Great Barrier Reef & Whitsundays holidays
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
A breathtaking chain of nearly 3000 reefs and 900 rainforest-clad islands, the Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest living structure. It is also Earth’s largest protected marine area, hosting a staggering amount of species including 2,000 types of fish, reef sharks, turtles, dugongs and whales. Whether you see it by boat, from the air or underwater, this is an icon that’s not to be missed.
The Whitsundays are a picture-perfect archipelago of 74 islands. Most are uninhabited, but a handful have been sensitively developed into resorts, offering a range of accommodation from family-friendly resorts to the most exclusive hideaways. Daydream Island is one of the closest to the mainland, with one of the world's largest man-made living coral reef lagoons, while Hayman Island is just 400 acres in size, with the exclusive One&Only resort its only accommodation.
As the Great Barrier Reef’s largest inhabited island, Hamilton Island boasts a wealth of activities, including day trips to the Great Barrier Reef, golf, and food and wine experiences. With over 40 different activities, you can do everything – including nothing at all. Buggies are the main mode of transport and are available for hire and there is also an island shuttle service. Direct flights operate from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Cairns. Alternatively, take a 35 minute ferry crossing from Shute Harbour in Airlie Beach.
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!