Accommodation Lodges

Accommodation Lodges

Our lodges

Our accommodation support lodges are independent living facilities that provide a home away from home for those who need to travel to access cancer treatment. Available in Brisbane, Townsville, Cairns, Toowoomba and Rockhampton, our lodges offer comfortable self-contained units and studio-style apartments close to major hospitals and treatment facilities.

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Where are the lodges located?

We have 5 accommodation lodges located across Queensland in:

  • Brisbane
  • Cairns
  • Rockhampton
  • Toowoomba
  • Townsville

For lodge addresses and contact details see our locations page.

How much does it cost to stay at a Cancer Council lodge?

Accommodation fees are calculated on a per person per night basis, within the daily allowance of the Queensland Government’s Patient Travel Subsidy Scheme (PTSS), to limit out of pocket expenses for patients.

Under the PTSS, patients and carers (escorts) are required to pay for the first four nights of accommodation per financial year, unless eligible for a reduced contribution, as per the PTSS. Then all following nights of accommodation in that financial year can be subsidised under the scheme.

The Queensland Government’s Patient Travel Subsidy Scheme (PTSS) is a Queensland Health subsidy to approved patients and carers (escorts) to assist in the cost of travel to the nearest specialist medical service that is more than 50km from the patients nearest hospital. To see if you are eligible for the subsidy please contact your local hospital, your treatment team or the Queensland Government’s Patient Travel Subsidy Scheme website.

Special consideration is given to patients/families experiencing financial difficulties or those who do not qualify for the PTSS allowance.

How do I book my stay?

For bookings or enquiries please phone the relevant lodge Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5pm (excluding public holidays). Addresses and contact details are available on our locations page.

Alternatively, you can call Cancer Council 13 11 20.

What if the lodge is unavailable?

If the lodges are fully booked, you will need to contact your treatment team or your local hospital who can suggest accommodation options near your treatment facility.

How will I travel around?

Courtesy transport services are available on-site at Brisbane, Cairns, Townsville, Rockhampton and Toowoomba lodges. All our lodges across the state are able to support residents in accessing and arranging local transport services during their stay.

Find out more about transport.

What facilities do the lodges have?

Each of our lodges offers the following amenities:

  • Air-conditioned, self-contained units and studio-style apartments pleasantly decorated and designed for comfort and relaxation;
  • A telephone and television in each unit, plus free internet access;
  • All linen requirements and complete laundry facilities including washing machines and dryers;
  • Food preparation areas and cooking facilities;
  • Parking on premises for guests and caregivers; and
  • A recreational area, complete with barbecue facilities, books, DVDs, magazines and children’s toys.

What support is offered during my stay?

When staying in our Cancer Council Lodges you will have access to Cancer Council Queensland employees who can assist with practical, social and emotional support. They will ensure that your stay is as pleasant and comfortable as possible.

To protect the health of all residents, employees and visitors, all buildings and grounds of Cancer Council Queensland lodges are 100 percent smoke-free. Assistance in quitting smoking is available to residents during their stay and can be accessed by speaking with your lodge team.

Cancer Council Queensland is committed to upholding the rights and responsibilities for clients. Find out more here.