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Latest Great Barrier Reef Hotel Deals

3 stars from C$ 35
4+ stars from C$ 101
Noosa Heads
3 stars from C$ 166
4+ stars from C$ 173
Hamilton Island
3 stars from C$ 356
4+ stars from C$ 366
Hervey Bay
3 stars from C$ 61
4+ stars from C$ 151
Port Douglas
3 stars from C$ 117
4+ stars from C$ 106
3 stars from C$ 67
4+ stars from C$ 88

Best Great Barrier Reef hotels

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Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Port Douglas - Port Douglas - Pool
C$ 500+
Free Wi-Fi
Shangri-La The Marina, Cairns - Cairns - Beach
Shangri-La The Marina, Cairns
8.4 Very good
Cairns CBDC$ 290+
C$ 290+
Free Wi-Fi
Cairns Colonial Club Resort
8 Very good
C$ 136+
C$ 136+
Free Wi-Fi
Peppers Beach Club
8.4 Very good
C$ 470+
C$ 470+
Free Wi-Fi
Hilton Cairns
8.3 Very good
Cairns CBDC$ 246+
C$ 246+
Free Wi-Fi
DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns
7.9 Good
Cairns CBDC$ 216+
C$ 216+
Free Wi-Fi
Reef View Hotel
8 Very good
C$ 393+
C$ 393+
Airport shuttle
Free Wi-Fi
Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
8.2 Very good
Cairns CBDC$ 244+
C$ 244+
Free Wi-Fi
Pullman Cairns International
8 Very good
Cairns CBDC$ 240+
C$ 240+
Free Wi-Fi

How much is a Great Barrier Reef hotel?

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Average price (weeknight)

C$ 302

Average price (weekend night)

C$ 298
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When to book a hotel in Great Barrier Reef

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Top tips for finding the perfect Great Barrier Reef hotel

  • For cheap accommodation close to the Great Barrier Reef, consider backpacker hostels like Global Backpackers Cairns. Most offer both dorms and private rooms, and you’ll also be well-placed for finding cheaper tours and activities, to help you stick to your budget for the trip.
  • If you’d like to stay close to Cairns Airport (CNS) during your trip to the Great Barrier Reef, you are in luck, as the airport is right on the coast on the north side of the city. Look for hotels in Cairns North, like Bohemia Resort or Cairns Sheraton Hotel.
  • If it’s luxury you’re looking for on your trip to the Great Barrier Reef, get set to be spoiled for choice. Hotels like Hilton or Shangri-La The Marina offer 5-star comfort in the heart of Cairns, while resorts like Hamilton Island’s Beach Club will place the reef at your doorstep.
  • The Great Barrier Reef is a great spot for a romantic getaway, with many wonderful resorts and hotels suitable for couples. Hotels like Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort in Port Douglas offer a private beach, outdoor pool, spa and wellness centre and bicycle hire, giving couples plenty of ways to enjoy each other’s company.
  • The Great Barrier Reef region features many hotels that offer facilities for guests who require a wheelchair. For example, Crystalbrook hotels, like Crystalbrook Riley, offer fully wheelchair-accessible rooms with roll-in showers, shower chairs, lowered sinks and toilets with grab rails.   

FAQs when booking a hotel in Great Barrier Reef

  • What is the most popular destination in Great Barrier Reef?

    Based on KAYAK hotel searches, the most popular destination is Cairns (68% of total searches to Great Barrier Reef). The next most popular destinations are Noosa Heads (12%) and Hamilton Island (11%). Searches for hotels in Hervey Bay (9%) are also popular.

  • How much is a cheap hotel in Great Barrier Reef?

    KAYAK users have found double rooms in Great Barrier Reef for as cheap as C$ 25 (Cairns) in the last 3 days. The average price is C$ 276.

  • How much is a hotel in Great Barrier Reef for tonight?

    In the last 72 hours, users have found Great Barrier Reef hotels for tonight for as low as C$ 27 (Cairns). Users have also found 3-star hotels from C$ 28 (Cairns) and 4-star+ hotels from C$ 28 (Cairns).

  • Where can I stay near the Great Barrier Reef if I’m travelling with my dog?

    Not all accommodation providers in the Great Barrier Reef region are pet friendly, and those that are may ask for a small fee. So, it’s important to check with your hotel of choice before arrival. Sarayi Boutique Hotel accepts pets on request and is situated just across from Palm Beach in Palm Cove. If you are hoping to stay in Port Douglas, Pink Flamingo Resort is open to welcoming dogs.

  • Where should I stay near the Great Barrier Reef to be close to bars and nightlife?

    The Great Barrier Reef spans a good 2,300 km of Queensland’s coast, so you have a lot of options. However, if you’re looking for a wide selection of bars and nightclubs, it’s worth focusing your search on Cairns. Most of the city’s clubs and bars are concentrated around Spence Street, in the downtown area. Here, you’ll find popular spots like Flamingos Tiki Bar, The Cotton Club and Conservatory Bar. There are plenty of hotels nearby, including Hilton Cairns and Park Regis City Quays.

  • Which areas around the Great Barrier Reef are suitable for families travelling with kids?

    Around the Great Barrier Reef, you will find an abundance of hotels and resorts that cater to families, with a range of activities and facilities for children. In Palm Cove, Peppers Beach Club & Spa provides babysitting services, a children’s pool and outdoor play equipment. If you’d prefer to stay in Cairns, Pullman Cairns International offers babysitting services while Marlin Cove Resort has a children’s pool. 

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