If you want to be your Cairns car rental to good use, we recommend you take a little day trip to beautiful Palm Cove. It’s just a 25-minute drive away from the bustling city, and it’s well worth a visit!

Named for the palm trees that line its award-winning beaches, you may think that Palm Cove is a solely a summer destination. However, there’s plenty to see and do in this quaint beach community if you know where to look.

It has been deemed the “Spa Capital of Australia”, boasting more than six luxurious day-spas. Whether you’re in the mood for a facial, body scrub, massage or stone therapy, Palm Cove’s spas can cater to all your relaxation and beauty needs.

There are plenty of luxury hotels to pick from and a wide range of top-quality restaurants that are sure to satisfy your appetite. You can also wander down Williams’s esplanade for a bit of retail therapy. Purchase clothes, jewellery and art while enjoying sea views – and don’t forget to pick up some souvenirs while you’re at it!

Palm Cove is also an excellent base if you want to visit the breathtaking Daintree Rainforest, which is a two-hour car journey away.

This is the oldest surviving rainforest in the entire world – a must-see for nature lovers! It was inscribed onto the World Heritage List in 1988, a collection of sites that includes the Great Wall of China and the Tower of London.

Choose one of the companies that offer tours of the rainforest, and get ready to follow one of the discrete trails that run between the enormous trees. Trekking with a tour guide will make sure you don’t miss out on seeing any of the magnificent flora and fauna this 160-million-year-old rainforest has on display.

So, make sure Palm Cove makes it onto your list of day-trip destinations!