– by Anne O’Davis
One of the top destinations for travellers in Queensland is the beautiful WHITSUNDAY ISLANDS.
Situated 150km north of Mackay, the Whitsunday Islands are in the centre of the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef.
Mother Nature turns on a spectacular display of breathtaking beauty, showcasing stunning displays of aqua water, white silica sand and tropical islands.
The best way to experience the islands is on the water. You can rent a yacht, which you can skipper yourself, or be pampered on a fully crewed vessel.
There is sure to be something to suit your needs and budget. Spend the day gliding through the crystal waters, or call into a secluded beach for a swim. In the evening anchor off a sheltered cove to enjoy a balmy night under the stars whilst sipping your favourite drink.
Nothing beats the serenity of being gently lulled to sleep by the ocean. A must do is to visit the famous Whitehaven Beach, located on Whitsunday Island, the largest in the group of islands.
Well known as the location of movies such as Fool’s Gold, starring Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson, and Pirates of the Caribbean starring Johnny Depp.
At the northern end of the beach is Hill Inlet which turns on a spectacular display of swirling white sand and water at low tide, creating the perfect photo opportunity.
A wonderful way to see the reef is by taking a scenic flight and witness heart reef, one of the most unique natural formation of coral displayed in a heart shape. This truly is a sight to behold.
There is a range of accommodation to suit as well. Visit Hayman Island to enjoy 5 star luxury, or Hamilton Island which has its own small township on the island, complete with a school, a wildlife sanctuary, airport, golf course, marina and varying styles of accommodation, including high rise apartments.
Daydream Island is well worth a visit too with its own unique living reef, an outdoor coral lagoon wrapping around the main resort building of the island, home to 100 species of marine life and over 80 types of coral.
The natural wonders of this beautiful destination will remain in your memory long after your holiday is over. Treat yourself and visit this magnificent destination today!