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Accommodations in Australia

Park Regis City Centre

Sydney

Not far from Hyde Park is the three-star Park Regis – it doesn’t get much more central than that. You’re a stone’s throw from the city hall, Queen Victoria Building, the pedestrian boulevard and Darling Harbour here, and the area is brimming with shops and restaurants.

At the top of the hotel, you’ll find the pool, from which you have an impressive view of the city. There isn’t a gym at the hotel, but they have an arrangement with a nearby gym, where you’re given a discount – if you don’t decide just to put on your running shoes and go for a run in Hyde Park, which is just a couple of minutes from the hotel, that is.

The hotel has 122 rooms in various categories. Although on the small side, the rooms offer everything you need: a flatscreen TV, air conditioning, a safe, tea and coffee making facilities and free Wi-Fi.

There is no restaurant at the hotel, but you’re surrounded by places to eat, so you can just go out and explore the local cafés and restaurants.


Vibe Hotel Sydney

Sydney

If you feel like spoiling yourself a little bit – without it having to cost a fortune – you might consider upgrading to the Vibe Hotel.

The hotel is located south of Hyde Park and close to multicultural Oxford Street and the Darlinghurst area, where you’ll find a wide selection of restaurants and cafés. The shops here are a fantastic mix of vintage and up-coming local designers, and the music and theatre scene is both creative and innovative. The area was once part of the city’s red light district, but that is no longer the case. It’s totally hip here!

The hotel has 198 rooms, all with spacious, stylish interiors in muted colours. All rooms have air conditioning, a minibar, a safe, a flatscreen TV, tea and coffee making facilities, an ironing board and iron, and free Wi-Fi.

It’s not the world’s largest pool you’ll find at the hotel, but it’s big enough for you to cool off after a hot day of sightseeing.  On the hotel’s ground floor, you’ll find a restaurant/bar, which is open all day.

Price for upgrade from Park Regis, per night:
Guest Room Per person from:  £30
Executive Room Per person from:  £40
Deluxe Suite Per person from:  £47
Family Room Per person from:  £65

Harbour Rocks Hotel

Sydney

Situated in an historic building from 1887 – in the middle of Sydney’s old quarter – is the charming boutique hotel, Harbour Rocks.

The history behind the hotel is otherwise anything but charming. Built by convicts, it was actually Sydney’s first hospital. Fortunately, it has undergone many changes since then, but the thick sandstone walls are still there.

Here, you are surrounded by history, cosy cafés, fabulous restaurants, modern galleries and trendy shops – and you’re a mere stone’s throw away from the Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Circular Quay with all the ferries.

The hotel, which has 59 rooms, is furnished in a charming mix of old and new.  All rooms have a flatscreen TV, air conditioning, a safe, an iron, tea and coffee making facilities, a minibar and Wi-Fi.

There is a restaurant, bar and gym here, and as mentioned above, you have countless cafés and restaurants right on your doorstep. Please note that there is no lift in the historic building.

Price for upgrade from Park Regis, per night:
Heritage Queen Room Per person from:  £83
Superior Room Per person from:  £107
Studio Suite Per person from:  £138

A by Adina

Sydney

If you’d like a little more space during your stay in Sydney with the possibility of making breakfast and a sandwich for lunch yourself, an upgrade to the modern apartment hotel, A by Adina, gives you just that.

Here, you get a room with your own kitchenette with a coffee machine, a microwave, a hob, cooking utensils, etc. and a dishwasher. It goes without saying that there is also a flatscreen TV, air conditioning and a safe in the room.

However, the hotel also has its own restaurant serving both breakfast and dinner – not to mention cocktails. The latter is perhaps especially worth noting, as the restaurant is on the 22nd floor, giving you a nice view of the city – especially in the light of the sunset! There is also a pool and a gym, and Wi-Fi is available all over the hotel.

The hotel also enjoys a fabulous location, a stone’s throw from Wynyard station and a 10-minute or so walk from King Street Wharf, Circular Quay and Hyde Park. It doesn’t get much more central than this!

Price for upgrade from Park Regis, per night:
Studio room Per person from:  £51
One Bedroom Apartment Per person from:  £73

Spicers Potts Point

Sydney

If you’re looking for cosy, intimate and exclusive all at once, then you need to upgrade to Spicers Potts Point. Here, you get to stay in a beautiful Victorian house adorned with classic wrought iron decorations, just a few kilometres away from the Opera House.

Around you are some of the city’s trendiest restaurants, cafés and bars, and the streets in the neighbourhood are buzzing with life. Galleries, backpacker hostels, beautiful old houses and burger bars all stand side-by-side.

There are only 20 rooms here, all classically appointed, with luxury products in the bathroom and walls adorned with Australian art. All rooms have a flatscreen TV, tea and coffee making facilities, a minibar and a safe.

The breakfast, which is quite extraordinary for Australia, is included in the price and served in the cosy courtyard, and Wi-Fi is available throughout.

Price for upgrade from Park Regis, per night:
Queen Room Per person from:  £28
King Room Per person from:  £64
King Luxe Room Per person from:  £90
Victoria Suite Per person from:  £126
Victoria Terrace Suite Per person from:  £162

QT Bondi

Sydney

If you dream of staying in a hip hotel close to one of the world’s most famous beaches, you should choose to upgrade to QT at Bondi Beach.

The hotel is located on a side street to Campbell Parade, which you just have to cross before you’re in the middle of Bondi Beach – but without staying right in the middle of the busiest street in the neighbourhood. All around you are bars, cafés, restaurants and shops – and, of course, the beach!

The hotel has 69 rooms in various categories. Naturally, all rooms have air conditioning, a flatscreen TV, a Nespresso machine, a minibar and free Wi-Fi. The rooms are large and spacious, and despite the bright colours and creative vibe found in the reception, the rooms, where the emphasis is on comfort, are decorated in more muted colours.

There is no restaurant at the hotel, but they do offer room service. There’s no pool here either, but as Bondi Beach is a 5-minute walk from the hotel, that might also be a bit silly…

If you want to head into the city, you can either take the bus (approx. 30-40 minutes) or you can take the train from Bondi Junction – a 15-20-minute ride to the centre. Alternatively, you can borrow a bike from the hotel and cycle the scenic route through the suburbs Rose Bay, Double Bay, Elizabeth Bay and Potts Point until you reach the Botanic Garden.

Price for upgrade from Park Regis, per night:
King Room Per person from:  £79
Deluxe King Room Per person from:  £92
Twin Room Per person from:  £101

Park Hyatt

Sydney

If it’s classic 5-star accommodation with an unrivalled location you’re after, then an upgrade to the Park Hyatt is a must. It simply doesn’t get any better than this. Located a stone’s throw from the old quarter, The Rocks, and with exceptional views of either the Opera House or the Harbour Bridge, you really are in a prime area of Sydney at Park Hyatt.

The rooms are classically appointed in muted colours with tasteful décor that doesn’t take away from the view. Naturally, all rooms have air conditioning, a flatscreen TV, a coffee machine, a minibar, Wi-Fi, and a safe, etc.

On top of the hotel, you’ll find a rooftop pool, from which you have the most beautiful view of Sydney Harbour. Before taking a dip here, a visit to the hotel’s day spa is a must, where, of course, local, organic products are used.

The walls are adorned with Australian art, leaving you in no doubt about where you are in the world.

The service is excellent – and the breakfast buffet (which is included) is sumptuous. Just as you would expect of a hotel of this class.

If you choose to upgrade to the Park Hyatt, we would heartily recommend choosing a room with either a harbour view or a view of the Opera House. You simply won’t get a better view than from here!

Price for upgrade from Park Regis, per night:
King Deluxe Room Including Full Breakfast Per person from:  £356
King Harbour View Room Including Full Breakfast Per person from:  £400
King Opera Deluxe Including Full Breakfast Per person from:  £490

Batman’s Hill on Collins

Melbourne

Batman’s Hill has nothing to do with that Batman at all…..

The Batman’s Hill area in Melbourne is named after John Batman – one of Melbourne’s founders. And the “hill” no longer exists either…

In 1836, John Batman took up residence on the hill with his family. However, he died not long after in 1839, but the hill survived until 1866, when it was removed to make way for … the traffic.

The Batman’s Hill hotel is named after Batman and his hill, and is one of the oldest hotels in the area. You wouldn’t know that, though, when you go inside. The 190 rooms are modernly appointed with all the amenities you could possibly want: air conditioning, mini-fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, flatscreen TV, safe, hair dryer and iron. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.

There is a restaurant at the hotel where you can buy breakfast, lunch and dinner, if you’re not in the mood to eat out one day, but you’re surrounded by Australia’s best restaurants – so be sure to eat out on some of the days.

You’re also within walking distance of most of the city’s attractions – and if you fancy a trip to St. Kilda, the tram stops right outside the door.


Ovolo Laneways

Melbourne

Ovolo Laneways is located in one of the small laneways in central Melbourne, and one of the things we love most about the hotel is that it is both faithful to the raw walls of street art outside and it is a first class hotel with all that entails.

The hotel has 42 rooms decorated in relatively neutral colours and a subdued style with a suitable splash of “urban wildlife”, so that it’s neither boring nor impersonal. All rooms have a free minibar, snacks, tea and coffee making facilities, Apple TV and free Wi-Fi.

A free laundry is available at the hotel. There is no gym or pool here, but there is a gym around the corner which you can use free of charge. Ovolo doesn’t have a restaurant, but you’re surrounded by some of Australia’s best restaurants here. Feel free to ask at the reception if you need recommendations! They’ll also help with reservations.

Price for upgrade from Batmans Hill on Collins, per night:
Studio Suite Per person from:  £53
One Bedroom Suite Per person from:  £67
Two Bedroom Suite Per person from:  £191

QT Melbourne

Melbourne

Smart, smarter, QT Melbourne.

Situated in a converted former cinema in the middle of the city centre is the 5-star boutique hotel, QT. The place oozes Parisian elegance with clean lines mixed with a hipster-industrial look with stone, metal and neon lights.

The bar on the roof terrace attracts tourists and locals alike, and offers a great view of the city’s skyline. If the music and atmosphere on the roof terrace are a bit too much for your jet lag, you can seek shelter in the subdued lighting of Bar 133.

You’ll be staying right in the middle of Melbourne’s bustling city centre, and the streets outside are lined with fabulous cafés and restaurants. If your legs are too tired from the day’s sightseeing, the hotel offers no fewer than three restaurants.

The exuberant yet sophisticated décor continues into the rooms, which are large and ooze exclusivity and modernity. They have a minibar, a Bose surround system, a Nespresso machine and, of course, free Wi-Fi.

Price for upgrade from Batmans Hill on Collins, per night:
QT King/Twin Room Per person from:  £67
QT Deluxe King/Twin Room Per person from:  £78
QT Executive King Room Per person from:  £76

Cairns Colonial Club Resort

Cairns

Cairns Colonial Club is, as the name suggests, more of a resort than a hotel. The atmosphere oozes tropical, north Queensland, where you are, and it’s a lovely place to spend a few lazy days by the pool if that’s what you feel like doing. The plot on which the resort is located covers an area of 4.5 hectares, and the resort is spread over the entire area.

There are 345 rooms of various categories, no fewer than three pools, a huge tropical garden, a very popular bar and restaurant, a playground for the kids – and lots of quiet corners for the adults.

All rooms offer air conditioning, a mini fridge, a TV, tea and coffee making facilities, an ironing board and iron and a hair dryer. There is also a laundry at the resort if you need to wash some of the clothes in your suitcase.

At the heart of Cairns is a lovely esplanade that offers a wide selection of shops, cafés and restaurants. If you would like to get some exercise, you could walk there in 30-60 minutes, or you can take a quick taxi ride from the resort (approx. AUD 20 each way).


Pacific Hotel

Cairns

If you wish to stay right in the centre of Cairns, you should choose to upgrade to the Pacific Hotel, where you get to stay in the middle of the Esplanade, a mere stone’s throw away from the city’s man-made lagoon. Restaurants, shops, cafés and bars – and even the city’s casino – are just around the corner.

The hotel has 207 rooms, with many different categories to choose from. The hotel is a classic first-class hotel, and this is reflected in the rooms. They are spacious and decorated in muted colours, some of them with an extra touch of the tropics. All rooms have air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities, a safe, an iron and ironing board, a flatscreen TV and free Wi-Fi. Many of the rooms also have their own balcony.

The restaurant is located on the ground floor, while the pool is on the third floor under the partially open sky.

Price for upgrade from Cairns Colonial, per night:
Standard Room Per person from:  £10
Executive Room Per person from:  £30
Deluxe Room Per person from:  £39
Tropical Luxe Premium Room Per person from:  £40

Crystalbrook Flynn

Cairns

The Crystalbrook chain has gone all out to prove that luxury can be responsible. They make every effort to reduce their use of plastic, for example. If you stay at one of their hotels, you should therefore also know that even though it’s 5-star, the key fobs for the rooms are made of wood, and you won’t find a large selection of small plastic bottles of soap and shampoo in the bathrooms. Instead, there are a couple of refillable containers. You won’t find a bottle of store-bought water in the fridge either, but you’ll be given an empty glass bottle that you can fill with water yourself instead – and use again.

However, the hotel still oozes five stars. The décor, heavily inspired by Queensland’s historic, old buildings with high ceilings and large open spaces, also offers modern features, such as pools made of glass. And the location is not to be sniffed at either, right in the middle of the Esplanade with shops and restaurants right on the doorstep.

There are several restaurants, often with live music at one of them at the weekend.

The 311 rooms are located in two buildings right next to each other. Think bright colours meet Nordic design. The rooms are large and well appointed with a fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, smart TV, Chromecast and, of course, free Wi-Fi.

Please note that the hotel does not accept cash.

Price for upgrade from Cairns Colonial, per night:
Urban Room Per person from:  £20
Harbour Room Per person from:  £45
Sea Room Per person from:  £86

Paradise on the Beach Resort

Cairns - Palm Cove

Roughly 25 km north of Cairns is the small town of Palm Cove. As the town is somewhat smaller than Cairns, the atmosphere here is also more chilled, and the range of restaurants is smaller – but not bad! If you dream of a holiday in slightly quieter surroundings than Cairns, you can choose to upgrade to a hotel in Palm Cove instead. The vast majority of excursions can also be undertaken from Palm Cove.

This good tourist class hotel, Paradise on the Beach, is – as the name suggests – located in a green spot in the shade of palm trees, right opposite the beach. A so-called apartment hotel, it has 34 rooms, all with their own kitchen with fridge, microwave and hob. All rooms have their own balcony or terrace, smart TV and free Wi-Fi.

The hotel has a pleasant pool area as well as a day spa, and, as you would expect in Australia, there is of course also a shared barbecue area outside, so you can enjoy a real Australian “barbie”. In short: everything you need to have a great holiday!

Price for upgrade from Cairns Colonial, per night:
Beachview Studio Per person from:  £11
Pool View Studio Per person from:  £15
One Bedroom Pool View Suite Per person from:  £20
Beachview Spa Suite Per person from:  £24
Two Bedroom Suite Per person from:  £42

Peppers Beach Club & Spa

Cairns - Palm Cove

If you’d like to spoil yourself that little extra on holiday in Palm Cove, you can choose to upgrade to Peppers Beach Club & Spa.

3 pools, a pool bar, a fabulous day spa, many different room types, a tennis court, a gym and a good restaurant. That’s what you can look forward to at Peppers Beach Club. So, it’s more of a resort than a classic hotel.

All rooms have their own balcony or terrace. There is free Wi-Fi, a minibar, a fridge, ironing facilities, etc. All the apartments have their own kitchen, making them absolutely perfect for families, or for those who’d like to be able to cook a meal or two themselves.

The beach is right opposite the resort, and the town’s shops and restaurants are just around the corner.

Breakfast is included in the price here.

Price for upgrade from Cairns Colonial, per night:
Resort Spa Room including breakfast Per person from:  £84
Ocean Spa Room including breakfast Per person from:  £102
One Bedroom Resort Suite including breakfast Per person from:  £126
One Bedroom Ocean including breakfast Per person from:  £151
Two Bedroom Resort Suite including breakfast Per person from:  £221
Three Bedroom Resort including breakfast Per person from:  £286

Bay Villas Resort

Port Douglas

Bay Villas Resort in Port Douglas is a so-called apartment hotel.  

It has 59 apartments of various sizes, all with kitchen facilities. The bigger the room, the bigger the kitchen – so you can make food, even in the smallest rooms. All apartments have their own terrace or balcony overlooking either the pool or the garden.  

In addition to the fully-equipped kitchen with its microwave, dishwasher and fridge, the apartments offer air conditioning, a flatscreen TV, washing machine, iron and ironing board and free Wi-Fi. All are spacious with plenty of room to both cook and eat. But you’re in Australia, so it goes without saying that the hotel also offers two outdoor grill areas. No holiday is complete without a “barbie”.  

It should be mentioned that the apartments are only cleaned every five days. So you don’t have to put everything away and leave the apartment every day – you can just relax and enjoy your holiday. 

You’re just a 10-minute walk from Four Mile Beach, one of the most famous beaches in the whole of Queensland, and five minutes or so from the local tourist office in the town centre. 


Port Douglas Peninsula Hotel

Port Douglas

Welcome to one of Port Douglas’ most legendary boutique hotels: The Peninsula.

Inside, you’re greeted by 34 suites appointed in light, muted colours that somehow seem almost cooling in the tropical heat. All suites have a separate bedroom and a large lounge area. They also all have their own balcony or terrace as well as their own mini kitchen with fridge, microwave, tea and coffee making facilities and hob. Naturally, there is also free Wi-Fi.

The hotel also offers a pool and day spa as well as its own restaurant with a view of Four Mile Beach.

Right outside the hotel, you have Four Mile Beach. You literally have to walk across the road, and the beach is there. In fact, the hotel probably enjoys one of the best locations in the entire town. Everything is close by.

Breakfast is included in the price if you upgrade to the Peninsula. The hotel is a so-called “adult only” hotel – i.e. there are no children under the age of 18.

Price for upgrade from Bay Villas Resort, per night:
Pool View Suite Including Full Breakfast Per person from:  £87
Ocean View Suite Including Full Breakfast Per person from:  £100
Peninsula Suite Including Full Breakfast Per person from:  £126

Villa San Michele

Port Douglas

On Macrossan Street, nestled in the heart of the lively holiday paradise of Port Douglas, is the hidden gem Villa San Michele. With the town’s many shops and restaurants right on your doorstep, and the beautiful Four Mile Beach just a few minutes’ walk away, the location offers the best of both worlds: the lively energy from the street and a quiet haven for relaxation.

The apartments at Villa San Michele are designed with comfort and functionality in mind, combining elegance with convenience. Each apartment offers modern amenities, including fully equipped kitchens, cosy living areas and a private balcony or terrace where you can relax in the tropical surroundings. Free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, a flat-screen TV and an iron with ironing board are also available in the apartments.
Please note that the apartments are only cleaned before arrival and after departure (or once a week if you extend your stay).

The hotel has two small saltwater pools where you can enjoy a refreshing dip, and you can borrow pool and beach towels for free.

There is no restaurant on site, but you can prepare food yourself in the apartment or use the hotel’s barbecue facilities and cook dinner under the open sky. And if you’d rather eat out, there are restaurants for every taste just a few steps away from the hotel.

If you arrive by car, there’s free parking at the hotel.


Voyages Outback Hotel & Lodge

Uluru/Ayers Rock

When you stay at Ayers Rock Resort, you almost become a resident of an entire small village. Residents have access to a number of facilities: a free shuttle bus to and from the airport, free shuttle bus around the resort area, access to bars and restaurants and the option to participate in a wide range of free activities. There is also a day spa, a supermarket and a couple of souvenir shops – not to mention the various hotels you can stay at.

Voyages Outback Hotel & Lodge is the resort’s three-star hotel. The hotel has its own restaurant and bar and is well worth a visit; it oozes “Aussie atmosphere”. The pool invites you to take a refreshing dip in the often hot outback. As the hotel is located in the quiet part of the resort, it has its own small souvenir shop, where it is also possible to buy snacks and drinks.

The rooms are simple but clean and have everything you need: air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities, a mini fridge, a flatscreen TV and free Wi-Fi.


Voyages Desert Gardens

Uluru/Ayers Rock

When you stay at Ayers Rock Resort, you almost become a resident of an entire small village. Residents have access to a number of facilities: free shuttle bus to and from the airport, free shuttle bus around the resort area, access to bars and restaurants and the option to participate in a wide range of free activities. There is also a day spa, a supermarket and a couple of souvenir shops – not to mention the various hotels you can stay at.

Voyages Desert Gardens is the resort’s 3.5-star hotel. It has 218 rooms of different categories. All of them have air conditioning, a flatscreen TV, tea and coffee making facilities, a mini fridge, a safe, an iron and ironing board and access to a small terrace or balcony.

The hotel itself is located right in the middle of the Ayers Rock Resort. There are restaurants and shops just around the corner, but the hotel also has two bars/restaurants. The pool is in the middle of the hotel complex surrounded by fine, green grass, which is quite incredible here in the middle of the outback.

There is free Wi-Fi all over the hotel, and there is also a playground for kids.

Price for upgrade from Voyagers Outback Hotel & Lodge, per night:
Garden View Room Per person from:  £13
Desert Deluxe Room Per person from:  £21
Deluxe Rock View Room Per person from:  £48

Sails in the Desert

Uluru/Ayers Rock

Sails in the Desert is in many ways a classic first-class hotel.

The large, white sails after which the resort is named also provide shade for the 228 rooms. The Australian sun is harsh and hot.

Where an attempt is made to shield the guests a little from Australia, inside, the rooms scream Welcome to Australia! The walls are adorned with local art and there’s no mistaking where you are. The rooms are spacious and all have a lounge area where you can curl up with a good book, as well as a terrace or balcony. All mod cons are to be found here – and, of course, free Wi-Fi.

The afternoon can be spent by the large pool, where there’s space to laze, or you can visit the day spa. The hotel has its own restaurant and bar, but you can, of course, also choose to visit some of the other restaurants in the small village.

Please note that breakfast is included in the price if you choose to upgrade to Terrace Room or Suite at Sails in the Desert.

Price for upgrade from Voyagers Outback Hotel & Lodge, per night:
Superior Room Per person from:  £35
Terrace Room Per person from:  £85
Suite Per person from:  £240

Longitude 131

Uluru/Ayers Rock

In a way, no introduction to Longitude 131 should be necessary, but we’ll do it anyway.

Longitude is one of Australia’s top luxury “camps”. Like something out of Karen Blixen’s “Out of Africa” with a good sprinkling of 21st century mod cons, you get to stay here in… a tent.

Tent is perhaps not quite the right word for it. There are floor-to-ceiling windows with unobstructed views of Uluru, while the roof is made of canvas, so you can still smell nature and hear the sounds outside. The semi-tents are spacious and incredibly tastefully appointed, and of course they have all the essentials imaginable – such as remote-controlled curtains so you don’t even have to get out of bed in the morning to see if the sun has risen over Uluru. All 15 tents have their own large veranda with a day-bed, on which you can laze with a view of the monolith – or spend the night under the stars.

The food is a chapter all of its own, and you really get the opportunity to taste Australia. Dinners under the stars are popular with everyone.

All meals, drinks and a wide range of activities are included if you choose to upgrade to Longitude, and it’s not possible to upgrade for just one night – you have to stay here for at least two nights.

 

Price for upgrade per night:

Luxury tent including all activities and meals

Price for upgrade from Voyagers Outback Hotel & Lodge, per night:
Luxury Tent Per person from:  £1354

Holiday Inn Express Brisbane Central

Brisbane

Spring Hill is one of the oldest residential areas in Brisbane. The first houses were built here at the end of the 19th century, and some of them are still standing. The old water reservoirs – also from the late 19th century – are equally well preserved, and we highly recommend that you look into whether there’s a show on in the old buildings while you’re in town. It’s definitely worth seeing – and your hotel is within walking distance.

You are surrounded by restaurants, bars and shops, and the city’s main pedestrian street is a mere 15-minute walk to the south.

The Holiday Inn has 226 rooms with large floor-to-ceiling windows that let light flood into the room. All rooms have air conditioning, a safe, an iron and ironing board, tea and coffee making facilities, a mini fridge, a flatscreen TV and free Wi-Fi. Unusually for Australia, the hotel offers free breakfast as part of the deal!


Spicers Balfour

Brisbane

Spicers Balfour is for those who are perhaps celebrating a special anniversary. It’s one of the city’s absolute best hotels.

This small boutique hotel with just 9 rooms is located in the smart and expensive New Farm neighbourhood in Brisbane, where there are old “Queenslander” houses with large verandas, avenues with shady trees, beautiful parks and views of the river. It seems like a world of its own, but you are, in fact, only a few kilometres from the city centre, making this one of the most desirable – and most expensive – areas in all of Brisbane.

You won’t be disappointed when you arrive at Spicers Balfour. It doesn’t feel like you’re arriving at a hotel. It feels like you’re arriving at a home where you’re invited inside with the utmost hospitality.

Breakfast, which is included in the price, is often served on the veranda or in the lovely, fragrant garden. You should enjoy your aperitif in the bar on the roof terrace, which offers is a stunning view of the city skyline at sunset.

The rooms are furnished with designer furniture and in nice, muted colours. All rooms have a Nespresso machine, air conditioning, a minibar, a 50 inch LCD TV, a Bose surround system, ironing facilities and free Wi-Fi.

Price for upgrade from Holiday Inn Express, per night:
Executive Queen Room including breakfast Per person from:  £38
Balfour Suite including breakfast Per person from:  £110
Executive King Room including breakfast Per person from:  £67

Rydges South Bank

Brisbane

Situated in the heart of Brisbane’s vibrant South Bank area is the 4-star hotel Rydges South Bank – it doesn’t get more central than that.

The 300 or so rooms are all modernly appointed in muted colours in dark shades, and many offer a great view of the city. All rooms offer air conditioning, a mini fridge with a minibar, a flat screen TV with the option of Apple TV, ironing facilities, tea and coffee making facilities, a safe and free Wi-Fi.

There is a restaurant at the hotel, and room service is also available, but you are in the middle of a veritable restaurant mecca, so we recommend that you go out and find your own favourite restaurant.

If it’s been a hot day, you can cool down in the small pool on the terrace, but if you’re in need of a good workout, you should probably opt for the gym instead. The pool is not quite big enough for you to swim many laps.

Price for upgrade from Holiday Inn Express, per night:
Standard Twin Room Per person from:  £73
Balcony Twin Room Per person from:  £83

Travelodge Resort

Darwin

Situated in the bustling city centre of Darwin is Travelodge, a mere 10-minute walk from Mitchell Street, the city’s busiest street. Restaurants, bars and shops line the street, not to mention all manner of entertainment. If you walk one block further to the south-east, you come to the Esplanade and the lovely Bicentennial Park. The hugely popular Waterfront Lagoon is situated a 20-minute walk from your hotel.

Travelodge has 136 rooms in various categories. Stylishly appointed in neutral colours, all have air conditioning, a safe, tea and coffee making facilities, an iron and ironing board, a flatscreen TV, fridge and free Wi-Fi.

The decent-sized pool is surrounded by palm trees and even a small waterfall. Chilled drinks are served at the pool bar, and you can quell your hunger at the hotel’s restaurant.


Vibe Hotel Waterfront

Darwin

The man-made lagoon at Darwin Waterfront, Wave Lagoon, is one of the city’s most popular attractions. If you’re travelling with children, a trip to the lagoon is guaranteed to become an almost daily occurrence.

Situated right opposite the lagoon is the excellent, first-class hotel, Vibe. The hotel has 121 rooms, all with air conditioning, a minibar, tea/coffee-making facilities, a safe, flatscreen TV and free Wi-Fi.

The cosy restaurant, Curve Café, is open all day, and there is always a cosy atmosphere here.

Price for upgrade from Travelodge, per night:
Guest Room Per person from:  £23
Deluxe View Room Per person from:  £38

Adina Apartment Hotel Darwin Waterfront

Darwin

Right next to the Vibe Hotel – in the same hotel complex – is the Adina Apartment Hotel. As the name suggests, this is an apartment hotel, which is perfect if you’re travelling with your family or just want a little more space.

All the rooms here have their own kitchen with a microwave, a fridge, a hob and tea and coffee making facilities. They also have air conditioning, ironing facilities, a flatscreen TV and free Wi-Fi.

Price for upgrade from Travelodge, per night:
Studio Room Per person from:  £23
View Studio Room Per person from:  £38
One Bedroom Apartment Per person from:  £42
View One Bedroom Apartment Per person from:  £59
Premier Two Bedroom Apartment Per person from:  £66

Holiday Inn Express Adelaide City Centre

Adelaide

Situated a stone’s throw from Adelaide’s shopping centre, Rundle Mall, is the 4-star Holiday Inn Express. You’re close to the green areas of North Adelaide, and the best of the city’s museums are also within easy reach.

There are 245 rooms at the hotel, all of which are modernly appointed in light colours. The large windows allow the light to flood in, and naturally there are blackout curtains to ensure that you get a good night’s sleep.

All rooms have tea and coffee making facilities, a mini fridge, a safe, a flat screen TV, air conditioning and free Wi-Fi.

And, unusually for Australia, a light breakfast is included in the price to get your day off to a good start.


Majestic Roof Garden

Adelaide

If you want to give yourself that little extra treat during your stay in Adelaide, you can choose to upgrade to the Majestic Roof Garden.

The 120 rooms are furnished in a classic style with muted, neutral colours.  All rooms have tea and coffee making facilities, a mini fridge, an ironing board and iron, air conditioning, a flat screen TV, a safe and free Wi-Fi.

The hotel has a restaurant with a strong focus on primarily using local produce from South Australia, so a visit here is a welcome opportunity to taste your way through the state – both through food and drink.

If you need to burn off the calories afterwards, you can visit the hotel’s gym – and if you’ve eaten a little too much to exercise, you can sit on the hotel’s roof terrace and enjoy the view of the city.

There are plenty of museums and shops within walking distance of the hotel, making it easy to pop home with the day’s purchases before dinner.

Price for upgrade from Holiday Inn Express, per night:
Classic Room Per person from:  £26
Superior Room Per person from:  £31
Balcony Room Per person from:  £40

Adina Apartment Hotel Adelaide Treasury

Adelaide

This place is for you if you’re looking for a little more space, and it’s perfect if you’re travelling as a family! The hotel is located in the heart of Adelaide’s vibrant city centre, directly opposite Victoria Square.

The building itself, which dates back to 1860, was used as a state chamber and is a World Heritage Site, so it’s quite a sight that greets you when you arrive at this beautifully architectural hotel – it can feel a bit like stepping back in time. Despite being newly refurbished with a more modern interior, it hasn’t lost its historical charm.

You get a large room with your own kitchenette, allowing you to make breakfast yourself and a sandwich for lunch. The kitchenette is equipped with a coffee machine, microwave, hob, kitchen equipment and a dishwasher. The room also offers a flat screen TV, Wi-Fi, air conditioning and a safe.

At the hotel, you have the opportunity to relax in the heated indoor pool followed by a sauna. There is also a gym, so you can stay in shape.

The hotel’s Treasury restaurant serves delicious food and a wide selection of famous wines. And if that’s not enough, there are a multitude of eateries right on the doorstep.

Price for upgrade from Holiday Inn Express, per night:
Premier Studio Per person from:  £17
Premier One Bedroom Apartment Per person from:  £36
Premier Grand Two Bedroom Apartment Per person from:  £74

Toscana Village Resort

Airlie Beach

Toscana Village Resort enjoys a fantastic location on a small hill with panoramic views across the village and the Coral Sea, with the Whitsunday islands in the background.

The family-friendly resort is inspired by Tuscany, and the garden, the colours and the architecture pay tribute to the Italian region and exude a holiday vibe.

The apartments are bright and spacious, and all have a fully equipped kitchen with, among other things, a fridge, an oven, a hob and a microwave. The best thing about the apartments is the private balcony, which affords a spectacular view of the village and the sea. There is also a private parking space for each apartment in the garage under the resort.

Please note that the apartments are only cleaned before arrival and after departure (or once a week for those staying here for a longer period).

After a day of adventure, you can relax by one of the resort’s four small pools or enjoy a refreshing drink at the pool bar.

When hunger strikes, you can choose to eat at the resort’s own restaurant or use the outdoor barbecue area. Alternatively, you can prepare your own meals in the apartment or explore the fabulous eateries in town.

You’re within walking distance of the harbour, the Airlie Beach lagoon and the resort’s busy main street with its large selection of shops, cafés, and restaurants.


Best Western Apollo Bay Motel & Apartments

Apollo Bay

Best Western Apollo Bay Motel & Apartments is located in the idyllic coastal town of Apollo Bay, just a few minutes’ walk from the beach.

The rooms and apartments at Best Western Apollo Bay Motel & Apartments are simply appointed, but with all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay. Each room offers air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, a fridge, a minibar, and coffee and tea making facilities.

If you arrive at the hotel by car, they have free parking spaces where you can safely park your car.

Breakfast can be purchased on site and delivered directly to your room, but please note that there is no restaurant here. However, this is not a problem as the town’s fine selection of café and restaurants is within walking distance of the motel.

After a day packed with experiences, you can relax by the motel’s small pool or go for a walk along the beach before heading out and exploring all your dining options.


Ramada by Wyndham Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay

Located just metres from the marina and beach promenade, Ramada by Wyndham Hervey Bay is the perfect base for experiencing the city.

The hotel’s rooms and apartments are well-equipped with modern amenities, such as air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, a coffee machine, a kitchenette with a microwave, a fridge and free Wi-Fi. There is also a small private balcony or terrace with table and chairs overlooking the pool area or the Esplanade.

Smokey Joe’s Café Bar & Grill offers a large selection of delicious dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You choose whether you want to enjoy your food at the restaurant, order as takeaway, via room service or even as a picnic. Alternatively, we recommend exploring the area’s fabulous fish restaurants.

The hotel has a nice large pool where you can enjoy a refreshing dip or relax under a parasol with a good book. They also offer bicycle rental, which is a good way to get around and experience the city.

Please note that the apartments are only cleaned once a week, which means you can enjoy your stay without worrying about daily cleaning routines.

If you arrive at the hotel by car, parking options are available so that you can safely park your car (a small fee may apply).


Kangaroo Island Seafront

Kangaroo Island

Situated in the middle of Penneshaw, with a lovely view of green grass and blue sea, is Kangaroo Island Seafront.

You’re mere a stone’s throw from the town’s shops and restaurants, and a brisk walk takes you to the white sandy beach.

All rooms at the hotel offer air conditioning, Wi-Fi, a TV, a minibar and tea and coffee making facilities. You have the option to enjoy a relaxed breakfast and dinner at The Kiosk, and a wide selection of seafood is served at Penny’s Restaurant. In both places, the food can be enjoyed together with a spectacular view.

If you’ve not quite had your fill of activity after a long day of experiences, you have an outdoor pool, tennis courts and mini golf at your disposal.


Noosa River Retreat

Noosaville

Situated a few minutes’ walk from the Noosa River is the Noosa River Retreat, a tranquil oasis in the charming town of Noosaville. The hotel is surrounded by lush greenery and gentle streams which create a peaceful atmosphere.

The apartments at Noosa River Retreat are spacious and stylish, providing everything you’ll need during your stay. Each apartment is equipped with modern comforts, including air conditioning, a coffee machine, free Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV, as well as a kitchenette with microwave, fridge-freezer and hob.

The hotel also offers free, covered parking for guests arriving by car.

At Noosa River Retreat, relaxation is paramount. You can relax by the outdoor pool and spa or enjoy a nice picnic by the river. When hunger strikes, you can prepare your own meals in the apartment’s kitchenette or make use of the resort’s BBQ area. You can also choose to explore all the nearby dining options, including everything from cosy cafés, to gourmet restaurants along the riverfront or on Hasting Street, located at Noosa Heads, a short drive from the hotel.


Ashmont Motor Inn & Apartments

Port Fairy

Just a 5-minute walk from the cosy, little harbour of the Moyne River is Ashmont Motor Inn & Apartments. Its location makes it easy for you to explore the city’s streets and the charming harbour area on foot. Port Fairy is also known for its beautiful East Beach, which is definitely worth a visit if you want to enjoy a spot of sunbathing, swimming or other beach activities.

The rooms at Ashmont Motor Inn & Apartments are tastefully appointed and offer a range of amenities to ensure you enjoy a comfortable stay, including free Wi-Fi access, air conditioning, a flat screen TV with Chromecast. You will also find a well-equipped kitchenette with a microwave, coffee and tea making facilities and, of course, a small fridge.

Breakfast can be purchased on site and delivered to your room, but please note there is no restaurant here. Fortunately, there is a large selection of exquisite local eateries in the town, including many fabulous seafood restaurants.

Free parking is available right on your doorstep, making it easy for you to come and go and explore the surrounding areas.


The Edge Apartment Hotel

Rockhampton

The Edge Apartment Hotel is located in Rockhampton city centre, right on the Fitzroy River, which winds its way through the city. The hotel’s rooms are decorated in a simple, modern style and are the perfect retreat after an adventure-fille day. Each room offers a range of amenities to ensure you enjoy a comfortable stay, including a kitchenette with basic necessities such as a microwave, toaster, mini-fridge and dishes. The rooms also offer Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV, an iron and ironing board, air conditioning and an en suite bathroom with hair dryer and a selection of complimentary toiletries. You will be staying in a studio room, but it is possible to upgrade to larger rooms with an extra living room and balcony.

If you arrive at the hotel by car, they have a car park under the hotel, where you can safely park your car (fee may apply).

The Edge Apartment Hotel also houses TruFusion Indian Bar & Grill, serving authentic and tasty Indian cuisine. The hotel’s location also makes it worth exploring the many good eateries along the riverbank. There is also a selection of local shops and attractions in the area, as well as the opportunity to go on exciting excursions to the scenic areas nearby, including Rockhampton’s botanical garden, which, with its lush nature and colourful flowers, is definitely worth a visit. Looking for more adventure? Then go an exciting excursion to Mount Archer National Park, where you can hike through forested trails and enjoy breathtaking views of the city and surrounding countryside from the top of Mount Archer.

If you still have energy to spare after an active day, you can continue your workout by using the hotel’s gym facilities or enjoy a refreshing dip in the small pool.


Hotel Grand Chancellor Townsville

Townsville

Hotel Grand Chancellor Townsville is located right on the river, Ross Creek, in the heart of the lovely coastal city of Townsville, and the hotel’s location makes it a great base for exploring the city.

The hotel’s 200 rooms are spacious and elegantly appointed, all offering breathtaking views of either the city, Castle Hill, Magnetic Island or the river. All rooms also offer a range of amenities, including free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV, fridge, tea and coffee making facilities and a modern bathroom with a hair dryer and complimentary toiletries.

If you come to the hotel by car, you can park for free for 20 minutes in front of the hotel while you drop off your luggage and check in. Otherwise, a fee applies for parking. Please ask for more information at the reception.

There are several dining options which can be purchased at the hotel. Enjoy, among other things, a delicious breakfast buffet with a wide selection of fresh produce, or treat yourself to dinner at The Sugar Shaker Restaurant, where the skilled chefs prepare a wide range of dishes using local ingredients. After your meal, you can relax with a refreshing drink in the cosy bar. The area also offers many exciting eateries, which we highly recommend exploring.

The hotel has a well-equipped gym if you feel the need to be active. On the hotel’s roof terrace, you can relax in sun loungers by the small outdoor swimming pool and enjoy the warm tropical climate.

End the day with a wonderful walk along the city’s beach promenade, The Strand, out to “Kissing Point”, where there is a small fort and a fantastic view of Magnetic Island and Cleveland Bay.

Oceania
Pernille Grøngaard Brammer

Pernille is our specialist in Oceania and has over 26 years of experience in travelling throughout the region.

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Monday-Thursday 9-15
Friday 9-13