Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island,
Whitsunday Islands, Great Barrier Reef,
By Katrina Lobley
If you think Tropical North Queensland and its world-class natural sights and postcard-perfect islands are out of reach, it's time to think again. Those who are travelling on a budget can easily find affordable day trips to the reef, clear swimming holes tucked within magnificent rainforests, free thrills along the Cairns waterfront and koalas aplenty on an island just off Townsville.