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Luxury Whitsundays & Great Barrier Reef Holidays

Dive with sea turtles, cruise the Great Barrier Reef or relax on world-class tropical beaches.

Guide to Luxury Holidays in Whitsundays & Great Barrier Reef

Showcasing a collection of 74 breathtaking islands, the Whitsundays are a special place located not far from the tropical coast of Queensland, Australia. Travel to the heart of the Great Barrier Reef and immerse yourself in flawless natural beauty. From the tranquil shores of Whitehaven Beach to welcoming local communities at Airlie Beach, it won't take you long to fall in love with this destination. Stretching over 1240 miles of coastline, the World Heritage listed area of the Great Barrier Reef is known across the world for its unique ecosystem. Experience this natural wonder by diving or snorkelling or take an exclusive flight overhead to get a glimpse of the incredible scale of the reef. Among the vibrant community of marine life, there are manta rays, sea turtles, reef sharks, and endless species of fish. The Great Barrier Reef prevents large waves reaching the islands, creating calm seas that are perfect for sailing, swimming, and snorkelling. The pure white sands of Whitehaven Beach and the attractive Heart Reef are much-loved locations, inspiring some of the world's top hotels to establish roots here. Other affluent islands include the Hayman and Lizard Islands. Taking to the air in a chartered plane is a must for a spectacular birds-eye view of the region that will make your heart skip a beat.

The beach season of May to October is a great time to visit the Whitsundays and the Great Barrier Reef. With sunny days and cool evenings, the water stays around 25°C - ideal for swimming and snorkelling. Enjoy the ideal balance of sun, sea and sand. Whale watching is available from July to September, simply join a tour to see these amazing creatures in their natural habitat. February is the ideal time to see turtles both nesting and hatching on the beaches.
For entry to Australia, you'll need a tourist visa. Find more advice at GOV.UK with information on passports, visas and travel.
Seafood doesn't get much fresher. Dine on the beach to experience romantic tranquil sunsets or on board a luxury yacht beside crystal clear waters. With such beautiful views and fine cuisine, romance has never been easier. From indulgent five-star options to masterclasses with top chefs, you'll be spoilt for choice. The international influence is vibrant here too with Italian, Indian, Japanese, and Thai cuisines on offer. Mix succulent menus with beautiful views for an unforgettable fairytale experience.
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