Whitsunday Islands, Australia

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Sitting off the coast of Queensland, the Whitsunday Islands are among the most stunning natural attractions in all of Australia, and form part of the world-famous Great Barrier Reef. So, if you're looking for a destination that offers pristine tropical beaches and amazing aquatic wildlife then this really is the number one place on the entire planet for you.

The islands were originally discovered by the legendary Captain Cook back in the 18th century, with the famous navigator apparently being left completely awe-struck by the incredible natural scenery. Given that this was a man who really had been everywhere and seen just about all there is to see, the fact that the Whitsunday Islands impressed him so much is a real testament to just how incredible they are, so even the hardest-to-please visitor can be pretty confident of having their breath taken away by these amazing islands.

The majority of the region is covered by nature reserves and national parks, which means the wildlife is the number one attraction here. There are a range of ways to explore this, with snorkelling and scuba diving being obvious options, although there's an awful lot to be said for just lying around on the beach as well!

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