Focus on The Great Barrier Reef and Whitsundays

Whitehaven Beach is a pristine, award winning beach on Whitsunday Island, the largest of the 74 islands in the Whitsundays. Whitehaven Beach stretches over seven kilometres and boasts brilliant white silica sand that is among the purest in the world. Sink your feet into the sand and wade into the warm waves that gently lap the shore and you’ll soon realise why people come here from all over the world.

Proserpine and Airlie Beach Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsundays

Airlie Beach is at the heart of the Whitsundays mainland and the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef. It’s a vibrant coastal nook where everyone feels like they’re on holidays 24-7. There are plenty of things to go and great accommodation for all budgets as well as direct air flights into nearby Proserpine airport.

Hayman Island re opens

An Iconic resort has now reopened “Welcome to a secluded paradise of serenity and breathtaking beauty. Surrounded by verdant cliffs, crescent-shaped white beach and celestial-blue sea, the reimagined InterContinental Hayman Island Resort will immerse you in the island wonders of five-star luxury. You will discover an idyllic destination of privacy and pampering, where you can experience diving the Great Barrier Reef, swimming in your private pool, sailing the Coral Sea, the culinary artistry and personalised spa treatments”

Magnetic Island truly Unique

It only takes 25 minutes on a ferry from Townsville to arrive in paradise. Magnetic Island’s relaxed tropical lifestyle, quiet, secluded beaches, rugged nature, abundant wildlife and easy access to the Great Barrier Reef make it a wonderful place to relax and unwind.

Daydream Island Resort

Following an extensive redevelopment Daydream Island resort now offers 277 refurbished modern rooms and suites with the choice of interconnecting rooms for families and special access rooms.

Cairns and Riley

Cairns is still as vibrant as ever with bustling restaurants and plenty to do including Kuranda rail road and Skyway as well as Cape Tribulation and the Daintree. Recently we stayed at Crystalbrook’s Riley Hotel. The newest hotel in Cairns and certainly the “Coolest” spot to stay on the Cairns foreshore. The Crystalbrook Hotel group also has another great property opening before Christmas in Cairns , called Bailey.

Sunlover Cruises a Great Way to See the Reef

Sunlover cruises has two pontoons on the reef , and feature Snorkelling, fantastic lunch as well as glass bottom boats , semi submersibles, fish touch tanks, glass bottom boat touring, water slides and even massages available whilst you’re on the reef .

Crystalbrook’s Riley Hotel Cairns is the Place to Be !

 Riley Hotel Cairns

We recently stayed at this hotel which is exceptional and is certainly a great choice if you are staying in Cairns.

The hotel is right on the water front and has an amazing array of pools for you to choose from with a white sandy beach around some of them. When visiting Cairns there is lots of things to do and see. If you are staying at Riley its well worth spending an additional night or two to enjoy the resort and restaurants and bars as the resort is a destination in itself.

Australian and Beyond Holidays has great rates and packages featuring Riley which are very affordable for the premium nature of this resort property. Shortly Crystalbrook will be opening another property Bailey in Cairns which we are looking forward to opening before Christmas this year.

Panoramic Sea View

With fabulous unspoiled views of the Coral Sea, an uber comfortable King size bed and contemporary designs and amenities, the Panoramic Sea room is perfect for a romantic getaway or tropical holiday adventure.

Enjoy:
Daily buffet breakfast for two at Paper Crane
$100 resort credit to use at Rocco, Greenfields, Paper Crane or Eléme Day Spa when you stay one or two nights
$200 resort credit to use at Rocco, Greenfields, Paper Crane or Eléme Day Spa when you stay for three nights or more
Complimentary valet parking
Unsurpassed views out to the Coral Sea
Floor to ceiling panoramic windows
King bed
Fast and free Wi-Fi
Apple iPad Control Centre
55” HD Smart TV
Staycast by Google Chromecast for video streaming
Complimentary movies
Air-con and blackout blinds
Nespresso machine with complimentary pods
Rainforest shower
Baths in selected rooms

 Urban Room

Thoughtfully refined, the Urban room features views of the Cairns city skyline and luxury Crystalbrook Collection IMMERSION amenities.

Perfect for a couple or small family looking for contemporary five-star accommodation in Tropical North Queensland.

Views of Cairns skyline
Spacious balcony in selected rooms
Choice of king bed or two king singles
Fast and free Wi-Fi
Apple iPad Control Centre
55” HD Smart TV
Staycast by Google Chromecast for video streaming
Complimentary movies
Air-con and blackout blinds
Nespresso machine with complimentary pods
Rainforest shower
Baths in selected rooms

Sea View Room

Revel in the serenity of the Sea room. Unwind on the spacious balcony overlooking Cairns and the Coral Sea. Breathtakingly beautiful accommodation awaits you.

Spacious balcony
Choice of king bed or two king singles
Fast and free Wi-Fi
Apple iPad Control Centre
55” HD Smart TV
Staycast by Google Chromecast for video streaming
Complimentary movies
Air-con and blackout blinds
Nespresso machine with complimentary pods
Rainforest shower
Baths in selected rooms

Daydream Island The New Hotspot in the Whitsundays

Daydream Island the new Hotspot in the Whitsundays

Following an extensive redevelopment Daydream Island resort now offers 277 refurbished modern rooms and suites with the choice of interconnecting rooms for families and special access rooms.

There is an expanded food and beverage offering across the island with three restaurants and three bars including an exciting new Asian Fusion restaurant which joins the buffet and modern Australian restaurants.

The island has a revitalised pool landscape allowing you to swim and enjoy unparalleled views across the Whitsunday’s. The swimming hub is complemented by a poolside bar inclusive of a new burger concept.

The Living Reef also makes its return to the island in an even bigger and better capacity than before, with the free form coral lagoon wrapping 200m around the central building and holding over 1.5 million litres of water. Join the team of marine biologists and over 100 species of marine fish, rays, coral and invertebrates such as starfish, sea cucumbers and crabs.

Hayman Island Re-opens 

THE HAYMAN ISLAND EXPERIENCE

After your direct flight from one of Australia’s major capital cities to Hamilton Island, onward travel by boat, chopper or sea plane awaits you. All three luxury transfer options connect with commercial flights to gift a seamless journey to Hayman Island. Once you arrive to Hayman Island, one of our friendly team members will meet you at the marina to take you through a smooth check-in process.

Hayman Island’s natural attractions can mostly be explored on foot using bushland walking tracks that connect to secluded coves and stretches of white sand including Blue Pearl Bay, Coral Beach and Langford Island which can be accessed via a short speedboat journey. Hayman Island is also home to a recreation centre, golf simulator, on water activity centre and a variety of pristine snorkelling locations.

Luxury island living is born with 168 beautifully-appointed rooms, suites, villas spread across three distinct wings: Beach, Pool and Lagoon. From sophisticated sea-facing escapes to lush garden sanctuaries, each world-class residence is a magnificent blend of intuitive design and impeccable taste.

Featuring the Lagoon , Pool and Beach wing as well as the residences all providing first class experiences for customers to enjoy this special part of the world with easy access and luxury

Designed to capture the essence of connectivity and the heart of Queensland’s local flavour; discover a collection of five distinct dining experiences on Hayman Island.

The stunning surrounds of Hayman Island offer immersive experiences for every guest; relax into rejuvenating spa treatments, dip into iconic swimming pools or hideaway in secluded coves as you indulge in gourmet picnics. Infuse your getaway with action-packed adventure found in gym sessions, kayak tours, fishing escapades, nature walks, yoga classes and more.

Magnetic Island Worth a Look

Magnetic Island Worth a Look

Palm-fringed beaches, endless sunshine, koalas, hiking trails, topless barbie cars, snorkelling adventures, and the list goes on! Just a short 20 minute ferry ride from Townsville, Magnetic Island boasts the natural beauty and serenity of an island paradise within a thriving community with more than 2,500 people calling the Magnetic Island home. From backpacker hostels to luxury resorts the island offers a huge range of accommodation options, with something to suit everyone’s travel style.

There are great things to do on the Island including sailing, diving , canoeing visiting the Koala sanctuary or hiring a small 4 wheel drive vehicle to circumnavigate this unspoilt natural island paradise.

Airlie Beach Gateway to the Whitsundays

Airlie Beach

The vibrant hub of the Whitsundays and the ideal mainland base for fun and adventure in the Whitsundays. It is the perfect launching pad for activities on the water and in the lush, green rainforest of the Whitsunday Coast.

Soak up the laid-back, tropical atmosphere and instantly tune into holiday mode. Stroll through the boutiques, cafes and shops of the main street; relax by the Airlie Beach lagoon and head to the Saturday morning markets that offer a quaint range of local arts and crafts, fresh fruit and vegetables and much more.

At the end of a great day, treat yourself at one of the alfresco restaurants – from fresh local seafood at a bustling seafood cafe, hand-made tapas made from fresh local produce, to a romantic sunset dinner for two.

With a range of quality accommodation, buzzy bars and sophisticated dining options, Airlie is the perfect base for exploring the Whitsunday Islands, Great Barrier Reef and wild rivers of the hinterland. Or just spend a day wandering the main street, browsing the shops and galleries, enjoying a lavish seafood lunch, visiting the Saturday morning market, dipping into the swimming lagoon or people-watching over a sunset drink.

Cruise Whitsundays offers a range of day cruises to Airlie Beach as featured below

Peppers Airlie Beach
Welcome to the idyllic Whitsundays Passage, a marine playground of boating and water activities with a relaxed, tropical North Queensland feel. At Peppers Airlie Beach, the ambience is casual and this Airlie Beach accommodation is modern. The infinity pool has spectacular views of the Coral Sea and islands dot the horizon. Your accommodation in Airlie Beach has wide balconies and is open to the warm breezes. There’s freshly caught reef fish on the plate, and a resort pool – the passage to total relaxation and tropical adventure.

This iconic Airlie Beach resort was designed by leading architects Gary Hunt & Partners. It seamlessly integrates the relaxed tropical maritime splendour of Airlie Beach with the sophistication and style you would expect of premium Airlie Beach accommodation.

With a range of quality accommodation, buzzy bars and sophisticated dining options, Airlie is the perfect base for exploring the Whitsunday Islands, Great Barrier Reef and wild rivers of the hinterland. Or just spend a day wandering the main street, browsing the shops and galleries, enjoying a lavish seafood lunch, visiting the Saturday morning market, dipping into the swimming lagoon or people-watching over a sunset drink.

Cruise Whitsundays from Arlie Beach and Shute Harbour to Whitehaven Beach

Whitehaven Beach from Airlie Beach

PRISTINE, PURE, PERFECT
Pristine, pure, perfect – the silica sand here is dazzlingly white, washed in on the tide over thousands of years. Located on the largest island in The Whitsundays, Whitehaven Beach offers up 7km of shore to explore – swim, snorkel, laze on the sand or even take a hike through the forest to an ocean lookout or secret swimming spot: your time here can be as energetic or relaxed as you’d like it to be. Don’t miss the walk to the spectacular viewpoint over Hill Inlet at Whitehaven’s northern end, where a swirl of white sand and turquoise water fuse to create a stunning blend of colours.
Cruise Whitsundays runs a range of full and half-day cruises to Whitehaven Beach.

WHITEHAVEN BEACH HIKE, HILL INLET & LOOKOUT

INCLUSIONS
Cruise to superb, 7km-long Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island. From the beach’s northern end, a leisurely 1.3km-return guided hike to Hill Inlet lookout follows a path walked by the Whitsundays’ traditional owners, the Ngaro people. Back at Whitehaven’s southern end, swim or relax on the sand, or tackle the easy-going 1.2km Solway Circuit walk to impressive Solway Passage lookout and secluded Chance Bay. A delicious gourmet burger is waiting for you back on the Whitehaven sand.

Scenic return cruise through the Whitsundays, with up to 6 hours on Whitehaven Beach
Guided walk to Hill Inlet and Lookout
Guided walk to Solway Circuit Lookout and Chance Bay
A gourmet burger on the beach
Morning and afternoon tea
Beach games
Protective stinger suits
Dedicated host for the duration of the day
All-inclusive drinks and charcuterie board on return from Whitehaven Beach to Hamilton Island

Sunlover Cruises a Great Way To See the Barrier Reef 

The Great Barrier Reef’s location varies from 15 to 150 kilometres off the coast, making it easily accessible by our Cairns Reef tours. This natural wonder is stunning both above and below the water, making it on the bucket list of every traveller!

Sunlover Reef Cruises offers Cairns Great reef tours to our deluxe activity Marine Base at the pristine Moore Outer Reef. Sunlover Cruises location is one of the most pristine in Cairns and is home to an array of stunning marine life, including colourful corals, turtles, clown fish, parrot fish and Maori wrasse.

From Great Barrier Reef snorkelling to scuba diving or a scenic helicopter flight to fully appreciate its awesome scale, Sunlover Reef Cruises and their expert team of locals will take you beyond the postcards to experience this marine wonder in all its glory.

The Great Barrier Reef was described by Sir David Attenborough as ‘the most magical place in the world’. We invite you to dive into this stunning wonder and see its beauty for yourself!

MOORE REEF MARINE BASE
Our double-storey Moore Reef Marine Base is anchored at Moore Reef, 54km off Cairns. The base has been custom designed so all ages and abilities can explore and enjoy the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef.
The base is 50 metres long with a capacity of up to 400 people, and was recently refurbished and enhanced to now feature a large upper-level sundeck, which is the perfect spot to relax in the tropical sunshine, and prime position to look out over the turquoise waters and mosiac of the reef. The sundeck is also where the Sunlover Sunslide starts on its 30 metre spiral descent into the tropical waters.

On the lower level, there is plentiful seating in the shade. The boat docks alongside the base and gangplanks provide seamless access between base and air-conditioned boat.

Moore Reef Marine Base features:

Fully powered
WIFI and cellphone coverage (dependent on conditions and provider)
Air-conditioned 60 tiered-seat underwater observatory that can also be used for presentations
Built in SCUBA dive station, with all equipment & diving platform
Two snorkel platforms
Plentiful tables and seating
Marine-life touch tank
Glass bottom boat
Semi-submersible vessel
Change-rooms
Fresh water outdoor showers
Ocean enclosed children’s pool
Sunlover Sunslide – only waterslide on the reef
Two levels – shaded lower level and upper level sundeck
SeaWalker Helmet Dive platform
Scenic helicopter pad