Where to go and what to see in Australia!
Hotels | The Lost Camel, Uluru / Ayers Rock | Aurora, Alice Springs | Majestic Roof Garden, Adelaide | Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat | Lakeview Motel, Robe | Oscars Waterfront, Port Fairy | Travelodge Southbank, Melbourne | Meridian, Port Douglas | Palm Bungalows, Hamilton Island | Pegasus Motor Inn, Brisbane | Seahaven Resort, Noosa | Boat Harbour Resort, Hervey Bay | Kingfisher Bay Resort, Fraser Island | Intercontinental, Sydney

Hotels

We stayed at a mix of hotels on our way round and on the whole did very well with our choices, though there were a couple that we might change if we did the same trip again.

For one night stops, we tended to drop the budget, so that we could stretch to better options for the longer stays or pricier locations. Location comes first!

The Lost Camel, Uluru / Ayers Rock

Accommodation in Uluru is seriously pricey and this slightly funky 3.5* hotel came in at $412 a night! It's understandable when you get there and see just how in the middle of nowhere it is though - and it is perfectly located for Yulara's resort centre. Recommended as the best option available, despite the price

Aurora, Alice Springs

Superb location just off the middle of the high street and partnered with a nice looking restaurant, though looks were sadly deceiving. $149 a night wasn't a bad price for a 3* room, but maybe there are better options out there. Just OK

Majestic Roof Garden, Adelaide

Relative newcomer to Adelaide and again very well located near the shopping and eating districts. The 4* rooms were very smart and the $199 rate seemed reasonable. The only question we had was whether or not we should have stayed right in the middle of Adelaide for such a short stopover. Recommended, if you choose to stay centrally

Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat

K.I.W.R. fits in perfectly with the environmental ethos of Kangaroo Island. The location is excellent and the friendly owners make you very welcome - as does the wildlife! $215 for the courtyard suite was acceptable, but we weren't sure about the warnings of snakes in the bed come summer! Highly recommended

Lakeview Motel, Robe

The motel was fine for a one night stop-over, but isn't as central as we normally would choose and I'm not sure I would agree with the 4* rating on their website. A late arrival and early start made it a non-issue though and $150 was reasonable enough. Next time we might take a standard room to save a little extra. OK for a brief visit

Oscars Waterfront, Port Fairy

Oscars is a lovely boutique hotel and has been very nicely put together. Our room enjoyed a fireplace, huge spa bath and supremely comfortable king-size bed and the gourmet breakfast and pretty morning views are probably worth the stay on their own, despite the relatively hefty price tag of $250. Highly recommended - we loved it

Travelodge Southbank, Melbourne

Located, as the name suggests, on the Southbank just metres from the river. We didn't spend much time in Melbourne itself, but it was nice to be able to have a stroll by the water and there were several restaurants nearby. It is a $154 a night Travelodge at the end of the day, but perfect for the operating base we needed. Recommended for the location alone

Meridian, Port Douglas

Another brilliantly located apartment hotel, just a stones throw from the beach and the Macrossan Street restaurants. The friendly owners and nicely decorated 4.5* apartments put the icing on the cake and were good value at $190. The washing and drying facilities were useful halfway point options also. Highly recommended

Palm Bungalows, Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island promised so much and delivered so little. Doubtless the Whitsundays have a lot to offer, but we'd rather have avoided the rip-off $315 3* rates and bird poo infestation and stayed a few more nights in adorable Port Douglas. Try somewhere else

Pegasus Motor Inn, Brisbane

We weren't convinced on the location, but the room was fine if lacking the advertised 4* feel. It was efficient and easy, cheap at $140 and we enjoyed a good fish and chips from just over the road. OK

Seahaven Resort, Noosa

Located on Hastings Street, near the beach and the restaurants, you couldn't ask for much more than this. We chose the cheap studio option at $180 but were impressed enough to have wanted to stay longer. Recommended - Noosa and the Seahaven Resort deserve a longer stay

Boat Harbour Resort, Hervey Bay

Not as conveniently located as we had imagined. Their website does accurately state that the apartments are 10 minutes walk from the marina, but fails to point out that there is nothing (including lighting and pavements) in between! We were also a little put off by an unfriendly welcome by the owners. Only $120, but better alternatives exist

Kingfisher Bay Resort, Fraser Island

For a hotel that managed to lose our luggage on a 45 minute catamaran trip, we have surprisingly good feelings towards the Kingfisher Bay! The $235 nightly rate was good value and it was nice to be able to experience Fraser Island without having to camp! Recommended, but keep your fingers crossed on the luggage!

Intercontinental, Sydney

The $329 5* Intercontinental is a perfect place to round off a trip to Australia with a touch of class and is ideally located on Macquarie Street for Circular Quay, Sydney Opera House and the Royal Botanic Gardens. If it's good enough for the US President, it's good enough for us!


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