A place called wonderland of adventures, Queensland is one of the most attractive tourist state of Australia. Its offshore Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef system, hosts thousands of marine species. The city of Cairns is a gateway to the reef and tropical Daintree Rainforest.
The luxury traveller is spoilt for choice on the islands off the coast of Queensland. From private yacht charters to designer suites; private island hotels to panoramic golf courses and bespoke dining experiences, the options are endless. Taking the Great Barrier Reef as a backdrop, the discerning, luxury connoisseur is left asking for more. Presenting to you all 10 indulgence experiences on these islands you cannot miss.
Fashion Meets Luxury at One&Only Hayman Island
A powerhouse designer joins hands with what is possibly the most luxurious island resort in Australia, a creative explosion, in the most indulgent of settings is born! Diane von Furstenberg’s uber-trendy two-bedroom penthouse at the One&Only Hayman Island is a tasteful mix of refinement and edginess. It comprises a personal butler, a pillow menu, access to water sports and complete privacy are just some of the other perks.
Golf with a View on Dent Island
Situated just minutes off Hamilton Island, with regular ferry connectivity, this 18-hole course is quite stunning, which seems to hang off cliffs, straddle valleys and overlook the ocean, making for an unforgettable golfing experience, coupled with 360-degree views of the Whitsunday Islands.
Understated Island Luxury at qualia, Hamilton Island
Qualia, located on the northern end of Hamilton Island, is all about discretion and isolation. If you are at the qualia, make the most of the reserved-only-for-you beachside lounges at the nearby Pebble Beach. Privacy is the key word here!
Seaplane and Picnic at Whitehaven Beach
A metaphoric white haven, this jewel of the Whitsunday Islands is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Live life like a jetsetter and allow yourself to be whisked away on a private seaplane for the day. The pilot will glide over the spectacular Hill Inlet and Whitsunday Islands, before coming in to land at the isolated Whitehaven Beach. Witness a gourmet-style picnic.
Soar over the Heart Reef
Experience a private scenic flight which hovers over the Heart Reef before flying over other picturesque parts of the reef. Crystal blue waters and reefs that nature appears to have designed with artistic perfection — a perfect combination!
A Private Picnic on Langford Island
Langford Island is perfect for a day out, picnicking on the virgin beach, perhaps even indulging in a spot of snorkeling or swimming. The sand bank on this island is its unique feature and makes for a perfect relaxation spot. If you’re looking for total solitude, this is the perfect place
Sustainable and Barefoot Luxury Bedarra Island
Now a day’s sustainable luxury is being increasingly discussed among conscious travellers. And justifiably so! On Bedarra Island, there are no more than eight villas, surrounded by thick, tropical rainforests, making an ideal experience of barefoot luxury. Island uses the eco-friendly treatments in the swimming pool, to harvesting tropical rainwater, reduction of any chemical use across the island, promoting solar energy etc. Luxury with a conscience!
Scuba Dive In the Reef
While this might be the most predictable thing to do when visiting the Great Barrier Reef, there’s no denying that the thrill of actually plunging into the water and swimming amidst hundreds of fish, marveling at the natural wonder that is the Reef is far greater than your wildest imaginations.
Dining With the Tides on Orpheus Island
A quite island, comprising a National Park and a Marine Park, Orpheus Island is an understated getaway for the nature-lover and luxury seeker. However, the must-try “Orpheus experience” is the Dining with the Tides, where you can design your own six-course gastronomic menu, which will be served to you in the private setting of the pier, surrounded by the ocean.
Fishing Charters on Lizard Island
A signature experience on the island is to charter a luxury vessel such as the 51-foot MV Fascination. The yacht is anchored at Lizard Island and is ideal for private fishing, diving and snorkeling charters.