Cairns' Northern Beaches
A 26 kilometre sweep of golden sands, blue waters and palm trees, and with the Great Barrier Reef providing a natural barrier from dangerous surf so common to many beaches, Cairns' Northern Beaches are considered to have the best beach and bathing conditions in the region. Add to that warm seas and a backdrop of rainforest clad mountains and one could be forgiven for believing this is paradise.
Closest to Cairns city centre, Machans Beach and Holloways Beach have a definite funky atmosphere, and are favourites with the locals more so than the tourists. Both of these beaches have been subject to some erosion and are very narrow.
Separated from Holloways Beach by a narrow channel and a large sand bar, Yorkeys Knob is much larger than it's southerly counterparts. Yorkeys Knob features an excellent marina, yacht club and golf course and is the closest beach to the service centre of Smithfield, and also to the world class attractions of Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. Yorkeys Knob is a very popular beach for water sports such as jet skiing, wind surfing and kite surfing, due to the southeasterly winds hitting the beach on a sharp angle.
Trinity Beach is a palm fringed banana-shaped cove framed by twin headlands and offers excellent holiday apartments by the sea with the road along the beachfront is entirely dedicated to tourist resorts, restaurants and cafes. Very popular with the Cairns locals, it has a selection of shops and beach hire equipment. The beach is lined with picnic tables and barbecues that are free to use, making it a great place for a family outing or an afternoon get-together with friends.
Kewarra Beach is world renowned for its eco-friendly resort, set well back off the highway. Approximately 20 minutes north of Cairns city, it is predominantly reserved for the locals - not because it is not as worthy as its rivals such as Palm Cove and Trinity Beach, or difficult to access. To the contrary, Cairns locals have bought all the property at this beach because it is so private and idyllic, leaving very little room for tourism development.
Kewarra is at the southern end of a large stretch of sand that takes in Palm Cove and Clifton Beach. It is completely protected from the southeasterly swell by a rocky headland, and a large shallow sandbank fills most of the bay. Clifton Beach is rapidly developing as a prime residential suburb and is sought after by the locals; whereas Palm Cove has proved to be very popular amongst those who appreciate the laid back village ambience.
Dangerous Marine Stingers are present at Queensland beaches from October to June, and 'stinger' resistant enclosures are recommended and are in use at Holloways, Yorkeys Knob, Trinity, Kewarra, Palm Cove and Ellis Beaches.
Palm Cove, an inaugural winner of Australia's Cleanest Beach, is a palm-fringed golden sandy shore lined with majestic melaleuca trees standing tall against a striking backdrop of magnificent rainforest covered mountains. Casual yet sophisticated, Palm Cove is a magical destination offering the best of both worlds. Rivaling the ever popular world renowned Long Beach or Venice Beach in California, the charming tropical village of Palm Cove comes quietly of age with award-winning restaurants and superb new holiday accommodation options. The beach is arguably the most pristine of all Cairns' Northern Beaches, and it offers picnic tables and free barbecues along its entire length. At the northern end of the beach is a long jetty, described as the
most expensive fishing platform in the world by local politicians.
Palm Cove has emerged as the 'Spa Capital of Australia' with a plethora of internationally recognised wellbeing spas offering a truly refreshing experience in indoor and outdoor pavilions overlooking the magnificent Coral Sea
Accolades abound for the Angsana Spa and The Reef House Spa including 3rd and 2nd in the Conde Nast Traveller UK Readers’ Spa Awards for 2009 and 2010, and a nomi
nations in the World Luxury Spa Awards 2011, as well as Reef House Spa being voted # 1 Spa in Australasia & South Pacific and in the Top Best 10 SPAS in the WORLD by Conde' Nast Traveller UK. Each spa is singular it its atmosphere and choice of product and this ensures a high level of diversity and treatments available to all guests who visit the village. The spas add to the dimension of a relaxing seaside holiday in this charming seaside village.
The village ambience and the amazing natural beauty of Palm Cove has been a magnet for artists for many years and at the jetty end of the beach, near the corner of Cedar Road is the Village Gallery, Palm Cove's longest established art venue. S
et in an idyllic location overlooking the beach and Double Island, the gallery displays the cream of local art work.
The gallery has always promoted the works of local artists, and you will find stunning paintings of local scenes by foremost Palm Cove painter, Ian Stephens. In addition to the works of local artists focusing on nature and wildlife, the Village Gallery seeks out the best of Australian wildlife art with works by award-winning artists.
At the southern end of Williams Esplanade, in the Drift complex, Anna & Paul La Fontaine recently opened Pandanus Gallery and have combined their deep interest and knowledge in Aboriginal art with a 'sea change' where they can gaze across the road to the beach out to the Coral Sea.
Anna has had an extensive career in the arts and Paul's business career had spanned many industries including the arts, but it is their love of Aboriginal art and an avid interest in the indigenous culture that has seen them want to expand strong and transparent relationships with remote Aboriginal art communities; and wherever possible to source works for the gallery from Aboriginal owned community art centres throughout Australia.
When the shopping is done and it is time to come in out of the sun, Palm Cove offers a superb selection of restaurants and dining options. The many small beachfront cafés, bars and excellent restaurants, with a variety of international flavours, offer light or five star à la carte menus, where you can dine al fresco under the stars with the most beautiful beachfront views.
The Après Beach Bar is light and lively with varied entertainment most nights, and six restaurants in the village are listed in Australia Gourmet Travellers Restaurant Guide - The Top 200 Restaurants in Australia, so whatever your expectations, Palm Cove will step up to meet them.
Regular scheduled bus services operate between the Northern Beaches and Cairns city centre, and many tour operators include pickups from Northern Beaches accommodation. Palm Cove jetty is also a pickup point for three of the reef cruises operators on their way out to the Great Barrier Reef.
Annie's Ladies Boutique
It's all about you! ... In sizes 8 to 28!
An eclectic selection of ladies fashion from clever casuals to pretty party wear, cheeky to romantic, corporate, or lunch with the girls.
With a choice of extensive sizes and the use of natural soft fabrics and blends, the clever lady will not only look fantastic; she will feel fabulous.
Après Beach Bar & Grill
Great food, atmosphere and entertainment
Steaks, seafood, pasta, laksa, curries, vegetarian & children's menu.
Local and international beers
Live music 6 nights of the week
Live entertainment Sunday on the deck
Karaoke Saturday nights
60s 70s 80s party hits with resident DJ
Pub Quiz Tuesday nights
"Palm Cove's Most Inspired Dining" - Lonely Planet
Right on The Esplanade, and with a view overlooking the Coral Sea, a renovated 1950s beach house is where you will find Beach Almond Restaurant featuring fresh and healthy East-West cuisine, prepared by passionate chefs.
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Evert Fine Jewellery - Palm Cove
Over 40 years of dedication to the Australian jewellery and opal industry has equipped this family owned and operated retail company with the knowledge and expertise to showcase one of Australia's largest range of quality opal and fine jewellery.
Everts offer honest, professional and friendly service, complete with a dependable worldwide guarantee.
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Palm Cove Village Store
Supermarket & Deli
All the daily essentials: milk, bread, cereals, drinks
Great deli range of imported cheeses, nibbles & meats
Mini pharmacy, sunglasses, sunscreens, hats, cosmetics
Mobile rechargers, currency exchange, smoking products
Anna & Paul La Fontaine founded Pandanus Gallery in 2009. Anna has had an extensive career in the arts culminating in an involvement in the field over the past several years. Paul’s business career has spanned many industries including the arts but his love of Aboriginal art and avid interest in the indigenous culture has seen him become a keen student of the vast subject.
Village Gallery Palm Cove
On the esplanade at beautiful Palm Cove, the Village Gallery showcases a diverse collection of original artwork and prints depicting local fauna and scenery.
Paintings by local artist, Ian Stephens, portray the vibrant blues and greens of the tropical coastline, reef and rainforests; as well as the more muted hues of the iconic Queenslander dwellings in the north.
A wide selection of...Read more...