Sometimes the best things in life are the simplest, and that’s precisely the sweet spot hit by this sixth-generation-family-run institution. Taking guests since 1895, Pinetrees still encompasses everything you ever want for a good ol’ barefoot, sand-and-sea holiday… although its recent renovation is a long way from the original incarnation.

There’s a real culture of excellent food and service here (included in the tariff, no less), and when you add in a list of activities as long as your afternoon shadow, you’ve got one enticing holiday option.

Runners-up: Best Affordable Resort

2. Emma Gorge at El Questro, Kimberley, WA
3. Mantra on Salt Beach, Kingscliff, NSW
4. Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort, NT
5. Crowne Plaza, Hunter Valley, NSW

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