Well… Nothing. Not if you don’t want to! That’s the point right? After your incredible wedding is over, many of us crave an opportunity to relax and recharge and simply just to be together in a lazy paradise where there is nothing on your to-do list, except perhaps lay beneath a canopy of palm trees and coconuts on beautiful un-spoilt beaches listening to the ocean.
However, if sitting still is not your thing, there is plenty to do and experience together as newlyweds in this stunning part of our country and indeed, the world. The beauty of Palm Cove and surrounding areas including Ellis Beach, Trinity Beach and Kewarra Beach is that they offer you ultimate relaxation, retail therapy and undoubtedly some of the best food and nature experiences possible.
Here are Ms. Tweed’s other “musts” for your mini moon in Palm Cove, Far North QLD.
An absolute must do/must eat (it’s always about food with me) is visit the charming Ellis Beach Bar and Grill at Ellis Beach just 5kms North of Palm Cove. Don’t be deceived by its simple boho tree-house vibes. The beach snack inspired food was surprisingly sophisticated and utterly delicious. You can’t go past the soft shell crab steamed buns and the vegetarian nachos (for two) topped with slow roasted pumpkin and spicy tomato beans.
On Sunday afternoons from 1pm – 4pm, you can enjoy $1 oysters or a $16 bucket of the freshest prawns I’ve ever had while listening to live music and just kicking back looking over the beach.
And It would be rude not to accompany those oysters with a spicy Bloody Mary. Just saying.
All honeymooners need to treat themselves to at least that one truly special meal. Nunu at Palm Cove cannot be beaten for its incredible dining experience, service and impressive menu, featuring fresh locally sourced produce. It’s an award-winning restaurant but without any pretentiousness. Their tag-line is after all “Absolute Beachfront Dining – Barefoot Luxury.”
Ask in advance for a table outside on the beach and don’t be afraid to be led by the expert waiters when it comes to choosing from the mouthwatering menu. The share plates are always a great way to try as many things as you can. If you are a seafood lover, we highly recommend the:
Pineapple & turmeric curry of wild ginger pork belly, caramel, coconut, Thai basil & crackle and Wok-fried north Queensland mud crab, tamarind, sweet pork, market greens, jasmine rice & ginger broth (for two).
Your tummies will also thank you for a visit to Vivo Palm Cove. Or, if you feel like cooking together, there is a sensational wholesale seafood shop in nearby Smithfield named Preston Fresh Seafood. This was a gem of a local find!
As they say, when in Rome (or at Nunu Palm Cove) you must try an incredible cocktail. I couldn’t go past the Bush Margarita myself. A mostly classic lemon margarita with a hint of eucalyptus. Amazing!
A visit to the relaxed Trinity Beach Tavern for a cold drink overlooking the water is also well worth it after a day at the beach or out on the reef together.
You don’t need to go to Italy to jump aboard the “A gelato a day is OK” philosophy on life. It is perfectly acceptable on all holidays in all locations.
After yet another gorgeous sunny day wandering through the main town of Palm Cove, exploring the boutiques and eating fish and chips on the beach from Lucky Fish, you cannot go past a two-scoop waffle cone from the Gelateria Numi. The flavours on offer are that great mix of exciting (Lemon Meringue Pie, yes please) and all the classics. And the ice cream is made from local ingredients.
A visit to the Kewarra Beach Resort Hotel and Spa for a couple’s massage was worth every single penny.
The journey to the spa within the resort itself is like a scenic walk through the rainforest. Ask for the deep tissue massage, but be warned, it’s not for the faint-hearted. Sorry, no pics – this was private!!
There is something so romantic about letting go and just getting back to nature together. There are endless options and vendors to look into if you want to organise a trip out to the Great Barrier Reef.
However, If you want to appreciate mother nature at her best on foot and from the sky, I can also recommend a full day trip on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.
From your private cable car, you will experience the most unbelievable views high above the World Heritage Listed Daintree Rainforest and stunning waterfalls including Baron Falls.
Once at the top, take a walk around the charming town of Kuranda where there is incredible local aboriginal art on offer, markets, The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary and Koala Gardens. Or, you could just drop into the Kuranda Hotel for the BEST barramundi burger and chips ever.
Take me back! Happy Honeymooning lovers.
Ms. Tweed x
Ms Zebra Says: WOW – my mouth is watering reading about all that deliciousness. Not to mention, the jealously thinking of the sun and sand, cocktail in hand! Thanks Ms Tweed for all these great recommendations!