Almaden

Train buffs take note. The Savannahlander is one of tropical North Queensland's unusual rail journeys.

It runs from Cairns to Forsayth overnighting in Almaden. It traces an important railway system that was developed by John Moffat as part of his vast mining empire in the late 1800s. By 1910, the Cairns to Chillagoe line was connected to the Etheridge gold fields so the private rail link from Forsayth-Almaden became an important rail junction. Imagine the treasure trove of riches uncovered in this mineral-rich land during those times.

Gold at Etheridge and Hodgkinson, copper at Mt Garnet and Mt Molloy, tin at Irvinebank and Stannary Hills, tin and silver at Emuford, silver and wolfram at Petford and coal at Mt Mulligan fuelling the Chillagoe smelter.

Australia truly was - and is - the lucky country. With these riches beneath the ground, it was sitting at the end of the rainbow. Almaden is a small community with some homes following the rail link. While some travellers head to Chillagoe's limestone cave tours by bus, others take the time to overnight at Almaden.

A slower pace does bring its own rewards. The Railway Hotel is a classic outback hotel, well maintained and presented. There's simple but comfortable accommodation, meals and takeaways and Nan is renowned for her pies. What more could you ask - every Aussie's wish.

Walk to the back of the hotel to see Nan's other passion - gardening. There is a micro tropical environment with lush palms, epiphytes and lawns. Locals refer to the community as Cow Town as cattle often camp along the streets in unfenced areas.

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Best Western Ipswich

Ipswich City, Ipswich Area
From AU$130 - 450
Stay at this centrally located Ipswich motel, within walking distance of hospitals, show grounds, the University of Queensland Ipswich and the city centre. They are a 15 minute drive to Willowbank Raceway and Amberley Air Force Base and are set in peaceful surroundings with delightful sub-tropical gardens.

Oaks Aspire

Woodend, Ipswich Area
From AU$83 - 699
Providing excellent short or long term accommodation to both business travellers and visitors, Oaks Aspire sets the benchmark for contemporary studio, one and two bedroom apartment accommodation. This modern apartment hotel's facilities include a gym, lap pool, sauna and spa, meeting and business facilities, broadband access, and more.

Motel Monaco

North Ipswich, Ipswich Area
From AU$85 - 95
Motel Monaco is always a popular choice if it's comfortable, budget accommodation you want in Ipswich. It's just a three-minute drive from Ipswich town centre and the same distance to the award-winning Workshops Rail Museum.

Metro Hotel Ipswich International

Ipswich Area
From AU$120 - 400
Metro Hotel Ipswich International is as central as it gets in the Ipswich Central Business District. Situated next door to the Ipswich Civic Centre and Market Square Park, the hotel is the perfect place to stay if you're in town for one of the large number of theatre and musical events in this arts-loving city.

Quest Ipswich

Ipswich City, Ipswich Area
From AU$150 - 465
Quest Ipswich Apartments, just one kilometre from the Ipswich Central Business District, is the popular go-to place for many wanting a modern and comfortable accommodation experience. There are 64 serviced apartments over three levels, from studio to one to three bedrooms, provide spacious and airy living areas, tasteful décor and fully self-contained kitchens.

Ipswich Country Motel

Ipswich Area
From AU$125 - 250
The Ipswich Country Motel offers all you need in a motel with country-style friendly service. Located just a few minutes drive from the Ipswich Central Business District and walking distance to Brothers Leagues Club with a small shopping village conveniently located just across the road.

Rosehill Apartments

Eastern Heights, Ipswich Area
From AU$100 - 120
If you're looking for somewhere to stay that's quiet yet still within cooee distance of the Ipswich Central Business District, Rosehill Apartments tick all the boxes. Located in the attractive suburb of Eastern Heights, you'll have the advantage of a residential feel while being within a few minutes' walk to the acclaimed nearby attractions of Queens Park, the stunning Japanese Nerima Gardens and Ipswich Nature Centre.
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