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Situated between Cairns and Port Douglas in tropical north Queensland, this beach suburb is a short hop from two of Australia’s greatest natural wonders: the Great Barrier Reef and the UNESCO-listed Daintree Rain Forest, both of which set the stage for adventure. Here are your options for outdoor activities in Palm Cove.

Horseback Riding
The landscape surrounding Palm Cove is dominated by rain forest, and one of the best ways to explore it is on horseback. Follow trails through jungle, mangrove forests, and sugarcane fields. With no loud engine to drown out the noises of nature or spook animals, horseback riding is also an excellent means of wildlife-viewing. Keep your eyes peeled for birds and crocodiles. 

ATV and 4WD Tours
For high-speed thrills, opt for an ATV (all-terrain vehicle) tour. Prepare to get a little muddy as you steer your way around off-road dirt trails. If you’d rather leave the driving to someone else, join a four-wheel drive tour of the Barron Gorge National Park and Kuranda National Park, which make up part of the Wet Tropics of Queensland, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Ziplining
Palm Cove is within easy reach of the Australian rain forest, which supports an incredible array of wildlife and plant species. For a bird’s-eye view of this lush and verdant tropical ecosystem, which encompasses a vast range of forest and swamp habitats, opt for a zipline tour and careen over the forest canopy. 

Cruises
A short boat crossing from the mainland provides access to the remote sand and coral cays of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Relax on board a luxury catamaran and listen to commentary from a marine biologist as you travel to uninhabited islands such as the Low Isles or Michaelmas Cay. Many day tours include the opportunity to view local marine life, whether by snorkeling, scuba diving, or glass-bottom boat. Day trips along the Daintree River are also available and offer the chance to bird-watch and spot crocs amid the mangrove estuaries.
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Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Palm Cove

Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Palm Cove

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Embark on a full-day adventure to the rain forest village of Kuranda and delve into the rich history of Tropical North Queensland. Travel to and from Palm Cove aboard the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway and the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, which lets you soar through the treetops on a gondola. In Kuranda, choose from a variety of itineraries to suit your interests, such as a visit to the Tjupakai Aboriginal Cultural Park and wildlife counters with koalas, butterflies and kangaroos.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$124.52
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures General Entry Ticket

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures General Entry Ticket

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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures is the only wildlife park here that offers a boat cruise as part of the admission fee. We also have our Gallery of Living Art where you will see many different Reptiles, marvel at the Komodo Dragon and giant reticulated python. Cassowary walk, see the new Cotton Top Tamarin monkeys, many crocodile displays, also an insight into our crocodile farm and how it contributes to the conservation of wild crocodiles and their habitat. Free flight aviaries. See koalas & wombats. Gondwana Gateway 'bridge between two worlds' The interpretative signage explains how isolation and adaption shaped our unique fauna over time. Educational wildlife presentations including, our snakes, crocodile attack display, crocodile farm tour, cassowary feeding and more. Sit back and relax and enjoy a delicious meal in Lilies Restaurant overlooking Hartley’s Lagoon (own expense) and find that perfect gift in the Paperbark Gift Shop.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$29.46
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures Day Trip from Palm Cove

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures Day Trip from Palm Cove

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Enjoy a fun-filled family day out at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Queensland. This self-guided tour includes hotel pickup and round-trip transfers from Palm Cove, plus full-day all-access tickets to the wildlife park. During your visit, set sail on a cruise around Hartley's Lagoon, take a tour of the crocodile farm, and watch the crocodile, wallaby, and koala feedings.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$54.37
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Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Day Trip from Palm Cove

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Day Trip from Palm Cove

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Spend a day immersed in the beauty and culture of Tropical North Queensland. Departing from Palm Cove, glide above the coastal canopy in a gondola during a ride on Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. When you arrive in the mountain village of Kuranda, choose from a variety of activities including a visit to Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, wildlife encounters at Rainforestation Nature Park and hand-feeding feathered friends at Birdworld. You’ll also catch a ride on the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway that winds through waterfall gorges and World Heritage-listed rain forest.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$124.52
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures Entry Ticket and Breakfast with the Koalas

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures Entry Ticket and Breakfast with the Koalas

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Start the day the Australian way, up close and personal with a national icon, as you savor breakfast with the koalas. Fill up with hearty Australian fare on the deck overlooking Hartley’s Lagoon as a wildlife keeper introduces a koala. Once you’re done, look for crocodiles as you cruise the wetland lagoon. Your package includes full access to all the animal attractions at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$46.70
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Sunrise Paddleboarding Group Lesson at Palm Cove Beach

Sunrise Paddleboarding Group Lesson at Palm Cove Beach

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• You will meet your guide at the south end of Palm Cove Beach. There, you will have a short land based introduction and head on the water for some awesome fun. • You will learn how to paddle, be secure and balance easily, how to stand on the board, how to turn and how to fall safely. • All equipment and instruction included • Paddle along scenic Palm Cove Beach with a gorgeous view of the rainforest in the background.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$33.16
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World Heritage Highlights: Reef/Daintree/Cape Tribulation

World Heritage Highlights: Reef/Daintree/Cape Tribulation

Unique, breathtaking and totally immersive, this is the ultimate Reef & Rainforest experience. Commencing with a spectacular reef-scenic helicopter flight, marvel at the vibrant colours and sheer expanse of the Great Barrier Reefs thriving coral gardens before touching down in the heart of the oldest continually existing wet tropical rainforest on earth – the Daintree National Park. Your day includes morning tea; tropical BBQ lunch set amongst the rainforest; 1-hour Daintree River Cruise; Alexandra Range Lookout; elevated boardwalk tour; refreshing rainforest swim; exotic fruit tasting, Billy Tea and Damper and a walk on famous Cape Tribulation beach – where Rainforest meets the Reef.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$862.16
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Exclusive Double Island Boat Tours from Palm Cove

Exclusive Double Island Boat Tours from Palm Cove

This is an exclusive private custom tour for small groups of people. Every Tour is 100% private, therefore completely flexible. You have a choice of : Kayaking, Standup Paddleboarding, Snorkelling, Sightseeing by boat and exploring around Double Island.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$72.95
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$72.95

Mossman Gorge Adventure Day

Mossman Gorge Adventure Day

We spend more time in the rainforest than any other tour! Immerse yourself in a rainforest experience like no other. Beginning the day at a secret location on the Mossman River for our one of a kind River Drift Snorkelling tour; searching for turtles, water dragons and the elusive platypus. After a well earned lunch, enjoy a traditional Kuku Yalanji smoking ceremony at the Mossman Gorge; you’ll be cleansed of bad spirits and have traditional rainforest body paint applied. Exploring the Daintree National Park at an easy pace, this interpretive 1.5hr walk, will leave you with a deeper understanding of this breath-taking rainforest. A Daintree adventure not to be missed!
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$172.43
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Wooroonooran National Park Rainforest and Wildlife Day Trip from Cairns

Wooroonooran National Park Rainforest and Wildlife Day Trip from Cairns

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Wooroonooran specialises in travelling to lesser known, but equally magnificent regions, which means we visit areas with less crowds and have more time in each location. We offer itineraries which includes World Heritage Rainforest walks, Crocodile viewing, bird watching, swimming opportunities and always provide a delicious meal as part of our tours. We aim to provides more of a first hand natural experience and provide guests more time immersed in the natural environment. Lifelong memories are created to take back home with them. We offer the unique advantage in Cairns. We specialise in supplying the following language speaking drivers, English, French, German, Spanish and Italian.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$157.34
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Green Island Day Trip from Cairns with Beaches Transfers

Green Island Day Trip from Cairns with Beaches Transfers

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Cruise to Green Island from Cairns and find a tropical paradise on the Great Barrier Reef. You'll spend either four or five hours at Green Island, with plenty of time to snorkel or scuba dive, tour the reef on a glass-bottom boat or view coral from a semi-submersible submarine.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$99.21
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Breakfast with the Koalas at Hartley's Crocodile Park from Cairns or Palm Cove

Breakfast with the Koalas at Hartley's Crocodile Park from Cairns or Palm Cove

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Begin your visit to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures with breakfast in the company of a koala and its keeper. After morning hotel pickup in Cairns or Palm Cove, transfer to Hartley's in time for your hot Aussie breakfast and conversation with the keeper about the koalas. Then you can explore at your leisure: take a boat cruise on Hartley’s Lagoon to watch crocodiles feeding. Enjoy informative and entertaining wildlife presentations throughout the day, and see Australian wildlife up close, including kangaroos, wallabies, snakes, cassowaries, quolls and more.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$75.35
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