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On The Wallaby
Some hostels just feel like home and this one does, with handmade timber furniture and mosaics, and spotless rooms (without TV). Nature-based tours depart daily; tour packages and transfers ($30 one way) are available from Cairns.
Southern Cross Atrium Apartments
If you find yourself in one of these cool, modern self-contained apartments you’ll thank yourself. Enjoy the designer kitchen in the studios, and direct access to the lap pool (one of three) from ground-floor apartments...
201 Lake Street
Lifted from the pages of a trendy magazine, this new apartment complex has a stellar pool and a whiff of exclusivity...
Port Douglas Retreat
Recline on a sun lounge on the wide wooden decking that surrounds the palm-lined swimming pool at this traditional Queenslander-style complex of 36 apartments.
The crisp, white interiors of Reef Palms’ apartments will have you wearing your sunglasses inside. All rooms have kitchen facilities; larger ones include a lounge area and a spa. Good for couples and families.
By The Sea Port Douglas
Close to the beach and town centre, the 12 self-contained rooms here are spread over three levels – the upper rooms have 'filtered' views through the palm trees to the beach. Refitted rooms have neutral tones livened up with bright splashes of colour.
Villa San Michele
Four-star accommodation in well-laid-out, self-contained, tile-floored rooms. Choose from one- and two-bedroom rooms in this Tuscan-inspired, centrally located complex. There are two swimming pools and a shared courtyard area.
Acacia Court Hotel
A stroll along the Esplanade from town, this waterfront high-rise’s beachy touches and a choice of ocean or mountain views make it great value for money. Most rooms have private balconies and its famous buffet restaurant Charlie’s is downstairs.
Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas
Not to be confused with the separately located Marina Mirage, Port Douglas’ original luxury resort is surrounded by five acres of swimmable lagoons...
Port Douglas Cottage & Lodge
Beach hut meets Queenslander in this centre-of-town cottage and lodge. The unique timber-floored cottage has a private plunge pool, views from the marble bath and a hidden kitchen. Expect the best appliances and fittings and loads of privacy.
Central Point Motel
A short, steamy walk from town, the Central Point has a tropical atmosphere and well-equipped kitchenettes in all the sunny rooms.
Port Douglas Motel
No views but bright rooms and a great location.
A brilliant little establishment with large tiled rooms, tasteful furniture, writing desks and private outdoor patios. The staff are considered and courteous. It’s a few blocks along the Barkly Hwy.
Peppers Beach Club & Spa
Step through the opulent lobby at Peppers and into a wonder-world of swimming pools – there’s the sand-edged lagoon pool and the leafy rainforest pool and swim-up bar – tennis courts and spa treatments...
The York Beachfront Holiday Apartments
This is a midsized complex with good self-contained apartments. Sliding doors open on to private balconies with sea views.
Silky Oaks Lodge
This international resort woos honeymooners and stressed-out execs with luxury hammocks, rejuvenation treatments and polished-timber cabins complete with spa baths. Its stunning Treehouse Restaurant & Bar is open to interlopers.
The Hotel Cairns
There’s a true tropical charm to this sprawling bone-white hotel, built in traditional Queenslander 'plantation' style. Rooms have an understated elegance and the huge ‘tower’ rooms and suites offer luxury touches including private balconies...
Bali comes to Cairns at this low-rise complex: waking up among the authentic wood furnishings and ceramic pieces, you may be taken with the sudden urge to have your hair beaded.
Mossman Motel Holiday Villas
Fantastic-value spacious villas on lovely landscaped grounds complete with rock waterfall and pool.
Behind the unassuming facade, this is true inner-city apartment living. Take the lift up to the 1st-floor pool or to the rooftop garden for a sundowner. The elegant self-contained apartments come with wrought-iron and glass furnishings.
Eden House Retreat & Mountain Spa
Amid the gardens behind this historic 1912 homestead in the village centre are romantic cottages with large spa baths and raised beds, and family-oriented villas. Nonguests can book into the full-service day spa and highly regarded restaurant .
Set in lush tropical grounds, these low-rise luxury apartments have handsomely furnished separate tiled lounges and kitchen areas and all the trimmings, including big balconies looking out over the ocean.