HOME AND AWAY
Most hotels in Palm Cove, 26km north of Cairns, huddle behind the towering melaleucas shading Williams Esplanade; but not Alamanda Palm Cove by Lancemore, which enjoys absolute beach frontage at the southern end of this ritzy enclave. Nab one of the beachfront apartment-style suites and roll out of bed to see the sun rise over the Coral Sea. As first light filters through the coconut palms between beach and balcony, contemplate whether to join joggers or swimmers. Certainly, no one seems worried about croc warnings posted at the end of the beach. If the only saltwater creature on your mind is a crustacean, head to the resort’s well-regarded Nu Nu restaurant to breakfast on the likes of mud-crab omelette with greens, ginger caramel and white-pepper broth. Venture further afield to connect with the region’s strong indigenous culture. Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park unveiled a $13 million makeover this year. See a show, learn about rainforest tucker or finesse your hunter-gatherer skills, which can be tested on a private tour with Juan Walker, who takes guests mud-crabbing. More: lancemore.com.au/alamanda; tjapukai.com.au; walkaboutadventures.com.au.