The Sunshine State is big. Really big! From the famous beach resorts and surfie playgrounds of the Gold Coast, and the laid-back holiday stylings of Noosa and the Sunshine Coast, all the way up through the cane-fields and sugar mills to the Wet Tropics and beyond, Queensland sheer vastness invites explorers…and dreamers.
Brash and beautiful Brisbane, with its gracefully curving river and sunlit glass towers, brings the can-do attitude of the Outback to vibrant life in its pub culture and street cafés. Further north, where gold once came down from the ranges in glittering streams, ghost town still tell their sad stories and the viridian sugar cane shimmers in the heat. Beyond Cairns, where the rainforests meet the Great Barrier Reef, Port Douglas brings glamour and sophistication to the tropics…and then you are in the big spaces of the Great Top End, where dreams end and adventures begin.
From city penthouses to secluded rainforest retreats, in Queensland, you’ll find a luxury hotel to cater for your every desire. So if you feel like picking up a fast car and burning your name in the road, head north and try one of these luxury hotels for your adventures under those sugarcane moons.
5-7 Belmore Terrace, 4567 Sunshine Beach, Australia
Rating: 8.8 Fabulous
Boasting stunning views of Sunshine Beach, is the La Mer Sunshine Beachfront. With apartments offering guests ocean facing private balconies, guests can relax in comfort and style. Convenient and secure free parking is available on site, so bring your car to explore the Noosa region, especially Eumundi Market or the Noosa Botanic Gardens.
All apartments are air-conditioned, making the perfect place to relax in front of TV after a day of exploring. Both a DVD player and cable tv are available as well as free in room wi-fi. A fully equipped kitchen makes it easy to prepare your own meals and early morning coffee. There are also laundry facilities available too.
A short walk away from the apartments is the highly recommended Fratellini. Traditional italian and dishes showcasing local produce are on offer in this lively atmosphere. If Italian is not your style, there are many more offerings on the popular Hastings Street, only a 10 minute drive away.
Check out the tour desk onsite and book a tour to Fraser Island or perhaps an offshore fishing trip. On your return from seeing the sites, enjoy a dip in the pool and then a meal under the stars with the poolside bbq facilities.
390 David Low Way, 4573 Peregian Beach, Australia
Rating: 9.0 Superb
Located on 5 acres and walking distance to Peregian Beach, are The Retreat Beach Houses. Close to shops and markets, guests will enjoy this superb location. Make sure you bring your car as the accommodation is also an ideal location to explore Noosa’s hotspots such as Noosa Springs and Noosa National Park, and offers guests free parking at the accommodation.
Each of the free standing houses comes with a fully equipped kitchen, allowing the guests the convenience of preparing their own meals. Those who wish to cook in the open air, can use the bbqs provided by the hosts. Relax in the spacious lounge room, with a movie at the end of the day.
Peregian Beach Village is only a 5 minute drive away and a great place to check out for great cafes, gelato and funky eateries. A recommended favourite is Pizzami, a family owned pizzeria with an extensive menu. Why not grab a pizza to take away, to have at the beach while watching the sunset?
The self-contained accommodation offers guests free wifi, and private balconies. Enjoy the lagoon-style pool and relax in the tropical garden. Guests can also take advantage of the onsite tennis court.
2 Pandanus Street 11, 4567 Noosa Heads, Australia
Rating: 8.5 Very Good
Located within walking distance from the gorgeous Little Cove Beach, is the Little Cove Court apartments. Nestled amongst a tropical garden, the apartments are within walking distance to the popular hub of Hastings Street. With free parking available on site, guests can bring their car so they can explore more of the Sunshine Coast including Australia Zoo.
Guests will have access to a full kitchen, In addition to laundry facilities in their apartment. Choose from preparing meals and eating them indoors or outdoors, as all apartments come with a bbq, and private balcony. In the evening relax with a dvd in the comfy lounge area, with a bowl of microwave popcorn.
Stroll down for a morning coffee, evening meal, or after dinner ice cream, as Hastings Street is only a 5 minute walk away. Be delighted with the cuisines on offer and know that you never need to dine in the same place twice. From Japanese to Italian, make sure you take the time to browse the menus.
Guests will love having the choice between a day pool side and a day at the beach. There are body boards and beach toys to hire if you do forget to bring your own, and a tour desk on site to be able to book day trips around the Sunshine Coast.
6 Hastings St, 4567 Noosa Heads, Australia
Rating: 8.4 Very Good
Across the road from the stunning coast of Noosa Main Beach is Hotel Laguna. Guests can choose between studios and apartments, making it a perfect choice for a family getaway or romantic weekend. Great shopping and dining options are just around the corner at this holiday getaway.
Guests can choose the perfect accommodation that suits them, some offering gorgeous views of the Noosa River. All options feature air conditioning as well either a kitchenette or a fully equipped kitchen. Guests can also use the guest laundry located on site.
Restaurants a plenty are found in the nearby Hastings St. There is a lot of choice available, ranging from takeaway to fine dining. Both the cafe, #10 Hastings Street and the awesome Miss MoneyPennys offer guests of the accommodation a 10% discount on food and beverages.
If you don’t feel like heading out for the day, enjoy relaxing by the pool in the lounge chairs, take a dip or enjoy a bbq in the bbq area. There is a tour desk on site to assist with booking some amazing Noosa experiences. Guests will also be able to take advantage of the free onsite parking, making it easy for those coming from the Sunshine Coast Airport.
47 Picture Point Crescent, Noosa Heads, 4567 Noosa Heads, Australia
Rating: 9.0 Superb
Nestled in tropical bushland but close to Noosa’s main beach is Picture Point Terraces. The apartments offer guests privacy but with stunning views. Perfectly located, Noosa’s main attractions are a short drive away, a perfect complement to the free onsite parking available. With restaurants also only a scenic 10 minute walk away, you won’t regret staying at this location.
Each air-conditioned apartment can have the choice of cooking inside or outside. A fully equipped kitchen and bbq facilities are available in all the well lit apartments, along with a dishwasher and microwave. Guests can also take advantage of the apartment’s laundry facilities as well, truly making this a home away from home.
While guests may want to enjoy cooking for themselves and staying in to admire the views, Hastings street restaurants are very close by. From a takeaway coffee before a beach walk, to fine dining, visitors to Noosa are spoilt for choice in the one location.
The accommodations outdoor pool will be calling your name at the end of each day. Or perhaps you are an early riser, and a session in the onsite fitness centre is more your style. If you are after a relaxing holiday, then the sauna will be just what you need. Guests can also enjoy complimentary wifi during their stay as well.
34-38 Katharina Street, 4567 Noosa Heads, Australia
Rating: 9.4 Superb
Tucked away in a quiet street away from the busier part of Noosa is the resort style accommodation known as L’Auberge. Guests will not be too far away from the main area of Noosa, as the popular Hastings Street, lined with restaurants and shops, is only 1.3 kilometres away. With the added benefit of free onsite parking, there is no reason why you cannot get out to explore the region.
When staying at these relaxing apartments, you can enjoy preparing your own meals in the fully equipped kitchen that each apartment offers. Enjoy your meal in the comfort of the air conditioning or outside in the fresh air, under the stars. Guests will be able to choose from an apartment with a spa bath and rooftop bbq, or a ground floor courtyard apartment, also with bbq.
Just a 5 minute walk away, is Noosa Junction. This lively and colourful hub houses fabulous restaurants, cafes and shops. Check out some live music while browsing menus to decide what’s for dinner. Check out Mr. Drifter; a funky place inspired by asian street food.
When back at the apartment, you will feel like you are in paradise. Enjoy this outdoor oasis as you relax by the heated saltwater pool or the hot tub. Guests have the convenience of laundry facilities as well as complimentary wifi.
2 Noosa Drive, 4567 Noosa Heads, Australia
Overlooking Laguna Bay and the Noosa River, is the Noosa Crest Resort. Each apartment has a private balcony where you can admire the view of either the parklands or the water. The apartments are only a 5 minute stroll from the Main Beach, as well as the restaurants and nightlife of the popular Hastings Street.
Each apartment is full of natural light especially in the living area, making it perfect to enjoy your morning coffee from the Nespresso machine. Accompany this with a relaxing breakfast that you can prepare in the fully equipped kitchen. End your day relaxing in front of the TV, or use the DVD player.
With access to the main area of Noosa by private boardwalk, an array of cuisines await you, with many restaurants to choose from. Head to Sails, located on Hastings street for gorgeous 180 degree water views. Here, an award winning wine list compliments a seasonal menu of fusion tastes.
Guests can take advantage of rooftop bbq areas and enjoy a meal outside. There is also a tennis court available to use. Start your day off right or cool off at the end of the day in the heated pools, or relax in the heated spas and saunas that are also on site.
Sea World Drive, Main Beach, 4217 Gold Coast, Australia
Rating: 8.3 Very Good
The Palazzo Versace is a luxurious resort in Southport, on the Gold Coast. It overlooks the Broadwater Inlet and is minutes from the Pacific Ocean. Only a short walk away is the Marina Mirage, Sea World and Federation Walk Coastal Reserve.
The elegant rooms take their inspiration from the luxury fashion brand Versace and its home, Palazzo Versace, Italy. There are bespoke furnishings, unique parquetry flooring and thoughtfully chosen decor. The comfortable bed is fitted with premium linens and the marble bathrooms have a couple sized bathtub. Large condominiums are also available.
The award-winning Vanitas offers a sophisticated Italian inspired menu, utilising fresh Australian produce. They offer à la carte fine dining and a signature 6-course degustation meal. Il Barocco offers breakfast, lunch and dinner service, in a smart casual environment. It also serves Italian inspired cuisine and uses local ingredients.
The hotel has a full-equipped 24/7 Fitness and Wellbeing centre. The Beauty Room is a luxurious day spa where qualified staff offer a range of soothing treatments. A relaxing in-room experience is also on offer with Bath Bliss, a Roman inspired aromatic bath. Outdoors, The Pool Saloon incorporates the large lagoon style pool, man-made beach and luxe cabanas. Guests with boats also have access to the Palazzo Versace private marina.
Ross Street, Benowa, 4217 Gold Coast, Australia
Rating: 8.6 Fabulous
The RACV Royal Pines Resort Gold Coast is a 5-star hotel surrounded by green golf courses. It is less than 15-minutes’ drive from Surfers Paradise, Southport Racecourse and the Metricon Stadium.
The spacious and contemporary rooms have large windows which look out to either the golf course or hinterlands. Large beds, premium linens and individual temperature controls allow for a comfortable night’s rest. All rooms come with a wide-screen television, work desk, in-room safe and complimentary Wi-Fi, and newspaper service.
Trattoria Amici serves delicious Italian inspired cuisine with a matching selection of Italian wines. Arakawa offers traditional Japanese cuisine including hand crafted sushi, traditional à la carte meals and teppanyaki. For breakfast, Kalinda has a hot buffet with continental options. Videre is a contemporary lounge with stunning views and the option of High Tea on weekends. For casual dining, the resort has Panorama Lounge inside and Tees’ Clubhouse near the golf course. Arika Pool bar serves guests poolside.
RACV Royal Pines Resort Gold Coast has a large range of guest facilities including a playground, tennis courts, kids water park, elite athlete training facilities and tropical-inspired pool. One Lifestyle is a state-of-the-art health club, and the Royal Pines Golf Course has three 18-hole, par-72 combination layouts which includes a Championship course. For relaxation, One Spa offers a range of rituals, therapies, and treatments.
21 Elizabeth Avenue, Broadbeach, Broadbeach, 4218 Gold Coast, Australia
Rating: 8.5 Very Good
For luxurious accommodation that is close to the beach and has all of the facilities you could need, look no further than Peppers Broadbeach. It is just 300m from stunning Kurrawa Beach and is a short walk away from multiple shopping malls, Broadbeach and the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The hotel offers one, two or three bedroom suites in increasing levels of luxury. Each suite features a spacious lounge, dining area, fully equipped kitchen, laundry facilities and private balcony with views of the ocean or hinterland. The master bedroom has an ensuite bathroom and guests have access to complimentary Wi-Fi.
While staying at Peppers Broadbeach guests can use the well-equipped kitchen to create gourmet meals that can be enjoyed in the dining space or on the balcony. Preordering of kitchen stables is available. Alternatively, there are local restaurants who have partnered with the hotel to offer convenient charge-back facilities, including Yellowfin Seafood Restaurant and Sage Cafe.
While staying at the hotel guests have access to the heated resort pool, private cinema, gymnasium, sauna, steam room, outdoor spa, zen lawn, and Tai Chi Lawn. There is a tour desk whose staff can organise activities and Peppers Broadbeach has partnered with Endota Spa to provide guests with wellness treatments.
Manor Circle, Hope Island, 4212 Gold Coast, Australia
Rating: 8.5 Very Good
Nestled between golf courses, the award-winning Sanctuary Cove Marina and Coomera River, the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort is truly a luxurious haven. It is only 15 minutes’ drive from Dreamworld, Gold Coast Wake Lake and Warner Bros Movie World.
The well-appointed rooms were recently refreshed and have views of the marina, garden or lagoon. They feature a private balcony with sliding shutters, comfortable bed and dedicated work zone. The spacious bathrooms have a deep, relaxing bathtub and separate shower. Guests have access to complimentary Wi-Fi.
Cove Cafe serves a hot buffet breakfast with continental options. For all day dining, Verandah Restaurant & Bar serves light meals, tropical cocktails and has an expensive whisky collection. At The Fireplace enjoy premium wood-fire cuisine and a library of over 300 wines. The Pool House serves guests enjoying the water while Arnie’s Cafe & Bar is on the golf course.
The resort is home to The Palms, The Pines and Links Hope Island golf courses. Guests have access to the Sanctuary Cove Country Club, which has a world class gym, aerobics classes, yoga, Pilates, a spa, massage therapists, tennis courts, heated lap pool and crèche. At the resorts is The Lagoon Beach Pool, a large saltwater pool, and the smaller Terrace Swimming Pool & Spa, which is more secluded. Planet Trekkers Kid’s Club is available for children.
267 Grey Street, South Brisbane, 4101 Brisbane, Australia
Rating: 9.2 Superb
If you are looking for a 5 Star rated CBD hotel in Brisbane, the Emporium Hotel South Bank is an excellent choice. An impressive boutique hotel located right in the heart of the action, the property is centrally located near the Brisbane Exhibition Centre and the magnificent City Botanical Gardens.
The hotel offers 143 beautifully appointed suites, all of which feature views of the river, parklands or the onsite swimming pool. Rooms feature a range of exquisite amenities including large ensuite marble bathrooms, a deluxe Sealy Dynasty Series bed and a 55 inch mirror-finish television. Some rooms also have private balconies.
Onsite the hotel offers 4 terrific restaurants and bars including the Belle Époque, a wonderful French inspired patisserie and the flagship Signature Restaurant, which showcases the freshest local seasonal produce and a great collection of wines. The Terrace and the Piano Bar both serve an excellent selection of snacks, beers and cocktails too.
Boasting a delightful swimming pool and a fitness centre, the hotel also promotes helicopter tours of the city. In addition its Healing Stone spa and wellness centre provides a range of Japanese treatments including shiatsu, ganbanyoku, facial acupoint, oil massage and reflexology. The property also has a number of dedicated spaces for weddings and events.
458 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley, 4006 Brisbane, Australia
Rating: 8.8 Fabulous
Rated 5 stars, the Hotel X Brisbane Fortitude Valley is one of the most prestigious hotels in Brisbane. Close to the New Farm Riverwalk, the Queen Street Mall and New Farm Park, the hotel provides a luxurious place to stay in a convenient central location – just minutes from some of the city’s best bars, restaurants, shops and nightlife.
Exuding bold design and ornate finishes, rooms at the hotel showcase stunning art, impressive textures and innovative lighting. Furnished with a flat screen smart TV, a Lavazza espresso machine, a complimentary iPad, fridge and private bathroom with a shower, the accommodation is stylish and comfortable. It even comes with complimentary Karl Lagerfeld Amenities and a pillow menu.
Food options at the hotel include the mouthwatering dishes on offer at Bisou Bisou. A fabulous French bistro that is open everyday for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Iris Rooftop Bar & Restaurant, which is open from Wednesday to Sunday, also serves delicious Mediterranean inspired meals and drinks against a backdrop of sweeping city views.
The hotel has a rooftop swimming pool for guests to enjoy. It also has a very good in-house gym as well as a nanny service, for those wishing to have some couples time. In addition to business and event facilities, the property also has a first class concierge service, 24-hour front desk and airport shuttle service.
73 Wickham Terrace, Spring Hill, 4000 Brisbane, Australia
Rating: 8.7 Fabulous
The Inchcolm by Ovolo is a luxury accommodation provider that resides imperiously in the Brisbane CBD. Contained within a stunning 1920s neo-Georgian building, this 5 star property epitomises style and grace. Close to all the city’s main attractions, the Queen Street Mall, Southbank and the Story Bridge are all within easy walking distance.
This deluxe boutique hotel offers chic rooms and suites that feature Avant Garde colours schemes and plush amenities. All air-conditioned, they are furnished with a flat-screen TV, minibar, tea and coffee making facilities and private bathroom with a shower. In addition the hotel also runs a Daily Martini Hour where your first drink is free!
For something to eat, The Inchcolm Bar is a throwback to the golden age of bistro style gastronomy. Offering all day dining, the caviar served with blinis and oysters Kilpatrick make wonderful accompaniments to a cocktail or martini. While their Moreton Bay Bug Spaghetti or Inchy Wagyu Beef Burger will more than satisfy you for dinner.
The hotel offers guests complimentary access to the gym facilities at Fitness First Elizabeth Street, which is situated just 700 metres away. It also has a sun terrace, meeting rooms and a business centre, a concierge, 24 hour front desk and a tour desk that can book excursions for you.
550 Queen Street, Brisbane CBD, 4000 Brisbane, Australia
Rating: 7.3 Good
Formerly known as the Spire Residence, the Queen St Residence is a 5 star deluxe accommodation located in the heart of one of Brisbane’s busiest streets. Just 700 metres from the Queen Street Mall, the property is also close to Anzac Square, the New Farm Riverwalk, Southbank and the City Botanical Gardens.
Stylishly appointed with guest’s comfort in mind, each unit features a balcony. In addition they also boast a fully equipped kitchen that comes with a dishwasher, as well as a private bathroom with shower. The units also have a washing machine, flat screen TV and a very pleasant seating area to relax in.
To support your kitchen, all apartments also come with a barbeque. However if you would prefer to eat out Brisbane has a huge range of dining options to suit all budgets and tastes. Many of them are located in and around the Queen Street Mall and Eagle Street Pier areas – both of which are within easy walking distance.
The property features a fantastic rooftop infinity pool that overlooks both the Brisbane River and the CBD. It is also a great spot to watch the sunset too, especially from the onsite sun terrace. Other facilities within this accommodation include access to a fitness centre, a secured parking space and free Wi-Fi in all areas.
515 Queen Street, Brisbane CBD, 4000 Brisbane, Australia
Rating: 8.5 Very Good
The Brisbane Marriott Hotel offers 5 Star luxury accommodation in a fabulous CBD location that overlooks the magnificent Story Bridge. Having recently undergone a $20 million renovation, the property is an excellent option for those wanting to base themselves near New Farm Riverwalk, the Brisbane Showground, Eagle Street Pier or Suncorp Stadium.
Designed in a contemporary urban style that pairs subtle cream and brown tones with state-of-the-art amenities, rooms at the hotel are all allergy free. Furnished with stunning marble bathrooms complete with separate bath and shower, they also feature king beds and premium bedding, as well as flat-screen TVs, a mini-refrigerator and beautiful views of the Brisbane River.
Onsite, the restaurant and bar options include a number of delicious seafood and steak dishes at Motion Dining. You can also enjoy all day dining of internationally inspired meals at the M Bar. Which also serves a great range of cocktails and one Brisbane’s most considerable selections of fine wines during the evening.
A premier destination for weddings in Brisbane, this hotel also has a number of function rooms available. In addition it hosts an outdoor pool that showcases panoramic views of the city, as well as a 24-hour fitness centre, replete with cardio machines and free weights and a steam room. A tour desk, concierge and multi-lingual staff are also available.
There are plenty of luxury hotels in Queensland to choose from. Once you have booked the right one for you, your focus should turn to what you can actually see and do when you are there. As a state, Queensland offers a number of fabulous experiences for the visitor to enjoy. So check out this list of the best of them within the following 4 regions.
If you have booked a luxury hotel on the Gold Coast, then why not arrange for a luxury spa treatment too?
Located in the Palazzo Versace, one of the best of them takes place at the Aurora Spa.
Offering a fabulous three-hour beauty treatment that includes a massage, manicure, pedicure and nourishing facial, you will come out of it feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, having been treated like a movie star.
For something a bit more adrenaline fueled, take to the skies with Cloud 9 Seaplanes. Not only will it transfer you over to South Stradbroke Island for a few hours of fun and relaxation, you will also get to see some amazing views of Surfers Paradise and the surrounds too.
If you would prefer to stay on the water you could always charter a yacht. While golf loves should take the opportunity to play on Australia’s most exclusive course. The Grand, which was designed by Greg Norman and hosts a maximum of 555 regular members.
Fancy a real adrenaline rush? Then why not swim with sharks at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast?
You will get to be close and personal with reef sharks, grey nurse sharks, wobbegong and a range of other marine life.
If you would prefer to stay above water, why not partake in a 90 minute jet ski ride. Perhaps the most thrilling way to explore the coastline, you can choose to whizz around the Pumicestone Passage or Morton Bay Marine Park. All the while taking in magnificent views of the Glass House Mountains and Bribie Island.
Talking of the Glasshouse Mountains how does the opportunity to abseil down them sound to you? It is a breathtaking location to do just that and the views you will get of the rugged volcanic peaks, the surrounding pine plantations, eucalypt forests and open grasslands are simply sensational.
For even better views of this terrain, there is no better way to take it all in than on a tandem skydive in Caloundra. From a distance of 14,000 feet you will free fall for 60 seconds of pure exhilaration, before your instructor will pull the cord. For about 5 minutes you will then gently float down, which will give you plenty of time to observe the wonderful surroundings.
Did you know, The Noosa Everglades is one of only 2 everglade systems in the entire world? The wonderful waterway features secluded parts that feel like they have never been discovered. Best explored via a cruise, it will take you to parts of Noosa that few people go and see.
Alternatively why not go on a Wild Dolphin Safari over at Noosa National Marine Park? The boat will take you out to an open stretch of coast where dolphins, sea-turtles and aquatic birds are always in view.
Rev heads might prefer to do a Noosa Quad Bike Tour, which takes you on a scintillating ride through the Woondum National Park, where you will also get the chance to swim in some rock pools.
It that is all a bit to high energy for you, then you can always head to the exclusive dining and shopping epicenter of Hastings Street. Where luxury boutiques and gourmet restaurants abound on a strip that runs parallel to Main Beach.
Arguably one of the best experiences you can ever treat yourself too – why not book a helicopter ride for a romantic deluxe picnic, on a remote and isolated sand cay, in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef? Check out GBR Helicopters if this appeals to you.
Alternatively the chance to witness the sun rising over the beautiful Atherton Tablelands in a hot air balloon might be more your kind of thing.
If not then perhaps a spot of horse riding on Wonga Beach will excite you?
Failing that, maybe scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef or partaking in a luxury chocolate tour of the Daintree Estate might be more up your street.