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Brisbane in Queensland

Sprawling over 1.8million square kilometres - roughly seven and a half United Kingdoms - it's “fair dinkum” to say that there's a huge number of hotels in Queensland. It's deciding where to holiday in this vast Australian state that will leave your sun-kissed head in a spin.

Do you opt for the bright lights of a big city in Brisbane? Is the Great Barrier Reef luring you towards the Pacific Ocean? Maybe fun-filled Cairns will put a spell on you. Or perhaps you'd like to get away from it all with a break on the gorgeous Whitsunday Islands. From the stark deserts and mountains of the dry interior, via tropical-rainforest-clad hills, and all the way to the turquoise waters of the coast, Queensland will enthral and delight you and have you begging for more.

If time and an adventurous spirit are on your side, consider a tour of this vast region of north east Australia and combine the best bits, spreading your holiday across a number of Queensland hotels. The Sunshine State has great cities such as Brisbane, Noosa, Port Douglas, Cairns and Townsville; glorious beaches (for example those on the Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast); and acres of spectacular natural scenery that is filled with nature's most interesting creatures.

In the cities in particular you will be welcomed at a fantastic array of luxury hotels with five-star facilities and top-notch service. Spa and resort-style hotels are a special holiday treat, and you can often find a bargain break at the best Queensland hotels.

Mid-range accommodation is also popular in Queensland. Chain hotels compete with independently-run places to stay all around the state.

Budget hotels, motels and backpacker digs offer a cheap and friendly stay in Queensland, with high standards of cleanliness and comfort still demanded by visitors - even those paying the cheapest prices. If you are looking for well-known names then you'll find a range of them in the state. Look out for hotels from the likes of Hilton, Marriott, Wyndham, Comfort Inn, Best Western, Ibis, Formule 1, Quality Inn, Sofitel and Mercure.

If you plan to visit the cities or the beach resorts during Australian or UK school holidays, book well in advance to secure your hotel rooms. If you're willing to travel during the state's wet season, which runs during summer from December to February, you might find you can book an even better-value stay, as hoteliers compete for business.

Top five attractions

Great Barrier Reef

The biggest coral-reef system in the world, the Great Barrier Reef attracts divers as well as day-trippers who want to see the natural wonder while staying dry. Cairns and the Whitsunday Islands are great jumping-off points for the reef.

Whitsunday Islands

This picture-perfect holiday paradise lures visitors to this string of islands, with Hamilton Island and Whitsunday Island attracting the most holidaymakers to their white sands, azure waters and laidback lifestyles. 

Daintree National Park

This national park can be found in the far north in the Wet Tropics, with heaps of rainforest trails to explore in Mossman Gorge and Cape Tribulation.

Queensland Art Gallery

While the state revels in its outdoor adventures, culture and art can be absorbed at this captivating museum in Brisbane. See work by indigenous communities, plus artists from all around Australia.

Fraser Island

This amazing and diverse sand island is paradise for lovers of nature. Inhabited for thousands of years, today the island is popular with visitors, many of whom camp. Look out for native dingoes in their natural habitat.

Events

Australia Day; January: Where better to celebrate the national day of the country than on the beach with a barbecue lunch? There are parties all around Queensland, but the summer sun will feel finest on the state's beautiful coast.

Queensland Ocean Swim Series; April: Aussies love the water and they love a bit of competition. So get along to see (or compete in) the hotly-contested swim series at one of the three host destinations: Tangalooma, Coolangatta and Caloundra.

Ekka; August: Also known as the Royal Queensland Show, visitors are kept entertained with 10 days of entertainment that is focussed on rural life in the state. This is a family-friendly event with lots to see, do and taste near the city of Brisbane.