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Top tips for finding the perfect Great Barrier Reef hotel
For cheap accommodation close to the Great Barrier Reef, consider backpacker hostels like Global Backpackers Cairns. Most offer both dorms and private rooms, and you’ll also be well-placed for finding cheaper tours and activities, to help you stick to your budget for the trip.
If you’d like to stay close to Cairns Airport (CNS) during your trip to the Great Barrier Reef, you are in luck, as the airport is right on the coast on the north side of the city. Look for hotels in Cairns North, like Bohemia Resort or Cairns Sheraton Hotel.
If it’s luxury you’re looking for on your trip to the Great Barrier Reef, get set to be spoiled for choice. Hotels like Hilton or Shangri-La The Marina offer 5-star comfort in the heart of Cairns, while resorts like Hamilton Island’s Beach Club will place the reef at your doorstep.
The Great Barrier Reef is a great spot for a romantic getaway, with many wonderful resorts and hotels suitable for couples. Hotels like Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort in Port Douglas offer a private beach, outdoor pool, spa and wellness centre and bicycle hire, giving couples plenty of ways to enjoy each other’s company.
The Great Barrier Reef region features many hotels that offer facilities for guests who require a wheelchair. For example, Crystalbrook hotels, like Crystalbrook Riley, offer fully wheelchair-accessible rooms with roll-in showers, shower chairs, lowered sinks and toilets with grab rails.
FAQs when booking a hotel in Great Barrier Reef
Hotels are safe environments for travelers as long as they properly implement sanitary measures in response to coronavirus (COVID-19). However, we recommend getting in touch with the local authorities regarding safety procedures for hotels in Great Barrier Reef. For more advice, please view our information page on what to know about coronavirus (COVID-19) and travel.
Based on KAYAK hotel searches, the most popular destination is Cairns (59% of total searches to Great Barrier Reef). The next most popular destinations are Hamilton Island (15%) and Port Douglas (14%). Searches for hotels in Noosa Heads (11%) are also popular.
KAYAK users have found double rooms in Great Barrier Reef for as cheap as $14 (Cairns) in the last 3 days. The average price is $260.
In the last 72 hours, users have found Great Barrier Reef hotels for tonight for as low as $16 (Cairns). Users have also found 3-star hotels from $20 (Cairns) and 4-star+ hotels from $20 (Cairns).
In the last 72 hours, users have found Great Barrier Reef hotels for this weekend for as low as $19 (Townsville) per night. Users have also found 3-star hotels from $62 (Gladstone) and 4-star+ hotels from $63 (Gladstone).
Not all accommodation providers in the Great Barrier Reef region are pet friendly, and those that are may ask for a small fee. So, it’s important to check with your hotel of choice before arrival. Sarayi Boutique Hotel accepts pets on request and is situated just across from Palm Beach in Palm Cove. If you are hoping to stay in Port Douglas, Pink Flamingo Resort is open to welcoming dogs.
The Great Barrier Reef spans a good 2,300 km of Queensland’s coast, so you have a lot of options. However, if you’re looking for a wide selection of bars and nightclubs, it’s worth focusing your search on Cairns. Most of the city’s clubs and bars are concentrated around Spence Street, in the downtown area. Here, you’ll find popular spots like Flamingos Tiki Bar, The Cotton Club and Conservatory Bar. There are plenty of hotels nearby, including Hilton Cairns and Park Regis City Quays.
Around the Great Barrier Reef, you will find an abundance of hotels and resorts that cater to families, with a range of activities and facilities for children. In Palm Cove, Peppers Beach Club & Spa provides babysitting services, a children’s pool and outdoor play equipment. If you’d prefer to stay in Cairns, Pullman Cairns International offers babysitting services while Marlin Cove Resort has a children’s pool.
Where to stay in Great Barrier Reef?
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