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Drift Palm Cove

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Outdoor pool, open 7 AM to 9 PM, pool loungers
On the beach, beach towels
Outdoor pool, open 7 AM to 9 PM, pool loungers
Outdoor pool, open 7 AM to 9 PM, pool loungers
Outdoor pool, open 7 AM to 9 PM, pool loungers

Overview of Drift Palm Cove

Drift Palm Cove

4.0 star property
Upmarket beachfront aparthotel in Palm Cove with outdoor pool

8.2/10 Very good

664 verified guest reviews

Popular amenities

  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
The price is AU$183
Price available on 19/2/2023
Cnr Veivers Rd Williams Esp, Palm Cove, QLD, 4879

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About this area

What's nearby

  • In Palm Cove
  • Great Barrier Reef - 1 min drive
  • Cairns Esplanade - 23 min drive

Getting around

  • Cairns, QLD (CNS-Cairns Intl.) - 26 min drive
  • Redlynch Station - 19 min drive
  • Freshwater Station - 22 min drive
  • Cairns Station - 24 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)


  • Wok On Noodle Bar - 2 min walk
  • Numi - 3 min walk
  • Temple of Tastes Restaurant - 4 min walk
  • 27 Degrees - 8 min walk
  • Il Forno Pizzeria - 9 min walk

About this property

Drift Palm Cove

Drift Palm Cove offers an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for AUD 30 per person one-way. You can go for a morning swim at the outdoor pool, and visit the fitness centre for a workout. A hot tub and a children's pool are other highlights, and apartments offer conveniences such as kitchens and washers/dryers. The beach location and nearby shopping get great marks from fellow travellers.



Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Property is professionally cleaned
Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter


Contactless social distancing and check-out
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance


  • Check-in time from 2:00 PM until 7:00 PM
  • Late check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age – 18
  • Check-out time is 10 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply); to arrange pick-up, guests must contact the property 48 hours prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
  • The front desk is open daily from 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions; front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 24 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation
  • If you are planning to arrive after noon please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation
  • For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation

Required at check-in

  • Credit card required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • One child (12 years old and younger) stays free when occupying the parent or guardian's room using existing bedding
  • Babysitting*


  • Pets not allowed
  • Service animals welcome

Property amenities


  • On the beach
  • Beach towels


  • Outdoor Pool
  • Sunloungers
  • Hot tub


  • Free WiFi

Parking and transport

  • Free self-parking on site
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking available
  • 24-hour return airport shuttle (surcharge)
  • Airport shuttle at scheduled times
  • On-site car hire

Family friendly

  • Cots (infant beds): AUD 20.0 per night
  • Children stay for free (see details)
  • Children's pool
  • Babysitting (surcharge)


  • Fridge
  • Stovetop
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Electric kettle
  • Cookware/dishes/utensils


  • Bed sheets provided
  • Alarm clock
  • Rollaway/extra beds: AUD 45 per night


  • Hairdryer
  • Free toiletries
  • Towels provided


  • 40-inch flat-screen TV with digital service

Outdoor areas

  • Terrace
  • Balcony or patio
  • Barbecue
  • Garden
  • Picnic area


  • Washer/dryer
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Laundry facilities

Work spaces

  • 3 meeting rooms
  • Conference centre

Climate control

  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Heating


  • Service animals only (pets not allowed)


  • If you have any requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • Lift
  • In-room accessibility (selected rooms)
  • Roll-in shower (selected rooms)
  • Wheelchair-accessible
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Smoke-free property

Services and conveniences

  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Limited housekeeping
  • Safe
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Luggage storage
  • Safe at front desk
  • Wedding services
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Reception hall

Location highlights

  • Near the ocean
  • Near the sea
  • On the waterfront
  • In the entertainment district
  • On the Strip

Things to do

  • Fitness centre
  • Fishing nearby

Safety features

  • Smoke detector


  • 65 rooms
  • 4 floors
  • Individually decorated
  • Individually furnished

Fees & policies

Refundable deposits

  • Deposit: AUD 200.00 per accommodation, per stay

Optional extras

  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of AUD 30 per person (one-way)
  • Credit card charges are subject to an extra charge of 1.5 per cent

Children & extra beds

  • Babysitting is available for an extra charge
  • Cots/infant beds are available for AUD 20.0 per night
  • Rollaway beds are available for AUD 45 per night
  • Airport shuttle service for children up to age 15 costs AUD 10 (one-way)

Pool, spa, & gym (if applicable)

  • Pool access available from 7 AM to 9 PM
  • Children under 12 years old are not allowed in the swimming pool, fitness facility or hot tub without adult supervision

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

The property is professionally cleaned; disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available.


This property is managed by a professional host. The provision of housing is linked to their trade, business, or profession
<p>Noise-free guestrooms cannot be guaranteed.</p><p>Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.</p> <p>Guests can rest easy knowing that there's a smoke detector on site.</p> <p>The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.</p><p>This property accepts credit cards, debit cards and cash.</p>

Also known as

Imagine Drift Palm Cove Apartment
Grand Mercure Rockford Esplanade Palm Cove Apartment
Mercure Rockford Esplanade
Mercure Rockford Esplanade Apartment
Palm Cove Grand Mercure
Grand Mercure Rockford Esplanade Hotel Palm Cove
Mercure Hotel Palm Cove
Mercure Palm Cove
Grand Mercure Rockford Esplanade Apartment
Grand Mercure Rockford Esplanade
Imagine Drift Apartment
Imagine Drift

Frequently asked questions

Does Drift Palm Cove offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Drift Palm Cove does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in, depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
How much does it cost to stay at Drift Palm Cove?
As of 3 Feb 2023, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Drift Palm Cove on 19 Feb 2023 start from AU$183, excluding taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Drift Palm Cove?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Is there a pool at Drift Palm Cove?
Yes, there's an outdoor pool and a children's pool. Guests have pool access from 7 AM to 9 PM.
Are pets allowed at Drift Palm Cove?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed, but service animals are welcome.
Is parking offered on site at Drift Palm Cove?
Yes, there's free self parking.
Is an airport shuttle service offered by Drift Palm Cove?
Yes, an airport shuttle is available. The charge is AUD 30 per person one-way.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Drift Palm Cove?
You can check in from 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM. Check-out time is 10 AM. Contactless social distancing and check-out are available.
What is there to do at Drift Palm Cove and nearby?
Have fun during the warmer months with activities nearby such as fishing. Enjoy a relaxing soak in the hot tub and an invigorating swim in the outdoor pool. Drift Palm Cove also has a fitness centre and a picnic area, as well as a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near Drift Palm Cove?
Yes. Nearby restaurants include Temple of Tastes Restaurant (4-min walk), 27 Degrees (8-min walk) and Il Forno Pizzeria (9-min walk).
Does Drift Palm Cove have a kitchen or kitchenette?
Yes, there is a kitchen, which also includes cookware, a fridge and a microwave.
Does Drift Palm Cove have any outdoor private spaces?
Yes, each apartment features a balcony or patio.
What's the area around Drift Palm Cove like?
Drift Palm Cove is located on the Strip in Palm Cove, a short 1-minute walk from Great Barrier Reef and 12 minutes' walk from Palm Cove Beach. Travellers say that the local area is very walkable with fantastic beaches.



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Property conditions & facilities


8/10 Very good

Great pool and deck area to relax in, beautiful surround. Building needs an upgrade soon. Great for family with kids, comfortable beds.
9-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

David, 7-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

GEOFF, 2-night trip
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4/10 Fair

would not recommend
Lady at reception was bordering on rude,Lift wasn't working and she said there was nothing she could do about it. The young bloke on duty did assist with carrying our luggage up to our room and was very apologetic. Bathroom had empty soap wrappers on the floor and there was hair in the bath. Description did say King size bed, but only queen available. Upside, the couch was comfy.
Mark, 2-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Hirofumi, 5-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

peter, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Fantastic location
Stay was wonderful and in a very convenient area. Pillows fantastic and beds comfy. Staff were also lovely, especially at checkin! Lounge suite however was very dirty and smelly, which we advised on checkout. Parking was free however was far away from the room and confusing to get to the room - through two different buildings. Overall not really an issue as walked everywhere we wanted to go.
Katrina, 2-night trip with friends
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8/10 Very good

Great location and good view in Oceanfront Apt
We booked an oceanfront room and was happy with our room and view. Apartment was spacious for the both of us. Big balcony overlooking Palm Cove and good for watching the sunrise. Pool was nice, clean & plenty of space & deck chairs. Location is great, close to restaurants. Beach swimming is at the other end during stinger season. We arrived a couple of hours early and was hoping to check in early but unfortunately our room was not ready. If this happens to you and it’s super hot, ask them if you can use the pool. We sat around waiting and was extremely sweaty and frustrated in the heat. Negatives - our bed mattress was terrible, they definitely need to upgrade the bed in our room, we sunk into each side and it was uncomfortable. The last day we saw a few tiny cockroaches running around and found one on the bed. Nothing to cry about but perhaps a routine pest spray could help! Positives - great location and pool area, with free parking Probably will stay in a hotel style resort next time, would have fancied some cocktails & food by the pool!
Pool area
View from balcony Oceanfront Apartment 2nd floor
Joy, 4-night trip
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4/10 Fair

Not worth the money
Most disappointing. Reception staff unwelcoming & just didnt appear interested. Property in desperate need of refurbishment & rooms not well cleaned. Washing machine was filthy with a level of scum clearly visible; it leaked & was rusty. Cutlery drawer was dirty, as were the cupboards & shower.
5-night trip
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