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4.7 out of 5

"Fantastic location loved the fact that it is a stones throw to the beach. Our apartment was very spacious and had everything we needed. The pool are ... " More

By a verified traveller on Wed 16 Oct 2019

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Hotel Description

Marlin Waters places you in the heart of Cairns, steps from Palm Cove Beach and 3.7 km (2.3 mi) from Clifton Beach. Highlights at this beachfront property include an outdoor swimming pool, and in-room kitchens and washers/dryers.

Each apartment is individually furnished and features free WiFi, a balcony, and an LCD TV. In-room dining is easy with a kitchen that comes equipped with a refrigerator, a microwave, and a stovetop. A coffee/tea maker, a ceiling fan, and a hair dryer are also available. Weekly housekeeping is available.

Spend the day at the beach where you'll find free cabanas. Added amenities include free WiFi in public areas and laundry facilities. There's also free self parking, along with the convenience of an airport shuttle.

With a stay at this 4-star Palm Cove property, you'll be 13.3 km (8.3 mi) from Great Barrier Reef.

Basic Apartment, 1 Bedroom, Ocean View

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Suite, 1 Bedroom

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Marlin Waters ratings based on 36 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.7 out of 5 4.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Marlin Waters

Everyone (12) Couples (23) Family (1)
5 out of 5
Fantastic location loved the fact that it is a stones throw to the beach. Our apartment was very spacious and had everything we needed. The pool area could do with an update, very hot during the middle of the day, could do with some umbrellas for shade.

Posted by on 16 Oct. 2019

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5 out of 5
Property condition was excellent. Proximity to the beach and shopping strip was also excellent. Undercover parking was a bonus. Staff very friendly.

Posted by on 18 Jul. 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

11 Sep. 2019 by Rhonda

Thank you for staying at Marlin Waters and writing a lovely review.

4 out of 5
A comfortable stay in a beautiful setting opposite the water.

Posted by , from Sydney on 12 Sep. 2018

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25 Sep. 2018 by rhonda

Thank you for your lovely review, we hope to see you again.

5 out of 5

Great Location

Pros: Location
Cons: Starting feel a bit tired & dated. Could do with a bit of a spruce up
Location: Beach, cafes, shops all only a moments walk away.
Very easy to arrange, friendly managers. Close to everything

Posted by on 15 May 2018

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4 out of 5

Spacious apartment opposite beach and esplanade

Pros: It was spacious, clean and comfortable with lovely views. Wonderful paperbark trees outside, lots of birds. Easy walking distance to restaurants etc.
Cons: The flush of the toilet is too weak.
Location: Lots of walking, cycling, swimming, fishing, dining.
Merlin Waters is located at Palm Cove, north of Cairns. It's a very beautiful place with a good atmosphere and ambience. Nice walking and swimming. Good place for families.

Posted by on 29 Apr. 2018

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Comment from Hotel Management

1 May 2018 by Rhonda

Thank you for your review, we would have like to know about any apartment issues so we could have addressed this immediately. Thank you for staying at Marlin Waters, it is a lovely location and property.

5 out of 5

Excellent location.

Pros: Everything.
Cons: The room directory said the towels and linen would be changed mid way through a 7 night stay, Unfortunately ours weren't changed.
Location: Palm Cove is an excellent base to explore FNQ
Fantastic location, excellent facilities for a good price. Staff were very friendly.

Posted by , from Craigmore South Australia on 1 Dec. 2017

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7 Dec. 2017 by Rhonda

Hi, thank you for your review and that you enjoyed your stay. I do apologize for missing your towel change. We hope you will stay with us again.

4 out of 5

Great position opposite beach

Marlin Waters is an older resort however the location is fantastic. We loved being able to walk across the road to the netted swimming area and it is a short walk to cafes, resturants, a children's play area and small grocery store and pharmacy. We were a bit disappointed that the patio area of our unit was dirty. We can understand with all the paperbark trees around that leaves would be dropping constantly, but the patio itself and table needed a good clean. The draws and cupboards in the unit also were very dusty. Otherwise we were very happy with the unit, it is very comfortable with fans and aircon and also extras such as a dishwasher.

Posted by on 15 Apr. 2017

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17 May 2017 by Rhonda

Thank you for your review, the trees do cause some problems, but they are just beautiful.

5 out of 5

very well situated motel.

Pros: beautifully furnished with fantastic views
Cons: nothing
Location: Surf club next door and lots of restaurants within a short walk.
This motel is in a beautiful position right opposite the beach.Great view of ocean and magnificent old trees.Parking is close to lift for easy unpacking.Restaurants close by and a good variety.

Posted by , from gold coast on 23 Aug. 2016

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5 out of 5

Good place right by the beach

This was a very pleasant place to stay-directly across the road from the beach. The accommodation was clean, good standard, not grande luxe, but absolutely fine. Happy to secommend it.

Posted by , from NZ on 24 Jul. 2016

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5 out of 5

Perfect location, close to everything!!!

Pros: Location, friendly staff, great view, walking distance to everthing.
Cons: We had a perfect stay!!!!
Location: Beach, restaurants, surf club, walking path, local bus to Cairns at front door if required.
Wow!!!! A fantastic week in Palm Cove. Marlin Waters was the perfect place to stay for our mid winter getaway. Rhonda was a great help when we needed advice on what trip to the GBR would suit our needs. Nothing was too much trouble. We would certainly recommend a stay at Marlin Waters. We hope to be back again, for another week of summer next winter.

Posted by , from South Coast NSW on 12 Jul. 2016

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Property Features

As a guest of Marlin Waters, you'll find an outdoor pool, a library, and tour/ticket assistance. WiFi is free in public spaces. An airport shuttle (available 24 hours) and a train station pick-up service are available for a fee. Marlin Waters also features barbecue grills, a garden, and laundry facilities. Self parking is free. This 4-star Cairns apartment is smoke free.

  • 1 building
  • 20 guestrooms or units
  • 4 levels
  • Cabanas on the beach (free)
  • Beach lounge chairs
  • Towels for the beach
  • Umbrellas for the beach
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Car service
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Library
  • Garden
  • BBQ grill(s)
  • Elevator
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family property
  • Outdoor pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry facilities
  • Washer/dryer
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking


  • Airport: Cairns Intl. Airport (CNS) (26 km / 16.2 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Airport shuttle and train station pick-up
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Marlin Waters offers 20 air-conditioned accommodations with washers/dryers and coffee/tea makers. Rooms open to balconies. Each accommodation is individually furnished. Accommodations at this 4-star apartment have kitchens with refrigerators, stovetops, microwaves, and cookware/dishes/utensils. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. This Cairns apartment provides complimentary wireless Internet access. LCD televisions are featured in guestrooms. Additionally, rooms include irons/ironing boards and ceiling fans. Housekeeping is provided weekly.

  • In-room kitchen
  • Washer and dryer
  • Private balcony
  • LCD television
  • Premium channels
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Coffee maker
  • Kitchenware
  • Shower and tub combination
  • Cribs (surcharge)
  • Housekeeping (weekly)
  • Hair dryer
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Unique furnishings

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 1 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is: 18
  • Check-in time ends at 5 PM

Special check-in instructions:

The front desk is open daily from 8 AM - 5 PM. If you are planning to arrive after 5 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

The front desk at this property is open daily from 8 AM - 5 PM.
Guests arriving after 5 PM must make advance arrangements by contacting the property using the information on the booking confirmation. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.


  • Check-out by 10 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for AUD 30.0 per day.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are available for AUD 10.0 per night.

Pet Policy

  • No pets allowed


Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation. This property accepts credit cards.

For guests' safety, the property includes a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a security system, and a first aid kit in each accommodation. 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.

  • Staffed front desk
  • Security system
  • Property uses a professional cleaning service
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Contactless check-in is not available
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • No gap period between guests' stays
  • Bed sheets and towels are washed at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F
  • Commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant
  • Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures
  • Contactless check-out is not available
  • Property does not follow sanitisation practices of any association


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Airport shuttle fee: AUD 25 per person (one-way)
  • Airport shuttle fee per child: AUD 15.00 (one-way), (from 2 to 16 years old)
  • Early check-in fee: AUD 100.00 (subject to availability)
  • Late check-out fee: AUD 100.00 (subject to availability)
  • Crib (infant bed) fee: AUD 10.0 per night
  • Rollaway bed fee: AUD 30.0 per day

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Marlin Waters
  • Marlin Waters Apartment
  • Marlin Waters Apartment Palm Cove
  • Marlin Waters Palm Cove
  • Marlin Waters Apartment
  • Marlin Waters Palm Cove
  • Marlin Waters Apartment Palm Cove

You should know

  • Marlin Waters offers transfers from the airport and train station (fees may apply). Please contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation 48 hours prior to arrival with your arrival details.
  • Registered guests are the only ones allowed to be in guestrooms.

National Rating

This property has been awarded a star rating from the Australian Star Ratings Agency, Star Ratings Australia.

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*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.