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Bohemia Resort Cairns
Bohemia Resort Cairns
6.8 Good

1.2 mi from city centre, Cairns Show on map

GoodBased on 629 reviews
6.8

Located in Cairns, the hostel is a short drive from Cairns Central and Kuranda Scenic Railway. Those staying at the property have access to an outdoor pool and a swimming pool.

Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
8.1 Excellent

0.3 mi from city centre, Cairns Show on map

ExcellentBased on 1,766 reviews
8.1

Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort is ideally located in Cairns, and features an outdoor pool, outdoor tennis courts and a private beach. It is surrounded by landscaped grounds and also offers a rooftop terrace and free Wi-Fi.

Mantra Amphora
Mantra Amphora
8.3 Excellent

0.1 mi from city centre, Palm Cove Show on map

ExcellentBased on 730 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.

Mango Lagoon Resort & Wellness Spa
Mango Lagoon Resort & Wellness Spa
8.6 Excellent

0.4 mi from city centre, Palm Cove Show on map

ExcellentBased on 601 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.

Cairns Gateway Resort
Cairns Gateway Resort
7.9 Good

3.6 mi from city centre, Cairns Show on map

GoodBased on 202 reviews
7.9

Situated in Cairns, the resort is within a 20-minute drive of Cairns Airport and provides a waterfall pool. It has a day spa, as well as a children's play area, a tour desk and a garden.

Palm Bay Resort
Palm Bay Resort
9.0 Excellent

1.6 mi from city centre, Long Island Show on map

ExcellentBased on 282 reviews
9.0

Located in Cape Conway, Palm Bay Resort Whitsundays is an easy drive from Shute Harbour and features a private beach and an outdoor pool. There is also a fitness centre with a swimming pool.

Meridian Port Douglas
Meridian Port Douglas
9.0 Excellent

0.2 mi from city centre, Port Douglas Show on map

ExcellentBased on 129 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
Cairns City Sheridan
6.6 Good

0.4 mi from city centre, Cairns Show on map

GoodBased on 873 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.

Qualia
Qualia
9.7 Excellent

1.4 mi from city centre, Hamilton Island Show on map

ExcellentBased on 2 reviews
9.7

Just a 10-minute car ride from Great Barrier Reef Airport, Qualia provides convenient accommodation and offers a swimming pool. It also features a beauty centre, body treatments and a 24-hour reception.

Paradise On The Beach Resort - Palm Cove
Paradise On The Beach Resort - Palm Cove
9.1 Excellent

0.2 mi from city centre, Palm Cove Show on map

ExcellentBased on 729 reviews
9.1

Located in Cairns, Paradise On The Beach Resort Palm Cove is within a 25-minute drive of Cairns Airport and provides a swimming pool. Those staying at the property can also take advantage of free Wi-Fi during their stay.

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Pullman Reef Hotel Casino
Pullman Reef Hotel Casino
9.1 Excellent

0.5 mi 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
Silkari Lagoons Port Douglas
8.5 Excellent

2.3 mi 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
Cairns Aquarius
Cairns Aquarius
8.5 Excellent

0.4 mi from city centre, Cairns Show on map

Centrally situated, Cairns Aquarius allows for easy access to Cairns's main sightseeing areas. The multiple facilities this charming property features include an outdoor pool, a sauna and outdoor tennis courts.

4
Jack & Newell Holiday Apartments
Jack & Newell Holiday Apartments
9.2 Excellent

0.5 mi from city centre, Cairns Show on map

Conveniently situated, Jack & Newell Cairns Holiday Apartments offers easy access to Cairns's best hot spots. It also has an outdoor saltwater swimming pool.

5
201 Lake Street Apartments
201 Lake Street Apartments
8.5 Excellent

0.5 mi from city centre, Cairns Show on map

201 Lake Street is situated in Cairns and is close to Cairns Esplanade. It also provides a tour desk, an outdoor pool and free Wi-Fi.

6
Beach Club
Beach Club
9.5 Excellent

0.2 mi 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.

7
Cairns Central Yha
Cairns Central Yha
8.4 Excellent

0.2 mi from city centre, Cairns Show on map

Centrally situated, Cairns Central YHA offers easy access to Cairns's best hot spots. It also provides an outdoor pool, a 24-hour reception and an express check-in and check-out feature.

8
Ramada Resort by Wyndham Port Douglas
Ramada Resort by Wyndham Port Douglas
8.1 Excellent

2.2 mi 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.

Cheapest hotels in Great Barrier Reef, Queensland

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Bounce Cairns
Bounce Cairns
8.5 Excellent

0.1 mi from city centre, Cairns Show on map

Featuring an on-site bar, this central Cairns hostel is located just a short walk from Cairns Central and The Reef Hotel Casino. It also features a swimming pool and free Wi-Fi.

$12
Avg. per night
Cairns Central Yha
Cairns Central Yha
8.4 Excellent

0.2 mi from city centre, Cairns Show on map

Centrally situated, Cairns Central YHA offers easy access to Cairns's best hot spots. It also provides an outdoor pool, a 24-hour reception and an express check-in and check-out feature.

$17
Avg. per night
Bohemia Resort Cairns
Bohemia Resort Cairns
6.8 Good

1.2 mi from city centre, Cairns Show on map

Located in Cairns, the hostel is a short drive from Cairns Central and Kuranda Scenic Railway. Those staying at the property have access to an outdoor pool and a swimming pool.

$39
Avg. per night
Waterfront Backpackers - Hostel
Waterfront Backpackers - Hostel
8.2 Excellent

0.4 mi 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.

$40
Avg. per night
Cairns Gateway Resort
Cairns Gateway Resort
7.9 Good

3.6 mi from city centre, Cairns Show on map

Situated in Cairns, the resort is within a 20-minute drive of Cairns Airport and provides a waterfall pool. It has a day spa, as well as a children's play area, a tour desk and a garden.

$42
Avg. per night
Palm Royale Cairns
Palm Royale Cairns
8.3 Excellent

2.1 mi 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.

$48
Avg. per night
Cairns Rainbow Resort
Cairns Rainbow Resort
6.2 Good

0.6 mi from city centre, Cairns Show on map

Situated in Cairns, the hotel is within a 10-minute drive of Cairns Airport and provides an outdoor pool and a Jacuzzi. It offers pool views and complimentary Wi-Fi.

$49
Avg. per night
Cairns City Sheridan
Cairns City Sheridan
6.6 Good

0.4 mi from city centre, Cairns Show on map

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.

$54
Avg. per night

Hotel prices in Great Barrier Reef

3 stars

$12 - $79

Cairns Plaza Hotel

#1 Most popular

Cairns Plaza Hotel
8.6 Excellent
$79
Avg. per night
Hides Hotel Cairns

#2 Most popular

$57
Avg. per night
Bounce Cairns

Best value

Bounce Cairns
8.5 Excellent
$12
Avg. per night
4 stars +

$48 - $946

Heron Island Resort

#1 Most popular

Heron Island Resort
8.1 Excellent
$292
Avg. per night
Qualia

#2 Most popular

Qualia
9.7 Excellent
$946
Avg. per night
Palm Royale Cairns

Best value

Palm Royale Cairns
8.3 Excellent
$48
Avg. per night

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Where to stay in Great Barrier Reef

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?

    Great Barrier Reef has plenty to offer. Consider staying in some of its favored locations, like Cairns, Hamilton Island, and Port Douglas.

  • What are the best hotels in Great Barrier Reef?

    Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort (9.3/10 from 2,193 reviews), Heron Island Resort (8.1/10 from 458 reviews), and Pullman Reef Hotel Casino (9.1/10 from 1,184 reviews) are all highly rated places to stay in Great Barrier Reef.