Three special romantic getaways on the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is the most well known of the seven wonders of the natural world. But, if you book your loved one a private getaway with close access to the Great Barrier Reef, you are almost sure to take number one position of the only natural wonder in life!


Cairns, Palm Cove and Port Douglas have every sort of holiday accommodation that you can imagine, but, what three accommodation experiences stand out above and beyond everything else? Where can you take your darling so that they know you love them, cherish them and intend to totally spoil them?


We know, because we are local and get to experience all that our area has to offer in intimate ways. Here are our top three picks for an unforgettable holiday experience in tropical Far North Queensland:


1)      Island View Apartments, Palm Cove. FANTASTIC.

Great value for a family or group who want to self cater in style. Upmarket style accommodation at it’s finest. Right on the Palm Cove beach and with everything you could want to make this a fantastic holiday, these three bedroom apartments even have a BBQ on the balcony and sea views from all windows. Read more about Palm Cove beach. Book your holiday at Island View Apartments now.

2)      Thala Beach Lodge, Thala Beach, Port Douglas. ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL.

Private, upmarket, an eco escape to heaven on earth, Thala Beach Lodge is our pick for the couple who wants something very special. Book your stay at the finest that eco tourism has on offer. You WILL NOT be disappointed. Read more about our experience at Thala Lodge.

3)      Double Island. EXQUISITE.

Just one kilometre off the Palm Cove coast, Double Island is pure magic. Once owned by Janet and the late Robert Holmes a Court who used it as their own private retreat, Double island is now a small (up to 50 stay-on-the-Island-guests), private boutique resort that is also available on a whole-of-island booking for the rich and famous or those who want to have a closed wedding/reunion/conference/party experience (caters up to 400 people). It is a unique 5-star experience to more commercial resorts. Read more about Double Island. Book your holiday or function there, now.

If those three choices don't quite fit your sparkle factor, don't forget that Port Douglas has a huge range of accommodation in the top end of the market. For something really indulgent there’s also many million dollar homes available for holiday home rental. These include some stunning hideaway rainforest and beach front villas. See our Port Douglas Apartments page for all the options.