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You can find Hamilton Island in the Whitsunday group of Islands in the heat of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.  The airport has its direct access from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Cairns.  There are also international Charter operations to the island.  You can feel the tropical weather at Hamilton Island.  There are fine white beaches and a swimming  pools.  Every kind of water activities were available.  You can do your favorite sports like, tennis, squash, a gymnasium and golf driving range.  There’s a Fauna Park with kangaroos, emus, koalas, wallabies and even crocodiles.  The nearby beach can be reached by a high speedboat or a helicopter.   

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Parasailing is one of the many activities on Great Keppel Island.

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Located on a scenic Shelter Island, you’ll enhoy our charming waterfront accommodations fashioned in South Pacific décor. All rooms have views of San Diego Harbor or sailboat-filled marinas.

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Heron Island is an unexpected treasure.  And international resort right on the Great Barrier Reef.  A National Park within a Marine National Park.  And a world famous haven for divers.

Its beautiful white beaches melt into a kaleidoscope of living coral and brightly colored fish.  Perfect for snorkeling or reef walking at low tide.  In Summer, turtle lay their eggs and hatch on the beach near your room.  Whales migrate in September.  And a bountiful array of birds have made Heron their home.

Few holidays offer such an unusual mix.  A combination of unspoilt, natural beauty with top quality facilities and service.  But then, Heron is unique.  An island out of the blue.

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The perfect base for a trip to Australia’s largest tropical city with magnificent views over the Coral Sea and Magnetic Island – choose from a fully equipped room or suite in the heart of the city.

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Self guided walking trails and auto routes through the Refuge showcase Florida’s wildlife in its natural setting provides a bird watcher’s paradise. The Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is home to more threatened and endangered species than any other refuge in the United States. The best time to visit is October through April. The Visitor Information Center is open daily with free admission and provides exhibits, brochures and a selection of books on the area and its wildlife..

The dominate structure on St. George Island is the St. George Inn.  Sitting on it’s own little hill, the Inn houses the island’s only first class lounge and restaurant.  Rooms at the Inn feature queen sized, cannon ball beds, a private bath, and French doors opening out onto the second story balcony.  The water which surrounds the island can be seen from every room.  And, it is 85 miles to the nearest shopping mall.

 

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Set at the very edge of a magnificent National Park, Brampton Island nestles along beautiful, white, sandy shores.

Blessed with abundant natural beauty, and located in the spectacular Whitsunday Passage, it is a perfect place to begin exploring the wonders of the tropics.  The marvels of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef are but a short boat trip away.

Visitors can also expire Brampton’s  on land pleasures.  Including 108 elegantly appointed Blue Lagoon Units, tennis courts, a chip and putt golf course, native Australian animals and restaurant of enviable quality.

On Brampton Island, everything is possible.

The very word “Island” stirs thoughts of romance; thoughts of sea, surf and gleaming beaches.  Kangaroo island has all these attributes yet is only a short distance from Adelaide, South Australia.  The scenery is spectacular, the climate mild, the wildlife and wildflowers plentiful throughout the island and the local inhabitants, friendly and welcoming.  There are few unspoiled places such as Kangaroo Island.

 

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Nature lovers and outdoorsmen will particularly enjoy the island, which is home to more than 40 rare species of plants and animals.  Directly under the Northeast flyway, it attracts more varieties of birds than anywhere else in New England. Hikers will love “The Greenway”, a series of maintained hiking paths that wind from mid-island south to the bottom of Block Island; take a stroll along ancient stone walls and through the “Enchanted Forest”. You can fish offshore for bass, bluefish, and giant tuna, or rent a sailboat, canoe, or a sea kayak.  Visit Mohegan Bluffs, rising 150 feet over the Atlantic; they were named for 40 Mohegan Indians who were thrown to their doom while unsuccessfully attacking the local Indians in the late 1500’s.

Oh yes, Block Island has a fascinating history as well, loaded with lore and legend.  A nightmare for mariners, the island has been the site of over 200 major wrecks.  Through the early 19th century hundreds of smugglers, pirates and privateers used the island as a hideout, and endless tales of hidden treasure are told by islanders.  Speaking of the locals, chat with a few and you’ll find interesting stories about every facet of the Island, from which houses are supposedly “haunted”, to the most ferocious storms the island has weathered.

In the summer, the island is an escape from the New England heat, with temperatures consistently 10 degrees cooler than the rest of the region.  But be forewarned – the Block may be unspoiled, but it is no longer undiscovered, at least in summer, so plan ahead.  There are many superb old inns and B&B’s to choose from, but call soon if you want your first choice.