The Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef Islands

Beautiful on the surface, fantastic beneath the sea

A passion for sailing will take you far into the 74 Whitsundays Islands and beyond to incredible sights like the Great Barrier Reef, silica-white Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island.

If you had a month of Sundays at your disposal, and cruised to two islands a day, you still wouldn’t see all of the Whitsundays. There are 74 of these perfectly-formed desert islands and you have a choice of ways of visiting. You can sail to them on a yacht, cruise around on a gleaming white charter boat or soar over the islands in a seaplane or helicopter.

If you choose to fly, have the pilot land you on the iconic, much-photographed Whitehaven Beach. But take a really good pair of sunglasses; this seven kilometre stretch of impeccable sand is pure silica; the whitest beach you’ll ever see. Just as dazzling, in a different way, is Hamilton Island, with its multi-coloured flora, azure waters, and coral reef.

And then, of course, there is the Great Barrier Reef. Two hours in a boat brings you to Reefworld. With its shaded pontoon, open sundecks and semi-submersible for coral viewing, it is the ideal dropping in point for the reef itself. Welcome to one of the world’s most spectacular underwater shows of fantastical coral cathedrals, darting multi-coloured fish and curious sea creatures. Surely the star attraction on any luxury, tailor-made holiday to Australia.

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