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.