Palm Cove Visitor Information Centre is one of a few along the beach strip that provides information and can organise bookings for various activities in the region. It is attached to the Paradise On The Beach resort .
The centre has lots of brochures and booklets to choose from, enough to make a task of working out what you want to do.
The Palm Cove strip has a lot of striking melaleuca trees that have grown to tall heights. Their wide trunks have a beautiful twisted look. Some of these trees are growing right in the middle of the visitor centre’s building, through the roof and above – one is a feature in the visitor centre space.
These Melaleucas are also known as White Tea Tree, Cajeput, Paperbark, or Swamp Tea Tree. They grow to 40 metres high and up to 10 metres girth. The trees growing in the resort are centuries old.
The strip along the promenade across from the beach is over a freshwater soak, an environment unsuitable for most plant species in the region. The Palm Cove Paperbark thrives in the soak.
The multi-layered papery bark is continuously peeling which discourages parasites and epiphyte plants to get a hold on them. This is something we noticed when walking through rainforests with paperbarks where many trees were at various stages of strangler figs getting hold of them, only the odd paperbark suffered the same. Most were free standing and free of vines.
To Get There
If heading north from Cairns, Palm Cove around 20km along the Captain Cook Hwy. At the sign for Palm Cove, turn right into Warren St. Follow Warren St to the end and turn left into Cedar Rd. Follow Cedar Rd to the end and turn right onto the Promenade. The Palm Cove Visitor Information Centre is 250m on the right.
If heading south from Mossman, Palm Cove around 50km along the Captain Cook Hwy, or around 40km from Port Douglas. At the sign for Palm Cove, turn left into Warren St. Follow Warren St to the end and turn left into Cedar Rd. Follow Cedar Rd to the end and turn right onto the Promenade. The Palm Cove Visitor Information Centre is 250m on the right.