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Turtle Cove Beach Resort - Adults Only Lgbtqia & Allies
Turtle Cove Beach Resort - Adults Only Lgbtqia & Allies
8.7 Excellent

18.3 km from city centre, Port Douglas Show on map

ExcellentBased on 107 reviews
8.7

Exclusively open to gay and lesbian guests, Turtle Cove Beach Resort offers a Jacuzzi, a swimming pool and a private beach where clothing is optional. It also provides complimentary Wi-Fi.

Fitzroy Island Resort
Fitzroy Island Resort
7.8 Good

0.9 km from city centre, Fitzroy Island Show on map

GoodBased on 937 reviews
7.8

Fitzroy Island Resort has 99 rooms and features an outdoor pool. It is the perfect base for those wishing to immerse themselves in nature, with Fitzroy Island just steps away.

Bargara Shoreline Serviced Apartments
Bargara Shoreline Serviced Apartments
7.0 Good

0.2 km from city centre, Bargara Show on map

GoodBased on 384 reviews
7.0

Offering an outdoor pool, Bargara Shoreline Apartments is located in Bargara and is a five-minute stroll from Kelly's Beach. It offers free Wi-Fi, and also features a golf course.

Mantra Amphora
Mantra Amphora
8.3 Excellent

0.1 km from city centre, Palm Cove Show on map

ExcellentBased on 742 reviews
8.3

Mantra Amphora provides a modern setting when in Cairns. It has a fitness centre, as well as body treatments, facial treatments and a swimming pool.

Gilligan's Backpackers Hotel & Resort
Gilligan's Backpackers Hotel & Resort
8.3 Excellent

0.4 km from city centre, Cairns Show on map

ExcellentBased on 1,452 reviews
8.3

Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort is situated in the heart of Cairns and is within an easy walk of Cairns Central. It offers complimentary Wi-Fi, a fitness centre and an outdoor pool, and is within walking distance of The Reef Hotel Casino.

Mango Lagoon Resort & Wellness Spa
Mango Lagoon Resort & Wellness Spa
8.6 Excellent

0.6 km from city centre, Palm Cove Show on map

ExcellentBased on 605 reviews
8.6

Providing a shuttle service to Cairns Airport, plus complimentary wireless internet, Mango Lagoon Resort & Wellness Spa is a comfortable place to stay in Cairns. It also features an outdoor pool and a plunge pool.

Grand Mercure C Bargara Hotel
Grand Mercure C Bargara Hotel
9.1 Excellent

0.7 km from city centre, Bargara Show on map

ExcellentBased on 432 reviews
9.1

Situated a short drive from Mon Repos Conservation Park, C Bargara Resort offers modern accommodation in Bargara. It also provides outdoor tennis courts, a bowling alley and an outdoor pool.

The Abbott Boutique Hotel
The Abbott Boutique Hotel
9.3 Excellent

0.6 km from city centre, Cairns Show on map

ExcellentBased on 28 reviews
9.3

Centrally positioned, The Abbott Boutique Hotel allows for easy access to Cairns's popular tourist attractions. It also offers a dry cleaning service, a tour desk and free Wi-Fi.

Meridian Port Douglas
Meridian Port Douglas
9.0 Excellent

0.3 km from city centre, Port Douglas Show on map

ExcellentBased on 130 reviews
9.0

Situated in Port Douglas, Meridian is a short walk from the Port Douglas Wharf and Shipwreck Museum and provides a Jacuzzi and a heated pool. Only a short walk from Peppers Spa Port Douglas, it offers comfortable rooms equipped with a mini bar, a private balcony and a refrigerator.

Cairns City Sheridan
Cairns City Sheridan
6.6 Good

0.7 km from city centre, Cairns Show on map

GoodBased on 875 reviews
6.6

Offering a swimming pool and a waterfall pool, Cairns City Sheridan is a boutique hotel set in the heart of Cairns. Guests also have access to complimentary Wi-Fi and on-site parking.

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Silkari Lagoons Port Douglas
Silkari Lagoons Port Douglas
8.5 Excellent

3.7 km from city centre, Port Douglas Show on map

Silkari Lagoons Port Douglas is situated in Port Douglas and is close to Four Mile Beach. It also offers a swimming pool, bicycle rental and babysitting/child services.

2
Peppers Blue on Blue
Peppers Blue on Blue
8.1 Excellent

0.6 km from city centre, Nelly Bay Show on map

Contemporary in its design, Peppers Blue On Blue Resort is positioned in a well-known area of Nelly Bay. It also provides valet parking, a swimming pool and meeting rooms.

3
Beach Club
Beach Club
9.5 Excellent

0.4 km from city centre, Hamilton Island Show on map

Boasting a remarkable beachfront location, Beach Club offers luxury accommodation with an infinity-edge pool framed by palm trees and tropical gardens. It also provides free Wi-Fi, a free shuttle service and a beauty centre.

4
Niramaya Villas and Spa
Niramaya Villas and Spa
8.7 Excellent

4.1 km from city centre, Port Douglas Show on map

This modern resort in Port Douglas offers complimentary Wi-Fi, as well as outdoor tennis courts and a swimming pool. It also provides a Jacuzzi, a plunge pool and a sauna.

5
Ramada Resort by Wyndham Port Douglas
Ramada Resort by Wyndham Port Douglas
8.1 Excellent

3.5 km from city centre, Port Douglas Show on map

Ramada Resort by Wyndham Port Douglas is located in Port Douglas and is close to Four Mile Beach. It also provides a sauna, a waterfall pool and a swimming pool.

6
Il Palazzo Holiday Apartments Cairns
Il Palazzo Holiday Apartments Cairns
8.5 Excellent

0.4 km from city centre, Cairns Show on map

Only two minutes from Esplanade Lagoon, Il Palazzo Boutique Hotel is located centrally in Cairns. The air-conditioned rooms are equipped with plasma TVs and free wireless internet access.

7
The Reef House Palm Cove - MGallery
The Reef House Palm Cove - MGallery
8.7 Excellent

0.5 km from city centre, Palm Cove Show on map

Set in Cairns, The Reef House Palm Cove - MGallery is a five-minute walk from Peppers Spa Palm Cove and offers free Wi-Fi, an outdoor pool and a Jacuzzi. There is also a fitness centre with a swimming pool.

8
Bargara Beach Caravan Park
Bargara Beach Caravan Park
8.9 Excellent

1.6 km from city centre, Bargara Show on map

Bargara Beach Caravan Park is situated in Bargara and offers free wireless internet. It also provides a playground, a swimming pool and a tour desk.

Cheapest hotels in Great Barrier Reef, Queensland

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Gilligan's Backpackers Hotel & Resort
Gilligan's Backpackers Hotel & Resort
8.3 Excellent

0.4 km from city centre, Cairns Show on map

Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort is situated in the heart of Cairns and is within an easy walk of Cairns Central. It offers complimentary Wi-Fi, a fitness centre and an outdoor pool, and is within walking distance of The Reef Hotel Casino.

$11
Avg. per night
Caravella Backpackers
Caravella Backpackers
8.2 Excellent

0.8 km from city centre, Cairns Show on map

Conveniently situated, Caravella Backpackers allows for easy access to Cairns's best hot spots. It provides complimentary Wi-Fi, a coffee bar and an outdoor pool.

$28
Avg. per night
Waterfront Backpackers - Hostel
Waterfront Backpackers - Hostel
8.2 Excellent

0.6 km from city centre, Cairns Show on map

Only two minutes from Esplanade Lagoon, Cairns Waterfront Backpackers is located in the heart of Cairns. It also offers a swimming pool and an outdoor pool.

$45
Avg. per night
Cairns Reef Apartments & Motel
Cairns Reef Apartments & Motel
7.6 Good

4.7 km from city centre, Cairns Show on map

Located in Cairns, Cairns Reef Apartments & Motel is an easy drive from Kuranda Scenic Railway and offers free private parking on site. It provides free Wi-Fi, an outdoor pool and luggage storage.

$52
Avg. per night
Cairns City Sheridan
Cairns City Sheridan
6.6 Good

0.7 km from city centre, Cairns Show on map

Offering a swimming pool and a waterfall pool, Cairns City Sheridan is a boutique hotel set in the heart of Cairns. Guests also have access to complimentary Wi-Fi and on-site parking.

$56
Avg. per night
Hides Hotel Cairns
Hides Hotel Cairns
7.6 Good

0.3 km from city centre, Cairns Show on map

Centrally situated, Hides Hotel Cairns offers easy access to Cairns's best hot spots. It provides city views and complimentary Wi-Fi.

$57
Avg. per night
Acacia Court Hotel
Acacia Court Hotel
6.2 Good

0.3 km from city centre, Cairns North Show on map

Situated in Cairns, Acacia Court Hotel is a short walk from Cairns Esplanade and provides an outdoor pool, outdoor tennis courts and a swimming pool. It also features a sauna and a Jacuzzi.

$61
Avg. per night
Tropical Heritage Cairns
Tropical Heritage Cairns
8.6 Excellent

0.6 km from city centre, Cairns Show on map

Conveniently situated, Tropical Heritage Cairns allows for easy access to Cairns's main hot spots. It also features a swimming pool, a Jacuzzi and an outdoor pool.

$61
Avg. per night

Hotel prices in Great Barrier Reef

3 stars

$57 - $302

Palm Bungalows

No. 1 most popular

Palm Bungalows
9.0 Excellent
$302
Avg. per night
Bay Village Tropical Retreat & Apartments

No. 2 most popular

$63
Avg. per night
Hides Hotel Cairns

Best value

$57
Avg. per night
4 stars and up

$67 - $726

Heron Island Resort

No. 1 most popular

Heron Island Resort
8.1 Excellent
$293
Avg. per night
DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns

No. 2 most popular

$96
Avg. per night
Coral Tree Inn

Best value

Coral Tree Inn
8.2 Excellent
$67
Avg. per night

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Where to stay in Great Barrier Reef

About Great Barrier Reef

One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Great Barrier Reef is a coral formation and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Known as Australia’s “Blue Outback”, it is comprised of individual reefs and islands that lie to the east of the Coral Sea and extends south into the Pacific Ocean. Popular for its clear waters and vibrant array of underwater marine life, the 3,000 individual reefs and 900 islands make up around 65 kilometres off the coast of Queensland.

Considered one of the world’s most stunning natural wonders, travellers come to the Great Barrier Reef to explore its abundant sea life that includes whales, turtles and over 400 species of colourful fish and coral. Peppered with island resorts nestled amongst the clear waters, visitors come to explore the abundance of idyllic tropical islands and golden beaches. Snorkelling, scuba diving and sailing are popular water sports available, while there are a variety of tours to choose from, such as the glass-bottom boat tours, cruise ships and opportunities to swim with dolphins. Visitors can explore the molluscs, coral sponges, rays, sea turtles and more than 1,500 species of tropical fish, in addition to over 200 types of birds and a handful of endangered species, such as the Dugong sea cow.

International flights arrive at the Cairns Airport, while direct flights from Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne can land at the Great Barrier Reef Airport on Hamilton Island and Proserpine on Whitsunday Coast. The best way to get to the area’s attractions is by car, while secluded areas and island hopping day trips to the reef can be reached by boat. Helicopter tours are popular for spectacular aerial views of the reef while utilising the Queensland Rail is the most cost-effective way to explore the Queensland coast. Shuttle buses are available from the airport and taxis are ideal for short trips in the area.

Formed around 6,000-7,000 years ago, the Great Barrier Reef covers an area bigger than Great Britain. It is larger than the Great Wall of China and is the only livable thing on the earth that is visible from space. Established as a marine park in 1975, it was designated as a World Heritage Site in 1981.

Great Barrier Reef travel FAQs

  • Where is the best place to stay in Great Barrier Reef?

    Great Barrier Reef has plenty to offer. Consider staying in some of its most favoured locations, like Port Douglas, Cairns, and Hamilton Island.

  • What are the best hotels in Great Barrier Reef?

    Lazy Lizard Motor Inn (9.3/10 from 336 reviews), Heron Island Resort (8.1/10 from 462 reviews), and DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns (8.4/10 from 923 reviews) are all highly rated places to stay in Great Barrier Reef.