Beaching it Up at Palm Cove Beach in Australia

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In Queensland and only a 30 minute ride from Cairns, exists one of Australia’s cleanest beaches – Palm Cove Beach. The beach has won it’s reputation by not only staying clean, but hosting clean-ups on a regular basis. The local town takes care of their beach and therefore, we travelers see it in its’ best condition!

palm cove beach

You need to rent a car, no doubt about it. Car rentals go for about $55 per day in Cairns and you drive on the left side. Be careful of the round-abouts if you’re not used to them, there are many on the way up north.

Palm Cove Beach has a nice town right across the street with restaurants and shops. The beach is lengthy too – 1.5 kilometers, so you have space to spread out and walk. It is free to enter and it is beautiful!

palm cove

One negative is that crocodiles do live in the waters!


And so do jellyfish when the season comes – usually October through June.


The beach may be long, but when jellyfish come, there is a netted section and that is the only spot you can swim in! It was not busy as you can see even though it was a weekend. I believe the locals know so they drive off to a different beach when tourists come flocking as this is their summer season.

teeny beach for swim

Without the animals getting in the way, spending a day on Palm Cove Beach is so fun. There is a pier you can walk down and fish off of. Gaze back at the sand and clear waters from a distance. Find a palm tree and set yourself down underneath it. Then grab seafood afterwards. Relaxation in paradise.

palm cove pier




palm cove trees

Have you visited Palm Cove Beach?

This post is part of the #SundayTraveler series:

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2 Replies to “Beaching it Up at Palm Cove Beach in Australia”

  1. Yikes crocodiles and jelly fish. Doesn’t sound fun. It does look like a lovely place for beach activities though!

  2. Nothing worse than a litter-strewn beach; this one looks really nice! Cheers to sunny days 🙂

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