Romantic Getaways: Our Guide To The Great Barrier Reef Islands

June 12, 2013

Why go overseas to enjoy a romantic getaway when Australia has some of the most beautiful islands (and five-star hotels) in the world?

Let’s face it, Australia is full of romantic destinations, from its secluded beaches to its luxury hotels, and the Great Barrier Reef have some of the best on offer.

The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system made up of 900 islands and stretching for over 2,600 km, so it can be a little intimidating planning your getaway. Even if you’ve visited in the past, there are plenty of other tropical islands to be explored. Here’s our guide to the best romantic islands of the Great Barrier Reef.

Hayman Island

Hayman Island is by far the most exclusive resort of the Whitsunday Islands, with the whole island privately owned. With luxury accommodation, spa treatments and a range of dining options, no wonder Hayman Island is Australia’s most awarded five-star resort.

Hook Island

If you’re looking for a cheap getaway that’s no less spectacular, Hook Island is your destination. Budget accommodation doesn’t get better than at the Hook Island Wilderness Resort, and after checking in, spend your days snorkelling, diving, kayaking or bushwalking. Some of the most beautiful coral reefs are just off-shore on the north west side of Hook Island.

Wilson Island

If you prefer to spend a few days immersed in unspoilt nature, away from all things modern, then this speck of an island is ideal. Don’t be fooled though, although it’s safari-style tent accommodation that’s on offer, it is still on the high-end, luxury side, with gourmet dining on your doorstep.

Heron Island

If you’re a diver then this island for you, offering 10 Great Barrier Reef dive sites within 15 minutes. Even if you’re not a diver, the pure white beaches and wildlife are enough to impress, with seabirds, turtles and multi-coloured fish, which is why the island is home to one of Australia’s most prestigious marine research stations.

Dunk Island

Dunk Island may not sound romantic, but it is probably Australia’s most beautiful tropical rainforest island, perfect for romantic getaways full of activity. There are countless options on offer, including rainforest walks, spectacular views from the top of Mount Kotaloo, snorkeling in the clear waters, horse riding, tennis, water skiing and golf.

Which is your favourite Great Barrier Reef island?

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