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Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Islands, Australia


Queensland is home to some of the world’s most treasured natural wonders, the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest.

This region of Australia boasts beautiful beaches, idyllic islands and tropical rainforests. Queensland conjures images of Robinson Crusoe islands and magical underwater worlds and it doesn’t disappoint.

Stay in the atmospheric town of Port Douglas in the tropical north, where the rainforest meets the reef, or retreat from the world to spend days on the reef, snorkelling off hidden beaches, far from anyone. Further south, sail the azure waters of the Whitsundays or head to Fraser Island to search for dingo and surf the dunes on this, the worlds largest sand island.

Lizard Island Resort, Snorkelling, Lizard Island, Queensland, Australia
Snorkelling on Lizard Island

The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is a World Heritage site extending 2,600 kilometres along Australia’s east coast. It is the world’s most extensive coral reef system and is one of the planet’s richest areas in terms of faunal diversity containing 400 types of coral, 1,500 species of fish, and 4,000 types of mollusc. The reef is also the habitat of whales, dolphins, dugongs, large turtles, a variety of harmless sharks and it is an important habitat for seabirds, shore and land birds.

Whitsundays scenic flight over Whitehaven beach, Queensland, Australia
Aerial view of Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsundays

The Whitsunday Islands

The Whitsundays are made up of 74 beautiful tropical islands located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Only a handful of the 74 islands have resorts on them, and most are beautiful, tropical deserted islands which make a fabulous option for a sailing holiday.

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Every captivating tailor-made itinerary needs a perfect base. Our team has handpicked this collection of properties to give you luxury options in styles to suit any adventure.

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Aboriginal Rock Art, Western Australia

Aboriginal Rock Art

Discover ancestral rock art sites in Cooktown with Willie Gorgon, elder of the Nugal Clan.

Paddle Boarding, Lizard Island Resort, Lizard Island, Australia

Lizard Island Experience

Stay on a remote island on the Great Barrier Reef; fringed by coral reefs and white sandy beaches.

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Two people in a canoe on the Mossman River in the Daintree

River Activities

Drift along the crystal clear streams of the Mossman River in Queensland on a river snorkelling or canoeing safari.

Suggested Lodge

Whitsundays scenic flight over Whitehaven beach, Queensland, Australia

Whitsundays Island Adventure

Charter a yacht to explore some of the 74 Whitsunday islands, or head to the skies by helicopter or seaplane for an aerial view.

Southern Cassowary, Daintree National Park, Queensland, Australia

Daintree Rainforest

Explore the 135 million-year-old Daintree rainforest.

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Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Great Barrier Reef Experience

Snorkel or dive in the ultimate underwater world on the Great Barrier Reef.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Clare Higginson

It was my passion for languages that first encouraged me to leave the UK behind and grab my rucksack. Since then, it’s been a mixture of intriguing cultures, jaw-dropping landscapes and the wonder of seeing animals in their natural habitat that sees me continuously extending my travel wish list.

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Our knowledge and expertise set us apart. So too our curiosity. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you, all the while ensuring we travel and operate sustainably.

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