The awards are for top hotels, bargains, B&B’s and inns, luxury, romance, small hotels and family, as voted by TripAdvisor travellers worldwide.

Top of the list is Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa in Lithgow, New South Wales – about 190 km, or a three hour drive from Sydney. Recent reviews are glowing to say the least.

Others in the top 5 include Xanadu Holiday Resort in Main Beach, Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort in Cairns, Summit Apartments Airlie Beach in Airlie Beach and Grange Resort Hervey Bay.

The best B&B and Inn in Australia according to TripAdvisor is Underground Bed Breakfast in Coober Pedy, SA.

The top 25 are:


1) Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa, Wolgan Valley, NSW

2) Xanadu Holiday Resort, Main Beach, QLD

3) Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort, Cairns, QLD

4) Summit Apartments Airlie Beach, Airlie Beach, QLD

5) Grange Resort Hervey Bay, Hervey Bay, QLD

6) Ashmore Palms Holiday Village, Ashmore, QLD

7) Qualia Resort, Hamilton Island, Whitsunday Islands, QLD

8) Paradise Links Resort Port Douglas, Port Douglas, QLD

9) Oaks On William, Melbourne, VIC

10) Park Hyatt Sydney, Sydney, NSW

11) Peppers Broadbeach, Broadbeach, QLD

12) Lizard Island Resort, Lizard Island, QLD

13) 1888 Hotel – by 8Hotels, Sydney, NSW

14) Emporium Hotel, Brisbane, QLD

15) Quay West Suites Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC

16) The Langham, Melbourne, VIC

17) Crown Towers, Melbourne, VIC

18) The Byron at Byron Resort & Spa, Byron Bay, NSW

19) Freestyle Resort Port Douglas, Port Douglas, QLD

20) Sir Stamford at Circular Quay Hotel Sydney, Sydney, NSW

21) Silky Oaks Lodge, Mossman, QLD

22) Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour, Sydney, NSW

23) Peninsula Boutique Hotel, Port Douglas, QLD

24) Aqua Resort Busselton Accommodation, Busselton, WA

25) RACV Noosa Resort, Noosa QLD


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