think it is a concrete jungle, but not everyone is a bush camper.
course it's great to
have a break and
escape to be pampered in luxury
accommodation and eat in expensive restaurants - that is,
to pay for it ;-)
itself is nice,
you can walk
or jog all
the way to Clifton
and even almost to Kewarra.
There is a jetty that is nice
and quite good
beachfront is full of apartments,
restaurants - it's
colourful but also done for tourists only, so if you want
anything except fancy sunglasses or fashion clothes, you're better off
going to Clifton Beach Shopping
Village. Update 2014
- As you see from the above, I used to not think much of Palm Cove (I
sometimes quickly make my mind up about touristic places). Until I
actually spent some time there. Not a few days, but weeks, and a few times.
I am still not sayng that it is not a concrete jungle, but it is a nice
The beach really is very
relaxing and beautiful, and fishing can be pretty good
from the jetty.
On the beachfront are
barbeques and picnic tables - a great place to have a
dinner for a change instead of your hotel balcony.
The restaurants are very
good (which I didn't doubt before), another great
alternative to your hotel balcony.
And more than anything, because I am a bit of an exercise junky ...
I now properly discovered the beach
walk to Kewarra,
which is great, and long enough even for the worst walking
addicts - but can be a little hard to find.
Well you cannot walk all
the way from the Palm Cove beach, not on high tide anyway,
because there is a creek mouth.
You have to go to Triton Street, and keep walking along the path in the
end of it, ...
... which first crosses the creek on a bridge, and then goes past the Sea Temple Resort.
Once you are past the resort, it doesn't look like there is anything,
but the walk turns left
towards the beach and continues along the fence of the
... then through a melaleuca swamp,
... until you come to a
crossroad of a few paths (from here you can also take
shorter walks to a playground and a fitness centre),
... and if you turn left
you come to the beach.
It is a nice walk along the beach,
in the northern end
of Clifton beach you have to avoid
another creek mouth by a short walk along the streets.
that the path takes you
out to Clifton Beach
which in beautiful.
If you still have enough energy you can walk all the way to the creek mouth at Kewarra Beach.
There is no easy way around this one, and no point either, as this stretch of beaches ends at
of these destinations (like Port
Douglas), where accommodation
is not only somewhere to stay but part of your holiday experience.
are luxury and they have everything.
Most are in the main street
where you are right on the beach front. But being
a small suburb, even
if you are not right on the water front, the beach is never
Beach This is a
complex right on the beach front.
There are two and three room
apartments and studio rooms. All have spas and fully equipped
Funky interior, private balconies, and views over the pool
and the beach.
Close to the life-guarded beach, shops and restaurants.
This is a very luxury apartment complex - right on the
It is about 20 minutes
drive from central Cairns. The rooms have the
usual - kitchenettes and large balconies with beautiful views of the
beach and the ocean.
There is a swimming pool, a restaurant, a tour
desk and bicycle rental.
Palm Cove Apartments
Elysium Palm Cove apartments are well equipped with ultra modern
fast internet, satellite TV, CD and DVD player.
The rooms have private
balconies, and there is a bar, a swimming pool, laundry service and
off street parking.
It is not right on the beach front but not far.
Island Views is in the middle of the Esplanade in Palm Cove.
16 beachfront apartments with fully equipped kitchens, large living
areas, balconies with great views over the beachfront and the ocean;
plasma TVs, CD and DVD players, laundry facilities and
Marlin Waters Beachfront is right on the beachfront.
apartments have kitchenettes, large living areas and
large balconies with great ocean views.
There is a tour desk,
off-street parking, massage and a beauty centre. The beach is only
across the street.
Cove Tropic Apartments
Those apartments are a little back from the beachfront but still close
to the beach.
There are one and two bedroom fully self contained
apartments with large balconies or patios, well equipped
Outside is a swimming pool, a BBQ area, tropical
gardens and off street parking.
on the Beach
luxury resort has one and two bedroom apartments as well as studios.
All have shady balconies while some have full kitchen facilities and
others have kitchenettes with tea and coffee making facilities.
is a bar, a
restaurant and a pool in the lush tropical gardens.
luxury apartments are not far from the beachfront in Palm Cove.
have private balconies, cable/satellite TVs, kitchen facilities, CD and
DVD players and internet.
There is a massage and beauty centre, fitness
facilities, a spa and a swimming pool in tropical gardens.
These Moroccan themed apartments are only one block
back from the Esplanade.
have one or two bedrooms and bathrooms, fully equipped kitchens, and
living and dining areas opening to private balconies or patio areas.
There is an inground swimming pool, and off street parking.
Paradiso Beachfront Apartments
Villa Paradiso Beachfront is located on the beachfront, amongst
There are large one, two and three bedroom
self contained apartments with patios or balconies that all face the
There is a spa and a swimming pool, even a separate one
Hotels are excellent places to stay.
is a destination where
is so good it is not just somewhere to stay but part of the reason to go. There are
a lot of hotels,
and holiday apartments
in this little suburb about 20 minutes drive north of Cairns, on the
northernmost one of Cairns
Mantra Amphora has rooms with spas, coffee and tea making facilities,
TVs, in room movies, high speed internet, room service and connecting
rooms. There is a restaurant,
a bar, a swimming pool (a separate kids pool as well), a
Jacuzzi, massage and a fitness room.
Cove Beach Sarayi Hotel
The Sarayi is right on the beachfront in Palm Cove. There is a spa, a
rooftop swimming pool, a restaurant and internet connection.
cable and satellite TVs, room service and kitchenettes with coffee and
tea making facilities.
Airport shuttle is also available.
The Reef Retreat is one block back from the beachfront in Palm
There are 36
studios, suites, spa suites and villas with kitchenettes, separate
living areas, bedrooms, bathrooms and private balconies.
This low rise
complex is in lush tropical gardens with a swimming pool, a bar and a
Sebel Reef House
resort style four and a half star Palm Cove hotel is located on the
The rooms have kitchenettes, TVs, DVD players, large beds
and private bathrooms and verandahs. There is a swimming pool, a spa,
jacuzzi and an on-site restaurant.
in Palm Cove
resorts are great places to stay.
destination with so much
accommodation, and not just any accommodation - it's mosly
luxury resorts, hotels
and holiday apartments.
Most are on the beachfront
and only a short stroll to the shopping
centre and all the beachfront restaurants.
Angsana has suites with kitchenettes with coffee makers,
and mini bars; flat screen TVs, spa baths and private ensuites. There
is a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, massage and a fitness and beauty centre,
babysitting, 24hr room service, valet parking, onsite bar and
restaurant, and a private beach.
This is a large nice resort in the southern end of
Palm Cove beach.
It has studios as well as one and two bedroom
apartments with ocean views.
The rooms are fully self contained with
kitchens, bathrooms, balconies and living areas.
There is a
large swimming pool, a gym, a business centre and parking.
Resort Palm Cove
This resort is right on the beach front in Palm Cove.
There are 24
fully self contained apartments with TVs, internet, and a
kitchenette with fridge, microwave
and tea and coffee making facililites.
There is a large swimming pool,
spa and a tour desk, and off street parking.
This four star resort has rooms with private balconies, kitchenettes,
mini bars, CD and DVD players, safe deposit boxes, cable / satellite
TVs and room service.
There is a gym, a beauty
centre, a sauna, two swimming pools, tennis courts, a golf course, a
bar and two
at Palm Cove Resort
Oasis at Palm Cove has luxury one, two and three bedroom
fully equipped kitchens including dishwashers and wall owens, two
bathrooms, large balconies and private laundries.
BBQs, a swimming pool and a spa in large tropcal gardens.
Beach Club Resort
Peppers Beach Club is on the beach front in Palm Cove. It has
one and two
room penthouses with rooftop terraces as well as more luxury spa rooms
There is a restaurant, a swim-up pool bar, a lobby bar, BBQ
areas, massage, a gym, a tennis court, and great views.
Sea Temple is not on the beachfront, but only a walking
It has rooms with kitchenettes, TVs, CD and DVD players, in room movies
and mini bars.
In the gardens there are a few pools, restaurants, a day
spa and a
Villas Palm Cove
The Villas is not on the beachfront, but it has one major
advantage - your
own private swimming pool, and in some villas, your own private spa.
There is a large lap pool as well, and a BBQ area. Villas have one to
four bedrooms and are fully self contained.
It is AAA four star rated.
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