Tropical North Queensland is home to two of Australia’s magnificent, iconic natural wonders; a place where stunning coral reefs and marine wildlife vie for attention with lush, tropical rainforests.
Those captivated by life under the surface are drawn to the Great Barrier Reef’s seemingly infinite species of brilliantly coloured fish, intricate coral formations and varied marine life including whales, dolphins and turtles. The rainforest of most renown is The Daintree, the earth’s oldest living rainforest and immensely rich in plant, bird and animal life; but for a place so alive, it’s also incredibly tranquil.
For those seeking seclusion and exclusivity the pristine islands of the Whitsundays are the place to stay for a few days of rest and relaxation, or activity, the choice is yours. That’s the beauty of these island resorts, each has its own speciality; so whether you want to swim, snorkel, dive, sail, play tennis or simply lie on pristine beaches, you’ll find your paradise here.
Combine your trip with a stop in Dubai en route to Australia for a luxurious twin-destination holiday of a lifetime. The tropical northern half of Australia is best visited in its dry season of May to October. Temperatures don’t fall throughout the year, so whenever you visit it will be hot, however rainfall is at its most during the months of December to March.
The Whitsunday resort of Qualia, in a secluded location on Hamilton Island, offers guests a superb range of activities including Great Barrier Reef tours, snorkelling, diving and a top notch spa. Accommodation is in a choice of 60 individual pavilions with views over the turquoise waters or the tropical bushland.
Lizard Island Resort exudes sophisticated luxury, blending tasty cuisine with elegant accommodation and sensational diving opportunities to create an idyllic hideaway retreat of the highest quality. Dining is one of Lizard Island’s many pleasures with Osprey’s Restaurant embodying the resort’s understated elegance. The menu, which changes daily, is fresh and creative, showcasing the finest local produce and freshest seafood.
The Whitsundays are world-renowned for their crystal white beaches and turquoise waters; with Whitehaven Beach recognised in the Guinness Book of World Records as having the softest, whitest sand in the world. Due to this there’s plenty to keep you busy on or in the water, with watersports, fishing and sailing all high on the agenda for visitors to the region.
May to September is a great time to see Humpback Whales around the islands too. Given the islands’ close affinity with the beautiful waters which surround them, you’ll find that dining can be an intriguing lesson in seafood; with sashimi being a particularly good way to get a taste for the Whitsundays. Ask your Inspiring Travel Company specialist to arrange for a private beach picnic during your stay - an über-luxurious experience on your very own piece of paradise - or if you’re staying at the One&Only Hayman Island, we can arrange the ‘degustation by helicopter’ where you’ll island hop for each sumptuous course!
A trip to FraserIsland will not disappoint with its resident dingoes and incredible wildlife. Stopping for a swim in the picturesque blue waters of the islands freshwater LakeMcKenzie is a must. Exploring the Daintree with a guide is what we’d recommend to gain a true sense of the abundance of nature in this incredible rainforest. At Silky Oaks Lodge a truly special way to experience the Daintree is with a Kuku Yalanji guide; these ‘rainforest people’ live in harmony with their environment and were the inspiration for the blockbuster Avatar. Whatever you see on your first visit to North Queensland, you’ll be yearning to head back for more as soon as your plane leaves the airport!