If you’re feeling the winter chill, then a few nights in paradise might be in order
No more than a few hours flight from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, Cairns is ideal for a weekend away to thaw out from the winter chill. Leave the stresses of city life behind and don your thongs and swimmers for some relaxing downtime in the resort town Palm Cove – Cairns’ premier beach.
We’ve recommended where to stay, eat, drink and shop while in the beautiful Palm Cove. And what’s more, all of our suggestions are within walking distance of one another.
Rest your head at the award-winning beachside resort Peppers Beach Club and Spa. Just metres from the beach, this resort is ideally located to take advantage of the area’s dining, spa and leisure opportunities – and there are quite a few!
Splash out on a self-catering room to get a large private balcony complete with your very own spa bath. And when you manage to pry yourself away from your room, take a dip one of the hotel’s three pools – yes, three: there’s the formal pool, the lagoon pool with a swim-up bar and sandy beach, and the rainforest serenity rock pool that’s perfect for a romantic bob in the water.Peppers Beach Club and Spa, Palm Cove w: www.peppers.com.au t: (07) 4059 9200 a: 123, Williams Esplanade
Multi-award winning restaurant Vivo Bar & Grill serves up modern Australian food with some Mediterranean and Asian influence thrown in for good measure. With a focus on fresh local produce, Vivo’s menu offerings include seafaring goodies like freshly shucked oysters in champagne vinaigrette, as well as meatier affairs, such as kangaroo fillet with falafel, olives and tahini – there’s that Mediterranean influence.
And with award-winning dishes being served in a lovely beachside location, Vivo’s is stylish without being pretentious. To make the most of the stunning beach surroundings, enjoy the top-notch food and wine on the alfresco, wrap-around decking.Vivo Bar & Grill w: www.vivo.com.au t: (07) 4059 0944 a: 49, Williams Esplanade
For a post-dinner drink in Palm Cove, it’s got to be Apres Beach Bar & Grill. Sit back with the tipple of your choice in this relaxed alfresco bar while listening to the live music of local acts. After a couple of cocktails at this low-key bar you’re bound to feel like you’re on holiday.
Situated right across from Palm Cove Beach, Apres Beach Bar & Grill is a great place to mingle and soak up the local buzz. Known for its friendly and inviting atmosphere, it’s a real winner with the locals – and you’d think they’d know best.Apres Beach Bar & Grill w: www.apresbeachbar.com.au t: (07) 4059 2000 a: 119, Williams Esplanade
Hit The Surf Club Palm Cove for all of your Wi-Fi needs. Be it a quickie to check some emails or a few hours to trawl through some work, you’ll get free internet here so long as you buy a drink or some food. They also have pokies, TV screens showing a variety of sports and poker nights.The Surf Club Palm Cove w: www.cairnslifesaving.org.au t: (07) 4059 1263 a: 135, Williams Esplanade
Palm Cove is renowned for its village atmosphere and quaint boutique shops. Take a stroll down Williams Esplanade to browse the shops at your own leisure, perhaps stopping for a massage or bite to eat along the way. Pick up hand-made jewellery, local art, handcrafted knick-knacks and unique swimwear. Don’t forget to check out the beautiful boutique art and gift shop, Raa Gallery.Raa Gallery t: (07) 4055 3141 a: Shop 10, Palm Cove Shopping Village, Williams Esplanade By Christina Wylie