BRISBANE, Australia, April 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --For many holiday makers, Australia tops the list of dream destinations. Not only does the 'land down under' boast a diverse range of stunning landscapes - from the red soil of the Outback to golden beaches and azure seas - it is equally famous for its iconic landmarks and cities. Easily identifiable are the distinctive sails of the Sydney Opera House, the imposing formation that is Uluru, the rugged beauty of the Great Ocean Road, and the cultural scenes of Melbourne and Sydney.
With such a wealth of fantastic things to do and places to explore, it's no wonder tourists flock to Australia year after year to experience the people and places that make it so unique. If you've been planning a trip down under however, there's another 'must visit' destination that's an essential part of every Australian holiday: The Whitsundays and Hamilton Island - Australia's holiday jewel.
Why Visit The Whitsundays?
Comprised of 74 islands dotted throughout pristine waters, The Whitsundays represent a postcard from paradise. Situated on the tropical coast of Queensland in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, the region enjoys a sub tropical environment year round, with its natural wonders attracting over 600,000 domestic and international visitors annually.
Described as one of the world's most spectacular playgrounds, there are few places to rival it as Australia's ideal holiday destination whether you are travelling as a family, on honeymoon, seeking adventure, or wanting a tropical escape for complete relaxation. There's something to suit every taste, pace and budget, including:
- The Great Barrier Reef – one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and World Heritage listed home to thousands of species of tropical fish, coral and other marine life. There are many ways to experience the magic of the Reef - cruise, sail, snorkel or dive – with half day, full day and longer tours available for groups of every size.
- Sail The Whitsundays – Calm, warm seas, secluded white sandy beaches, sheltered waterways, abundant fishing, and plentiful marine life combine to make The Whitsundays one of the world's most sought after sailing destinations. With options to suit complete beginners to accomplished sailors, charter companies offer sailing experiences centred around freedom and flexibility. Explore The Whitsundays' 74 islands with your vessel of choice - from luxury fully crewed charter yachts to bareboat charters and 'by the cabin' options.
Hamilton Island – The Resort Heart of The Whitsundays
Hamilton Island with its unique, laid back lifestyle is the pride of The Whitsundays and the ideal holiday base to explore all the region has to offer.
A vacationer's paradise, Hamilton Island offers convenience and culture, while staying true to its appeal as a place of stunning natural beauty. The island's thriving marina precinct hosts numerous world class restaurants and cafes. Boutiques, bars and giftware shops sit alongside ice cream parlours, tour operators, and a handy convenience store for groceries and sundries.
Activities are available for every family member with a golf course, yacht club, go-karts, bowling, wildlife park (where you can breakfast with the koalas), and much more. With 70% of the island remaining untouched, visitors can walk the many bush walking trails with gentle tracks leading to secluded beaches, or more challenging hikes featuring breathtaking views.
World-famous Whitehaven Beach is a nearby highlight not to be missed, and Hamilton Island's own Catseye Beach features calm, crystal waters to kayak or paddleboard.
Perfectly positioned in the heart of The Whitsundays, Hamilton Island has its own airport with direct flights available from several major cities. To add to the ambience, there are no cars on the island, but getting around is easy by motorized buggy, or free shuttle bus with convenient drop off / pick up points at various stops.
Hamilton Island Accommodation – Where to Stay
For total convenience, freedom and flexibility, you can't go past self contained holiday accommodation. No matter what your group size from couples through to large, blended families, there is an option to suit.
Whitsunday Holidays are the longest established Hamilton Island and Whitsunday holiday specialists, celebrated for their first class personalised service, exclusive, luxury properties, and unrivalled knowledge of Hamilton Island and the surrounding region.
With a choice of over sixty properties, guests can choose from one or two bedroom self-contained apartments, resort style homes, or luxury properties with five star features and fittings. All come with their own buggy, BBQ and entertaining deck, and spectacular water views.
Whitsunday Holidays' premium service includes valet pick up from the airport and a full introduction to your holiday accommodation on arrival. They offer many linked services including pre-ordering groceries, access to local knowledge and advice, and tour recommendations based on your preferences. Their newly established online tour booking system means you can preselect and pay for tours prior to arrival, giving you more time to relax.
To learn more about Hamilton Island and Whitsunday holidays, tours and accommodation visit: www.whitsundayholidays.com.au
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