Winter is coming… so go north. Bonus: these 10 getaways won’t blow the budget.
Be kind to your hip-pocket with these budget-friendly beach escapes in Queensland
As the degrees steadily drop, breaking up the winter months with a tropical escape sounds like a good idea, doesn’t it? And the great thing about this sunburnt country of ours is it’s always summer somewhere…
Enter Queensland. With year-round warm weather and great beaches to enjoy it, this is the perfect place for a blissed-out break. Head to the peak to trek through dense greenery and dive into coral gardens; visit the Sunshine and Gold Coast respectively for world-class surf and laidback vibes; or castaway to an island where no-one can find you, exploring deserted coves and swimming in crystal clear seas. And the best part? There’s plenty in this region you can actually afford. We’ve rounded up 10 breezy retreats with prices starting from less than $250 a night, making it all too easy to book a mid-year escape.
Grandview Coolum, Coolum Beach
Aptly named, this beach house at the highpoint of Coolum has breathtaking ocean views. Capturing the coastline from Mooloolaba to Noosa, here, you’ll want to enjoy your meals alfresco, looking across treetops to the incredibly blue water below. In fact you’re likely to want to spend most of your time outside. Because with hammocks, cushiony cane chairs and luxury sun loungers, why wouldn’t you? Have a quick kip with the waves crashing in the distance, or curl-up in your favourite chair with a good book. And did we mention the 12-person Jacuzzi? Perfect for everyone piling in, glasses of sparkling in tow. To top it all off, when you pull yourself from the outdoor perches, the beach is an easy 450 metres away.
From $250 a night, sleeps 10
Fitzroy Island Resort, Fitzroy Island
One of the Great Barrier Reef’s most idyllic spots, Fitzroy Island is largely national park, with walking trails, rewarding lookouts, and plenty of quiet coves to cool-off after treks. Jump on the Fitzroy Fast Cat in Cairns, and a refreshing 45-minutes later you’ll disembark at Fitzroy Island Resort. There’s a range of accommodation types to choose from; including cabins with water views and direct access to the pristine sand. The hotel’s breathtaking oceanfront pool and spa comes complete with a swim-up bar. Nothing spells ‘ultimate tropical getaway’ like having a cocktail delivered to you in a pool that overlooks the beach.
From $165 a night, sleeps between two and six
Noosa Lake House, Sunshine Coast
The Noosa lakes area is a less-trodden part of this holiday hotspot tucked behind the dunes – which means secluded beaches, and plenty of serenity. Right by Lake Weyba, this architect-designed beauty is made for you and your special someone to relax in style. Set on two acres complete with tennis courts and an outdoor spa, you’ve got everything needed for fun in the sun. Stroll along the banks, pack a picnic to spread-out when you find your favourite shore, and drag the kayaks down to the river for a workout with a view. And at the end of your exploring, you’ll love returning to Noosa Lake House to sit-back on the deck.
From $220 a night, sleeps two
Coco Loco, Mission Beach
Drive down a deserted gravel road to the edge of Brooks Beach headland, and you’ll find Coco Loco hidden away by the water. Perfect for a secluded summery escape; here it’s just you and your holiday partner in crime, a vibrant red shack and the whitewash lapping paces away. Your hut is fringed by tropical vegetation, and when you need to beat the sultry heat the private beachfront waits. After snorkelling amongst colourful reef and soaking in the sun, open your stay’s big louvered doors to let the sea breeze in, and collapse onto your bed with an ocean view.
From $170 a night, sleeps two
Blue Ocean Apartment, Palm Beach
Blue Ocean Apartment is the kind of place that makes you want to linger for a week or few. Planted on the shores of peaceful Palm Beach, here, you're a good distance from The Gold Coast crowds. The apartment interiors are bright, breezy and full of colour, and sliding glass welcomes in water views. There’s a river mouth perfect for swimming (especially if you’ve got littlies), tennis courts, mini-golf, barbecues, a giant chess set, and a sparkling palm-shaded pool – so you won’t be short of things to do. Sit back on the balcony, and breathe in the salty air. For a chilled-out escape on the GC, it doesn't get much better than this.
From $175 a night, sleeps five