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Best Palm Cove Photo Spots for Your Shoot

Updated: Jun 15, 2023

A young female posing on a beautiful beach in Palm Cove. The serene location provides the perfect backdrop for stunning photography, with the lush palm trees and sparkling turquoise waters creating an idyllic setting. The model is captured in a confident and relaxed pose, showcasing the natural beauty of the area. The photo showcases the photographer's ability to capture the essence of the location and its surroundings.

Palm Cove is a stunning destination that holds a special place in the hearts of many, including us. We have lived in close proximity to this beautiful location for over a decade and it never fails to leave us in awe. Each week, we come here with family for a walk to enjoy the turquoise ocean, picturesque beach lined with palm trees, and the famous Palm Cove Jetty. As a team of photographers and videographers based in Cairns, we have been here numerous times for various photo and video sessions and are truly spoiled for choice when it comes to capturing the beauty of Palm Cove.

With its stunning mountain backdrop, it is undoubtedly a prime location for photography in Cairns.

We have rounded up the best photo spots in Palm Cove, from the insta-famous to the quirky, and have compiled our top picks from our most recent photo sessions. Here are some of our images from our Palm Cove sessions to give you an idea of what to expect when planning your next portrait photo shoot. We hope these images provide you with some insight into the stunning beauty of Palm Cove.

The Palm Tree Tunnel in Palm Cove

This is one of the most Instagramable locations of the Palm Cove photography scene and is a must-visit for everyone.

Have a photo session by yourself or with your partner, family or friends - either way the photos will always impress. 🤩

Relax and enjoy a wonderful time on the beach beneath the iconic palm trees while having your photo taken at Palm Cove.

Williams Esplanade Palm Cove

The magic of Palm Cove is irreplaceable and must be experienced. Not only tourists, but also locals enjoy leisurely walking, jogging, and practising yoga at Palm Cove to soak up the beautiful ocean views. Every inch of the beach is the prefect stage for an all-day long photoshoot - from the sunrise to the sunset. A tropical paradise and a famous tourist destination, various cozy restaurants, cafes and benches line the streets offering ideal scenery for capturing lifestyle, couple, and family photos. Palm Cove photos allow you to look back in time and recall the scents, sights and atmosphere of this tropical paradise.

Palm Cove Jetty

Yet another classic location for Palm Cove beach photography for individuals, couples and family photo sessions is the Palm Cove Jetty. If you love spending time surrounded by warm ocean waves, then this location is definitely for you. A must-visit location is best visited during the sunrise or sunset during which it offers remarkable views of the beautiful Double Island.


Park Photography

Located less than 30 minute north of Cairns city, this popular tourist destination is one of our favourite photography and videography locations. We have had the pleasure of capturing numerous beautiful memories and precious moments in the unique streets and scenes of Palm Cove. Here are just some of our favourite picks from our recent photoshoot at the cove.


Taken in a tucked-away alcove this small yet scenic hideaway is highlighted not only by its privacy in comparison to most locations but also by its beauty. With a stunning pond filled with pink and white water lilies accompanied by a water fountain, the location is perfect for an intimate shoot. We love to utilise the shady spots provided by the surrounding greenery to avoid any harsh light throughout the day. By avoiding bright lighting, we capture you in a soft and gentle light and avoid casting distracting shadows under your eyes and chin. This photograph shows the importance of this technique as despite being taken around midday we made use of the natural shadows around us to create a natural final product. If you would like to see more photos from other locations in the Cairns Region such as Cairns beaches, and the Atherton Tablelands, please visit our portrait gallery.


Tropical Beach Photography

As a Cairns-based company it is only natural that we love the beach and what we love even more is a beach photo shoot. Palm Cove beach photos beyond beautiful and make for an unforgettable memory and image.

Final words on your Palm Cove photography adventure

However, although it is an ideal location for many of our clients, beach photography’s benefits also come with its own ‘downsides’.


Let’s start with the positive side:

We would like to mention one of the greatest things about beach photography is the lighting, if captured at the right time. We truly enjoy capturing the ‘golden hours’ on the beach. From approximately one hour after sunrise and one hour before sunset the light is both soft, beautifully tinted, and just the right brightness for us  to capture that magical moment. We always recommend booking a photo session during those hours in order to capture some simply gorgeous shots. Because fading sunlight making your skin glow as waves gently glide in the background never looks less than exceptional through the lens.


Yet another reason to schedule your next photo session at the beach is the relaxed and stress-free environment it encourages. Not only is it an ambient environment, but it is also relaxing and scenic. The beach will never disappoint, and each shot will give a picturesque image handcrafted by nature itself.


Ok, how about the drawbacks of a photo session at the beach?


Depending on the weather conditions your clothes, hair and props may not be as cooperative as they usually are. If you are especially particular about your dress flowing perfectly or your hair standing in place the beach may not be for you. Winds can increase and decrease in strength at random, so no perfect weather is ever guaranteed. As this is the tropics weather conditions can go from sunny with a rainbow to a raging hurricane fast. However, time is of the element and although rainclouds may seem less than ideal, they can offer some beautiful and gentle light if captured appropriately. Of course, if cloudy weather is expected to turn into rain, we will be required to shift the shoot to a later date. Please note that we avoid photo sessions on the middle of bright sunny days as these bright lights not only cast unflattering shadows on your face but also will make you squint.  


If you are planning to make your next trip to Palm Cove or the Cairns Region in general and are looking to capture the happiest memories of your visit, contact us here or give us a call on 0405 096 554. Our team will be more than happy to help brainstorm some great Palm Cove photography ideas ideas if needed and will assist you in finding the perfect locations for your photoshoot in Cairns Region. From Palm Cove, Daintree and more, we are dedicated to providing you with the best locations to get that stunning final shot that you will treasure forever. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.




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