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

4.5 star rating: Recommended 248 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: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $128.60
Daintree Rainforest Zipline and Wildlife Habitat Day Trip, Cairns & the Tropical North, Day ... 
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Daintree Rainforest Zipline and Wildlife Habitat Day Trip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 42 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 $181.86
ATV Quad Bike Tour from Cairns, Cairns & the Tropical North, Adrenaline & Extreme
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ATV Quad Bike Tour from Cairns

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

Zoom through amazing off-road and dirt trails on a guided ATV tour from Cairns, Palm Cove or the Northern Beaches. Your fantastic guide will ensure that you ...  Read more

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

From USD $98.92
Daintree and Cape Tribulation Tour from Cairns, Cairns & the Tropical North, 4WD, ATV & ... 
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Daintree and Cape Tribulation Tour from Cairns

4.5 star rating: Recommended 54 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 $154.47
Hartley's Crocodile Adventure Half-Day Tour, Cairns & the Tropical North, Day Trips
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventure Half-Day Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 27 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 $70.77
Full-day Horse Riding and ATV Tour from Cairns, Cairns & the Tropical North, Nature & Wildlife
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Full-day Horse Riding and ATV Tour from Cairns

4 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Enjoy a day of nature, horseback riding and ATV quad bike riding on this full-day tour from Cairns, Palm Cove or the Northern Beaches. Perfect if you only have ...  Read more

Location: Cairns or Palm Cove, Australia
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $148.38
Horse Riding Tour from Cairns, Cairns & the Tropical North, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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Horse Riding Tour from Cairns

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 13 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 $95.12

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