Budget hotels & hostels
Guesthouses and B&Bs
Green Island Resort
The luxurious Green Island Resort is a polished-floorboards kind of place with tastefully refurbished rooms complete with king beds...
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.
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.
Reef House Boutique Resort And Spa Palm Cove ...
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...
The beach-funk decor, tropical poolside, and a ‘no shirt, no shoes, no problem’ mantra makes this the ultimate surf retreat...
Scotty's Beach House
Clean, comfy rooms (including girls-only dorms with Barbie-pink sheets) are grouped around Scotty’s grassy pool area – a great spot for catching some rays...
Port Douglas Peninsula Boutique Hotel
Private and luxurious, this 34-room hotel is geared mainly towards couples and newlyweds. Expect modern self-contained apartments across from Four Mile Beach and a superb pool. Rates include buffet breakfast and airport transfers...
Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa
Just north of the centre, this resort is ridiculously sumptuous, from the sandstone-floored foyer with punkah-style fans to the lagoon-style pool, complete with artificial white-sand beaches and a waterfall.
Coral Tree Inn
A decent midranger in a nifty spot close to the centre, Coral Tree Inn has the goods to keep the comfort-conscious happy without breaking the bank...
Peppers Beach Club And Spa Palm Cove
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, plus tennis courts and spa treatments...
Shangri La Hotel, The Marina
In an unbeatable waterfront setting, towering over the marina, Shangri-la is Cairns’ top hotel, a super-swish five-star that ticks all the boxes for location, views, facilities (including a gym and pool bar) and attentive service...
The Hotel Cairns
There’s a real tropical charm to this sprawling bone-white hotel, built in a traditional Queenslander plantation style...
Quality Hotel The Inchcolm
This elegant heritage hotel retains elements from its early-20th-century past (including an old-fashioned cage elevator), but the rooms have been renovated extensively...
Charming boutique resort has 24 one-bedroom apartments, all with kitchens, balconies and laundry facilities.
Daydream Island Resort & Spa
Daydream Island Resort & Spa is the tackier side of the Whitsundays, with five grades of accommodation. Still, it's efficiently operated and set in beautifully landscaped tropical gardens...
The Palazzo is quite simply pure extravagance, from the sumptuous rooms to the equally indulgent restaurants and bars. Everything, from the pool furniture to the buttons on the staff uniforms, has Donatella Versace’s glamorous mark on it.
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.
Grand Hotel Townsville
A newbie on the Palmer St scene, it impresses with its balconies, wood-panelled walls, tree-inspired artwork and huge bathrooms. Studios are cosy but big enough to swing a cat in. Oh, and the pool and spa are pretty special, too.
Plush CBD apartments; call for last-minute deals.
Best Western Plus Quarterdecks Retreat
These excellent villas are stylishly furnished with a private courtyard, all the mod cons you could wish for and little luxuries like fluffy bathrobes...
Coffee House Apartment Motel
The Coffee House features beautifully appointed motel rooms, self-contained apartments and spa suites. There's a popular and stylish cafe-restaurant–wine bar on site.
The rooms in this decent motel are dressed in tutti-frutti colours and each has a wee veranda overlooking the pool out the back. It's comfy rather than spectacular, but the price is right.