Palm Cove Jetty and Boat Ramp
The Palm Cove Jetty was originally built as a departure platform for Great Barrier Reef cruise vessels. The government hoped it would become an alternative launching point for visitors staying in Palm Cove so they didn't have to travel all the way to Cairns or Port Douglas.
However, the constant southeast swells battering against the jetty has forced the cruise companies to change their plans and offer bus transfers for Great Barrier Reef Cruises rather than Palm Cove Jetty transfers.
Locals quickly took advantage of the long jetty that rarely had vessels tied to it and used the jetty as a prime fishing platform. Local politicians jokingly described the jetty as the most expensive fishing platform in the world!
The main function of the Palm Cove Jetty is still for fishing. On any day, at any time, you can find Cairns locals casting a line into the deep blue waters trying to catch Spanish and School Mackerel, small stripeys, grunter and whiting. Fish weighing over 50lbs have been caught from the jetty.
Next to the jetty at the northern end of Palm Cove is the Palm Cove boat ramp. This is only usable in calm weather but when conditions are right it provides the best access to prime fishing spots near Double Island.
The boat ramp is used by local recreational Cairns fishers who take their boats to fishing spots near Palm Cove. Discover Fishing in Palm Cove.
*Please note that motor vehicles, bicycles and dogs are prohibited from the jetty.