Score: 8.05

Ah, the Whitsundays – known as one of the best places in the world to sail, what with 300 days of sunshine a year, those famous azure waters and the many powdery white beaches dotted about the place. Like most of us here at AT, you’ve probably fantasised about lacing up some boat shoes and setting sail, but for that one thing stopping you: you’ve never sailed before. No worries, you don’t need to be a regular sea farer (or even own a boating licence) to spend endless days soaking up the Queensland sun, snorkelling, fishing, drinking champagne… all you need is common sense, an esky-full of champagne, and a place onboard for us to tag along. More info: Tourism Whitsundays.

Don’t have a yacht? Sadly, neither do we, but there are six Whitsundays charter companies that do; one on Hamilton Island and five at Airlie Beach. See ‘Sailing the Whitsundays’ for more.

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