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london. uk
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Palm Cove

Hi, my husband and I are coming to Australia in August. Starting at Sydney for five day,s Ayers Rock two days and then flying to Cairns for the remainder, nine days. We like the look of Palm Cove. Any suggestions for good accommodation near the beach? Its also husbands birthday on 28th, he is a keen sailor, any suggestions based on sailing would be great!

Cairns, Australia
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1. Re: Palm Cove

Palm Cove is very lovely but maybe 9 days too long so do recommend a mid stay move at least. There are a number of beachfront hotels to suit a range of budgets. Address would read Williams Esplanade.

If you can handle a boat why not rent your own. This way you can see different area as well. The two areas I would suggest would be Mission beach or Port Hinchinbrook. You do not get to the reef proper but some lovely islands with fringing reef quite close by for a nice cruise. Not sure but perhaps they rent also from Yorkey's Knob Boat club's Half Moon Bay Marina.

http://missionbeachboathire.com.au/

http://www.hinchinbrookrentayacht.com.au/

Also visit the Cairns Yacht Club. Not sure what they do now as they tore down the old club but saw a small building down on the very point of the pier in downtown Cairns with a little note saying they do a little sail for visitors one afternoon a week for a small fee. Sorry should take notes but think it was $10 on Wednesday with number for booking.

Sydney, Australia
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I'd agree that 9 days would be a bit long to spend at Palm Cove. However i can recommend the Sebel Reef House for a couple of nights: mirvachotels.com/sebel-reef-house-palm-cove Also, dinner at NuNu is highly recommended. http://www.nunu.com.au/

If the previous poster's boating recommendations don't take your fancy, consider heading further north and staying at one of the Rainforest lodges (e.g. Silky Oaks or one of the places in and around Cape Tribulation).

The Whitsundays are probably the best area for sailing - in which case you'd want to head south.

Forster, Australia
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3. Re: Palm Cove

I stayed in Palm Cove recently for 9 days and it wasnt long enough to see everything. We intent to go back next year and stay for 2 weeks.

We hired a car and did not rely on organised tours. If I was you I would give the tour to Kuranda a miss, that was the only tour that we did take and felt ripped off at the end, the gold class train is not worth the money and the markets at Kuranda are boring and tacky.

We stayed at the Grand Mercure Rockford, booked through a real estate agent www. ner.net.au.

Cheers

Cas

london. uk
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reviews: 2
4. Re: Palm Cove

Thank you for your messages, I appreaciatge it,they are really very helpful. A friend has now suggested staying on one of the islands for a few days as well and am in a quandry which island is best and how easy it would be to get there from Cairns, so any more help would be appreciated!

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