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Turtle Cove Beach Resort
8.7 Excellent

18.3 km from city centre, Port Douglas Show on map

ExcellentBased on 99 reviews
8.7

Exclusively open to gay and lesbian guests, Turtle Cove Beach Resort offers a Jacuzzi, a swimming pool and a private beach where clothing is optional. It also provides complimentary Wi-Fi.

Fitzroy Island Resort
7.8 Good

0.9 km from city centre, Fitzroy Island Show on map

GoodBased on 878 reviews
7.8

Fitzroy Island Resort has 99 rooms and features an outdoor pool. It is the perfect base for those wishing to immerse themselves in nature, with Fitzroy Island just steps away.

Bargara Shoreline Serviced Apartments
7.1 Good

0.2 km from city centre, Bargara Show on map

GoodBased on 356 reviews
7.1

Offering an outdoor pool, Bargara Shoreline Apartments is located in Bargara and is a five-minute stroll from Kelly's Beach. It offers free Wi-Fi, and also features a golf course.

Mantra Amphora
8.3 Excellent

0.1 km from city centre, Palm Cove Show on map

ExcellentBased on 674 reviews
8.3

Mantra Amphora provides a modern setting when in Cairns. It has a fitness centre, as well as body treatments, facial treatments and a swimming pool.

Gilligan's Backpackers Hotel & Resort
8.3 Excellent

0.4 km from city centre, Cairns Show on map

ExcellentBased on 1,416 reviews
8.3

Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort is situated in the heart of Cairns and is within an easy walk of Cairns Central. It offers complimentary Wi-Fi, a fitness centre and an outdoor pool, and is within walking distance of The Reef Hotel Casino.

Mango Lagoon Resort & Wellness Spa
8.6 Excellent

0.6 km from city centre, Palm Cove Show on map

ExcellentBased on 577 reviews
8.6

Providing a shuttle service to Cairns Airport, plus complimentary wireless internet, Mango Lagoon Resort & Wellness Spa is a comfortable place to stay in Cairns. It also features an outdoor pool and a plunge pool.

Grand Mercure C Bargara Hotel
9.1 Excellent

0.7 km from city centre, Bargara Show on map

ExcellentBased on 412 reviews
9.1

Situated a short drive from Mon Repos Conservation Park, C Bargara Resort offers modern accommodation in Bargara. It also provides outdoor tennis courts, a bowling alley and an outdoor pool.

The Abbott Boutique Hotel
9.3 Excellent

0.6 km from city centre, Cairns Show on map

ExcellentBased on 18 reviews
9.3

Centrally positioned, The Abbott Boutique Hotel allows for easy access to Cairns's popular tourist attractions. It also offers a dry cleaning service, a tour desk and free Wi-Fi.

Meridian Port Douglas
9.0 Excellent

0.3 km from city centre, Port Douglas Show on map

ExcellentBased on 120 reviews
9.0

Situated in Port Douglas, Meridian is a short walk from the Port Douglas Wharf and Shipwreck Museum and provides a Jacuzzi and a heated pool. Only a short walk from Peppers Spa Port Douglas, it offers comfortable rooms equipped with a mini bar, a private balcony and a refrigerator.

Cairns City Sheridan
6.6 Good

0.7 km from city centre, Cairns Show on map

GoodBased on 852 reviews
6.6

Offering a swimming pool and a waterfall pool, Cairns City Sheridan is a boutique hotel set in the heart of Cairns. Guests also have access to complimentary Wi-Fi and on-site parking.

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Pullman Reef Hotel Casino
9.1 Excellent

0.8 km from city centre, Cairns Show on map

Situated in the centre of Cairns, this hotel features an on-site casino along with a rooftop pool. It also offers a Jacuzzi, outdoor tennis courts and a sauna.

2
Silkari Lagoons Port Douglas
8.5 Excellent

3.7 km from city centre, Port Douglas Show on map

Silkari Lagoons Port Douglas is situated in Port Douglas and is close to Four Mile Beach. It also offers a swimming pool, bicycle rental and babysitting/child services.

3
Peppers Blue on Blue
8.1 Excellent

0.6 km from city centre, Nelly Bay Show on map

Contemporary in its design, Peppers Blue On Blue Resort is positioned in a well-known area of Nelly Bay. It also provides valet parking, a swimming pool and meeting rooms.

4
Beach Club
9.5 Excellent

0.4 km from city centre, Hamilton Island Show on map

Boasting a remarkable beachfront location, Beach Club offers luxury accommodation with an infinity-edge pool framed by palm trees and tropical gardens. It also provides free Wi-Fi, a free shuttle service and a beauty centre.

5
Niramaya Villas and Spa
8.8 Excellent

4.1 km from city centre, Port Douglas Show on map

This modern resort in Port Douglas offers complimentary Wi-Fi, as well as outdoor tennis courts and a swimming pool. It also provides a Jacuzzi, a plunge pool and a sauna.

6
Ramada Resort by Wyndham Port Douglas
8.2 Excellent

3.5 km from city centre, Port Douglas Show on map

Ramada Resort by Wyndham Port Douglas is located in Port Douglas and is close to Four Mile Beach. It also provides a sauna, a waterfall pool and a swimming pool.

7
Il Palazzo Holiday Apartments Cairns
8.6 Excellent

0.4 km from city centre, Cairns Show on map

Only two minutes from Esplanade Lagoon, Il Palazzo Boutique Hotel is located centrally in Cairns. The air-conditioned rooms are equipped with plasma TVs and free wireless internet access.

8
The Reef House Palm Cove - MGallery
8.7 Excellent

0.2 km from city centre, Palm Cove Show on map

Set in Cairns, The Reef House Palm Cove - MGallery is a five-minute walk from Peppers Spa Palm Cove and offers free Wi-Fi, an outdoor pool and a Jacuzzi. There is also a fitness centre with a swimming pool.

Cheapest hotels in Great Barrier Reef, Queensland

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Gilligan's Backpackers Hotel & Resort
8.3 Excellent

0.4 km from city centre, Cairns Show on map

Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort is situated in the heart of Cairns and is within an easy walk of Cairns Central. It offers complimentary Wi-Fi, a fitness centre and an outdoor pool, and is within walking distance of The Reef Hotel Casino.

S$ 15
Avg. per night
Caravella Backpackers
8.2 Excellent

0.8 km from city centre, Cairns Show on map

Conveniently situated, Caravella Backpackers allows for easy access to Cairns's best hot spots. It provides complimentary Wi-Fi, a coffee bar and an outdoor pool.

S$ 16
Avg. per night
Waterfront Backpackers - Hostel
8.2 Excellent

0.6 km from city centre, Cairns Show on map

Only two minutes from Esplanade Lagoon, Cairns Waterfront Backpackers is located in the heart of Cairns. It also offers a swimming pool and an outdoor pool.

S$ 55
Avg. per night
Palm Royale Cairns
8.3 Excellent

3.3 km from city centre, Cairns Show on map

This comfortable resort in Cairns offers complimentary Wi-Fi, as well as a waterfall pool and a swimming pool. It also features a kids pool, a Jacuzzi and meeting rooms.

S$ 65
Avg. per night
Hides Hotel Cairns
7.6 Good

0.3 km from city centre, Cairns Show on map

Centrally situated, Hides Hotel Cairns offers easy access to Cairns's best hot spots. It provides city views and complimentary Wi-Fi.

S$ 69
Avg. per night
Mission Reef Resort
8.9 Excellent

4.4 km from city centre, Mission Beach Show on map

Set within the picturesque countryside of Mission Beach, Mission Reef Resort provides comfortable accommodation and a wide range of facilities, including free Wi-Fi, a saltwater swimming pool and highchairs. It also offers bicycle rental, a BBQ/picnic area and luggage storage.

S$ 71
Avg. per night
Cairns Colonial Club Resort
8.1 Excellent

2.9 km from city centre, Cairns Show on map

This comfortable resort in Cairns offers complimentary Wi-Fi, as well as a saltwater swimming pool and a waterfall pool. It also features a ballroom, water slides and a kids pool.

S$ 73
Avg. per night
Cairns Reef Apartments & Motel
7.6 Good

4.7 km from city centre, Cairns Show on map

Located in Cairns, Cairns Reef Apartments & Motel is an easy drive from Kuranda Scenic Railway and offers free private parking on site. It provides free Wi-Fi, an outdoor pool and luggage storage.

S$ 73
Avg. per night

Hotel prices in Great Barrier Reef

3 stars

S$ 69 - S$ 402

No. 1 most popular

S$ 93
Avg. per night

No. 2 most popular

Palm Bungalows
9.0 Excellent
S$ 402
Avg. per night

Best value

S$ 69
Avg. per night
4 stars and up

S$ 65 - S$ 1,445

No. 1 most popular

S$ 152
Avg. per night

No. 2 most popular

S$ 165
Avg. per night

Best value

Palm Royale Cairns
8.3 Excellent
S$ 65
Avg. per night

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About Great Barrier Reef

One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Great Barrier Reef is a coral formation and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Known as Australia’s “Blue Outback”, it is comprised of individual reefs and islands that lie to the east of the Coral Sea and extends south into the Pacific Ocean. Popular for its clear waters and vibrant array of underwater marine life, the 3,000 individual reefs and 900 islands make up around 65 kilometres off the coast of Queensland.

Considered one of the world’s most stunning natural wonders, travellers come to the Great Barrier Reef to explore its abundant sea life that includes whales, turtles and over 400 species of colourful fish and coral. Peppered with island resorts nestled amongst the clear waters, visitors come to explore the abundance of idyllic tropical islands and golden beaches. Snorkelling, scuba diving and sailing are popular water sports available, while there are a variety of tours to choose from, such as the glass-bottom boat tours, cruise ships and opportunities to swim with dolphins. Visitors can explore the molluscs, coral sponges, rays, sea turtles and more than 1,500 species of tropical fish, in addition to over 200 types of birds and a handful of endangered species, such as the Dugong sea cow.

International flights arrive at the Cairns Airport, while direct flights from Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne can land at the Great Barrier Reef Airport on Hamilton Island and Proserpine on Whitsunday Coast. The best way to get to the area’s attractions is by car, while secluded areas and island hopping day trips to the reef can be reached by boat. Helicopter tours are popular for spectacular aerial views of the reef while utilising the Queensland Rail is the most cost-effective way to explore the Queensland coast. Shuttle buses are available from the airport and taxis are ideal for short trips in the area.

Formed around 6,000-7,000 years ago, the Great Barrier Reef covers an area bigger than Great Britain. It is larger than the Great Wall of China and is the only livable thing on the earth that is visible from space. Established as a marine park in 1975, it was designated as a World Heritage Site in 1981.

Great Barrier Reef travel FAQs

  • Where is the best place to stay in Great Barrier Reef?

    Users favour staying in areas such as Cairns, Port Douglas, and Hamilton Island. Consider these locations when searching for your desired stay.

  • What are the best hotels in Great Barrier Reef?

    Hilton Cairns (7.8/10 from 1,197 reviews), Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina (8.7/10 from 2,516 reviews), and Cairns Colonial Club Resort (8.1/10 from 2,147 reviews) are all highly rated places to stay in Great Barrier Reef.