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TripAdvisor reveals Australia’s best hotels

MyDiscoveries logo MyDiscoveries 25/01/2019 Bethany Plint

a living room filled with furniture and a large window: Picture: Supplied © MyDiscoveries Picture: Supplied The world’s largest travel review site, TripAdvisor, has just announced the winners of this years Traveller’s Choice Awards. Australia’s best hotels have been named and some of them might surprise you. They surprised us.

a chair sitting in front of a building: Picture: Supplied © Provided by Direct Group Pty Ltd Picture: Supplied The nominations are based on the millions of reviews posted on the site by travellers around the world. Winners are chosen with value, service, emanates and overall experience in mind. Here are the hotels in Australia that made the list.

10. Freestyle Resort Port Douglas

Port Douglas, Queensland This is boutique accommodation at 

it’s best. The heated swimming pool makes it a year-round destination. Freestyle is a short walk from Four Mile beach and close to the main shopping and food district. Adjoining rooms apartments can be arranged for multi-age families. Reviewers say resident managers, Jason and Anne, go the extra mile to ensure an extra special stay. Average price: $264/night

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9. Meriton Suites Southport

Southport, Queensland The view from any of the Meriton’s 208 suites will blow you away. 55 storeys high, guests are treated to views of the hinterland, coastline and pumping beach-side city atmosphere. Each suite is equipped with a gourmet kitchen so you can cook up a storm or head out and discover some of the Gold Coast’s best restaurants, within easy walking distance of the hotel. Average price: $236/night

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8. Qualia Resort

Hamilton Island, Queensland This secluded hideaway sits on the northern tip of Hamilton Island with the Great Barrier Reef on it’s doorstep. Each pavilion has a stunning water view; some even have a private plunge pool and sundeck. Qualia is only suitable for guests over the age of 16 so you’re sure to enjoy some peace and quiet. Average price: $1,508/night

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7. The Langham, Sydney

Sydney, New South Wales

To stay at The Langham is to step back in time. Located in the historic Rocks district, the building is filled with bespoke furnishings, grand high ceilings and even a 20m lap pool. It’s on the expensive side but the service, according to reviewers, is worth the price tag. Average price: $523/night

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6. COMO The Treasury

Perth, Western Australia This inner-city hotel resides in a restored 19th century state building in Perth’s CBD. You don’t need to be an architect to admire the sophisticated European furnishings and trendy interior design. Swim a few lap in the pool and rinse off in your luxurious bath tub or spacious ran shower. Average price: $646/night

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5. Korte’s Resort

Rockhampton, Queensland Korte’s is a great option for budget-minded travellers. The resort offers affordable luxury with a large pool and great restaurant, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The resort is close to Mount Archer National Park, which has plenty of walks for all fitness levels. Average price: $157/night

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4. Peninsula Boutique Hotel

Port Douglas, Queensland Another win for Port Douglas, the Peninsula overlooks Four Mile Beach and is within easy walking distance to Macrossan Street, the town hub. This adults-only hotel has an outdoor spa, pool and fabulous water feature. Average price: $405/night

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3. Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour

Sydney. New South Wales As the name suggests, Ovolo was built in 1888. From wool factory to contemporary boutique hotel, Ovolo seems to have thought of everything. Each room has an iPad for you to plan your exploration, free mini-bar and happy hour nibbles. The hotel has a 24-hour pool and a vintage video games room too. Average price: $388/night

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2. Pinetrees Lodge

Lord Howe Island If you love relaxing amongst nature, Lord Howe Island is for you. Pinetrees Lodge claimed the top spot in last year’s Traveller’s Choice Awards so we’re not surprised to see it pop up again. Pinetrees offers an all-inclusive experience for its guests. No need to worry about meals, transfers or activities – they’re all taken care of. The lodge has no WiFi, but there’s plenty of outdoor activities, games and books to keep you entertained. Average price: $1,387/night

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1. Ovolo Woolloomooloo

Sydney, New South Wales Australia’s top rated hotel stretches along Woolloomoloo Wharf; the longest timer-piled wharf in the world. Spectacular views of Sydney Harbour, free mini-bar and happy hour baskets and a gourmet buffet breakfast make this hotel a stand out. The art-deco theme will have you feeling very on-trend as you head out and explore the surrounding area. Sydney’s top attractions are all easily accessible on foot or by public transport. Average price: $434/night

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