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Whitsundays and the Great Barrier Reef

The Whitsunday Islands are a true Australian beauty.  This treasure trove of more than 70 islands just off the coast of central Queensland simply dazzles with its radiant white sand beaches, channels showcasing unreal hues of blue and outstanding views all around both above and below the water.  This Destination also features the singularly spectacular Great Barrier Reef, a calling card that defines Australia.

Just the mere mention of the Whitsundays immediately transports the imagination to ethereal visions of dazzling stretches of long white sandy beaches, sheltered coves to kayak into, luxurious resorts to laze the days away, and a palette of tropical blues thrown every which way.   Two of the most loved of the Whitsunday Islands are Hamilton Island and the largest of them all – Whitsunday Island, home to the glittering sands of the seemingly never-ending Whitehaven Beach, consistently ranked as one of Australia’s best.  For a truly unique experience and unparalleled views, just fly in on a seaplane and set down in Whitehaven Bay just a couple of feet of a hop-skip-and-jump onto the beach proper.  On the north end of Whitehaven Bay, the swirling sands of Hill Inlet create a veritable painting of shades of turquoise and aqua blue.  The World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef runs up-and-down along the coast, and north of the Whitsunday Islands lies Hardy Reef which contains one of Australia’s most photographed sights – the sensational Heart Reef, whose natural charms are best enjoyed from above.

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