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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Australian Restaurant
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“its an easy walk there and back from apt, has live music, karaoke, food and happy hour, chicken sate pizza is the best.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Peppers Beach Club and Spa restaurant. A la cart lunch and dinner or buffet breakfast by the beach.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Sports Bar
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“Great cheap drinks, amazing views, good food, live music pool tables pokies and poker nights”
  • 5 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Palm Cove is a 25-minute drive north of Cairns and has developed into an exclusive resort and Spa destination with a range of Award Winning local Day Spas. This beautiful destination has attracted passionate restauranters and Palm Cove restaurants have won Gourmet Traveller magazine awards and many of the restaurants face the beach. Absolutely perfect for diniing at any time. Fashion boutiques and galleries also run along the beachfront. Palm Cove Beach CairnsThis tropical seaside village has an excellent new surf lifesaver club on the beach with a fabulous family friendly restaurant. Palm Cove Beach is the North's most popular wedding beach with many weddings taking place every weekend. Angsana has a beachfront chapel at the Southern end of the beach. If you would like to arrange your wedding on this beach there are four zones that can be booked through the Cairns Regional Council for a very small fee. There is a very popular jetty ideal for local fishermen who regularly catch mackerel, Giant Trevally or "G.Ts" and shark. Next door to the Palm Cove Watersports near the jetty is a Food Van. The chap here rents out fishing equipment if you feel like throwing in a line. Palm Cove Watersports offers sunrise and morning kayaking tours. The morning tour is a longer tour and circumnavigates Double Island and Scouts Hat. Depending on conditions there is also sometimes an afternoon tour. The beach is within a very long cove that stretches all the way to Kewarra Beach making it perfect for long walks. Joggers, walkers and cyclists love the tropical lifestyle and beautiful scenery. In 2014 the Iron Man Cairns started at Palm Cove Beach. This is a fabulous location for a large event with the beach providing a natural theatre to watch the action. Shady palm trees line the beach and clusters of beautiful Melaleuca trees shelter the resorts. Beach shacks, restaurants and 5 star resorts line the beachfront. T ”
  • 4 locals recommend
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Point of Interest
“There are several beaches north of Cairns, closest are Machans, Holloways, Yorkeys Knob. Palm Cove is about 25 minutes away and is the best with great restaurants and shops and the beach is beautiful. Choose another beach if it is breezy.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Beach
“Palm Cove is the next suburb north of Clifton Beach. Bristling with restaurants, bars, boutique shops, tour companies, and spas, it is a great place to visit and you can get there by walking along the beach, which we highly recommend. If you drive over, parking can be hard to find on the beach front but you can generally find something if you look a few streets back”
  • 52 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“If you need to send off a Postcard, Birthday Card or just to buy a stamp there is an Australia Post outlet at Palm Cove!”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
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“Dimitri & Natasha deliver on wonderful fresh traditional Greek cuisine in a busy friendly atmosphere, such a great place to sit and chill.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“More a shop than an Art Gallery I guess but Paul and Anna have a genuinely deep understanding of Aboriginal Art. It is all original and consequently is not within everybody's price range.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 2 locals recommend
Pharmacy
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“Delicious pizza to eat in or take away. Thin crust. May be a little more expensive than the usual pizza but well worth the price. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Hotel
“If you need to pick up a few items like snacks, drinks, nibbles or you have forgotten any toiletries this little Store will help you out!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“If you are craving seafood, Neptune's is the place to go. Lee Vale, the chef is known as the 'marinara king'.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Café
“The best coffee in Palm Cove, great breakfasts and lunches, healthy options, great staff”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“You can get great Thai food here. Lovely to eat-in or very convenient for take away. Generally, we find that one main meal is almost enough for two once you have rice and roti. We love the mild green curry chicken - has lots of vegetables too.”
  • 3 locals recommend