Towering palm trees stretch high above, fronds waving in the gentle breeze. You can feel the heat of the sun reach the back of your neck while the humidity hangs thick in the air, forming a thin film of sweat on your brow. You’re looking for respite in the form of an icy cold mango smoothie or a refreshing dip in a freshwater swimming hole – but where you are, you can have both.

Welcome to the wet tropics of Queensland and where else is better to start your Far North Queensland itinerary than in Palm Cove.

We based ourselves at the luxurious Pullman Resort in Palm Cove which had everything that we could possibly think of to create the perfect trip and lasting memories. From poolside cocktails, to roof top spas it was the perfect getaway from months living in our caravan. We spent our mornings indulging in a delicious buffet breakfast, exploring the surrounding areas and then relaxing at the spa, followed by a delicious dinner at their onsite restaurant.

10 Things to see and do while staying at the Pullman in Palm Cove

  1. What’s beautifully convenient about Palm Cove is that the village is centred around Williams Esplanade, a stunning stretch of coastline fringed with Melaleuca trees, cafes, boutiques, and alluring beach nooks to explore. All you need are sunnies and a hat, and you’re good to go.
  2. Book in a spa treatment or massage at the Vie spa, located at the Pullman Palm Cove. I tried the hydrating facial and it was just what my skin needed after many long hot days in the sun while travelling Australia. I felt completely relaxed and may have even started to doze off towards the end.
  3. A beachfront barbecue at sunset is one of the best free things to do in Palm Cove. With superb uninterrupted views of the Coral Sea, perfect evening temps and a sizzling hot plate you couldn’t possibly go wrong. Remember to take a beach towel, some steaks, a few cold drinks, the all essential tongs and you’re on!
  4. If you don’t feel like cooking, head to the Temple of taste with meals inspired by South East Asia. We couldn’t decided on one meal each so ended up trying most items on the menu, it was beyond delicious.
  5. A trip to Far North Queensland isn’t complete without visiting the mighty Great Barrier Reef. Book one of the many snorkelling/diving tours that can pick you up from out the front of the Pullman resort.
  6. Just a 10-minute boat ride from Palm Cove Jetty, Double Island is a hidden treasure. Pacific Water Sports offers half-day tours. Join the Sunrise Kayak Turtle Tour to paddle over to Double Island Reef to greet green and hawksbill sea turtles, before pulling up on Double Island itself to explore it further.
  7. Go waterfall hopping and visit one of the many fresh water swimming spots nearby. We think that Mossman gorge and Crystal Cascades are the perfect half day trips. The formation of glistening granite boulders, flowing creeks and tumbling cascades makes for a wonderful day out. Both spots are hidden under the rainforest canopies keeping the water cool all year round.
  8. With a focus on sustainable, local, quality handmade products, the Palm Cove Markets have a reputation for being one of Tropical North Queensland’s best community markets. With over 130 stalls stretched across Williams Esplanade and entertainment alongside beachside scenery, it’s a market experience unlike anything you’re used to at home. Held on the first Sunday of every month.
  9. As you’ll discover at Palm Cove’s restaurants, the seafood here is exceptional and you can get involved too. The Palm Cove Jetty is a great fishing spot, with plenty of Spanish mackerel, cod, whiting, and flathead to be caught.
  10. Spend the day lounging by the massive resort pool at the Pullman Palm Cove, order poolside cocktails, burgers and nibbles.

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