Kick back in a resort where everything you need is in easy reach. You’ll enjoy spacious, high-quality, luxurious accommodation set among beautiful surrounds – from Queensland’s Lizard Island to South Australia’s wine country. You can enjoy a huge range of services and activities, tailored to your location, and plenty to keep the kids busy too.
Stay in a room or suite and enjoy all the creature comforts of home. Choose from elegant boutique hotels to large high-end international brands, offering guests a great range of facilities, including pools, gyms, business centres, restaurants and bars. Ratings range from two to five stars and prices vary accordingly.
During your Australian road trip, rest your head at a motel, offering comfortable accommodation at a reasonable price. Rooms typically include a private bath or shower, television, tea and coffee-making facilities and a small fridge. Most have room service (especially for breakfast), while the larger motels also have restaurants on site.
Serviced apartments and holiday units
Enjoy space, privacy and the convenience of kitchen and laundry facilities in a self-contained apartment or holiday unit. These are an ideal, cost-effective option if you are traveling with family or a group, or want to spend more than a couple of days in the one place. Make yourself at home in the living areas and enjoy cooking your own meals. You’ll find serviced and non-serviced options depending on where you stay.
Bed and breakfasts
Stay at a bed and breakfast (B&B) for a welcoming family feel and hearty home-cooked meals. These small, family-run establishments range from historic houses to miners' cottages, country homesteads and inner-city townhouses. B&Bs offer comfortable rooms at a reasonable price and the owners often provide excellent local tips.
Wake to the rooster’s crow on a small farm or learn to muster cattle on an outback station of more than a million acres (over 1,500 square miles). Australia’s farm stays range from basic beds beneath a tin roof to luxury lodges on a rambling homestead. Farm stays allow you to leave city life behind for country hospitality and back-to-basic living on the land. Make the most of the wide, open spaces and enjoy activities such as horse riding, fishing, gardening, swimming and hiking.
Caravans and camping
Some of the world’s best campsites can be found in Australia, and it's a beautiful, budget-friendly way to see the country. Escape the crowds and pitch your tent beneath the stars in national reserves, forests and tourist parks. Fees and permits to camp in Australia’s national parks vary, and you may need to book ahead during peak holiday season.
Here’s a guide to how star ratings are applied to Australian accommodation:
Luxurious hotels and resorts that are renowned for their premium design and exceptional attention to detail. 5-star properties offer guests an extensive range of facilities and the highest degree of personal service.
4 - 4½ stars
Properties that offer an excellent standard with high-quality furnishings and a wide range of facilities. Expect amenities such as restaurants, room service and fitness or wellness centres.
3 - 3½ stars
Well-appointed establishments with comfortable, clean rooms and quality furnishings. Travellers can expect good quality service.
Less than 3 stars
A basic, well-maintained standard that focuses on the needs of price conscious travellers.