Published: 21 November 2013 by:

Romantic getaways Whitsunday Islands - incredible seascapes and a close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef.

Located on the stunning tropical coast of Queensland, Australia, the Whitsundays are composed of 74 incredible islands. The breathtaking seascapes and landscapes will have you and your partner absolutely awestruck. Speckled with secluded beaches and right in the midst of the Great Barrier Reef, these islands provide an astounding array of activities.

Sail through islands surrounded by crystal clear waters and coral reefs where you and your loved one can enjoy all the different snorkel and dive spots. Swim in the aquamarine shallows of the world-renowned Whitehaven Beach.

The world's largest coral reef and the only living thing visible from space, the Great Barrier Reef has more than 3,000 individual reef systems and an enormous variety of marine life.

In addition, the reef protects the Whitsundays from large ocean swells, which means this area provides some of the world's safest sailing and cruising. Couples can even charter their own yacht, catamaran or motor cruiser and enjoy a unique, and perhaps more personal, romantic getaway.

Chartering a seaplane or helicopter to give you and your loved one a bird's-eye view of the reef is a truly worthwhile activity. Viewing this Wonder of the World from the air will inspire awe and reverence for Mother Nature and perhaps this thrilling and romantic flight will also inspire a proposal!

Enjoy the luxuries of mainland or island resorts, which are often decadently outfitted with spa baths, onsite massages and gymnasiums. Adventure off the beaten track with a hike or mountain bike ride on the national park trails.

Considering a destination wedding? Getting married on one of the Whitsunday Islands is really something special. Of course, you can also tie the knot on the beautiful coast of the mainland, overlooking the island groups.

Celebrate your love with spectacular sea views, divine dining and private beaches. Newlyweds can kick off their shoes after the ceremony and walk barefoot, hand-in-hand, down the seemingly endless reaches of white sand with only the sound of the ocean in their ears.

Here's some lavish accommodation to consider for your getaway to the Whitsundays.

Whether it's a romantic getaway or a wedding, the At Hotels Group provides an unforgettable escape with several hotels to choose from, depending on whether you and your loved one want to be right on the beach, in a private apartment, or want to splash out on their adult-only boutique retreat on Pioneer Bay. With gorgeous sea views and fabulous food, time will stop while you and your partner savour every moment.

A five-star luxury resort, Pinnacles Resort & Spa has self-contained accommodation in Airlie Beach. You and your partner will love staying at the door front of the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday Islands. Breathe in the fresh coastal air while you relish the view of the Coral Sea from your private balcony. Take a sailboat around the turquoise island waters, relax in the spa or hang out by the pool with a good book.    

An absolutely amazing and unique experience, Whitsunday Rent a Yacht provides adventurous couples with a means of exploring the Whitsunday Islands on their own. You don't have to be an expert to take advantage of one of the best sailing destinations in the world. Rent a Yacht's staff will give you all the information you need to skipper yourself around, while still enjoying the luxurious accommodation these boats offer.

For couples looking for more information about their romantic getaway or wedding, Tourism Whitsundays provides an extensive list of activities, resorts and additional details about the wonder of the Whitsunday Islands.

Click to explore more in Queensland, where to stay; where to get married; eat and drink; see and do.

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