The islands off the island of Australia don’t come more blissful than the Whitsundays. The hardest part is deciding which one to choose.

When it comes to island paradises, they don’t come more idyllic and sun-kissed than the Whitsundays, a collection of 74 tropical islands scattered like confetti across the waters of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, off the coast of Queensland.

Ship across the waters of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef

Whitsundays is a collection of 74 tropical islands scattered across the waters of the Great Barrier Reef.

Scuba divers underwater in Whitsundays

Diving the Whitsundays is a mesmerizing experience.

Hamilton Island

While only a handful of the islands are actually inhabited, the ones that are present an irresistible travel proposition, dotted as they are with world-class resorts and offering up sun, sea and sand in abundance. Hamilton Island is the gateway into this island experience, with daily flights from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Cairns. From there, a collection of luxe island retreats are within easy reach.

Hayman Island

Hayman Island, managed by InterContinental Hotel Group, is one of world’s most iconic private island resorts. A $79 million refurbishment completed in 2019 saw a collection of new restaurants and bars installed, as well as the three-bedroom Hayman Beach House.

Daydream Island

On Daydream Island, a longtime holiday favorite with families, the amazing eco-friendly Living Reef coral lagoon wraps around the resort and includes a stunning underwater observatory.

Room Views at Daydream Island

Enjoy incredible views from your Daydream Island room.

Orpheus Island and Heron Island

Both Orpheus Island and Heron Island, meanwhile, pride themselves on their impeccable eco-credentials, with guests (only 28 in total on Orpheus Island) able to indulge in familiar island pursuits such as diving and snorkeling, or embrace their inner eco-warrior and tour a marine research station.

Birds Eye View of People swimming in Heron Island

Swim in the clear waters of Heron Island.

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