The tropical islands of Australia 

Offer the usual sun sand and sea ... but then they add in the Great Barrier Reef as well.  Resort choices range from family fun to super adult only private escape resort.  Here are some of our favorites, all can be combined with a Rainforest Spa, City Stay, or Vineyard Vacation.

Lizard Island Resort

Lizard Island is the northern-most island resort,  located right on the Great Barrier Reef.  With 40 tropical luxury suites, and 24 powdery-white beaches,  1000 hectares of national park, add the Azure Spa, and the bluest of clear blue ocean views this is paradise..beautiful, natural and remote.

Coral reef gardens fringe the island, snorkel directly from the beach and see giant clams and colorful tropical fish ,   Nearby The Ribbon Reefs offer some of the best big game fishing in the world.   During your stay enjoy secluded picnics on private beaches, superb dining in the main lodge and indulgent spa treatments

“This is really, seriously, died-and-gone-to-heaven fantastic. The scenery, the beach, the rooms, the food, the heat….Sunset Point Villas have the view, but it’s a clean, cool, Scandinavian-styled Anchor Bay Suite you want.” Australian Gourmet Traveller

 

Heron Island

Stay… play and sleep on the reef!  Imagine a resort with sugar white beaches far from the crowds where you actually are on a part of the Great Barrier Reef.   As you step from the beach into the crystal clear aquamarine waters you find colorful corals surrounded by a myriad of beautiful tropical fish

Heron Island Resort offers an extraordinary variety of aquatic life, migrating whales, nesting turtles and as a breeding ground for an abundance of bird-life. This is eco-tourism at its best,  A heaven  for divers, swimmers, and people who love to snorkel. 

This is a perfect place to bring the kids on an Awesome Aussie Vacation. 

One&Only Hayman Island Great Barrier Reef

One&Only Hayman Island is Australia’s most awarded Private Island, presents luxury, elegance amidst astonishing natural beauty, restorative peace, action-packed activity and indulgent culinary experiences. One&Only Hayman sets a world standard for service and hospitality, presented in a uniquely Australian manner.  Perfect for a romantic getaway.

 

  • Ultra luxury accommodations from elegant rooms to penthouses and villas set on the beach.
  • Gourmet restaurants, Chef's Events, Dinning under the Stars, private picnics
  • Fantastic array of  activities and Great Barrier Reef adventures.  Seaplane or Helicopter over to Whitsunday Beach
  • Unique and personalized experiences and excursions arranged
  • Fabulous Spa
  • Early Booking Savings if travel is prior to Oct. 2015

qualia  World Class Luxury Accommodation in the Whitsundays

qualia’s harmonious design is the work of Australian architect Chris Beckingham. His philosophy was to create a luxurious Australian retreat that stimulates the senses and draws the outside in.

The resulting design combines a unique sense of space, openness and harmony. Set amongst native Eucalypts, each  of the 60 pavilions - many with private plunge pools - have been handcrafted from the finest imported and local timber and stone.    At qualia you are immersed in a tranquil atmosphere, with personalized service.

  • Two award winning restaurants offering fine, fresh and innovative food .
  • Spa qualia, features an authentic Australian spa menu,
  • qualia, Best Resort in the World, 2012  Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards