Queensland + The Barrier Reef

Hotels in Queensland + The Barrier Reef

You’d think that its idyllic location between the entryway to the Great Barrier Reef, the vast Australian outback, and the Daintree Rainforest would be this waterfront hotel’s trump card. But the Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas has even more to offer.

With 24 beaches fringing the Great Barrier Reef, and accomodations for just 40 couples, Lizard Island is in a category all its own. Open-plan suites are done up in the blues and whites of the sea, with hammocks and decks discreetly hidden from view.

Australia’s most luxurious new hotel, Voyages Wrotham Park Lodge, sits in splendid isolation north of Cairns on a 1 1/2 million–acre cattle station—isolated, that is, if you don’t count the thousands of Brahman cattle, dingoes, emus, wallabies, and parrots that call the place home.

Why It’s Unique: Hinchinbrook, a 96-acre national park with lush rainforests, rugged mountains, and coarse sandy beaches, has just one option for accommodations: the Wilderness Lodge, a secluded hideaway with 15 roomy timber treehouses, each with floor-to-ceiling glass windows, s

The retreat's nine wooden tree houses are scattered at the edge of Wooroonooran National Park.

Hayman is one of the reef’s big, historic resorts, with 209 guest rooms, 350 employees, acres of marble flooring, four dining venues, and three bars. In 1936, the American novelist Zane Grey filmed "White Death" on the island, and in 1970 the resort was severely damaged by a cyclone.

Bordering the Great Barrier Reef, Hamilton Island has long been a popular vacation spot. And now Qualia, a 60-bungalow retreat on the secluded northern shore, is helping redefine Aussie luxury.