These days, getting into nature doesn’t mean sacrificing comfort.
Today’s adventure accommodations are working wonders by pairing nature with man-made hotels, using local resources and complementing the natural landscape all to bring guests unique experiences they might not get in a typical city hotel.
From reef luxury to chic city escapes, the northeastern Australian state of Queensland is a traveler’s paradise.
With a full range of gay and lesbian hotspots in the cities of Brisbane and Cairns, the LGBTI traveler has plenty of chances to break away from the tropical ocean waters and outback activities.
Gay Star Travel looks at the coolest hotels in Queensland. We go up and down the coast of Australia and find glamorous camping spots, elegant city stays and private island villas where only a dozen people are allowed at a time.
Whether you’re looking to lose yourself in the tropics or find new friends in the urban jungle, check out these six hotels in Queensland.
If you’re not a fan of camping, have you considered ‘glamping’? Set against the ancient Lamington National Park, the Nightfall Wilderness Camp offers a luxurious spin on enjoying the great outdoors.
From luxury tents with king-sized beds and gourmet dining menus, guests truly get an out-of-this-world experience. Activities include massages atop a flowing river (pictured above) and handling baby kangaroos. Guests can also tailor their camp experience with guided bushwalks, gourmet hampers for a secluded picnic and romantic evening campfires.
This private, tropical haven is just 7 kilometres off the coast of Mission Beach in Tropical North Queensland. Famous for ‘barefoot luxury’, the resort comprises seven private villas hidden amongst its 45 hectares of tropical rainforest, including ocean-view villas and a beach house that opens up right onto the ocean.
Now called Australia’s most sustainable resort, the island accommodates a maximum of 16 guests at any given time, ensuring your experience is the ultimate in luxurious isolation.
One of Brisbane’s chicest hotels is the award-winning Emporium Hotel in the hip area of Fortitude Valley, home to Brisbane’s nightlife scene. With 102 luxury suites, an eclectic Cocktail Bar, Function Centre, and Belle Ã‰poque French Patisserie, the hotel’s signature red interior lends an air of hospitality and exclusivity at the same time.
The hotel also has a rooftop terrace with a lap pool and a sauna overlooking Brisbane’s city skyline. An ideal place to mix and mingle with the locals, the pool and bar area is also perfect for enjoying the typically warm weather.
The Gold Coast venue of QT Hotels is best described as ‘nostalgic surfer chic meets catwalk cool’. One of the region’s bigger hotels, the art deco building houses 297 rooms, each with its own balcony overlooking the white sandy beaches of Surfer’s Paradise.
It’s also a culinary hot-bed with international cuisines and cocktails from their Japanese restaurant Yagamen with the freshest sashimi, and Bazaar which serves a selection of European fare.
If you want a bespoke hotel experience without sacrificing any of the cool amenities a well-designed space has to offer, opt for the Limes Hotel. A member of the Design Hotels Group, the Limes Hotel is a swanky boutique hotel in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley.
With only 21 rooms and a gorgeous rooftop bar overlooking the city of Brisbane and the Brisbane River, Limes Hotel quickly became a favorite watering hole for trendy partiers.
Lakeside luxury goes down under at this secret outback oasis. Arrive in style by helicopter or plane as you glide over the outback that houses a plethora of wildlife from birds, crocodiles and fish.
Five lodges are self-sufficient, powered by hydro and solar, and are the perfect spot to enjoy sunning next to the lake and walking off into the brush on a nature walk. One of the highlights of Crystalbrook Lodge is the yacht tours that take you out to the Great Barrier Reef.