Loved Up in Far North Queensland

If love makes the world go round, it will be left spinning off its axle with a trip to these loved-up stays where romance is at the top of the “to find”, “to get” or “to reignite” list.



North Shore Towers

Where: Cairns Esplanade

Details: 10-minute walk to the city

Style: Studio and self-contained one and two-bedroom apartments with mountain or ocean views from $135 a night

Features: Choose from three pools and a swim-up bar for those mojitos, tennis courts, convenience store on-site, plus a hairdresser and lobby shop in the hotel reception and Coral Hedge Brassiere is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The rooms have airconditioning, balcony, ensuite, guest quarters, kitchen and laundry.

Your romantic playlist: Always (Bon Jovi), You and Me (Lifehouse) and Time After Time (Cindy Lauper)

Loved-up tip: Pack up a picnic and head to the Esplanade for an afternoon of snuggling.




Pink Flamingo Resort

Where: 15-minute walk to Four Mile Beach

Details: 10-minute walk to Macrossan Street (the main street)

Style: One-bedroom, private, garden villas and garden studios from $125 a night

Features: Pink Flamingo is a small and intimate resort that will allow you to get in touch with your intimate side. The garden villas have a private courtyard with hammock, outdoor bath and a king-size bed to roll around in. There’s a heated pool, massage, outdoor gym and the rooms are airconditioned.

Your romantic playlist: You’ve Got the Love (Florence + the Machine), The Power of Love (Celine Dion) and Don’t Want to Miss a Thing (Aerosmith)

Loved-up tip: Act like a pair of birds in love and take a stroll along the beach hand in hand.


Sea Temple Port Douglas

Where: 5-minute walk to Four Mile Beach

Details: 5-minute drive to Macrossan Street (the main street)

Style: Studios and self-contained  two and three-bedroom apartments, penthouses and swimouts from about $250 a night

Features: The ultimate extravagance for your romantic getaway. Enjoy a penthouse with private rooftop spa, swim-out apartment or golf retreat apartment with private plunge pool. You will love, love, love your stay with lagoon pool, restaurant on-site, day spa, plus airconditioned rooms, balcony and ocean views.

Your romantic playlist: Take My Breath Away (Berlin), All My Life (KC & JoJo) and Heaven (Brian Adams)

Loved-up tip: Book a penthouse and stay holed up for the first day making full use of the roof-top spa and a bottle of your fave sparkling.


Thala Beach Lodge

Where: On the beach

Details: 10-minute drive from Port Douglas

Style: Beachfront nature lodge with individual bungalows among the forest

from $212 a night

Features: Go for guided walks or check out the stars, this treat will delight all romantics. With airconditioning and a balcony, you will be set with yoga, day spa, restaurant and two pools.

Your romantic playlist: Don’t Dream it’s Over (Crowded House), I Will Always Love You (Whitney Houston) and At Last (Etta James).

Loved-up tip: Walk down to the beach for a refreshment and a snooze in the hammocks before taking in a night star gazing - into each other’s eyes.




Sea Temple Palm Cove

Where: On the beach

Details: 25-minute drive from Cairns

Style: Studios and self-contained one, two, three and four-bedroom apartments and penthouses from $165 a night

Features: Five-star luxury, lagoon-style pool with spa and direct access to the beach. Rooms are airconditioned with a balcony, plus there’s a restaurant on-site.

Your romantic playlist: Up Where We Belong (Joe Cocker), It Must Have Been Love (Roxette) and Wherever You Go (Richard Marx).

Loved-up tip: Head out for a night of cocktails, dinner and walk on the beach with your lover.