Wish You Were Here: Hamilton Island in Australia's Great Barrier Reef
There are very few things that can beat a tropical island. Today we came to you from a tropical island in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef. More specifically, a group of islands called the Whitsundays. The exact island name is Hamilton Island, also known as the home of the Best Job in the World.
The group of islands were discovered by Captain Cook right after he "found" Australia. The infamous explorer's detour around the giant barrier reef led him smack dab into the middle of these palm-covered volcanic islands. The primitivity of the Whitsundays has long since disappeared, replaced by a whole crop of tasteful luxury resorts, but it's still very much paradise.
This is the place where visitors trade cars for golf buggies, loafers for flip-flops and leave watches at home.
Our journey began at the Roma Street Rail Station in Brisbane, Australia, where we boarded a luxury Queensland Rail train. Naturally we'll have more on this train soon, but first we tease with this photo of our view. Right now it's time to sip fruity cocktails poolside in one of Australia's (many) playgrounds.
Disclosure: Rayme is traveling as a guest of Queensland Rail, but all photos and opinions presented are his own.