A short plane ride from Sydney will have you snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef and lounging on sparkling white beaches in no time.
THE WHITSUNDAY ISLANDS, Australia – First things first: If you're flying to the Whitsundays, get a window seat. The view is spectacular. The seemingly small airstrip makes for an impressive landing. You're surrounded by turquoise waters and leafy green mountaintops.
The archipelago is comprised of 74 islands strung along the coast of Queensland and the periphery of the Great Barrier Reef. Many islands are protected, but the few that have hotels do a good job of covering all price points: There literally is something for everyone. Visitors travel from across the globe to experience white beaches and dive amongst the world's most beautiful coral reefs. Sailing is also hugely popular, drawing a large crowd, especially in August for Hamilton Island Race Week.
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