Tripadvisor reveals the top 10 hotels in Australia for 2021

With the borders closed for some time now, Aussies with a strong sense of wanderlust have been able explore more of their own backyard – whether they’re looking for a romantic escape, a touristic trip, or something unique and extraordinary; a hidden treasure that hasn’t had much exposure until now.

Element on Coolum Beach
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Tripadvisor®, the world’s largest travel guidance platform, has announced its annual Travellers’ Choice® Best of the Best Awards for Hotels, giving people the inspiration they need to finally turn their daydreams into real trips – for either immediate interstate travel or planning for overseas adventures.

The biggest win for Australia this year goes to Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat, winning #1 ‘Most Romantic Hotel in the World’. Nestled in seven acres of rainforest, six self-contained pavilions are surrounded by birdsong and the tranquility of the ancient rainforest. The other Australian property that made it to the World’s Most Romantic Hotels list is the Bli Bli House Riverside Retreat in Queensland, ranked #3.

Tripadvisor has revealed the Top 10 Hotels in Australia for 2021*:

1. Element on Coolum Beach - Coolum Beach, Australia

Travellers rave: “Fantastic apartments, fantastic location, fantastic week. We ended up extending our stay for a few extra nights as we were having the best time.”

Element on Coolum Beach
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2. Kingsford Smith Motel - Brisbane, Australia

Travellers rave: “This is more 5 star boutique hotel than motel, the wonderful hosts Lorraine and Trevor manage to combine luxury with homeliness and a huge dollop of inclusiveness to top.”

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3. Beach Club - Hamilton Island, Australia

Travellers rave: “Location was heaven and enjoyed sitting in our balcony taking in the views. The ambiance was so relaxing and nothing was too much trouble for the well trained staff”

Beach Club - Hamilton Island
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4. Korte's Resort - Rockhampton, Australia

Travellers rave: “Enjoyed a very comfortable and relaxing night in this excellent resort.”

Korte's Resort
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5. Quest Sale Serviced Apartments - Sale, Australia

Travellers rave: “Great service and friendly staff. The apartments are clean and tidy and well maintained. A breeze to stay.”

Quest Sale Serviced Apartments
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6. Treasury On Collins - Melbourne, Australia

Travellers rave: “Great location, friendly and helpful staff, walking distance to most of downtown. Rooms were spacious and clean with all the amenities of a 5 star hotel”

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7. MACq 01 Hotel - Hobart, Australia

Travellers rave: “An amazing facility showcasing the heart and soul of Hobart.”

MACq 01 Hotel
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8. Julie-Anna Inn, Bendigo - Bendigo, Australia

Travellers rave: “The rooms and facilities are spotless and well maintained. I couldn't recommend the Julie-Anna any higher.”

Julie-Anna Inn, Bendigo
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9. Quest Ipswich Serviced Apartments - Ipswich, Australia

Travellers rave: “Friendly, clean and helpful, I would stay here again in a heartbeat.”

Quest Ipswich Serviced Apartments
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10. Ovolo Woolloomooloo - Sydney, Australia

Travellers rave: “Great rooms overlooking the harbour, super close to the city but at the same time away from the hustle and bustle.”

Ovolo Woolloomooloo
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To see all Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best Hotel winners for 2021, across all subcategories, visit:


2021 Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best Hotel winners are determined based on the quality and quantity of traveler reviews and ratings posted on Tripadvisor between 1/1/2020 - 12/31/2020 specific to each award subcategory, as well as an additional editorial process.