Lush rainforests, tropical white sand beaches and a natural wonder

In Australia's tropical north lies one of the world's most remarkable landscapes. Sparkling coral waters of a hundred shades of blue are dotted with picture-perfect islands shrouded in lush rainforest and fringed with unspoilt white sand beaches – and an exclusive few aren’t just for day trips; you can even spend the night. This is perfect adventure territory, yet offers luxury and relaxation too, where you can experience life on the fringe of one of the seven natural wonders of the world – the extraordinary Great Barrier Reef.

  • The Whitsunday Islands are shrouded in lush rainforest and fringed by some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, turquoise waters and colourful coral reefs
  • We have a selection of luxury island hotels set in beautiful and natural protected habitats
  • Each island offers something a little different, from a wealth of activities including golf at Hamilton to an exclusive island escape at Lizard Island
  • A cruise around the Whitsundays is a great way to experience this beautiful area
  • Take a scenic flight over the reef and see iconic sights such as the perfectly-formed Heart Reef

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When to visit

Jan 30°c
Feb 29°c
Mar 28°c
Apr 26°c
May 23°c
Jun 21°c
Jul 21°c
Aug 22°c
Sep 25°c
Oct 27°c
Nov 28°c
Dec 30°c
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Australia, New Zealand & South Pacific 2018

Kuoni Insider

The Great Barrier Reef is one of those places that is on everyone’s bucket list, and it does not disappoint! The biggest tip I can give is try and see it from every angle, from a catamaran trip from Cairns, to a helicopter trip over the mesmerizing heart reef, and if you’re brave enough a deep dive on the Outer Barrier Reef.

If you’re travelling from June to November don’t forget to pack your binoculars too, as the great humpback whale migration along the Outer Barrier Reef really is an extra bucket list tick!

Nikki Auburn