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Kingfisher Bay Resort
This elegant eco-resort has hotel rooms with private balconies and sophisticated two- and three-bedroom timber villas elevated to limit their environmental impact...
North Gregory Hotel
This historic art-deco beauty in the middle of the outback has undergone its most extensive renovation since the ‘50s. The lobby is like a glamorous film-noir set and the rooms are styled somewhere between its heyday and 20th-century Brisbane...
Green Island Resort
The luxurious Green Island Resort is a polished-floorboards kind of place with tastefully refurbished rooms complete with king beds...
Maroochydore Beach Motel
You've gotta love a theme motel, especially one as snazzy and spotless this one. There are 18 different rooms, including the Elvis Room (natch), the Egyptian Room and the Aussie room (complete with toy wombat to snuggle)...
Glass House Mountains Ecolodge
Glass House Mountains
This novel retreat overseen by a keen environmentalist is close to Australia Zoo and offers a range of good-value sleeping options, including the cosy Orchard Room ($112) and the converted Church Loft ($175), each with polished floorboards and tremend...
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.
With beach-funk decor, a Bali-esque pool area and an ultra laid-back vibe, this eight-storey converted apartment tower is the ultimate surf retreat. There are budget dorms, apartments and a hip penthouse begging for a party...
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.
Noosa Parade Holiday Inn
The apartments are looking a little faded, but they're clean and comfortable, and a mere stroll from the treats of Hastings St.
A glitzy post-modern Roman apparition, the Palazzo Versace is pure extravagance, from the opulent rooms to the indulgent restaurants and bars...
Aquarius On The Beach
The spectacular balcony views impress almost as much as the size of this place, the tallest building on the Strand. Don’t be put off by the dated facade – this is one of the better places around, and the service is faultless.
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.
Reef View Hotel
Four-star hotel popular with families.
Nothing compares to the ocean views from these breezy self-contained apartments. The resort sits above Mooloolaba’s trendy eateries and is only 30m from the beach. There’s a heated lagoon-style pool and a rooftop spa and barbecue.
Coral Sea Resort
At the end of a low headland overlooking the water, just west of the town centre, Coral Sea Resort has one of the best positions around. Many rooms have stunning views.
Clarion Hotel Mackay Marina
This welcoming luxury hotel down at the peaceful marina precinct has an excellent on-site restaurant, kitchenettes, private balconies and an enormous swimming pool. It’s located 6.5km northeast of the centre...
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.
Metropolitan Motor Inn
Business hotel with trim, comfortable rooms, set with striped duvets and opening onto sizeable balconies. Check internet for specials.
Whale Watch Ocean Beach Resort
Sublime and secluded three-bedroom apartments with stylish furniture and large decks.