7 of the 10 best places to stay in Australia are in Queensland

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It’s official: you’ll get more than a good night’s sleep in Queensland. TripAdvisor’s 2015 Travellers’ Choice Awards have been revealed, with seven of the 10 best hotels sitting pretty across the state from the Gold Coast to Port Douglas.

While the luxury Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort in the Blue Mountains, NSW, took out the top gong, these Queensland accommodation properties will be feeling more popular than a chip amongst seagulls, after making it into the Top 10:

Xanadu Holiday Resort, Main Beach

The decor has been updated since Olivia Newton John’s heyday, which is giving the Xanadu Holiday Resort a new legion of fans. The view’s not bad, either.

“Xanadu was amazing! The apartment was fantastic and exceeded our expectations. The view and location was 10 out of 10.” ~ Nordic2008, Melbourne

Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort, Cairns

A long-time favourite of families who want to experience the Great Barrier Reef, the Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort has more features than a European sports car, but let’s face it, it will have you at the giant jumping pillows and water slides.

“Wonderfully friendly and helpful staff greet you at this brilliant resort. Clean, well maintained and extremely safe for children with loads for all to do.” ~ Dee B, Toowoomba

Summit Apartments, Airlie Beach

If you’re more content with a balcony and a beer than having to stretch your sea legs, Summit Apartments in Airlie Beach have some of the best views of The Whitsundays to be found, without stepping foot on a boat.

“The apartments have everything you need for a relaxing stay, the views from the Balconies out towards Airlie and the Whitsundays were amazing and we couldn’t fault the place.” ~ Jen81_10, Sydney

Grange Resort, Hervey Bay

Self-contained accommodation + pool bar = everything you could ever want on a holiday in Hervey Bay, it seems. And the Grange Resort knows how to keep their guests happy.

“What can I say we had a fantastic time at the resort the rooms are bright and clean and it is a great location the onsite managers are exceptionally friendly and helpful ,this is a very we’ll run resort.” ~ peter r, Sydney

Ashmore Palms Holiday Village, Ashmore

“Where?” we hear you ask. Well, if you want to make the kids very happy on your next holiday, then the Ashmore Palms Holiday Village is for you – smack bang in between the Gold Coast’s beaches and theme parks.

“I have stayed at a lot of places and Ashmore Palms would have to rate at the top for a family experience. Our 2yr old loved her morning walks around the aviaries and our 10yr old swam until the pool closed!” ~ Amanda A, Victoria

qualia, Hamilton Island

This luxury resort barely needs an introduction, but if you’re still waiting to meet qualia‘s hallowed rooms you can live vicariously through reviews like this:

“The whole experience, right from entering the grand gates of this resort, to check in, the stay, the view and service just dazzle and delight you.” RuchB27, Mumbai, India

Paradise Links Resort, Port Douglas

It’s one little word that can incite feelings of immense pleasure from males everywhere: Golf. And Paradise Links Resort has a front-row seat to all the action on the 18 holes.

“John and his crew provided service we never experienced before, nothing was a hassle and all of our requests were met with a smile.” ~ Fairlie S, Townsville

What do you think? What Queensland hotel would get your top vote?

Some of the businesses listed above have been impacted by recent weather events in Queensland. Please make contact with the operator or visit their website for information regarding bookings and travel plans.



  • John Mackie


    I am very happy to see this blog.

    when we enter in room we feel great, so the place should be beautiful to live,to stay. I went in Australia i saw many beautiful beautiful place to stay including Queensland and Southern Cross Atrium Apartments.

  • I had some thought because when I was tripping I was all day in Queensland and almost surfed over 7 days in Queensland. I’m now a big fan of Queensland. Thanks for sharing all these.