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How to Spend 3 Days in Palm Cove

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How to Spend 3 Days in Palm Cove
Smack in the middle of Queensland’s Tropical Coast, Palm Cove lives up to its name, with palm-lined streets and a pretty beach. Travelers come to this tranquil resort town for its chilled-out Far North lifestyle and proximity to big-name attractions like Daintree National Park, Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef.

Day 1: Dazzling Daintree

After rising early for a refreshing morning swim or a spot of fishing off Palm Cove’s popular jetty, head north to Daintree National Park. Spread over two distinct areas – the inland Mossman Gorge and the coastal Cape Tribulation sections – the Daintree is one of Australia’s most loved national parks. Ancient rainforest, mountains, mangroves and native animals will ensure your visit here is unforgettable. Take a wildlife-spotting cruise along the Daintree River, stroll Cape Tribulation’s scenic boardwalks, and marvel at the spectacular views from Rex Lookout. The Daintree also has a rich Indigenous heritage: join a guided tour to learn about traditional hunting techniques and bush tucker secrets.

Day 2: Wonders of the Reef

One of the world’s seven Natural Wonders, the Great Barrier Reef stretches almost 1,245 miles (over 2,000km) along Queensland’s coast. With its brilliantly colored corals, azure waters, extensive marine life and alluring tropical islands, there’s really no contest: this is one of Australia’s key attractions. Divers and snorkelers can swim with sea turtles, manta rays, fish, dolphins, dugongs, whales and sharks, while sun-worshippers can bask on the silky sands of iconic beach paradises like Dunk or Hitchenbrook Islands. Put the Reef’s massive magnificence into perspective with a scenic helicopter tour, or sail the Whitsundays on a chartered yacht.

Day 3: Adventure Central
The Tropical Coast is tailor-made for thrill-seekers, with all the adrenaline-fueled outdoor activities your heart can handle! Go bungy-jumping in lush rainforest, or brave the high-speed Minjin Jungle Swing. Get wet rafting the wild, whitewater rapids of the Tully River or diving with giant clams and thousands of fish amidst colorful reef off Michaelmas Cay.
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Wavedancer Low Isles Great Barrier Reef Sailing Cruise from Palm CoveDay Cruises

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Wavedancer Low Isles Great Barrier Reef Sailing Cruise from Palm Cove

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Embark on a full-day adventure to the pristine coral cay of Low Isles on this Great Barrier Reef sailing and snorkeling cruise from Palm Cove. Travel aboard a luxury catamaran with marine biologist guides, and snorkel straight from the white sandy beach among famous coral gardens teeming with tropical fish, giant clams and green sea turtles Experience the reef another way on a glass-bottom boat tour, and explore the island on a guided nature walk. Your full-day tour includes a delicious buffet lunch, morning and afternoon tea and round-trip hotel transport from Palm Cove.
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Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation and Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary Day TourDay Trips

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

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Experience the wildlife, mountains, sea, and rain forest that define the Wet Tropics of Queensland on this diverse full-day tour from Cairns or Port Douglas. See native animals like kangaroos at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and explore the World Heritage-listed biodiversity of Daintree National Park. Take a guided nature walk through the rain forest of Mossman Gorge, savor a delicious lunch at Cape Tribulation, swim in the Coral Sea, and cruise down the beautiful Daintree River.
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2-Day Best of Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef

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See the best of Cairns with a two-day package that provides the ultimate reef and rainforest experience. First, explore the town of Kuranda, traveling via the Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Then discover the aquatic wonders of the Great Barrier Reef on a 5-hour ocean cruise with stops for snorkeling and scubadiving. Return to Cairns by helicopter, taking a scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef. Have the option to add on admission to Rainforestation in Kuranda to learn about Aboriginal culture and Australian wildlife.
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Aboriginal Cultural Daintree Rainforest Tour from Cairns or Port DouglasDay Trips

Aboriginal Cultural Daintree Rainforest Tour from Cairns or Port Douglas

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Experience Australia's rich Aboriginal culture and the Daintree Rainforest on a full-day tour from Cairns or Port Douglas. Meet your local indigenous guide at Cooya Beach to learn traditions of hunting and gathering food supplies, then explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest. This small-group tour that has a maximum of 18 participants, ensuring a hands-on experience with your guide. Choose from two afternoon options: a guided hike to a water hole; or upgrade to tour the forest with an Aboriginal guide who shares Dreamtime stories.
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Small-Group Cairns City Sights and Surrounds TourDay Cruises

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Small-Group Cairns City Sights and Surrounds Tour

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First time in Cairns? Discover the gateway to Queensland’s tropical north on this 5.5-hour sightseeing tour. Visit city attractions like the Flecker Botanical Gardens and St Monica's Cathedral, and stroll along the scenic Cairns waterfront. Indulge in a delicious Devonshire afternoon tea (included) taking in the stunning views from the jetty at Palm Cove before taking a short hike through the Barron Gorge National Park. For the full experience, upgrade to include a 2-hour morning cruise to Green Island in the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef marine park. This small-group tour is limited to 20 people.
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