Outdoor Activities in Palm Cove

By Viator, October 2013

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Palm Cove is ideal place to stay when visiting the Cairns region in tropical north Queensland: close enough to take part in all the action, but far enough away to feel like you’ve found your own slice of paradise. Staying in Palm Cove and want to know some of the best outdoor activities in the area? We’ve got you covered.

The World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest lies right on the doorstep of Palm Cove. Lush, tropical trees and shrubs, iconic native Australian wildlife, and deep gorges combine to create the ultimate outdoor experience. Be sure not to miss Mossman Gorge when visiting the Daintree. A guided tour will give you information about the cultural history of the gorge, as well as a rundown of bush foods and medicines in the area.

Cruise the Daintree River to spot crocodiles and see the abundant birdlife, and make sure to stop in at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas to see rare and endangered Australian species like the Cassowary and tree-kangaroo, and some more well-known natives such as koalas, crocodiles and native birds. For more of an adventure-filled day, a 4WD Tour of the Daintree will take you off the beaten track, or try your hand at ziplining through the rainforest to really get your adrenaline levels up.

The Atherton Tablelands lie just over 100km from Palm Cove, but the drive is well worth it. An eco tour of the area will see you exploring the rainforest and waterfalls, spotting endangered tree kangaroos and platypus, marvelling at some of Australia’s tallest trees, and exploring the castle-like ruins of Paronella Park. A lake in an extinct volcano crater and swimming at the base of Millaa Millaa Falls complete this amazing outdoor experience.

To really get a feel for the landscapes of the tropical far north, a full day horse riding or ATV adventure will take you through rainforest, mangroves and sugar cane fields – not to mention along a beach or two! Spot plenty of native birdlife, and perhaps even a crocodile whilst taking in the variety of landscapes the region has to offer.

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Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation and Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary Day Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 165 Reviews

Travel from Cairns or Port Douglas along one of Australia's most scenic coastal roads to Cape Tribulation in World Heritage-listed Daintree National Park. ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Palm Cove or Port Douglas, Australia
Duration: 10 - 11 hours

From USD $125.49

Daintree Rainforest Zipline and Wildlife Habitat Day Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 16 Reviews

Zipline through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest and get up close to native Australian wildlife on a fun-filled day trip from Cairns, Palm ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $181.52

Cairns Night Zoo Safari and Barbecue Dinner

4.5 star rating: Recommended 74 Reviews

It's all happening at Cairns Night Zoo when the sun goes down! You'll feast on a typical Australian barbecue, spot wildlife by torchlight, do some stargazing ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Palm Cove or Port Douglas, Australia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $82.87

Atherton Tablelands, Paronella Park and Millaa Millaa Waterfall Circuit Eco-Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Discover the high-elevation landscapes of the Atherton and Southern tablelands on a rainforest and waterfalls excursion from Cairns. Spot rare kangaroos and ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $144.43

Daintree Rainforest and Mossman Gorge Eco-Tour

Hear Aboriginal legends from the Dreamtime at the new Mossman Gorge Gateway Centre and spot crocodiles on the Daintree River on this full-day tour into the ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $146.80

Cairns Tropical Zoo Wildlife Encounter

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Discover tropical Australia’s unique wildlife on a guided tour of Cairns Tropical Zoo. On this professionally led, interactive tour of the zoo’s top five ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $98.65

Daintree and Cape Tribulation Tour from Cairns

4.5 star rating: Recommended 45 Reviews

Travel in air-conditioned comfort in your luxury purpose-built vehicle to Cape Tribulation; through some of the oldest rainforest in the world. Enjoy an ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Northern Beaches, Palm Cove or Port Douglas, Australia
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $151.53

Hartley's Crocodile Adventure Half-Day Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 23 Reviews

Explore Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures, an award-winning eco-tourism attraction located between Cairns and Port Douglas. Cruise the wetlands to see crocodiles ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Northern Beaches or Palm Cove area
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $71.03

Cairns Tropical Zoo Morning Tour including Breakfast

4.5 star rating: Recommended 25 Reviews

Treat yourself to a morning at Cairns Tropical Zoo and enjoy a fully cooked breakfast at the Koala Cafe. The animals enjoy their breakfast beside the cafe as ...  Read more

Location: Cairns or Palm Cove, Australia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $43.41

Horse Riding Tour from Cairns

4 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

Explore sugarcane fields, rainforest and mangroves on a horse-riding tour from Cairns, Palm Cove or the Northern Beaches. Perfect for beginners or experienced ...  Read more

Location: Cairns and Palm Cove
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $98.65

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