You’d be forgiven for reserving your tropical island fantasies to an exotic locale abroad. Yes, a trip to Tahiti would be incredible, as would a week in the Maldives or Seychelles. But don’t overlook what’s right on your doorstep - the Whitsunday Islands! This group of 74 islands have some of Australia’s most beautiful beaches, top resorts and plenty of awesome activity offerings. We recommend the ever-popular Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet, found on the biggest of the islands, or snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef and getting within arm’s reach of the incredible marine life in the region. You can book a sailing adventure and conquer the open sea, or simply sit back, relax and take it all in from one of the Whitsundays immaculate beaches. There’s also Airlie Beach - the gateway to the Whitsundays - if you’re up for a bit of partying before you board your vessel and explore the islands.

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