2. The Whitsundays, Queensland
Best Beaches: Whitehaven, Hayman Island, Sawmill Bay, Luncheon Bay, Butterfly Bay.
Made up of 74 tropical islands – of which 67 are completely undeveloped – there’s more empty beaches here than in any other coastal region in Australia. From the buzzing beaches of Hamilton Island where cocktails are delivered to your deck chairs, to the complete isolation of beaches like Sawmill Bay in Cid Harbour – which require a boat to access, the Whitsundays offer a beach for every single couple. The star performer of the Whitsundays will always be Whitehaven Beach (pictured opposite), regularly voted one of the world’s top five beaches.
With six kilometres of pure white silica sands and warm clear waters, couples may choose to spend time amongst the winsome young people sunning themselves on the beach’s southern end at Hill Inlet. Or take a walk – or better yet, a helicopter – to your own private piece of silica, kilometres from the nearest intruder. If you’d prefer something easier to access, sunbathe amongst the beautiful people on one of Australia’s best resort beaches at Hayman Island, or fi nd an empty cove to watch the sun set over Australia at Daydream Island. But it’s the Whitsunday’s hidden gems that provide the ultimate sex appeal. Take a yacht charter – or hire your own vessel – and access the world’s best private beaches in places like Luncheon Bay (on the top of Hook Island) where tiny sandy coves appear with the low tide, under rugged rocky escarpments and untethered Aussie bush and beside a clear sea brimming with colourful coral.