AustraliaAustralia is a young country in an ancient land. It is simply immense, with a population of around 22 million living in an area roughly the size of the continental US, mainly along the southeast coast. Australia is often portrayed as a vast expanse of barren outback, and while it certainly has plenty of this, its varied landscape also includes lush rainforests, fertile valleys, golden beaches and even snowy peaks, all under wide blue skies. And where else will you see a koala or a kangaroo out of your car window?

It is Australia's famously hot and sunny climate that draws most of its visitors, along with a thirst for adventure and discovery. Australia's main cities are modern, dynamic and progressive, but you don't have to travel Australiavery far to find charming old colonial towns and rural villages where the pioneering spirit remains strong. Australia is an adventure-lover's paradise, with some of the world's best surfing and diving and endless opportunities for bungee jumping and sky diving over stunning scenery.

Australia is so large, you could never cover it all in one trip (or one article), but we've put together a selection of some of our favourite Australia bed and breakfasts from around the country, where you can enjoy a real taste of Australian hospitality.

Sydney Bed and Breakfasts

Australia's first and most famous city is stylish, vibrant, cosmopolitan and a great introduction to this fun and friendly country. Sydney enjoys a stunning location, with its waterside setting playing a key role in both its fascinating history and its modern, innovative architecture. Iconic landmarks include Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay and the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens. The city's famous beaches include Bondi and Manly, and you don't have to travel very far to reach the dramatic Blue Mountains.

Periwinkle Manly Cove Guesthouse

Sydney B&B Periwinkle Manly Cove GuesthousePeriwinkle Manly Cove Guesthouse is an attractive guesthouse overlooking the beach and the sparkling waters of Manly Cove. Set in an elegant townhouse dating back to 1895, this Sydney B&B has tastefully furnished guest rooms boasting comfortable beds with top-quality linen, TVs, ceiling fans and refrigerators. Period features such as open fireplaces, the cool verandah, the sunny terrace and the fountain all add to the charm of a bygone era. Periwinkle is located just moments from Manly Beach and a great selection of shops, galleries, restaurants and bars.

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Brisbane Bed and Breakfasts

The capital of Queensland, Brisbane offers a relaxed pace of life and a laidback atmosphere. Set on the meandering Brisbane River, it boasts a number of good museums, beautiful botanic gardens and an interesting historic precinct with attractive 19th-century architecture, as well as a great nightlife and friendly locals. To the south is the stunning Gold Coast and Surfer's Paradise, while to the north is the idyllic Fraser Island.

The Snooze Inn

Brisbane B&B The Snooze InnIdeally situated in the Fortitude Valley area of Brisbane, The Snooze Inn is set in a 50s-era building which has been fully converted into a stylish and modern hotel. All rooms at this Brisbane B&B are en-suite and equipped with air conditioning, TV and free internet access. Fortitude Valley is a tourist destination in its own right, with fashionable shops, cafes, bars and restaurants all within walking distance. Just ask the friendly staff for suggestions of where to go to make the most of the city.

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Byron Bay Bed and Breakfasts

Located on the coast of New South Wales, a couple of hours south of Brisbane, Byron Bay is a small town with a relaxed, bohemian atmosphere. Its town centre boasts a charming collection of quirky shops and independent cafes, but nothing can detract from the main attraction: 30km of unbroken sandy beaches. Whether you're into surfing, swimming or just sunbathing on the white sand, it's easy to lose track of time amid Byron Bay's stunning scenery.

Byron Springs Guest House

Byron Springs Guest HouseByron Springs Guesthouse is nestled in beautiful gardens that create the atmosphere of a tranquil tropical hideaway, just minutes from the heart of Byron Bay and its world class beaches and national park. Truely an ideal base from which to explore all that Byron has to offer.

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Cairns B&Bs

Visitors and locals alike love Cairns for its tropical climate, its laidback vibe and its proximity to the stunning Great Barrier Reef, which makes it an essential stop on any tour of Australia. The city itself has a lively atmosphere, with a good selection of restaurants and bars, a colourful Night Market and an attractive Esplanade. Cairns is also a great base for exploring the beautiful scenery of North Queensland, including the Atherton Tablelands and Cape York.

Aspect Central

Cairns B&B Aspect CentralAspect Central is a boutique motel in Cairns, located just a couple of blocks from the Esplanade. With an emphasis on convenience, comfort and privacy, the modern suites all have their own unique personality, which is reflected in the stylish contemporary design. Aspect Central is perfect for business or leisure, with amenities including several restaurants, conference facilities and a saltwater pool designed to imitate the beauty and serenity of the Great Barrier Reef, with cascading waterfalls and coral rock features. Even the architecture of the building itself has been designed to promote an overall feeling of well-being and freedom.

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Apollo Bay B&Bs

If you're looking for Great Ocean Road accommodation, why not stop at Apollo Bay, a charming little town with a big personality. Located at the foothills of the Otway Ranges, it is nestled between green, rolling hills and sparkling blue seas and has a beautiful sandy beach. Apollo Bay is a great spot for fishing holidays and also boasts a popular annual music festival.

The Harbour House

Apollo Bay B&B The Harbour HouseThe Harbour House enjoys a prime location on Apollo Bay's attractive harbour, with fabulous views of Bass Strait, Marengo Beach and the Barham River Estuary. A convenient stop along the Great Ocean Road, it is perfect for families, groups of friends or couples enjoying a romantic break. The modern and well-appointed accommodation comprises the light and airy Main House, which sleeps up to 6, and the luxurious Upstairs Loft with its private ocean deck. The Harbour House is just moments from Apollo Bay's great shops and restaurants and is at the start of the famous Great Ocean Walk.

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By: Eleanor Brown

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