Palm Cove is located 27 kms, 30-minute drive, north of Cairns. Its beach is lined with Palm Trees and centuries old Melaleuca trees.
Right along the beachfront is a narrow parkland with a continuous concrete pathway. The park is dotted with accessible picnic tables and BBQ facilities. At the northern end of the town is a jetty. The jetty is a popular land-based fishing location for both visitors and locals with a large variety of species caught from it. The jetty is concrete with low sides making it suitable for wheelchair users. Access to the jetty is level from the asphalt car park with designated disabled parking.
A narrow road runs the length of the town between the park and the shops and accommodation. The town strip is lined with cafes and restaurants, nearly all of which provide level or ramped access giving a wide choice of dining cuisine and budgets.
Halfway along the strip is the surf lifesaving club. A stinger net is deployed. The club has a fully floating “mobi” beach chair that is available free of charge from the lifesavers on duty. Users are required to sign a waiver form before use. The chair is stored below the lifesaving observation box. Access to the beach can be made either side of the lifesaving station. There is approximately 30 feet of soft sand to negotiate before reaching the hard-packed sand at the high water mark. The beach is very sheltered with a gentle slope into the water. At this stage, there is no beach matting available at Palm Cove. The number 110 Sunbus from Cairns City will drop you right at the surf lifesaving club and is wheelchair accessible.
Palm Cove makes an excellent day trip for beachgoers or fishermen.