Junkie in You
Palm Cove isn’t just about its natural sleepy and cozy vibe. It’s also a great hub for thrill-seekers like you! Get your adrenaline rushing at the AJ Hackett Cairns Giant Jungle Swing, Tower Climb, and Lookout! You can also get yourself thrown off a platform and spring back in at Australia’s Only Bungy Jump!
If you want a more relaxed activity but will still challenge your courage, then a ride at Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is your cup of tea. Here you can hop in the Cableway’s weather-proof gondolas and marvel at the whole landscape of Palm Cove as you slowly glide over the gigantic and ancient paperback trees of the Daintree Rainforest!
If these activities don’t get your adrenaline rushing, we don’t know what will.
7. Immerse in the Culture of Tjapukai
Tjapukai is recognized as one of the oldest living cultures in the world that have been around for over 40, 000 years! When you visit Palm Cove, don’t miss the chance of learning their history and culture. Don’t worry, this is not your normal boring conference or seminar. The Tjapukai culture is taught to tourists through dances, art, and demonstrations. You can also learn first-hand how to master the art of boomerang-throwing, hunting techniques, and cooking bush foods!
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a local or a foreign traveler, wandering solo or on a family holiday. Palm Cove is one of the best tourist attractions Queensland has to offer. So if you’re looking for a memorable travel destination, pack your bags and book a trip to Palm Cove!