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Drifting On A Headwind

By Jim Harlan

Adventures in travel!

Experience the wild adventures of the author as he travels in remote corners of the world. Read more...

Experts in travel to remote corners of the world

Australia: Island and Dive Resorts

> South Pacific > Australia

Features: Australia has the longest coastline of any nation on earth and it is ringed by coral, volcanic rock and sand.

Australia’s island resorts are set in turquoise waters and with pristine white beaches. Nowhere is this more so than on the islands off the north-east coast of Queensland. The islands are palm-fringed, tropical and beautiful with the finest and largest coral reef in the world on their very doorstep. Spectacular diving opportunities abound around this Marine National Park, including the famous Cod Hole at Lizard Island. An amazing array of underwater life can be seen such as Green and Loggerhead Turtles, coral gardens, brightly colored tropical fish and giant clams. Heron Island is world famous for its fantastic scuba diving and snorkeling, with some of Australia’s best dive spots only 15 minutes from the beach.

Heron Island

Heron Island is a true coral cay located right on the Great Barrier Reef. The island is ribboned by sugar white sands, crystal clear waters and acres of brilliant coral with beautifully coloured marine life. Heron offers many activities such as guided island and reef walks, semi-submersible cruises, day trips to neighboring Wilson Island and beach picnics. An amazing array of animal and bird life can also be discovered right throughout the year. It’s also world famous for its scuba diving and snorkeling. The resort is a haven of marine colour and relaxation with magic ocean views featuring from many areas. 108 guest rooms feature five grades of accommodation. All meals are included in the daily tariff as well as many island activities.

Dunk Island

Dunk – Australia’s most beautiful rain forest island, has no equal for a tropical holiday. The resort is located in a National Park and has easy access to the Great Barrier Reef. There are an amazing array of activities to choose from, including horse-riding along the beach, rain forest walks, guided jet-ski tours, catamarans, tandem sky diving, golf, or visiting the Island Farm. 146 rooms are well-appointed with four grades of accommodation each with beach or garden views. Daily tariff includes breakfast and set 3 course or buffet dinner as well as many island activities.

Lizard Island

Australia’s northernmost resort, Lizard is located right on the Great Barrier Reef, fringed with coral reefs and 24 powdery white beaches. Outstanding in every respect, the unique pleasures of Lizard Island have created an idyllic retreat known as ‘one of one’. Spectacular diving and snorkeling opportunities abound, including the famous Cod Hole. Discover secluded, pristine beaches by foot or by motorized dinghy with a gourmet picnic just for two. Try a gentle bushwalk, sailing, fishing or a glass bottom boat trip or perhaps indulge in a treatment at the luxurious Pavilion Spa. The Lodge has a relaxed modern style and dining is one of the resorts many pleasures.The menu is fresh and creative, changing daily and showcases the finest local produce. Each of the 40 Villas are elegant and spacious, blending indoors and out in an elegant open plan design each with ocean or beach views. All meals and many island activities are included in the tariff.

The above is an example of Lodging and Activities. Uncommon Adventures specializes in custom itineraries to suit your specific desires and needs as well. Please feel free to consult us to design an adventure of your own.

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Photography courtesy of Randy Harwood Photography.