When you’re looking for a great place to stay that’s perfect for everyone in your group (be it family or friends), choosing a place to stay isn’t as simple as finding a bed to rest your head.
It’s about the experience, the vibes, the food, the landscapes, the atmosphere and a sense of local authenticity that gives the location an extra dose of comfort, class, and brownie points.
Whether it’s hiking through millions of years old rainforests or snorkelling amongst the world’s largest coral reef, to finding the best fishing spots to throw in a line and even adventure on the wilder side with a crocodile safari, here are our top picks of resorts that will satisfy your curious heart.
Peppers Beach Club Port Douglas
Starting from the top of North Queensland, the Peppers Beach Club in Port Douglas is known for its location, it's only a short stroll to the town centre.
There aren’t as many opportunities to dip your toes for a snorkel tour (when compared to a place like Cairns given how touristy the latter is), but in exchange, you are spoiled with uncompromising views of the Great Barrier Reef backed by the dense Daintree Rainforest.
If you’re looking for luxury and can afford the expense, why not upgrade to a swim-up pool deck room that provides direct access to the tropical lagoon pool with a palm tree landscape and tranquil views.
There’s an on-site gym to help you maintain your workouts and fitness levels, with bicycle hires for adventurers looking to explore local attractions on two wheels. The resort has its very own tour desk, which assists guests in planning activities and excursions. From discovering the Great Barrier Reef to exploring the Daintree Rainforest or experiencing the Karuna Skyrail, there are plenty of things to keep everyone busy in Port Douglas. Experiences include skydiving, snorkelling and diving, helicopter and seaplane rides, hot air balloon rides, and more.
Four Mile Beach isn’t far from the resort, only a 3 minute walk away, which means plenty of time spent by the beach watching the waves lap the shore.
Ingenia Holidays Cairns Coconut
For those who want to be closer to the busy, bustling hotspot of Cairns, a check-in to the Ingenia Holidays Cairns Coconut is a must. With family friendly accommodation in self-contained units followed by a wide range of free activities, including a heated water park, a NEOS interactive playground, monster jumping pillows, a mini golf course, and an under sixes indoor playground, there’s plenty around to keep the kids busy. As for the adults, be spoiled with an adult’s only hot spa, two heated (and cooled) resort pools, a tennis court, and much more.
From three bedroom condo accommodation to villas, cabins, and campsites for caravans, motorhomes, and tents, the choice of luxury is yours. The Ingenia Holidays Cairns Coconut is a 7 times winner for being the Best Tourist & Holiday Park by the Australian Tourism Award.
You’ll be glad to know that all the fun and excitement are located in the adventure parks, which are quite a while away from the accommodation so as to ensure everyone gets some peace and quiet. The camping grounds are large, with plenty of shady palm trees and wide open spaces.
Albatross Bay Resort in Weipa
A premier accommodation for those looking to experience the West side of North Queensland, the Albatross Bay Resort is the ultimate Weipa accommodation that will satisfy any group.
The resort has a wide range of rooms suitable for solo travellers and larger groups. With full air-conditioned rooms equipped with TVs packed with movies and an ensuite, a stay at the Albatross Bay Resort is a comfortable and restful one.
When it comes to location, the views are unbeatable. Secluded waterfront landscapes await you, surrounded by a natural beauty that is pristine and serene, the Albatross Bay Resort features the very best of Weipa and North Queensland.
As with any world class resort standard, there is the need to have exceptional dining within the establishment. The Albatross Bay Resort excels in this department, with its very own Deck Restaurant & Bar known for cooking up some of the most decadent meals in town, the Sports Bar for a relaxed local scene, and the Beer Garden with unparalleled views of the Bay.
A unique dining experience that embraces the best of Weipa, such as the Catch & Cook experience where professional chefs cook your catch (given how Weipa is known to be Queensland’s Barramundi Capital) to perfection and serve it with a side of salad and chips, exceptional customer service, and luxurious comforts for a good night’s sleep, the Albatross Bay Resort definitely makes the list for being one of North Queensland’s best resorts.