Palm Cove is a tourist oriented, beach town - just north of Cairns.
Palm Cove is newly developed cluster of hotels, modern apartments and restaurants, on the beach about 30 minutes drive north of Cairns, set on a sandy beach. It could almost be seen as the northern limit of suburban Cairns. It avoids the crowds and smoe of the over development that is Port Douglas, its northern neighbour.
It is immediately adjacent to the residential suburb of Clifton Beach.
From Cairns it is a half hour taxi ride to Palm Cove. The Cairns local bus service runs to the town surprisingly frequently.
Palm Cove is easy to walk around. There is a walking/cycle track to Clifton Beach will will take around half an hour. Ignore the nice "rainforest walk" map distributed around town, which is a 20 metre walk designed to take you to the newer apartment developments, head the opposite direction, south, along the beach for much better bush, beach, and walking opportunities.
Supermarkets in Palm Cove are small and expensive. Souvenir shops abound. Neighbouring Clifton Beach offers non-tourist oriented shops and prices.
Palm Cove lines the beach, with wide choice of dining. Go for a wander and take your pick, even in high season you are unlikely to miss out on a table. If you are on a budget, there are a few take-away and cheaper choices as well.
There is a pub in the centre of town, or numerous hotels and bars to choose from.
There is a choice of high-end accommodation in Palm Cove, but there are some value family apartments available as well. There is competition here, expect good value. Expect some great deals out of season.
The town is modern, and tourist oriented. Internet terminals are not hard to come by. Mobile service and 3G data are available from all networks.