Great Barrier Reef Destinations

Whether you’re a scuba diver, snorkeler or a sun-seeker, Great Barrier Reef destinations rank among not only the best in Australia but also the world for their mix of natural beauty and world-class island resorts. Equally ideal for adventure addicts and honeymooners, these 100-plus islands scattered off the sunny eastern coast of northern Queensland are scenic havens of indulgence. Great Barrier Reef islands travel is ideal for a long-awaited special occasion or a last-minute escape because the diversity of islands — from more remote in the north to the easily accessible Whitsundays to the south — let you choose the ideal ambience for you.

Couples, especially, are drawn to the exclusive private-island resorts of the Great Barrier Reef, set amid pristine beaches and lush foliage and surrounded by lapping reef waters. With names like Bedarra Island, Lizard Island and Hayman Island, these properties deliver luxurious and romantic accommodation (many suites have private plunge pools offering panoramic ocean views), stellar cuisine, intimate spas, and a roster of daytime excursions that allow guests to enjoy all that this amazing marine sanctuary has to offer. Other larger islands, such as Hamilton, feature multiple resorts with a range of nightly rates and amenities that appeal to not only couples but also to families and other small groups.

In addition to offering superb diving — for beginners, too, since most resorts offer certification courses — snorkeling, sailing, fishing and other water-based fun, the Great Barrier Reef islands are ideal for bird and turtle watching, nature walks, tennis, and even golf on some of the larger islands. You can also take helicopter or seaplane sightseeing tours as you soar above this aquatic patchwork of blue hues and gleaming white sandbars and atolls (there’s a famous one that’s shaped like a heart) and even land on world-famous Whitehaven Beach for a champagne lunch. Great Barrier Reef islands tourism is a must on any Australia itinerary, one of those once-in-a-lifetime trips that are as enjoyable to look back on as they are to experience in the first place. The reef’s islands await you. Pick one and dive right in.

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