Cherie Howie stays in a one-bedroom Townsville apartment with river and city views.

Getting there:

An 11-minute taxi ride from Townsville Airport

Check-in experience: Hassle-free

Room: One-bedroom self-contained apartment with balcony and river and city views.

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Price: NZ$166-$270 per night.

What's so good about this place? Next to bustling Palmer St with eateries everywhere. Short walk across the river to more bars on the main drag of Flinders St, and the trendy new City Lane cluster of restaurants.

What's in the neighbourhood? Restaurants like Jam and Sugar Train.
Jupiters Casino and the excellent Reef HQ Aquarium are also close by.

Toiletries: Usual supplied.

Food and drink: As above — there are many excellent choices just a few minutes walk away.

The bed: Comfy

A room with a view? Yes, river and city.

Bathroom: Spacious and with a great shower.

Free Wi-Fi? Yes

Noise: None in a high-floor room, not sure about lower levels

Room service: No

Value for money: Yes

Exercise facilities: Gym and the lovely infinity pool overlooking the river, which can also double as a lap pool.

Perfect for: A weekend away with your partner or friends.

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Oaks Gateway on Palmer is at 2 Dibbs Street, Tonsville, Queensland, Australia. Phone: +61 7 4778 9000.