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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.
Sleek and stylish contemporary hotel close to the city centre ensuring good value for money. City views from some rooms, plus a restaurant, bar and gym. For the urban-chic traveller - a well named establishment.
Set back from the beach and away from the hustle and bustle of the town, QT is perfectly situated for a relaxing stay. Fun, light filled rooms, with chic retro decor, look out onto the garden or pool. One or two bed apartments are ideal for families or groups.
Cairns (Pierpoint Road)
Five star luxury with all the trappings. Large and spacious rooms all with balconies with views either over the city, gardens or bay. Excellent facilities including outdoor pool, fitness centre and spa, and waterfront dining. A great spot on the Marina away from the main street.
The very name of the island invites total relaxation, which is exactly what this resort offers. Deluxe suites, three outdoor spas and a choice of restaurants make this the ideal place to unwind after a day exploring the reef. Particularly geared up for families.
This jazzy hotel has gone in for vibrant and retro decor, matching its lively central location in the heart of Surfers Paradise. With the beach a stone's throw away, sea-facing rooms have spectacular ocean views, whilst others face the mountains. Fantastic spa on the lower level.
Gold Coast (Hope Island)
Luxury hotel on the banks of the Coomera River marina in a 1940s building. Rooms are large and light, with timber sleigh beds and wooden floors overlooking the marina and lush tropical gardens. With an acclaimed golf course and one acre lagoon beach.
Brisbane (Fortitude Valley)
This contemporary hotel is vibrant and fun inside which adds to the character and charm. A rooftop swimming pool with views across the city is the perfect way to unwind. Easy access to shops within the precinct and the city's top bars, restaurants and sights.
Brisbane (Fortitude Valley)
Situated in the centre of the city's entertainment and nightlife district "the valley", this is a designer hotel for the sophisticated party-goer. Comfortable rooms with kitchenettes are uniquely furnished. Have a cocktail in the buzzing rooftop bar with two plunge pools.
Gold Coast (Benowa)
Close to Surfers Paradise Beach is this resort with spacious double rooms, a spa, gym and tennis courts. Family friendly with adjoining rooms available and separate pool areas and slides for kids. Perfect for golf lovers as 27 hole course on site.
Brisbane (New Farm)
This chic and stylish boutique hotel in Brisbane offers nine large, spacious contemporary rooms. The rooms are set around gardens and a courtyard. With a luxury spa and an in-hotel personalised service to match, this is the perfect place for both business and pleasure.
Gold Coast (Main Beach)
Direct access to the beach, numerous swimming pools, and a spa and fitness centre are just some of the top facilities available at Gold Coast's only 5* hotel. Spacious & stylish rooms and suites many with sea views and great seafood buffet at Terraces Restaurant.
Cooktown 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.
With a mesmerising location on Long Island, at the heart of the Whistsunday Islands, this resort offers luxurious self-catering accommodation. Modern amenities, including a kitchen and laundry facilities, are complimented by the light and airy rooms with stunning views.
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.
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.
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.
Gold Coast (Main Beach)
If you're not au fait with Italian fashion house Versace, you will be after a stay in this luxe hotel where all the furnishings come from their home collection. With huge rooms and top amenities including Australia's only water salon, the result is a purely indulgent hotel experience.
Gold Coast (Willow Vale)
Set high in the Gold Coast Hinterland, this luxury hotel offers a range of suites and villas with magnificent views out to sea or over Tambourine Mountain. An infinity pool, deluxe spa and three acre garden ensure a peaceful and intimate experience.
Roy and Anna Turner have spent twenty years creating the ultimate barefoot luxury resort. There are four huts built with local materials set along the beach of this stunning island, and all food is grown or caught on the island, and freshly prepared. A once in a lifetime experience.
This five by three mile private Whitsunday island is a tropical oasis of pristine white beaches and turquoise water. The only resort on the island offers luxurious rooms, suites, villas and penthouses each with a balcony or breathtaking sea view, and is the ultimate place to unwind.
These luxury self-contained villas have breath-taking views towards the Whitsunday Islands. Each beachfront Villa comes with four ensuite bedrooms, a kitchen and laundry facilities. Close to Hamilton Island marina, they're the ideal set up for families and larger groups.
Hamilton Island, Whitsunday Islands
Explore the Great Barrier Reef from this stylish resort offering the ultimate private beachside experience. Breathtaking views, spa treatments, a fully stocked library and more - an island paradise.
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.
Misson Beach, Bedarra Island
Eight stunning villas nestled in the rainforest and looking out to the beach on this beautiful tropical island off the Queensland coast. Emphasis on sustainability. The ultimate place for barefoot luxury and relaxation.
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.