If you’re dreaming of visiting paradise, you may not need to look any further than your own back yard. Travel-mad Aussies jump at any chance to jet off to an exotic destination, but when planning your next Holiday, just remember that a world-famous tropical hot spot is right on your doorstep too!
Not only are the Whitsunday Islands one of Queensland’s top attractions, they are also nestled on one of the world’s Seven Natural Wonders, The Great Barrier Reef. As inhabitants of ‘the lucky country’, we may have grown somewhat desensitized to having astonishing natural beauty at our door, but My Queensland Holiday is reminding you why the Whitsundays are a holiday destination not to be missed with these tips to get you in the mood to holiday at home!
Although the photos may look photo shopped or just too good to be true, they really don’t do the region justice and when you arrive in this tropical oasis, you will be impressed with such vivid and rich colours and beauty. From tropical fish weaving among brightly coloured coral, to white sand beaches with impossibly crystal-clear blue waters, the Whitsundays are full of views that will take your breath away. Highlights include the spectacular Hill Inlet on world-famous Whitehaven Beach, and Heart Reef, the romantically shaped section of reef that inspires proposals on a regular daily basis.
Fun at the Whitsunday Islands
Whether you are on a memorable family holiday or looking for adventure, The Whitsundays can offer a selection of activities that are sure to enchant and delight. The Great Barrier Reef is just a boat ride away, and guests can enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling, a submersible submarine ride for those that do not like to get wet or one of the worlds coolest waterslides that drops you into the azure coloured waters from a from specially designed reef station. If you prefer a cruise through the islands, then simply choose your vessel; you can speed through shallow waters on an ocean raft, experience the thrill of racing a yacht, or enjoy a leisurely cruise with a cocktail in hand on a smooth-sailing catamaran.
If this is all sounding a little hectic, don’t worry; there are an abundance of opportunities to indulge in a peaceful moment. You could choose to lounge on the sands of stunning Cat’s Eye Bay at Hamilton Island, or enjoy a cool drink at Daydream Island’s iconic swim-up pool bar. For the ultimate in tropical relaxation, treat yourself with an Ocean Massage from Hayman Island’s world-class Spa. As the name suggests, this massage actually takes place in the cooling, calm, turquoise waters of the sea.
Eating and Drinking
The dining options in the region are varied and superb. The island resorts commonly put on fabulous buffets, with themes ranging from succulent seafood to mouthwatering BBQ. On the mainland, Airlie Beach offers a charming array of cafés and restaurants, including the famous Fish D’vine, renowned for its fresh seafood and friendly service. Fish D’vine’s Rum Bar also boasts delicious mojitos, which have recently been voted among the best in the world!
If all this has you eager to get hopping to the islands, then you are in luck; My Queensland Holiday offers a range of indulgent holiday packages to Hamilton Island, Daydream Island and Airlie Beach including flights and bonus extras at very affordable prices. So while you can leave the passport, travel adaptors, and foreign currency at home, be sure to pack you swimsuit and sarong as within a short time of leaving your home behind, your will be living it up in one of Australia’s very best tropical playgrounds!