Neil Herdegen Dreamridge Retreat is a purpose-built, private, all-inclusive house with 24 acres of immaculately landscaped gardens on Tomewin Mountain in Currumbin Valley, Gold Coast.
Simon Holt There’s something very cool about strolling over to the bar, pouring yourself a martini, and plotting how you’ll go about catching the bad guys – as you overlook the waterways of the Gold Coast.
Simon Holt Keeping with Sofitel’s French theme and tradition, attention to detail is generally what makes this hotel a higher-end experience.
Simon O'Brien The room's best feature is its huge balcony. The river-view apartments offer a view across the Brisbane River, towards Mt Coot-tha.
Warren Barnsley This piece of railway history has been hand restored by owner Keith Murray over 1200 painstaking hours. It’s a labour of love and the design proves it.
Simon Holt Here’s the scenario: The family’s split. Two want to go camping, but the other two are digging their heels in, refusing to pitch a tent, dig a toilet or clean under a camp shower.
Robert Burgin The combination of the cool mountain air, hinterland vista, lounge room Jacuzzi and a comfortable bed will prompt nodding off sooner than later. A log fireplace is for the genuine European experience.
Simon Holt This is a little-known retreat with fascinating architecture, personal service, and more than a touch of decadence. It's ideal for a romantic Hollywood-style getaway.
Simon Holt For those looking for a well-priced city stay, a swim in a well-kept pool, and the tidily designed comforts of home in the heart of the city, Punthill is well and truly a viable option.
Simon Holt Some will get the guilt-charged urge to go for one of the walks in Girraween National Park. Others will take another sip of their newly-found favourite reserve pinot noir, and prefer to admire the...
Simon Holt Rooms at Soul carry most features of modern-day design. It’s on-trend now to have a spa bath positioned in the bathroom, behind a glass wall looking into the bedroom and at the view beyond.
Danielle Cronin It combines natural timber floors and wicker furniture with modern conveniences such as air-conditioning, a television, and alarm clock although it is unclear why anyone would need the last two items.
Danielle Cronin The pimped out main treehouse serves as a restaurant without troublesome windows to block the rainforest sounds - the soft trickle of the nearby river and the call of birds.
Danielle Cronin Like the QT resort, Port Douglas is eclectic. The scenic seaside village is a gateway to the one of the world’s natural wonders, the Great Barrier Reef, and hosts an annual Carnivale.
Danielle Cronin The private balcony boasts an outdoor entertaining area including a barbecue and table – a few steps from the formal pool surrounded by tropical plants and reserved for adults.
Danielle Cronin The best vantage point to view the vista is reclining in the spa bath while sipping on something that tickles the end of your nose.
Simon Holt Welcome to the house of fun. There are plenty of hotels which are functional, and many with similar facilities to the Marriott.
Tony Moore Go outside. Grab a bean-bag, lean against the railing. It is so quiet you find yourself listening to the sounds of clouds moving.
Simon Holt From the moment you eat those little sandwiches with the crust cut off, to a night in French luxury, this isn't normally cheap. But on weekends, it’s more within reach than most might believe.
Simon Holt The resort has two clear winners – the views, from the rooms, pool and on-site day spa, and the proximity to the city. It’s a way to escape the hustle and bustle without having to go too far.