Australian accommodation guide
You’ll be spoilt for choice with Australia’s accommodation. From grand city hotels and luxurious coastal resorts to cosy B&Bs and farm stays in the wilderness, there’s a room to suit every taste and budget.
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. You can enjoy a huge range of services and activities, tailored to your location, and plenty to keep the kids busy too. The islands of the Whitsundays in the Great Barrier Reef offer some of Australia's best resorts. Book your stay at Hamilton Island, Daydream Island Resort or Intercontinental Hayman Island for an unforgettable stay within one of Australia's most treasured natural wonders.
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. If you're looking for a boutique hotel feel, check into QT Melbourne, the Ovolo Woolloomooloo in Sydney or Alex Hotel in Perth.
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 travelling 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. Adina Apartment Hotel in Adelaide and Somerset on the Pier in Hobart are great options.
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. Discover the stunning food and wine of South Australia's Barossa Valley when you stay at Maggie Beer's Orchard House.
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. Mount Mulligan Lodge in Queensland offers luxury in the outback as well as a long list of outdoor activities.
Camping and glamping
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. Take your outdoor accommodation up a notch with Australia's best glamping, or glamorous camping. Stay in safari bungalows at Bamurru Plains near Kakadu National Park or sleep in a transparent bubble tent in the New South Wales wine region of Mudgee.
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.