The Weekend Australian - Travel - - TRAVEL & INDULGENCE - KA­T­RINA LOB­LEY

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.

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