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Safe swimming at Palm Cove

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Safe swimming at Palm Cove

I am hoping someone could assist me with information as I am sending two older ladies (60s and 70s) on a 5 night holiday to Palm Cove mid February. I have only ever been there in Jun-August period so I am not sure how to advise them in regards to stingers, jelly fish, swimming at the beach on the reef (they will be going on a Quicksilver day trip) etc.

Can anyone please advise how safe it is to swim at the beach or at the reef (if at all)

Also, the place we are considering them staying at is The Reef Retreat, and I was wondering if anyone has been there and can offer any comments.

PS: Does anyone have contact details for where I could pre-organise car hire for them for a day trip to the Gorge, Daintree etc.

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1. Re: Safe swimming at Palm Cove

My advice would be, don't swim anywhere except within the netted areas and when on Quicksilver, wear a stinger suit for snorkelling,they may not be the most attractive things to wear, but certainly a much safer option than being stung.

Palm Cove is a patrolled beach,so check with the lifeguard on duty regarding any stingers dragged daily and if unsure, then I suggest the pool, at the resort, as being the better option.

I'm not certain of operators that pick up from Palm Cove for Daintree, but I have read Bigfishlittlefish mention Daintree Specialised Tours, doing pick ups from there,but I'm certain that they don't visit Mossman Gorge,as they don't hold permits,but give them a quick email and find out. Besides that,I would probably contact the accommodation and find out who they recommend from there.