Guide to LGBT-friendly accommodation in Queensland
Just like our weather, in Queensland, we’re known for being warm and welcoming. Whether you’re here for a good time, a long time, or everything in between, there’s plenty of LGBT-friendly accommodation on offer.
LGBT-FRIENDLY ACCOMMODATION IN TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND
Venture an hour north of Cairns, you’ll find Port Douglas, known for its sophisticated dining, shopping and sprawling untouched beaches. Recently awarded a world–first Ecotourism Australia ECO Destination Certification, the region has over 80% of its land protected under World Heritage listing. It’s here you’ll find Australia’s only adults-only LGBT-exclusive accommodation, Turtle Cove Beach Resort. This secluded beachfront beauty not only overlooks the Great Barrier Reef but also offers a full bar and restaurant, health spa, and 30 rooms with different styles to cater to anyone’s tastes.
Ever slept in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef? Well, a stay at luxury resort Lizard Island will certainly make up for lost time. Accessible by a scenic one-hour flight from Cairns, 40 rooms and 24 powdery-white private beaches await. You don’t even need to venture far to explore – strap on a snorkel to see the clam gardens, coral and marine life in the fringing reefs right off the beach. If that isn’t enough to get you booking, then did we mention the food? With menus changing each day, you can enjoy fresh, local produce on a secluded beach picnic or a degustation dinner for two at sunset in Saltwater Restaurant.
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LGBT-FRIENDLY ACCOMMODATION IN THE WHITSUNDAYS
With over 70 tropical islands as its neighbours, Hamilton Island is one of the most popular to explore the Whitsundays. A gateway to the iconic Heart Reef, Hill Inlet, and Whitehaven Beach, if you want to do and see it all, then you’ve come to the right place.
Choose from the luxurious qualia, the beachfront luxury of the Beach Club, or the sweeping views at The Reef View Hotel. You can’t go wrong with the Palm Bungalows or the high-rise Whitsunday Apartments Hamilton Island which are ideal for families or groups.
LGBT-FRIENDLY ACCOMMODATION ON FRASER ISLAND
Accessible by ferry from Hervey Bay lies an eco-tourist’s dream. Holding titles like World –Heritage–listed, and the world’s largest sand island, Fraser Island offers freshwater lakes, colorful sandy patches, rainforest and more. With so much on offer, spending time here is easy.
With adventure comes great responsibility, like choosing where to rest your head. Thankfully, on Fraser Island, the choice is made easy when the only resort on the island is also LGBT-friendly accommodation.
Kingsfisher Bay Resort is perched on the edge of the Great Sandy Strait with a view of the ocean in front. The resort offers Bush Tucker Talk and Taste classes, where you’ll learn about the many bush foods that can be eaten and how to use them to make bush tucker.
LGBT-FRIENDLY ACCOMMODATION ON THE SUNSHINE COAST
Home to hinterland hideaways and beachfront beauties, the Sunshine Coast has plenty of LGBT-friendly accommodation options to rest your head.
In the past, Noosa was an LGBT haven for Mardi Gras. While the party scene has faded over the years, the popular coastal town remains just as welcoming and inclusive. When you’re not busy exploring, you can check in to Peppers Noosa Resort and Villas. Designed with two unique and beautiful accommodation concepts, there is the resort which is ideal for families, or a beautiful, airy penthouse or apartment where you’ll be accommodated in style. Nestled in the scenic Noosa National Park, you can spend your days here lazing by the pool, shopping, and dining in the Hasting Street hub (only a 10–minute walk away), or catching a wave in the world-surfing reserve.
If your mind, body, and heart is wanting to disconnect from the hustle and reconnect with nature, Blue Summit Cottages in Maleny has your name on it. Perched high in the mountains your private, spacious cottage overlooks 80 acres of rolling hinterland and is equipped with all the luxe trimmings (like a king bed, double spa bath, and a private deck).
Venture over to Montville and find Secrets on the Lake. Here you’ll find 10 secluded treehouse retreats nestled high in the rainforest overlooks Lake Baroon. Or, stay amongst the iconic Glass House Mountains on Glass by Glasshouse. Warning: you won’t be able to look away from the view.
LGBT-FRIENDLY ACCOMMODATION IN BRISBANE
Queensland’s capital has a lively queer scene, so come prepared to explore the many attractions and events in and near the city. While there’s so much do, where you stay is just as important and Brisbane’s inner-city suburbs offer plenty of LGBT-friendly accommodation.
Within both walking distance to the city and Fortitude Valley, the Fantauzzo on Howard Smith Wharves is ideal for first-time visitors. Not only is this six-storey hotel located in the center of all the action, but it’s also surrounded by some of Brisbane’s best restaurants and bars. Catering to both couples and families, you’ll enjoy waking up to Australian artist Vincent Fantauzzo’s artwork which lines the walls.
Located nearby in the middle of the James Street precinct is The Calile. Known for its contemporary design (think Palm Springs vibes), this hotel is so easy on the eye that you could easily spend your entire stay shopping in the local boutiques on the ground floor, soaking up the sun near the pool or dining at Hellenika, one of Brisbane’s best Greek restaurants.
If you’re looking to escape the bustle of the city while in the city, look no further then Spicers Balfour in New Farm. This chic renovated Queenslander makes for a bed and breakfast style getaway within walking distance of the Valley and Howard Smith Wharves.
Make sure you check out our LGBTIQ+ travel guide to Brisbane.