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About Queensland

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. The accommodation choice is vast with everything from luxury rainforest lodges, to ultra-modern Brisbane stays or even your own little island hideaway.

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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, whilst the northern beaches are made of minuscule granules 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 Great Barrier Reef.

The Daintree Rainforest is the oldest in the world and is crammed full of stunning scenery and an incredible array of flora and fauna. For that Robinson Crusoe feeling, go island hopping in the Whitsundays. Then spend a few days exploring Brisbane, which has been voted Australia's most liveable city.

Where to stay - which city/area?

  • 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.
  • Gold Coast is where to stay for keen surfers (though there's plenty for beginners too) as this is where you'll find some of the best waves on the East Coast.
  • 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.
  • 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 offshore, 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.
  • Other island destinations that we'd recommend looking at include Haggerstone Island (a secluded retreat some 600km north of Cairns) Bedarra Island (a tropical paradise for barefoot luxury) or Heron Island (another secluded island resort surrounded by deep blue waters).

Our selection of the best places to stay in Queensland ranges far and wide. Use our guide and start to plan your trip!

The best places to stay in Queensland

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.
  • 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 15 minutes walk from the centre of town.

For The Great Barrier Reef

  • Hayman Island is a private island resort about three miles by five in size, 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.
  • Mungumby Lodge, a family owned and run hotel set in lush tropical gardens, 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.

For urban luxury

  • Palazzo Versace - if you're not au fait with Italian fashion house Versace, you will be after a stay in this luxe hotel in the Gold Coast 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 totally indulgent hotel experience.

To escape

  • Capriole Estate is situated between the mountains and the sea, just north of Sunshine Coast, and offers a range of self-catering accommodation options on this working farm, each with great views out to Mount Eerwah. Plus there's a pool and outdoor verandas, as well as communal dining areas. Perfect for families or large groups.
  • Lotusbird Lodge is situated on a billabong six hours north of Cairns on the Cape York peninsula, 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.
  • Haggerstone Island - 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.
  • Peppers Ruffles Lodge and Spa - 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.

For a luxurious retreat

  • Spicers Peak Lodge, with a setting to die for in Queensland's Scenic Rim, is a luxury lodge offering 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.
  • Silky Oaks Lodge is a luxury eco lodge on the banks of the Mossman River. Accommodation in stunning treehouses, suites and a riverhouse. Elegant interiors feature hardwood floors, sumptuous en suites and verandahs overlooking the rainforest. Delicious food in the Treehouse Restaurant, and Healing Waters Spa for chilling.
  • Crystalbrook Lodge is 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.
  • Lizard Island is a luxury hotel boasting epic sea views. Find utter tranquillity in the simply dressed rooms; all white on white with plenty of light, dark wooden floors and large terraces (the best have plunge pools). Feast on exemplary seafood dishes in the restaurant and spend days exploring the reef. Superb.
  • InterContinental Sanctuary Cove is a luxury Gold Coast hotel on the banks of the Coomera River marina in a 1940s building. Rooms are large and light, with sleigh beds and wooden floors overlooking the marina and lush tropical gardens. Plus you'll find an acclaimed golf course and one acre lagoon beach.

For a lively property

  • QT Gold Coast - 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.
  • Next Hotel is a chic contemporary hotel in a fantastic downtown Brisbane location. The simple, modern bedrooms feature crisp lines, lovely bathrooms and city views. There's a small fitness suite and a rooftop pool with a bar. Convenience is top priority with 24 hour check in option and loads of restaurants and shops on the doorstep.

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 Whitsunday Islands' 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.
  • Sheraton Mirage Gold Coast - 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.

For families

  • Royal Pines Resort - close to Surfers Paradise Beach is this resort offering 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 there's a 27 hole course on site.

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, 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.
  • Bedarra Island Resort features eight stunning villas nestled in the rainforest and looking out to the beach on this beautiful tropical island off the Queensland coast. With its emphasis on sustainability, this is the ultimate place for barefoot luxury and relaxation.
  • 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.

For an apartment or villa

  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option this holiday - we recommend you visit our online partner, Booking.com for a great selection of properties to suit holidays of all types.

Travel Information

  • Fly to Brisbane Airport or Cairns Airport, both of which have a wide choice of both domestic and international flights.
  • Alternatively, catch a train with rail links within the region and to Sydney.
  • If you want to rent a car to explore Queensland, click here for prices and booking with our online partner, Rentalcars.
  • Best time to visit - the winter months from June to September for pleasant temperatures and typically less rainfall.

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Best Hotels in Queensland

  • Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane City 220 rooms from £70

    Local exploring  -  Perfectly located just 10 minutes from Central station and within easy access of Victoria Bridge and Southbank
    Value chic  -  Despite its obvious grandeur, with rooms starting at $90 this is an affordable spot
    Luxury  -  A heritage Art Deco building beuatifully converted into a very smart luxury hotel
    Sailing  -  Take a cruise down the river and enjoy the city views

    This striking art deco building in central Brisbane has been cleverly converted into a sleek luxury hotel. Spacious apartments are utterly modern with large picture frame windows lending glorious city views. The old bank's vaults have been converted into a bar and there's a fabulous restaurant too. See More

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  • Shangri-La Hotel, Cairns Cairns (Pierpoint Road) 256 rooms from £96

    Gym
    Lively area  -  Located on Marina
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor

    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. See More

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  • Daydream Island Resort and Spa Whitsunday Islands 296 rooms from £97

    Great walks  -  In the rainforest
    Views  -  Out to reef
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Recommended by  -  Fodors

    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. See More

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  • Capriole Estate Queensland from £102

    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor

    Situated between the mountains and the sea, there are a range of self-catering accommodation options available on this working farm, with great views out to Mount Eerwah. With a pool and outdoor verandas, as well as communal dining areas. Perfect for families or large groups. See More

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  • QT Gold Coast Gold Coast 297 rooms from £102

    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Spa
    Surfing  -  Suitable beaches nearby.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Fodors, Mr & Mrs Smith

    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. See More

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  • InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Gold Coast (Hope Island) 243 rooms from £102

    Sights nearby  -  Gold coast theme parks such as Dreamworld and Warner Bros Movieworld
    Views  -  Coomera River marina
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.

    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. See More

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  • One Thornbury Brisbane 6 rooms from £81

    Local exploring  -  Well positioned right on the edge of the city centre offering easy access to the city's restaurants, shops and to Chinatown
    Value chic  -  Smart contemporary interiors and plenty of space offered at surprisingly reasonable rates
    Sailing  -  The hotel organises rivercruises with a partner company

    A heritage cottage well situated in a quiet neighbourhood just on the edge of the city centre. Individually styled interiors are gone with the old and in with the new. Bright and bold with large modern artworks and sleek bathrooms. Breakfasts are served on the terrace. A homely, yet chic, stay. See More

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  • By the Sea Port Douglas Port Douglas 26 rooms from £83

    Beach Life  -  Set on the coast in Port Douglas, next to miles of sandy beaches, book this hotel for a relaxing seaside break
    Local exploring  -  Set between the sea and the town, this hotel is perfectly placed for local exploring in Port Douglas
    Families  -  This hotel has great facilities for families, with large family suites available and a kid's pool
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.

    This chic, four-star hotel offers accommodation neighbouring four miles of sandy beach in Port Douglas. The bright guestrooms are loosely nautical themed, with blue and white linens and quirky wall art. The hotel's spacious apartments are great for families, with self-catering and sit-out terraces. See More

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  • Emporium Hotel Brisbane (Fortitude Valley) 102 rooms from £107

    Swimming Pool  -  Rooftop pool with sauna and loungers
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  Fodors

    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. See More

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  • The Johnson Brisbane (Spring Hill) 96 rooms from £92

    City Style  -  A very luxurious contemporary hotel offering spacious suites an enormous pool and superb restaurant
    Boutique  -  The hotel takes its design cues from famed Australian abstract artist, Michael Johnson
    Short fly break  -  Located just 14km from Brisbane airport this is a great option for short stays
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool

    A sleek modern hotel set beside the CBD district. Interiors have been styled by famed abstract artist Michael Johnson; the lines are sharp, with bright white walls, bold modern art, and floor to ceiling windows. Complete with a pool and restaurant, this is a chic choice. See More

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  • Edward Lodge Brisbane (New Farm) 10 rooms from £95

    Local exploring  -  A chic stay in the gentrified area of New Farm, surrounded by trendy cafes, bars, and boutiques
    Boutique  -  A chic boutique decorated with ikat fabrics and featuring added luxury touches
    Sailing  -  Use the city's ferries to explore the city from the river

    A chic little boutique guesthouse set in Brisbane's trendy New Farm district. The ten rooms feature whitewashed walls, ikat fabrics and small but modern bathrooms. Breakfasts are served in a sunny room or in the garden. A great value and convenient stay. See More

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  • Limes Hotel Brisbane (Fortitude Valley) 21 rooms from £123

    Sights nearby  -  Close to Brisbane River and central Brisbane
    Restrictions on children  -  Must be over 18
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    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. See More

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  • Royal Pines Resort Gold Coast (Benowa) 331 rooms from £124

    Swimming Pool  -  Kids areas and slides
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.

    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. See More

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  • Spicers Balfour Brisbane (New Farm) 9 rooms from £124

    Sights nearby  -  Only a 15 minute walk to Brisbane city centre
    Restrictions on children
    Spa
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Fodors

    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. See More

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  • The Point Brisbane (Kangaroo Point) 201 rooms from £105

    Local exploring  -  Kangaroo District sits conveniently between CBD and New Farm areas giving easy access to the best museums, restaurants and bars
    Weddings  -  A range of event spaces and catering arranged, this is a great choice for an urban wedding of upto to 120 people
    Sights nearby  -  Stroll up to Kangaroo Point Cliffs and enjoy a picnic and the city views
    Sailing  -  Jump on the complimentary CityHopper ferry and explore the city by boat

    A sleek hotel offering spacious rooms and suites in the central area of Kangaroo Point. Rooms feature sliding glass doors leading onto private terraces, luxurious bathrooms and minimalist style with a touch of retro. Featuring a large pool and a restaurant serving modern Aussie dishes; a chic stay. See More

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  • Alex Perry Hotel & Apartments Brisbane (Fortitude Valley) 143 rooms from £105

    Families  -  With a private feel, fully equipped kitchens and different sized units - this is ideal for a family city crashpad
    City Style  -  Contemporary urban spaces - that apartments offer the feel of your own pad in a luxury setting
    Value chic  -  Studio apartments are offered at surprisingly reasonable rates for the facilities you get
    Swimming Pool  -  Roof terrace pool

    A collection of sleek contemporary apartments located minutes from Brisbane CBD. Ranging from studios to two-bed apartments the property offers flexible stays for couples or groups. Featuring fully-fledged kitchens, a gym, and a rooftop pool. A smart urban stay. See More

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  • Next Hotel Brisbane 304 rooms from £136

    City Style  -  We love the funky Brisbane-themed artworks, fantastic food, city views from the rooftop pool and laid back chic vibe.
    Great walks  -  This hotel sits right in the centre of the action, head out the door and wander in any direction to discover Brisbane.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    A chic contemporary hotel in a fantastic downtown location. The simple, modern bedrooms feature crisp lines, lovely bathrooms and city views. Small fitness suite and a rooftop pool with bar. Convenience is top priority with 24 hour check in option and loads of restaurants and shops on the doorstep. See More

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  • Sheraton Mirage Gold Coast Gold Coast (Main Beach) 295 rooms from £137

    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor lap pool, outdoor heated pool and separate children's pool
    On the beach  -  Direct beach access
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Spa

    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. See More

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  • Mungumby Lodge Cooktown Cape York, Queensland 10 rooms from £145

    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 rainforest
    Great walks  -  To rainforest and deserted beaches
    Sights nearby  -  James Cook museum, Botanic Gardens

    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. See More

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  • Palm Bay Resort Whitsunday Islands from £145

    On the beach  -  Private beachfront
    Barefoot Luxury  -  For total relaxation.
    Outstanding location
    Hideaway  -  Tranquil and intimate.

    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. See More

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  • Lotusbird Lodge Queensland 10 rooms from £150

    Birdwatching  -  Over 200 species of birds
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Outstanding location
    Hideaway  -  Tranquil and intimate.

    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. See More

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  • Cow Bay Home Stay Queensland 2 rooms from £117

    Back to Nature  -  Set within the Daintree Rainforest and walking distance from a secluded beach
    Great walks  -  Self-guided or guided walks can be arranged around the many rainforest trails
    Diving  -  Dive, snorkel and scuba around the Great Barrier Reef, or go on guided tours
    Kayaking  -  Sea kayaking can be arranged

    Set in the World Heritage Daintree Rainforest, off the main tourist trail and just 15 minutes' walk to the stunning Cow Bay, a cosy and charming retreat. With a strong eco ethos, built and maintained in sustainable methods. An ideal base from which to explore the many activities on offer. See More

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  • Heron Island Heron Island 109 rooms from £154

    Great walks  -  Free guided reef walks, island ecology walks and bridlife walks
    Outstanding location  -  Island is surrounded by a reef
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Recommended by  -  Fodors

    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. See More

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  • Daintree Manor B&B Queensland 3 rooms from £122

    Back to Nature  -  Move back in time into the ancient rainforest environment for a rare glimpse of primitive flora and fauna
    Kayaking  -  Join a guided sea kayaking group at Cape Tribulation for a different perspective of the Daintree coast and marine life
    Birdwatching  -  The Daintree abounds with an amazing variety of birdlife. See waterbirds by taking an early morning river cruise
    Great walks  -  Choose between guided and self-guided walks and appreciate the unique features the rainforest has to offer

    An intimate 3 bedroom B&B. Rooms have en-suite bathrooms and access to the verandah with stunning views. Breakfast provided, and there are many dining options in the Daintree area. The B&B provides comprehensive information on activities such as guided walks, river cruises, sea kayaking and riding. See More

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  • Ovolo The Valley Brisbane (Fortitude Valley) 103 rooms from £130

    City Style  -  As hip as the precinct that it is set in - think full cocktail making equipment in-room, vibrant design, and a roof terrace pool
    Local exploring  -  Located in the cool Fortitude Valley surrounded by boutiques, restaurants and Brisbane's best galleries and museums
    Swimming Pool  -  Roof terrace pool
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels

    A luxury hotel set in the hip Fortitude Valley precinct. Spacious rooms feature indulgent bathrooms complete with rain showers, superb city views and added quirks such as a complete cocktail making set. A french cafe serves up barista-crafted coffee and there's a roof terrace pool. Very chic. See More

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  • The Fantauzzo Brisbane CBD 166 rooms from £136

    City Style  -  A luxury art hotel offering some of Brisbane's finest views across Story Bridge
    Artworks  -  Vincent Fantauzzo's superbly realistic portraits adorn the walls
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll along Brisbane's riverwalk that starts right outside the property
    Swimming Pool  -  Roof terrace pool

    A luxury art hotel situated in one of Brisbane's best localities, built under and around Story Bridge. Grown-up interiors feature the works of acclaimed artist Vincent Fantauzzo. An atmospheric bar, excellent restaurant, and heated infinity pool seal the deal. See More

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  • Ovolo Inchcolm Brisbane (Spring Hill) 50 rooms from £140

    Local exploring  -  Located beside the cbd district and offering easy access to both the city and the Golden Coast beaches
    City Style  -  A heritage building with cool 50s inspired design
    Full of character
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.

    A grand heritage building, once a medical centre, and now a trendy stay in the CBD district. Rooms keep their traditional feel with high ceilings and old sash windows but there's music inspired art and all the mod-cons. The atmospheric salon-bar is a real draw. A convenient and desirable stay. See More

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  • Epiphyte B&B Queensland 6 rooms from £144

    Back to Nature  -  In the heart of the Daintree World Heritage National Park with lush tropical rainforest as your surrounds
    Kayaking  -  Scenic canoeing trips can be organised from the property
    Great walks  -  Take a guided tropical rainforest hike
    Hideaway  -  Tranquil and intimate.

    This B&B offers rooms with private balconies and is just a 5 minute drive from the beaches of Cow Bay. With a strong eco ethos and fantastic location in the heart of the Daintree World Heritage Park. Explore beaches and waterholes, the Great Barrier Reef and the rainforest with its ancient flora. See More

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  • The Star Gold Coast (Broadbeach QLD 4218) 596 rooms from £147

    Local exploring  -  The Star is conveniently close to the terminus of the Gold Coast tram service which runs north to Surfers Paradise and beyond
    Beach Life  -  Set on the small Broadbeach Island, with a patrolled surf beach just under a mile (1 km) away
    Spa breaks  -  With a luxurious fully-serviced spa, massage and beauty treatments
    Opulent  -  Reception is hung with giant silver chandeliers over a dramatic black-and-white carpet, with potted orchids adding opulence

    Glamourous luxury hotel set on the tiny Broadbeach Island. Funky rooms are decorated with boldly patterned carpets, crisp white linen and plush headboards. Offering impeccable service, an indulgent spa and an outdoor pool. Find a choice of bars and restaurants and many beaches to explore nearby. See More

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  • Heal House Brisbane (New Farm) 3 rooms from £149

    Boutique  -  Chic interiors mix colonial-style traditional design with a fresh contemporary feel
    Short fly break  -  Located just 20 minutes from Brisbane airport this is ideal for a short stay
    Sailing  -  Take a boat trip to Portside Wharf and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
    Traditional

    An elegant three-bed guesthouse located in a central, yet quiet, part of Brisbane. Each suite is individually styled but the interiors throughout have a fresh take on traditional design. The bathrooms are particularly impressive with rain showers and free-standing tubs. An intimate and chic stay. See More

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  • Silky Oaks Lodge Queensland 38 rooms from £200

    Outstanding location  -  Set in 88 acres of rainforest on the edge of Daintree National Park
    Restrictions on children  -  Must be 12 or over
    Great walks  -  Rainforest walks
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Fodors

    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. See More

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  • Palazzo Versace Gold Coast (Main Beach) 200 rooms from £212

    Sailing  -  The hotel has a private marina
    Spa  -  Top notch Aurora Spa
    Designer  -  Versace furnishings
    Opulent
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Fodors

    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. See More

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  • Peppers Beach Club Port Douglas 75 rooms from £172

    Back to Nature  -  Lies in a unique landscape where 2 World Heritage listed-territories, The Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest meet
    Great walks  -  Numerous guided or self-guided trails around Daintree Rainforest
    Birdwatching  -  Book a guided sunrise cruise to observe unusual birds
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.

    Set in the fishing village of picturesque Port Douglas, with 4 Mile Beach a stone's throw away. A tranquil and relaxed setting, with own leafy pool, gym, in-house bar and restaurant. A good base from which to explore the two National Heritage sites of Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. See More

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  • Mai Tai Resort Port Douglas (Cassowary) 6 rooms from £176

    Beach Life  -  Just a 10 minute drive from the charming seaside town of Port Talbot
    Diving  -  The Great Barrier Reef is not far and offers a wealth of interesting nature to discover
    Great walks  -  There are stunning walks and trails in the nearby rainforest as well as by the coast
    Restrictions on children  -  Adult only

    An intimate, Balinese-style resort, perched on top of a mountain by Port Douglas and nestled in 5 acres of private lush tropical rainforest. With pool, a choice of 4 rooms or 2 rooms in the private villa. Adult-only romantic setting with lush scenery, close to both rainforest and coastal activities. See More

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  • Peppers Ruffles Lodge and Spa Gold Coast (Willow Vale) 12 rooms from £232

    Views  -  Stunning views out to sea from its perch in the Gold Coast Hinterland
    Great walks  -  There is a one km walking track around the lodge plus longer trails in the Eucalyptus forest.
    Spa  -  Ruffles Day Spa offering a wide range of treatments.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor infinity pool with poolside bar

    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. See More

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  • Treasury Hotel, Brisbane Brisbane CBD 125 rooms from £184

    Luxury  -  A luxury hotel in one of the city's heritage buildings - a very grand stay
    City Style  -  A glamorous hotel complete with trendy restaurant and a casino!
    Sailing  -  Hop on one of the ferries and explore the city by river
    Traditional

    A grand heritage building, in the heart of Brisbane, now converted into a luxury hotel. Enormous rooms feature very high ceilings, expansive sash windows and antiques in keeping with the building's history. Complete with a fine dining restaurant and an attached casino - this is a grown-up stay. See More

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  • Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa Queensland 15 rooms from £190

    Back to Nature  -  Wake up to the sound of the birds in the canopy, take in the majesty of the ancient tropics and discover the pristine waterfall
    Eco break  -  With a sustainable ethos, the lodge boasts 15 eco-friendly bayans in an awe-inspiring setting
    In/by a Nature Reserve  -  The only boutique accommodation in the World-Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the picturesque township of Mossman by car, nestled at the foot of the mountains surrounded by green fields of sugar cane

    A spectacular property with a strong eco ethos, situated right in the tropical Daintree rainforest, a World Heritage site, with bar, restaurant and in-house Spa offering yoga sessions. Set near the sea and the Great Barrier Reef, so there's a wealth of nature-related activities to explore. See More

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  • The Calile Brisbane (Fortitude Valley) 175 rooms from £190

    Designer  -  This luxury resort mixes pastel hues with brass fittings in the bedrooms - find photo worthy touches around every corner
    Spa breaks  -  The fully-fledged spa offers everything from medical treatments such as IV-vitamin drips to relaxing body wraps
    City Style  -  A very stylish fiftees inspired stay offering contemporary design with a real touch of glamour
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

    An undeniably cool urban resort featuring an enormous pool and fantastic Greek restaurant. Retro-inspired rooms are decked out in pastel hues with brass fittings. The spa is extensive and really worthy of a visit alone whether you fancy an IV-vitamin boost or something a little more relaxing! See More

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  • Port Douglas Peninsula Boutique Hotel Port Douglas 34 rooms from £215

    Beach Life  -  Has an unrivalled beachside location overlooking Four Mile Beach, the only hotel in Port Douglas with beach and ocean views.
    Great walks  -  Go on a guided walk in The Daintree Rainforest. Best appreciated with the perspective of a local knowledgeable guide
    Restrictions on children  -  Adult only
    Back to Nature

    A high-end boutique hotel in the charming fishing village of Port Douglas. With beautiful coastal views and a beachfront location, as well as glorious pool and spoiling spa. Varied outdoor activities on offer, such as Great Barrier Reef diving, guided rainforest tours and wildlife park exploration. See More

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  • W Brisbane Brisbane 312 rooms from £266

    City Style  -  A five-star with that signature W Hotel design where luxury and fun merge perfectly
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll through the nearby City Botanical Gardens
    Sailing  -  Hop on the CityCat and explore the city by boat
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.

    The W Hotel collection is well known for its unique style which mixes contemporary verve with luxury touches. The Brisbane offering is a perfect example. Bright and bold throughout and complete with a zebra print adorned pool area and bar. The food is always on-point and there's a spa too. See More

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  • Haggerstone Island Haggerstone Island from £390

    Diving  -  1840s shipwreck nearby
    Barefoot Luxury  -  For total relaxation.
    Outstanding location
    Full of character

    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. See More

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  • Hayman Island Resort Whitsunday Islands 160 rooms from £392

    Views  -  Out to the reef
    Back to Nature
    Kids Club  -  Fully staffed.
    Birdwatching  -  Good birding near the hotel.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Fodors, Mr & Mrs Smith

    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, each with a balcony or breathtaking sea view, and is the ultimate place to unwind. See More

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  • Hamilton Island Yacht Club Villas Whitsunday Islands from £481

    Coastal
    Family Suites
    Swimming Pool  -  Waterfront lagoon pool surrounded by a tropical garden.
    Diving  -  Access to the Great Barrier Reef.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

    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. See More

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  • Qualia Hamilton Island, Whitsunday Islands 60 rooms from £538

    Swimming Pool  -  Private pools in some Pavilions
    Views  -  Each Pavilion has a searoom
    Restrictions on children  -  Must be 16 or over
    Back to Nature
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Fodors, Mr & Mrs Smith

    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. See More

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  • Spicers Peak Lodge Queensland 12 rooms from £565

    Spa  -  Spa Anise offers a luxurious range of massages, treatments, body wraps, facials and couples sessions
    Private Hot Tub  -  Book one of the lodges for your own private infinity spa pool or hot tub
    Swimming Pool  -  Private lodges with outdoor infinity spa pools
    Views  -  Stunning views over Scenic Rim
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Fodors

    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. See More

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  • Bedarra Island Resort Misson Beach, Bedarra Island from £589

    Great walks  -  Self guided interactive walks through rain forest
    Restrictions on children  -  Must be 16 or over
    Kayaking  -  Sea Kayaks
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Fodors

    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. See More

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  • Niramaya Villas & Spa Port Douglas 30 rooms from £610

    Back to Nature  -  Port Douglas is located between two World Heritage sites; ancient rain forest and the Great Barrier Reef
    Great walks  -  Many guided or self-guided trails around the coast and rainforest
    Kayaking  -  Sea-kayaking can be arranged
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.

    Luxury hotel nestled in tropical grounds. A short stroll to Four Mile Beach, with the picturesque Part Douglas village just a little further. With own pool, gym and spa as well as in-house bar and restaurant. A sophisticated base from which to explore the region's natural wonders of reef and jungle. See More

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  • Crystalbrook Lodge Queensland 5 rooms from £920

    Swimming Pool  -  Spectacular outdoor infinity pool overlooking the lake
    Fishing  -  Heli-fishing and guides available
    Great walks  -  Lakeside trail walks
    Outstanding location

    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. See More

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  • Lizard Island Lizard Island 40 rooms from £1097

    Beach Life  -  It's everything one dreams of, white sands, turquoise seas and, of course, there's the reef too.
    Diving  -  Book a half or full-day excursion and let the hotel take you to numerous diving hot spots.
    Restrictions on children  -  Children over 10 are welcome.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

    A luxury hotel boasting epic sea views. Find utter tranquility in the simply dressed rooms; all white on white with plenty of light, dark wooden floors and large terraces (the best have plunge pools). Feast on exemplary seafood dishes in the restaurant and spend days exploring the reef. Superb. See More

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