By Paul Chai
An archipelago of 74 tropical islands, the Whitsundays lie just off the Queensland coast, next to the Great Barrier Reef. People travel here from all over the world to see the white sands of Whitehaven Beach and the stunning beauty of Heart Reef, and to stay at some of the world's best hotels, including One&Only Hayman Island and qualia.
HOW TO GET THERE
The easiest way to reach the Whitsunday Islands is by plane. The largest inhabited island of the Whitsundays, Hamilton Island, has its own airport (Great Barrier Reef Airport), to which you can fly direct from the cities of Brisbane, Cairns, Sydney or Melbourne. Alternatively, fly into nearby Whitsunday Coast Airport, on the mainland near the popular coastal town of Airlie Beach in Queensland, known as the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands. From Airlie Beach you can board a ferry or take a helicopter transfer to the island of your choice.
- Dive the Great Barrier Reef
- Spend the night at a world-class resort
- Set foot on the best beach in the world