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The Observatory Port Macquarie
A friendly welcome is the norm at this excellent modern hotel opposite Town Beach. Rooms and apartments are comfortable and well equipped; many have balconies overlooking the water...
Royal Exchange Hotel
This beautifully restored 1930s hotel with an art-deco bent is an accommodation oasis in the heart of town.
Darwin Central Hotel
Right in the centre of town, this plush independent oozes contemporary style and impeccable facilities, including an award-winning restaurant. There are a range of stylish rooms with excellent accessibility for disabled travellers...
Green Island Resort
The luxurious Green Island Resort is a polished-floorboards kind of place with tastefully refurbished rooms complete with king beds...
Simpsons Of Potts Point
Kings Cross to Potts Point
An 1892 red-brick villa at the quiet end of a busy cafe strip, the perennially popular Simpsons looks to yesteryear for decorative flourishes. The downstairs lounge and breakfast room are lovely, and rooms are both comfortable and impeccably clean.
Camp in ecofriendly style in one of 12 luxurious solar-powered safari tents, with comfy beds, gorgeous en suites and wraparound decks. It’s set in dense bush 3.5km from Huskisson; you can borrow kayaks to paddle up the creek to the bay.
You can’t talk about Daylesford without waxing on about the Lake House, a superb family-run property overlooking Lake Daylesford...
Ulverstone River Retreat
Watch kingfishers from your front deck, fish and kayak the river, or just soak up the birdsong and peace. This gorgeous riverside spot offers a smart upstairs apartment and a separate villa, both with decks out front and BBQ facilities.
Glencoe Rural Retreat
Just north of Sheffield at Barrington, this gorgeous property is owned by celebrated French chef Remi Bancal. Stay in its romantic and stylish rooms (no kids under 12) and enjoy a superb three-course dinner ($60) – available by prior arrangement...
Ballina Manor Boutique Hotel
One of the best places to stay in the region, this boutique hotel began in the 1920s as an Edwardian-style girls’ school. The 12 rooms have been beautifully restored and boast many antiques. The small restaurant serves dinner.
Inside this beautiful timber Queenslander dripping with pot plants, the charming rooms are fully self-contained and have private entrances and verandahs. The effervescent Debbie is a mine of information and makes this a cosy home away from home.
Art Series The Cullen
Expect visions of Ned Kelly shooting you from the glam opaque room/bathroom dividers in this new and lively hotel, resplendent in the works of Sydney artist Adam Cullen...
The Hotel Shamrock
One of Bendigo’s historic icons, the Shamrock is a stunning Victorian building with stained glass, original paintings, fancy columns and a Gone with the Wind–style staircase...
Bowen Terrace Accommodation
A beautifully restored Queenslander, this guesthouse is tucked away in a quiet area of New Farm. The friendly owners have installed TVs and bar fridges in every room and there’s a lovely back deck overlooking the pool. Excellent value for money.
Launceston's newest and hippest hotel was once a dreary hospital. It's all light and bright now with snappy decor, intelligent service and a stylish restaurant (meals $8 to $33, open breakfast, lunch and dinner)...
Quality Hotel Mildura Grand
The standard rooms at the Grand aren’t the most luxurious in town but staying at this landmark hotel gives you the feeling of being part of something special. It’s Mildura’s top address, as much for its historical legacy as the modern amenities...
The Reef House – M Gallery Collection
Once the private residence of an army brigadier, the Sebel is more intimate and understated than most of Palm Cove’s resorts. The whitewashed walls, wicker furniture and big beds romantically draped in muslin all add to the air of refinement...
This recently restored former doctor’s mansion (c 1878) has six very different self-contained rooms, some featuring clawfoot baths and lovely views. All feature a unique sense of style. Highly recommended.
Park Hyatt Sydney
Circular Quay & The Rocks
Luxury meets location at Sydney's most expensive hotel, where the service levels and facilities are second to none...
Grampians Eco Yha
This architecturally designed and ecofriendly hostel utilises solar power and rainwater tanks and makes the most of light and space. It’s beautifully equipped with a spacious lounge, a Master Chef–quality kitchen and spotless rooms.
The beach-funk decor, tropical poolside, and a ‘no shirt, no shoes, no problem’ mantra makes this the ultimate surf retreat...
Lancelin Lodge Yha
This laid-back hostel is well equipped and welcoming, with wide verandahs and lots of communal spaces to hang about in...