We are often asked for our favourite Australian resorts, so we revisited Tropical North Queensland in December 2012 and came back with a few that tick a number of boxes…

There were a lot of things we had to consider in general terms like facilities, location and climate. As well as luxury, we looked for value. Along with in-resort facilities we weighed up nearby attractions. We looked for friendly and enthusiastic staff, romantic ambience and the quality of in-house dining.

In Tropical North Queensland, we have chosen a few properties in Cairns – the Pullman Reef Hotel Casino, Rydges Tradewinds & Rydges Esplanade Resort and, in Palm Cove, The Reef House Boutique Resort & Spa.

For an island wedding that offers romance as well as a range of accommodation options for guests, we decided on Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays – direct flights from many parts of Australia played a part, as did the quality of the wedding package and resort facilities…

Rydges Tradewinds

Rydges Tradewinds Cairns is a 4-star hotel on the Cairns Esplanade overlooking the Coral Sea. It is just a few minutes stroll along the promenade to the Cairns Lagoon precinct, City Centre, restaurants, shopping and departure points for the Great Barrier Reef. The hotel has many accommodation options.

Enjoy some pampering at Spa by the Sea, dine alfresco or poolside or enjoy a cool drink on the deck in the tropical ambience of Sea Level, Food & Wine, while watching the birdlife and sunsets.

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Pullmann Reef Hotel Casino

The award-winning Pullman Reef Hotel Casino is the most prestigious hotel and entertainment complex in Cairns. Located in the centre of town there are 128 stunning rooms and suites with spas and balconies.

The hotel won the category of Luxury Accommodation Tropical North Queensland at the 2011 Tourism Awards. Located close to shopping, dining and tours/activities the hotel offers an array of dining options and live entertainment.

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Rydges Esplanade Resort

Overlooking the Coral Sea Rydges Esplanade is a family resort with lots of in-house facilities, well-appointed rooms (some self-contained).

The CHB Restaurant & Bar is on the ground floor and has a terrific Fire & Ice dinner option (mix of a la carte/buffet). There are three swimming pools, one children’s pool, two tennis courts, health & fitness centre, spa, sauna, massages. There is an on-site convenience store and hair salon.

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Reef House Boutique Resort & Spa

The five star Reef House Boutique Resort & Spa overlooks the beautiful Coral Sea, and is opposite the main swimming beach in the heart of Palm Cove. There are 69 spacious and romantic guest rooms. Cairns airport is just a 25 minute drive to the south and guest transfers are available.

The award-winning Reef House Restaurant has views over the Coral Sea and sea breezes and features dishes from the Middle East, Asia and the Mediterranean.

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Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island is simply Australia’s favourite wedding destination whether it is for two people with the sand beneath their feet on Whitehaven Beach or at one of the island locations with catering for up to 200 guests.

Located in the heart of the Whitsunday group of islands, Hamilton is the only island with a variety of hotels and apartments to suit all tastes and budgets and, being a large resort has every activity and facility imaginable.

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