Acropolis, Coral Sea, Great Barrier Reef, QLD
Want to make your friends jealous this winter? Tell them you're going to North Queensland, and casually mention the balmy weather, palm trees and swimmable seas. Snorkel or dive the Great Barrier Reef, set sail in the Whitsundays and trek back in time in the primeval Daintree Rainforest. Drive the Savannah Way to the remote Gulf Savannah. This tropical paradise is truly at its best from June to September, when the temperature averages 25 degrees Celsius and the turquoise waters are stinger free.
From sunny Cairns, you'll find a range of mid-winter digs. Get golden beach frontage in tranquil Mission Beach, soak up the low-key tropical glamour of Port Douglas or indulge in true resort luxury at Palm Cove. Along with Cairns and the backpacker havens of Airlie Beach and Cape Tribulation, these are all great bases for exploring North Queensland's most famous attraction - the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef.