Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Palm Cove, Qld - How to Escape Sydney's Winter Blues

Hard to believe that a 2 1/2 hour flight north from chilly Potts Point finds us here in paradise.

This is the well-heeled tropical hamlet of Palm Cove about 30 km north of Cairns on the Far North coast of Queensland.

It's 28 degrees celsius today. The locals think it's nippy.

Look! I found some dismembered feet. I wonder who they belong to?

sandcastles in the sand

Surprisingly - despite a rash of resort development in the early 80s - Palm Cove in still surrounded by the remnants of an ancient rainforest.

It sits in a lagoon on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef. The waters are teeming with marine life....

...including crocodiles, and stingers in the wet season. Hey - you wouldn't be in Australia is there wasn't some critter to worry about.

The locals and tourists from the nearby caravan park aren't perturbed...

The pier is a favourtie spot for catching something for lunch

Palm trees are abundant - of course. The sound of the warm sea breezes rustling through their leaves is calming and hypnotic.

What the guide books don't tell you about are the glorious towering melaleucas that line the main street. Magnificent.

Definitely ice-cream weather.

Tomorrow we explore Palm Cove's legendary culinary scene.

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