Bridie Jabour If it was a few kilometres up the Gold Coast Highway you would be paying more than double the price. Take advantage of it before the rest of the world cottons on to Kirra.
Simon Holt While foreign tourists continue to flock to Surfers Paradise, many Queenslanders are claiming that Broadbeach is the new heart of the Gold Coast.
August is all about whales. Whether paddling out for whales, or singing tunes, it's all in the name of conservation around Hervey Bay.
When the trees are not wearing jumpers, there's a medieval celebration, gardening, lawn bowling and running - lots of running.
June is all about rugby, a bit of winter sailing, country music and Mary Poppins.
From ballet lovers to rev heads to woodchippers. They're all catered for in May.
Check out where the festivals and special events are in April.
Scott Beveridge This is a place for families with young children - and the young at heart. As long as your children aren’t the indoors type who are afraid of animals, it is akin to a rural Disneyland.
Simon Holt The bath sits in the centre of the bathroom. About 3m above it is a hole which springs a waterfall, at the trigger of a tap.
Amy Remeikis If you take a Mountain Villa, don’t be surprised if you just don’t leave your hide-away. So stock up on the necessities – wine, chocolate, cheese – and just relax.
Simon Holt Granted, it's healthy to walk, ride, run. But passing the huge weeping fig, a croquet lawn, and stroll through gardens to the pool, it's easy to realise the pace is a little slower here.
Katherine Feeney Hip, chic and very, very ‘now’, as the QT Gold Coast the 297-room AHL-owned tower stands as an example of how to do retro-style the right way.
Simon Holt Once you've driven down the driveway, past the surrounding rainforest and into the retreat, it's clearly a matter of choice whether or not to leave the beautiful surrounds of Escarpment.
Katherine Feeney Boasting two snug, slick studios with sweeping views of the Boonie Valley, Deshons offers almost everything you’d expect from a hip metro postcode minus the noise, neighbours and parking hassles.
Danielle Cronin If healthy living is a religion, Gwinganna is a broad church catering for zealots, lapsed devotees, those flirting with a new belief system, and the heathens only interested in relaxing.
All roads lead to Woodford after Christmas, where people from all backgrounds meet to appreciate folk culture and music.
Scarecrows, rev heads and triathletes take the spotlight this month, as does a bit of jazz and soul music.
It's a month of fun in the sun. Sand sculpting, sand running, flowers of Spring, arts and crafts. Amid it all, there's a large agenda of live entertainment.
Marissa Calligeros Bulcock Beach has undergone change over the past 15 years, but it hasn't lost its laid-back, family-friendly vibe. Rather, it's gained the benefits of luxury accommodation.
Simon O'Brien This is the sort of place that comes dressed in a black Armani suit, a crisp white shirt, an expensive watch and is more than likely going to go home with your girlfriend.