Best Places to Stay in Cairns Australia
1 Veivers Road, Palm Cove, Cairns(00 61 7 4055 3000)
A romantic resort 15km north of Cairns, Angsana has 67 Asian-colonial-style suites with wooden shutters, silk drapes and floor-to-ceiling glass doors opening onto tropical gardens. The luxurious Angsana Suite has its own private terrace and pool. The wonderful spa is staffed by Thai therapists from the Banyan Tree in Phuket and offers a long list of treatments. There are three saltwater swimming pools and a watersports centre offering diving, water-skiing, windsurfing and parasailing.
Bedarra IslandBedarra Island, near Cairns, Queensland(00 61 7 4047 4747)
Intimate, exclusive and luxurious, Bedarra is an all-inclusive hideaway on a 247-acre island on the Great Barrier Reef. The daily changing menu offers à la carte dining, although the chef will happily cater for specific tastes. Motorised dinghies are available and there are also kayaks, a floodlit tennis court, spa treatment room and gym. Read more in the Gold List 2010
Brampton Island, Whitsunday Islands, Queensland(00 61 749 514 499)
Favourite island of 'Middle Australia' and much in demand for silver weddings and honeymoons. The resort is well landscaped and koalas and kangaroos are often seen on island walks.
Daydream IslandWhitsunday Islands, Queensland(00 61 749 488 426)
Unless you want to spend your vacation with lots of young children - keep away! Daydream's slick new resort has dedicated itself to the young family market, to the virtual exclusion of all else.
Dunk IslandNear Cairns, Queensland( 74740)
This richly rainforested island, with fine sand beaches, has long been an Aussie favourite.
Green IslandNear Cairns, Queensland(00 61 740 313 300)
A great day out for trippers from Cairns, but longer-term visitors might find the resort lacking in life and character. Reef and rainforest tours are expertly presented.
Whitsunday Islands, Queensland(00 61 749 468 931)
Extensive development has turned Hamilton into a self-contained town that acts as the hub of the Whitsundays. High-rises dominate the skyline, but there are beaches too.
Hayman IslandWhitsunday Islands, Queensland(00 61 749 401 234)
This 1950s hotel has long been considered by Australians as the most glamorous along the Barrier Reef. Since it reopened after a £40million refurbishment, it's certainly become a lot more polished. Although the architecture is still very Dr No (a long, white, three-storey brutalist building set off against a tropical-island fantasy), its rooms are softly sexy, with muslin-draped beds, egg baths for two and fragrant Malin + Goetz body products. Featured in the .
Heron IslandNear Gladstone, Queensland(00 61 3 9413 6288)
A turtle-breeding beach, copious bird life and a semi-submersible make this a fascinating island even for non-divers. A well-run resort.
Hinchinbrook, Queensland(00 61 740 668 270)
The world's largest island national park, with magnificent beaches and jungle-clad mountains. Top choice for serious trekkers, though the easy-going resort also has appeal for the less energetic.
Lady Elliot Island
Near Bundaberg, Queensland(00 61 755 363 3644)
One of the great places for scuba diving, famed for its manta rays. Not so beautiful above water, the island was ravaged by guano workings in the 1860s, but vegetation is slowly returning.
Near Cooktown, Queensland(00 61 3 9413 6288)
Australia's classic millionaires' playground. The mood is simple and laid back, yet everything from gourmet food to expensive facilities for divers and game-fishermen is of the highest quality. Read more in our Lizard Island guideBook Now
Magnetic IslandNear Townsville, Queensland(00 61 747 785 200)
Its proximity to booming Townsville gives Magnetic Island a somewhat suburban air - enviable as an escape for commuters, but rather mundane as a holiday destination.
Orpheus IslandNear Ingham, Queensland(00 61 747 777 377)
Unsung gem of the Barrier Reef, with a civilised atmosphere, a well-to-do clientele and fine cuisine. No young children or day-trippers.