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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, whilst 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.
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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.
Where to stay
- 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.
- 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 deeo blue waters).
What not to miss
- The Daintree Rainforest is the oldest in the world and is crammed full of stunning scenery and an incredible array of flora and fauna. Take a guided walking tour and you'll be amazed at the wonders!
- You can't visit Queensland and not take in the Great Barrier Reef! But the possibilities for experiencing it are endless: diving, snorkelling, glass bottomed boats - or take to the air and see it in all its glory from a helicopter or seaplane.
- Spend a few days exploring Brisbane, which has been voted Australia's most liveable city.
- For that Robinson Crusoe feeling, go island hopping in the Whitsundays.
- Mossman Gorge (part of the Daintree National Park) is one of the best places in the whole of Australia to learn about the country's indigenous population, and anyone wanting an Aboriginal experience should not miss it.
Our selection of the best places to stay in Queensland ranges far and wide, from luxury rainforest lodges to sleek urban properties in Brisbane. 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Mungumby Lodge; 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.
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 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.
- Capriole Estate is situated between the mountains and the sea, with 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.
- Lotusbird Lodge is 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.
- 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, 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.
- 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 with 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 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.
- InterContinental Sanctuary Cove is a 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.
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 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.
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.
- 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.
- Royal Pines Resort - 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.
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.
- 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. Emphasis on sustainability. The ultimate place for barefoot luxury and relaxation.
- Heron 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.
For an apartment or villa
- If you'd prefer a self-catering option this holiday - don't hesitate to visit our online partner, Booking.com for a great selection of properties to suit holidays of all types.
- Fly to Brisbane Airport or Cairns Airport, both of which have a wide selection 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, Rental Cars.
- Best time to visit - the winter months from June to September for pleasant temperatures and typically less rainfall.
Still not sure where to book?
Best Hotels in Queensland
Hotel Urban, Brisbane 179 rooms from £64Brisbane
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.Views - Stunning views over looking the Brisbane skylineSpaSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoorSights nearby - Well located for major sights.
QT Port Douglas 170 rooms from £87Port Douglas
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.SpaOn the beach - In front of the hotel.Swimming Pool - Indoor/outdoorRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
Shangri-La Hotel, Cairns 256 rooms from £96Cairns (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.GymLively area - Located on MarinaSailing - Can be booked nearby.Swimming Pool - Indoor/outdoor
Daydream Island Resort and Spa 296 rooms from £97Whitsunday Islands
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.Great walks - In the rainforestViews - Out to reefSailing - Can be booked nearby.Seaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.Recommended by - Fodors
Capriole Estate from £102Queensland
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.Secluded setting - For escaping.Romantic - Good for couples.Great walks - Good for walkers.Swimming Pool - Indoor/outdoor
QT Gold Coast 297 rooms from £102Gold 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.Swimming Pool - Outdoor poolLively - Hip and happening.SpaSurfing - Suitable beaches nearby.Recommended by - Tablet, Fodors, Mr & Mrs Smith
InterContinental Sanctuary Cove 243 rooms from £102Gold 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.Sights nearby - Gold coast theme parks such as Dreamworld and Warner Bros MovieworldViews - Coomera River marinaFishing - Excellent fishing nearby.Great walks - Good for walkers.
Emporium Hotel 102 rooms from £107Brisbane (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.Swimming Pool - Rooftop pool with sauna and loungersViews - Great views from hotelSights nearby - Well located for major sights.Recommended by - Fodors
Limes Hotel 21 rooms from £123Brisbane (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.Sights nearby - Close to Brisbane River and central BrisbaneRestrictions on children - Must be over 18Lively - Hip and happening.Recommended by - Tablet
Royal Pines Resort 331 rooms from £124Gold 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.Swimming Pool - Kids areas and slidesSailing - Can be booked nearby.Local markets - Good for local colour.Seaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.
Spicers Balfour 9 rooms from £124Brisbane (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.Sights nearby - Only a 15 minute walk to Brisbane city centreRestrictions on childrenSpaLocal markets - Good for local colour.Recommended by - Tablet, Fodors
Next Hotel 304 rooms from £136Brisbane
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.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 hotelLively - Hip and happening.Recommended by - Tablet
Sheraton Mirage Gold Coast 295 rooms from £137Gold 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.Swimming Pool - Indoor lap pool, outdoor heated pool and separate children's poolOn the beach - Direct beach accessSailing - Can be booked nearby.Spa
Mungumby Lodge 10 rooms from £145Cooktown 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
Palm Bay Resort from £145Whitsunday Islands
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.On the beach - Private beachfrontBarefoot Luxury - For total relaxation.Outstanding locationHideaway - Tranquil and intimate.
Lotusbird Lodge 10 rooms from £150Queensland
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.
Cow Bay Home Stay 2 rooms from £115Queensland
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.Back to Nature - Set within the Daintree Rainforest and walking distance from a secluded beachGreat walks - Self-guided or guided walks can be arranged around the many rainforest trailsDiving - Dive, snorkel and scuba around the Great Barrier Reef, or go on guided toursKayaking - Sea kayaking can be arranged
Heron Island 109 rooms from £154Heron 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
Daintree Manor B&B 3 rooms from £120Queensland
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.Back to Nature - Move back in time into the ancient rainforest environment for a rare glimpse of primitive flora and faunaKayaking - Join a guided sea kayaking group at Cape Tribulation for a different perspective of the Daintree coast and marine lifeBirdwatching - The Daintree abounds with an amazing variety of birdlife. See waterbirds by taking an early morning river cruiseGreat walks - Choose between guided and self-guided walks and appreciate the unique features the rainforest has to offer
Epiphyte B&B 6 rooms from £141Queensland
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.Back to Nature - In the heart of the Daintree World Heritage National Park with lush tropical rainforest as your surroundsKayaking - Scenic canoeing trips can be organised from the propertyGreat walks - Take a guided tropical rainforest hikeHideaway - Tranquil and intimate.
The Star 596 rooms from £144Gold Coast (Broadbeach QLD 4218)
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.Local exploring - The Star is conveniently close to the terminus of the Gold Coast tram service which runs north to Surfers Paradise and beyondBeach Life - Set on the small Broadbeach Island, with a patrolled surf beach just under a mile (1 km) awaySpa breaks - With a luxurious fully-serviced spa, massage and beauty treatmentsOpulent - Reception is hung with giant silver chandeliers over a dramatic black-and-white carpet, with potted orchids adding opulence
Silky Oaks Lodge 38 rooms from £200Queensland
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
Palazzo Versace 200 rooms from £212Gold 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.Sailing - The hotel has a private marinaSpa - Top notch Aurora SpaDesigner - Versace furnishingsOpulentRecommended by - Tablet, Fodors
Peppers Beach Club 75 rooms from £169Port Douglas
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.Back to Nature - Lies in a unique landscape where 2 World Heritage listed-territories, The Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest meetGreat walks - Numerous guided or self-guided trails around Daintree RainforestBirdwatching - Book a guided sunrise cruise to observe unusual birdsSailing - Can be booked nearby.
Mai Tai Resort 6 rooms from £173Port Douglas (Cassowary)
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.Beach Life - Just a 10 minute drive from the charming seaside town of Port TalbotDiving - The Great Barrier Reef is not far and offers a wealth of interesting nature to discoverGreat walks - There are stunning walks and trails in the nearby rainforest as well as by the coastRestrictions on children - Adult only
Peppers Ruffles Lodge and Spa 12 rooms from £232Gold 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.Views - Stunning views out to sea from its perch in the Gold Coast HinterlandGreat 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
Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa 15 rooms from £187Queensland
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.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 waterfallEco break - With a sustainable ethos, the lodge boasts 15 eco-friendly bayans in an awe-inspiring settingIn/by a Nature Reserve - The only boutique accommodation in the World-Heritage listed Daintree RainforestSights nearby - Visit the picturesque township of Mossman by car, nestled at the foot of the mountains surrounded by green fields of sugar cane
Port Douglas Peninsula Boutique Hotel 34 rooms from £212Port Douglas
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.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 guideRestrictions on children - Adult onlyBack to Nature
Haggerstone Island from £390Haggerstone 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.Diving - 1840s shipwreck nearbyBarefoot Luxury - For total relaxation.Outstanding locationFull of character
Hamilton Island Yacht Club Villas from £481Whitsunday Islands
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.CoastalFamily SuitesSwimming Pool - Waterfront lagoon pool surrounded by a tropical garden.Diving - Access to the Great Barrier Reef.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
Qualia 60 rooms from £538Hamilton 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.Swimming Pool - Private pools in some PavilionsViews - Each Pavilion has a searoomRestrictions on children - Must be 16 or overBack to NatureRecommended by - Tablet, Fodors, Mr & Mrs Smith
Spicers Peak Lodge 12 rooms from £565Queensland
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 RimRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Fodors
Bedarra Island Resort from £589Misson 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.Great walks - Self guided interactive walks through rain forestRestrictions on children - Must be 16 or overKayaking - Sea KayaksViews - Great views from hotelRecommended by - Fodors
Niramaya Villas & Spa 30 rooms from £600Port Douglas
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.Back to Nature - Port Douglas is located between two World Heritage sites; ancient rain forest and the Great Barrier ReefGreat walks - Many guided or self-guided trails around the coast and rainforestKayaking - Sea-kayaking can be arrangedSailing - Can be booked nearby.
Crystalbrook Lodge 5 rooms from £920Queensland
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
Lizard Island 40 rooms from £1097Lizard Island
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.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 hotelRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith