Queensland + The Barrier Reef

Hotels in Queensland + The Barrier Reef

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.

Formerly Voyages Dunk Island.

Formerly the The Sebel Reef House & Spa

Breezy 69-room resort with three pools and a great spa, between the rain forest and the reef in a beachside village just north of Cairns.

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.

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.

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