Palm Cove

Situated to the south of Buchans Point, the area was originally known as Buchans Beach. Around 1881, it was developed into a substantial farming plantation, known as Buchans Estate, and growing all manner of fruits, including some 2,000 palms. Doubtless because of the coconuts, the locals deemed the area Palm Beach. To avoid confusion with Palm Beach Sydney, the area became commonly known as Palm Cove.


Location and boundaries

Palm Cove - Ellis Beach includes a landbound section and Double and Haycock Islands. The landbound section is bounded by the Coral Sea in the north and east, the suburb of Clifton Beach, Delaneys Creek and the Captain Cook Highway in the south, and Kuranda National Park and the locality of Macalister Range in the west.


Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the late 1800s, with land used mainly for farming. Population was minimal until the late 1950s. Significant development occurred during the 1980s, spurred by growth in tourism. The population continued to increase from the mid 1990s, largely a result of new dwellings being added to the area.


Land use

Palm Cove - Ellis Beach is a relatively recent residential and tourist area.


Major features

Major features of the area include Palm Cove Country Club Golf Course and Sports Centre, Cairns Yacht Club Ellis Beach, Buchan Point, Ellis Beach, Palm Cove Beach, Double Island, Haycock Island and Tom McDonald Park.

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