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It's Summer Somewhere: Australia's Whitsunday Islands

January 9, 2008 at 12:00 PM | by | ()

That first magical dusting of snow was fine in November, but now the road salt is ruining your shoes and you lost your best gloves. Time to head for warmer climes... and we'll help you look with our It's Summer Somewhere series.

Make this the year you visit the Great Barrier Reef, one of the world's greatest natural wonders. Staying in Australia's Whitsunday Islands, the reef is just a day cruise away in a glass-bottomed boat or with a snorkel instructor. Captain Cook was the first tourist to visit the islands back in 1770, and ever since these 74 atolls have been drawing beach lovers.

Obviously, kicking it on the sand is a great option. Lodgings like the Hayman Island Resort even offer their own private beaches from which to enjoy the warm Pacific currents. If you want to get active, the Whitsunday Great Walk is a 30 km (19 mile) trail, though you can hike just a portion of it.

Check out the Queensland Tourist Bureau's Whitsunday deals to plan your reef getaway.

Related Stories:
· Whitsundays Tourism [Official Site]
· It's Summer Somewhere coverage [Jaunted]
· It's Summer Somewhere Map [Jaunted]

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