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Thursday, June 3, 2010
Okay, Natalie is a true-blue Queenslander, but she promised to give an unbiased overview, starting with telling us that Whitehaven might just be the best beach in the entire world. It did win the Keep Australia Beautiful award for Queensland's Cleanest Beach, so she could be right.

Covering 7 kilometres of Whitsunday Island, Whitehaven Beach is pristine silica white sand, lapped by aqua water. At its northern end is Hill Inlet where the tide shifts the sand and water creating a wonderful fusion of colours. There are dozens of walking tracks but Hill Inlet is the most popular place for stunning views.

It can all be experienced a number of ways. The most popular is a day visit on anything that floats. Ferries and cruises run from Airlie Beach and nearby islands. There are no resorts and very limited camp sites.

Seaplanes and helicopters let you see its beauty from above.

Natalie joined an adventure with Ocean Rafting in one their three 11 metre semi-rigid inflatable vessels. They run full day adventure tours from Airlie Beach to the Whitsunday Islands. They are fast, furious and lots of fun, so hang on tight!

Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas

Further north is 4 Mile Beach, a wide stretch of hard sand made for walking, jogging and cycling. Fortunately there are stinger nets — a must between October and June. The best views are from Flagstaff Lookout, reached by a climb up steep stairs at the north end. It's worth the climb and you can take as long as you like to do it.

5 star Coconut Grove Resort Apartments are a 6 minute walk away with 33 fully self-contained apartments.

2 and 3 bedroom accommodation have barbecues, and penthouses have a plunge pool and spa. For a fun night a teppanyaki chef will prepare a meal in your accommodation. All that chopping, flipping and throwing is great fun and the end result is a very satisfying meal.

Main Beach

Not an easy task for Dermott to pick one of the best beaches on the Gold Coast. There are 21 of them. Main Beach at the northern end of 57 kilometres of beach has clean, squeaky sand and comfortable water temperatures and while it's around 4 minutes from the centre of Surfers Paradise, it has a community feel about it. It has all the good things without the Cavill Avenue lights and tourists.

Main Beach's main street, Tedder Avenue, is leafy and stylish with great boutiques and al fresco dining. It has a surf club and parkland for picnicking.

For shopping and other dining options, Marina Mirage is the place to go.

Adventure Duck is a land and water experience the whole family can enjoy. It travels along the roads of the Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise beachfront and the waterways offering a 'splashtacular' ride of fun and excitement.

Rainbow Bay

Nestled between Coolangatta and Tweed Heads Rainbow Bay has something for everybody. It is patrolled so safe for swimming in a semi-sheltered little cove.

Rainbow Bay and Snapper Rocks are home for professional surfers Mick Fanning and Stephanie Gilmore and the surf breaks attract keen boarders from all over.

Ocean Deck Restaurant & Bar at the Rainbow Bay Surf Life Saving Club is a number one spot for food and views. Open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner it's a top place for starting and ending your day.

In the bay next door to Rainbow is Reflection on the Sea which takes holiday accommodation up a level. Stylish luxury appointments and furnishings, lots of glass and air-conditioned comfort welcome you to your 2 or 3 bedroom apartment or Skyhome.

There's a 25 metre heated lap pool, spa, gym, steam room, sauna, Zen garden, movie theatre, guest lounge and Teppanyaki grill. They have thought of everything.


North Queensland and the Gold Coast.


Ocean Rafting out of Airlie Beach costs $115 for adults, $75 for children and $345 for a family of two adults and two children. Pick-up, snorkel instruction, reef and island naturalist talks, guided national park walk, snorkel floatation devices and equipment and tea, coffee and cake are included.

Coconut Grove Resort Apartments in Port Douglas start at $325 a night

Reflection on the Sea in Coolangatta one-bedroom accommodation starts at $189 a night.

Moped City Surfers Paradise rental is $40 per person for one hour.

For further information

Ocean Rafting
PO Box 106
Cannonvale 4802
Ph: (07) 4946 6848

Coconut Grove Resort
56 Macrossan Street
Port Douglas 4877
Ph: (07) 4099 0600
Fax: (07) 4099 0699

Marina Mirage
74 Seaworld Drive
Main Beach 4217
Ph: (07) 5555 6400
Fax: (07) 5555 6444

Adventure Duck
74 Seaworld Drive
Main Beach 4217
Ph: (07) 5531 1201 or 1300 556 697
Fax: 1300 556 933

Ocean Deck Restaurant & Bar
Rainbow Bay Surf Life Saving Club
2 Snapper Rocks Road
Coolangatta 4225
Ph: (07) 5536 6390

Reflection on the Sea
120 Marine Parade
Coolangatta 4225
Ph: 1800 623 401
Fax: (07) 5536 7755

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