Townsville has long been on the well-trodden path of Australia’s backpacking tribe, and is now home to the country’s first ever five-star ‘glam-packers’ resort.
Located right in the heart of the nightlife precinct, within steps to the Strand and ocean foreshore and a short walk to the Breakwater Ferry Terminal (gateway to Magnetic Island and Palm Island), Rambutan has been designed to accommodate a multitude of travellers. And the options are impressive, with 58 rooms, including four beach house villas and 13 cottage-style king-bed rooms.
It’s big on style but small on price tag – dorm rooms are available for as low as $30 a night, while the higher-end, private rooms with bathrooms range from $99 to $219 per night. In keeping with the backpacker’s pioneering concept of underground mobile van sites, Rambutan offers camper vans with communal bathrooms. There’s also sites for travellers on the go who just want to have a secure spot to park and have access to power and the resorts facilities.
Transient travellers may abound here but there’s plenty of reason to extend your stay, with the spaces designed to keep guests lingering longer.
The rooftop bar and nautical-themed pool area is all class, with cabanas and blue and white sun lounges upholstered in 3beaches fabric created by award-winning designers, Sonya Romeo, Niamh Brennan and Michelle McCracken. The 3beaches team handled the complete commercial design of Rambutan, incorporating quintessential Queenslander elements – old window casements have been used to create a striking ceiling in the public areas and a spacious balcony has been fitted out in modern tropical style. It’s the perfect perch to take in the spectacular view of the river and catch the breeze.
Rambutan boasts an on-site restaurant, led by an international celebrity chef and featuring a Southern American-inspired menu (with nothing over $30), so it’s little wonder it’s been such an instant hit with locals and travellers alike. It’s the place to come to chill out and enjoy the laid-back lifestyle that North Queensland does so well.
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