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Luxury Accommodation

All Australian cities have luxury hotels, sometimes with a swimming pool and general spa facilities. Boutique hotels are popular in some of Australia's older cities, where they're likely to inhabit historic buildings, and in Australia's wine regions. They generally offer the very best of local food and hospitality. They can be a great way to stay, but don't usually have the facilities you'd generally get at large hotels and resorts.

Luxury seaside resorts can be found around the Great Barrier Reef – they can be the only option if you're visiting some of the smaller islands, and offer a very high level of comfort and hospitality. The biggest resorts have a wide range of activities, and sometimes include their own golf courses. In the rural countryside around the major cities and scattered around the wine growing regions you'll find plenty of boutique lodges usually hosting only a handful of couples at a time and often offering spa and therapeutic services. You'll find such lodges in the Blue Mountains of NSW, Margaret River in WA, Atherton Tablelands in Queenslands' north, the Yarra Valley outside of Melbourne and many rural areas around Tasmania.

Beach Accommodation

You'll find resorts around popular beach destinations. These can be basic or luxurious. They generally offer the opportunity to have an easy holiday, where you can join pre-arranged excursions and never have to wonder too much about where you're going to eat or drink.

Holiday cottages can be found at most beach-side destination. They can be basic or luxurious, and are generally a good option for families travelling on a budget. You'll generally have to stay for a couple of nights at least, and often the minimum stay is a week during busy periods.

If you're learning to dive, then your diving school may offer live-aboard trips, that last around three days, as part of the deal – they're often preceded by a couple of days learning about diving theory and basic safety precautions.

General Accommodation

You'll find motels all across Australia. Some offer standby discounts. Nearly all motels will have some family rooms, which make them popular for families on touring holidays.

Holiday apartments are popular with couples and families, and are a good way of self-catering if you don't have access to camping equipment. Serviced apartments are generally available for a minimum of one night, and can be found in cities as well as popular tourist areas.

B&Bs aren't budget options in Australia, in the same way that they and pensions are in the UK and Europe. They're generally upmarket, and aimed at couples on weekend breaks. They can be found everywhere, but the Blue Mountains and most of the wine regions have this sort of accommodation.

Luxury cruises are available around Australia, sometimes including destinations in the Pacific islands and New Zealand. Sydney and Brisbane are a popular starting point for cruises. Some Australian rivers offer houseboat cruises.

Budget Accommodation

Backpackers' hostels are popular with young people. They usually offer dormitory beds, but often have private rooms too. They can be found all around the coast, in major cities and at strategic places in the bush and outback, particularly in Alice Springs.

Camping is a popular option – there are campsites all over Australia. Some have excellent facilities, including swimming pools, while others are most basic; the sites in the National Parks tend to fall into the latter category. Wild camping (or just pitching somewhere remote) is not always allowed – check in advance with the tourist office about whether your chosen region is okay. You also may need to seek permission to camp in Aboriginal lands.

Some pubs offer rooms – in very rural areas, they might be your only option for a bed. Standards vary wildly, but you'll usually get breakfast as part of the deal.

Cabins are good for families on a budget – they can be found on campsites, as well as in other locations.

Farm stays usually include dinner and breakfast, and can be a great way to find out more about life in rural Australia.

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