Best hotels to stay in Australia this year? Here are the winners of the Best Accommodation awards in Australian Traveller’s People’s Choice Awards 2015.

1. Winner Best Luxury Hotel – Crown Towers, Melbourne

Right in the thick of it all on Melbourne’s buzzing Southbank, Crown Towers (pictured) is an extravagant slice of luxury, with spectacular views overlooking the Yarra River, rooftop tennis courts, an expansive day spa to unwind in and a 25-metre indoor pool.

The runners-up:
2. Langham, Melbourne, Vic
3. Park Hyatt, Sydney, NSW
4. qualia, Hamilton Island, Qld
5. InterContinental Sydney Double Bay, NSW

2. Winner Best Affordable Hotel – Mantra on Salt Beach, NSW

From just $124 a night, Mantra on Salt Beach is a family favourite, perfectly positioned in Kingscliff on the New South Wales coastline with Byron Bay just a half-hour drive away. Well-appointed rooms overlook a lagoon-style pool and there are several restaurants, the Spa at Salt and a tennis court if you’ve done too much relaxing.

The runners-up:
2. QT Sydney, NSW
3. Adina Bondi Beach, NSW
4. The Cullen, Melbourne, Vic
5. East Hotel, Canberra, ACT

3. Winner Hotel That Best Caters to Children – Jamala Wildlife Lodge, Canberra

With the look and feel of a luxury lodge in the Serengeti, you’ll be forgiven for thinking that you’re not actually in the heart of Canberra in the city’s National Zoo & Aquarium. Geared towards the conservation of endangered animals, a stay in one of the Giraffe Treehouses will have kids coming face-to-face with the tallest beasts in the world, while a night in the five-star Jungle Bungalows or uShaka Lodge, lets you get close to cheetahs, tigers and bears; some rooms also feature huge aquariums. It’s a magical place that children will always remember.

The runners-up:
2. Paradise Resort Gold Coast, Qld
3. Sea World Nara Resort, Qld
4. Turtle Beach, Gold Coast, Qld
5. Daydream Island, Qld

4. Winner Best Place to Camp – Jervis Bay, NSW

Are powdery white beaches, turquoise waters and sleepy seaside villages the prerequisites of a great camping holiday? Our readers think so, voting Jervis Bay on NSW’s South Coast the best place to camp. Whether it be pitching a tent in Booderee National Park’s Green Patch campsite (pictured), or retreating at glampsite Paperbark Camp (did someone say hot shower?).

The runners-up:
2. Wilson’s Promontory, Vic
3. Seal Rocks, NSW
4. Lake Argyle, WA
5. Noosa and Halls Gap, Qld & Vic


ALL THE RESULTS: Australian Traveller’s People Choice Awards 2015


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