The Whitsundays

You owe it to yourself to experience the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, and by far the best place to do that is the Whitsundays. This group of 74 islands three-quarters of the way up the east coast of Australia in Queensland is one of the most popular yachting spots in the southern hemisphere – and one of the most romantic.

Drink it all in at a luxury villa on the hub of Hamilton Island, at a quiet resort on one of the eight islands that accommodate them, or while camping and kayaking your way through the Ngaro Sea Trail Great Walk. Air-, water- and land-based tours are plentiful. Must-dos include hiring a private catamaran for a night or two and spending the day mesmerized by the azure water and silica sand at breathtaking Whitehaven Beach. Visit