Australian Traveller’s first-ever Readers’ Choice Awards for 2011; results for Best Self-Catering Stay in Australia. THE WINNER:
PEPPERS BALÉ SALT KINGSCLIFF
North of Byron Bay’s backpacker hub, at the southern end of the family-friendly Gold Coast (but over the border in NSW), you’ll find a nice little pocket of peacefulness called the Tweed Coast. AT readers enjoy staying at Balé Salt Kingscliff for its “great-sized apartment, beautiful surrounds and great location”. Apparently the pool area is pretty nice too. It’s the luxe end of holiday rentals, with a pillow menu, air-conditioned guest lounge with complimentary coffee and tea, and a welcome platter on arrival with local bottled Mount Warning water. If the villas’ modern kitchens don’t inspire you, there’s in-room dining available and an on-site restaurant.
2 GRAND MERCURE APARTMENTS, DOCKLANDS
3 MERITON SERVICED APARTMENTS, BROADBEACH
4 ROTTNEST ISLAND AUTHORITY UNITS
Heritage cottages, historic bungalows and basic units on a beautiful, bike-friendly island close to Perth. rottnestisland.com
5 FRASER ISLAND BEACH HOUSES