4. Far North Queensland(Palm Cove and Port Douglas)
Best Beaches: Palm Cove, Four Mile Beach.
Though technically it’s one of Cairns’ northern beaches, therefore making it a suburb of Cairns, there’s not a thing 'suburban' about Palm Cove! It was only a few decades ago that there was nothing more here than grazing land. Yet, today, it’s one of the hippest, sexiest beach destinations in the southern hemisphere. Home to some of the country’s best resorts and spas, Palm Cove is about enjoying a combined his-and-hers body treatment before heading across the road to wander along a paperbark and coconut tree-lined beach. And with world-class resorts and spas comes gourmet dining – here in Palm Cove you could spend at least a week sampling the cuisine at some of Australia’s best regional restaurants.
Three of Australia’s top 200 restaurants are found in Palm Cove and for the ultimate romantic experience, you can even choose to dine on the sand. Less than an hour north of Palm Cove is Port Douglas - indisputably one of the world’s sexiest seaside villages. Super-celebs – the likes of Tiger Woods and Bill Clinton – have chosen to holiday here, while Natalie Imbruglia was married on the beach at Port Douglas. With a backdrop of green forested mountains and a main street of cafes, restaurants, boutique stores and bars that rivals Noosa’s for beachside pizzaz, Port Douglas is one of the hottest beach towns in the world. From the gorgeous young things on Four Mile Beach – the town’s sandy hot-spot – to the honeymooners lingering over romantic dinners, Port Douglas buzzes with a provocative energy you hardly expect from a former fishermen’s retreat.