Now is the time to start thinking about your next holiday and where you would like to go. Why not have a serious look at visiting the Australian Island resorts. This is the one place where you will find all of Australias best natural attractions, , and complemented by top class accommodation. Australian Island resorts are situated in the states of Queensland and New South Wales, in Australias north and east and they enjoy a superb sub tropical or tropical climate depending on their latitude. Here is a place where fantastic beaches meet the chic and sophisticated resort lifestyle of the rich and famous. The results are spectacular. Hamilton Island or Hammo as it is affectionately known to Aussies has iconic status on the Australian holiday calendar. The Island is situated in the Whitsundays, situated just off the coast of central Queensland. The Whitsundays are world famous has a holiday destination and a magnet for cruising yachtsmen. Race week, which takes place in late August, sees a gathering of many serious ocean racing yachtsmen as well as many cruising yachtsmen who all join together to enjoy the serious side of the week as well as to celebrate the fun and camaraderie of the event.
There are so many things to do around Hamiton Island that it is nearly impossible to experience them all. A trip to the Great Barrier Reef is essential and there are a large number of options to do this. Fantasea Cruise operates a daily service direct from the Island, to their reef world pontoon, from which you can dive or snorkel. You can also stay overnight on the pontoon with their reef sleep option. Fantasea also run regular trips from Hamilton to white haven Beach which has been voted among the five best beaches in the World. They also run regular services to other islands in the group including Hayman Island, Daydream Island and Long Island through their Blue Ferries branch. There are a number of other tour operators offering a wide range of experiences including fishing, jet skiing, sailing, diving and snorkel ling. Sunsail offer a bareboat charter option from the busy Hamilton Island Marina.
Hamilton Island is famous for its range of accommodation options. There are absolute luxury apartments lining the Marina and if you want to be right in the middle of the action you can stay at the Beach Club or the Reef View hotel which are both located right on the beach front. There are also a number of other family options including self contained family apartments. The brand new Qualia resort has set new benchmarks for luxury island accommodation and is destined to be listed very soon among the worlds leading hotels. Hamilton Island caters for all budgets and it is possible to find everything from quality backpacker accommodation right through to the best five star hotels.
Other islands in the region include the incomparable Hayman Island where too much luxury is never enough. Daydream Island, with its incredible health spa facilities, Long Island with its two resorts. Club Crocodile resort caters for the family market while Peppers Palm Bay suits the tourist looking for quality, comfort and a laid back style. Brampton Island resort is operated by the Voyages group and has a reputation for being a high quality family resort. It can be accessed from Hamilton Island or the nearby coastal city of Mackay. To the north of the Whitsunday Islands lie some of the most exclusive Island resorts imaginable. Orpheus and Bedarra Islands cater to the rich and famous to provide for them an atmosphere of privacy where prying eyes and cameras are kept at a distance. Lizard Island is the northernmost of these resorts. It is situated off the coast north of Cooktown and specializes in providing luxury accommodation, game fishing and the best diving in the world. Dunk Island , south of Cairns, is a destination for the family to enjoy. Further south lye two magnificent coral cays set right on the Great Barrier Reef. Heron Island and Lady Elliot Island both provide resorts of different standards with some awesome diving and snorkeling opportunities. Off the coast of New South Wales lie two totally different Islands. Norfolk Island and Lord Howe Island both have a history dating back to the first white settlement of Australia. Norfolk was one of the countrys first penal colonies and the land has many ruins and historical tales to tell. Both of these islands can be accessed by air from the mainland.
The Hamilton Island airport provides access for tourists visiting the Whitsunday Islands. The airport is on the domestic circuit and can be accessed from many Australian destinations. Cairns airport provides access for the more northern destinations. There are also many domestic flight options if you want to make The Whitsundays or any of Australias other island resorts part of a full Australian holiday. This can also include some of the countrys other iconic destinations such as Ayers Rock, the Sydney Opera House, the Gold Coast and Cairns. www.aunztravel.com.au has a wealth of holiday information for Australia and New Zealand including information on accommodation, attractions and transfers.