Palm Cove is a gloriously quiet resort which sometimes feels like just one street of hotels, although it does in fact straggle a little way inland from the beach.
The sea-facing esplanade is a quiet road with traffic humps to ensure little risk from speeding vehicles. Beyond it stands a string of hotels and small cafes with one split-level arcade of shops and restaurants cutting back from the beach so that it barely impinges on the scenery.
The streets are lined with grand melaneucas (paperback trees), which all but hide even those hotels taller than a palm tree. Not a place to come if you're in search of wild nightlife, but perfect for a romantic getaway.
This resort is suited for couples of all ages. It is probably a bit too quiet for families with young children, although Cairns is within easy reach during the day.
The accommodation is mostly quite upmarket, but a less pricey seafront option is available.
Palm Cove is in the far north of Queensland (16 mls N of Cairns along a good road. Nearest airport is Cairns International 14 mls). It is situated on Coral Sea facing the Great Barrier Reef and its islands, Palm Cove is a small sandy bay, backed by the Great Dividing Range.