With its palm-fringed white beach and calm blue water, Palm Cove looks like everyone's idea of a tropical getaway. It has its luxury international resorts but it has not lost the charm of an old-fashioned seaside holiday town. It is located between Cairns and Port Douglas yet retains its own distinct style, which is just fine by those who love its atmosphere!
There are boutiques, galleries and shops enough to satisfy the most eager shopper, while the water sports enthusiast is catered for with a stinger-free enclosure for ocean swimming and a multitude of water craft and activities.
Reef and island tours depart from the jetty which is also a popular place for anglers to drop a line.
Must-see attractions include Hartley's Crocodile Farm, a working crocodile farm where you can see the Crocodile Attack show and watch these prehistoric creatures being hand-fed.
At Wild World - The Tropical Zoo you can get up close and personal with a wide variety of Australian animals. You can pat various creatures as well as feed kangaroos, wallabies and even lorikeets. Don't miss the entertaining and informative shows which are held twice daily.
A visit to Cairns Night Zoo is also a must - visit Wild World at night and have a whole different experience as you are taken on a guided spotlighting tour where you can see nocturnal native animals in their natural settings. Dinner, entertainment and bush dancing are also included.
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