Where is it? Off the coast of Airlie Beach, Qld.

Take a leisurely sail through clear turquoise waters, alongside pristine coral reefs and past 74 islands with magnificent white sand beaches. If you want a tranquil, beautiful holiday where you feel like you’re actually doing something, this is the way to go and the place to be.

“I have done this several times and recommend it to everyone.” Bob Ansett

You can charter a boat and skipper it yourself (known as “bareboating” in salty circles), hop on a tall ship or join a small group aboard a private vessel skippered by a professional.

And of course, while you’re in the area, drop in on Whitehaven Beach, which rivals Wineglass Bay for the title of the most beautiful beach in Australia (and is number 59 in this list of things to do before you die).

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