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Heron Island 109 rooms from $196Heron Island
The location of this resort cannot be beaten - Heron Island is a World Heritage listed site surrounded by coral reef, and a wildlife haven. Guests are invited to switch off from the outside world (there's no internet or tv in the luxurious rooms) and explore this breathtakingly beautiful place.Great walks - Free guided reef walks, island ecology walks and bridlife walksOutstanding location - Island is surrounded by a reefViews - Great views from hotelSecluded setting - For escaping.Recommended by - Fodors
Spicers Peak Lodge 12 rooms from $719Queensland
With a setting to die for in Queensland's Scenic Rim, this luxury lodge offers suites and private villas for the ultimate retreat. There's an award winning restaurant, top notch spa, swimming pool & tennis court. Plus 4wd tours, guided eco tours and helicopter flights.Spa - Spa Anise offers a luxurious range of massages, treatments, body wraps, facials and couples sessionsPrivate Hot Tub - Book one of the lodges for your own private infinity spa pool or hot tubSwimming Pool - Private lodges with outdoor infinity spa poolsViews - Stunning views over Scenic Rim
Crystalbrook Lodge 5 rooms from $1170Queensland
A luxurious haven in the midst of rugged Queensland outback. This lodge offers five suites with style, comfort and privacy, as well as stunning lakeside views. Local, fresh cuisine, an honesty bar and glorious infinity pool complete the experience.Swimming Pool - Spectacular outdoor infinity pool overlooking the lakeFishing - Heli-fishing and guides availableGreat walks - Lakeside trail walksOutstanding location
Mungumby Lodge 10 rooms from $184Cooktown Cape York, Queensland
Set in lush tropical gardens, this family owned and run hotel has bundles of charm. Ten wooden bungalows are minimal but authentically chic, and offer complete privacy. In a great situation for exploring Aboriginal art as well as the Great Barrier Reef. A great choice for families.Outstanding location - Located on northern edge of Mankal-Mangkalba National Park, borders famous Black Mountain (260 million year old rock formation)Swimming Pool - Outdoor pool overlooking the rainforestGreat walks - To rainforest and deserted beachesSights nearby - James Cook museum, Botanic Gardens
Lotusbird Lodge 10 rooms from $191Queensland
Situated on a billabong six hours north of Cairns on the Cape York peninsula, this lodge is set in a tropical wildlife haven, with over 200 species of birds in the area. Ten simple yet comfortable, wooden cabins have private bathrooms and verandas. Ideal for an inexpensive outback adventure.Birdwatching - Over 200 species of birdsGreat walks - Good for walkers.Outstanding locationHideaway - Tranquil and intimate.
Silky Oaks Lodge 38 rooms from $254Queensland
Luxury eco lodge on the banks of the Mossman River. Accommodation in stunning treehouses, suites and a riverhouse. Elegant interiors with hardwood floors, sumptuous en suites and verandahs overlooking the rainforest. Delicious food in the Treehouse Restaurant, and Healing Waters Spa for chilling.Outstanding location - Set in 88 acres of rainforest on the edge of Daintree National ParkRestrictions on children - Must be 12 or overGreat walks - Rainforest walksFull of characterRecommended by - Fodors
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Queensland has a lot more to offer than perfect beaches, but even if you don't make it further inland to the mountain ranges, sugar cane fields and dry mining towns, it's hard not to fall in love with this tourist darling. The best places to stay in Queensland are sprinkled throughout the laid-back centres and further out onto the reef and into the isolated and pristine far north.
For most visitors to Australia, Queensland - the 'Sunshine State' - is a much looked forward to part of their adventures. This is where Australia's coastline of tropical paradise can be found, and there really is a beach for everyone. At the southern end the beaches are golden and the northern beaches are made of minuscule grounds of bright white coral. On one side of this sand barrier are the dense green palaces of rainforest, and on the other the dazzling colours of The Reef.
Despite its popularity with visitors there are still plenty of quieter, less travelled spots in Queensland, if that's what you're looking for. For many, a drive up the coast is a way of seeing both the tourist highlights and the rough diamonds.
As for the main centres, apparently it's not enough for state capital Brisbane to be right up against the beaches of one of the world's most beautiful coastlines, it's also made a beach of its riverbank. With Brisbane's surfeit of beaches comes the sunshine, and the often tropical feeling humidity, which fuels a laid-back, relaxed vibe, with a great open-air dining and drinking scene. The shiny casinos and visitor attractions of the Gold Coast are relatively new, money was poured into the city for Expo '88, and Dream World, Sea World and Movie World lend Brisbane a 'Florida Down Under' feel - hence the local nickname, "Bris-vegas".
But that's just one part of town, and if you're looking for charming old Queenslanders, colonial architecture and local arts and culture then you'll not be disappointed. You'll also find a city rich with tropical gardens and welcoming public spaces - Brisbane is a wonderful place for a stroll.
Cairns is another laid-back, visitor friendly, tropical town. It's also close to the Great Barrier Reef, the magical Daintree Rainforest and hippy town Kuranda, and for many people Cairns is the beginning or the end of a journey up Australia's east coast.
As well as being a great base for some fantastic day trips, Cairns is also becoming a bit of an adventure capital, with diving, sailing, skydiving, hang gliding, ballooning, kayaking, whale watching and mountain biking all on offer. There are also plenty of operators who'll ferry you out into the Atherton Tablelands and up the coast in 4WDs. And of course the Kuranda Scenic Railway. And you're surrounded by pristine rainforest riddled with little tracks and trails.
Sandwiched between the reef and the rainforest, Port Douglas is a higher end piece of paradise, complete with a charming village, lovely marina, great bars, fantastic Sunday markets and some truly excellent cafes and restaurants.
Port Douglas is just an hour from the outer reef and an hour and a half from Cape Tribulation, so it's an amazing place to try your hand at sailing or fishing and there are numerous things to do in and around the beaches and the rainforests.
If you're interested in Queensland's islands, then the Whitsunday Group, sprinkled down the Queensland coast and surrounded by the calm, bright blue waters of the Coral Sea and the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, might be your idea of paradise. Most of the Whitsunday Islands are designated national parks (69 of the 74 islands are entirely national parkland) - both on and off shore, hence the small number which are inhabited. And only seven of the islands in the group have accommodation options, ranging from camping on Hook Island to exclusive private island resorts.
Our selection of the best places to stay in Queensland ranges far and wide, from luxury rainforest lodges to sleek urban properties in Brisbane.
For Brisbane city breaks
- In the heart of the nightlife district, the Limes Hotel has just 21 rooms, designed for the sophisticated party-goer. Small, but comfortably furnished, rooms have their own kitchenettes, perfect for mixing cocktails, or you can have one mixed for you in the rooftop bar with its two plunge pools.
- Great value and right in the heart of town, the Hotel Urban has city views, a pool, bars, a gym and restaurant, and the vibe matches the name. The 179 rooms start from around £65 per night.
- The Emporium Hotel is vibrant and fun, with a fabulous rooftop pool with city views, and easy access to bars and restaurants.
- Spicers Balfour is a stylish nine room boutique hotel in New Farm, right by the river. Rooms are set around a lush courtyard and tropical gardens. And there's a spa, to make sure you're suitably relaxed at all times. You're also just 15minutes walk from the centre of town.
For The Great Barrier Reef
- The QT Port Douglas is just back from the beach, and out of town, so it's ideal for visitors looking for a peaceful stay amongst tropical gardens. The decor is chic and retro and the well lit rooms look out onto either the hotel lagoon pool or the gardens. They also have apartments with one or two bedrooms.
- One&Only Hayman Island is a private island resort about three miles by five in size and on the outer edge of the Whitsunday group, right on the reef. Rooms, suites, villas and penthouses are luxurious, each with a balcony looking out to sea.
For a relaxing beach break
- The Shangri-La Hotel, Cairns is a five star luxury resort with all the trappings. You're right on the edge of the marina, with views over the water, the lush, topical hotel gardens or Cairns itself. As well as the peaceful spot, there are excellent facilities, including a fitness centre, and of course, waterfront dining.
- An oldy but a goody, the Daydream Island Resort and Spa is a large resort known for family relaxation. There's a choice of spas, pools and restaurants and plenty of opportunities to explore the reef, or just relax on the beautiful, white, sandy beaches.
For an island paradise
- Qualia is a small, stylish resort, offering the ultimate beachside resort experience. As well as the perfect beach, luxury spa and numerous private pools, Qualia is surrounded by lush tropical rainforest - a proper island paradise.
- The Hamilton Island Yacht Club Villas are a collection of luxurious, self contained villas, each with four ensuite bedrooms and kitchen and laundry facilities, and all opening out onto the beach with views of the Whitsundays. You're also close to the Hamilton Island Marina.
- The Palm Bay Resort is on Long Island, just off the mainland, and offers luxurious self catering accommodation in light, airy rooms with stunning views.