Paradise really does exist

If you're serious about ticking some top 'must do's' off your bucket list, then the Whitsundays is the place to do it.

The Whitsundays are world famous and rightly so! As far as the eye can see, bush-clad islands are dotted throughout an indigo sea, which is home to an underwater world so colourful and busy with life that you have to see it to believe it. This paradise sits at the heart the Great Barrier Reef midway along the Queensland Coast of Australia. With 70% of the region a protected National and Marine Park, this is a truly unique and stunning destination.

Bucket List # 1: The Great Barrier Reef

Snorkel or dive The Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven great wonders of the natural world. More than 2,800 coral reefs make up the Great Barrier Reef, which stretches more than 2,300km along the northeast coast of Australia and is the largest natural feature on earth. It can even be seen from outer space!

SEE IT: Cruise Whitsundays offers a Great Barrier Reef Adventures day trip to the outer Great Barrier Reef and a Reefsleep overnight experience.

Bucket List # 2: Whitehaven Beach & Hill Inlet

Sunglasses are a must! Prepare to be dazzled (literally) by the vivid white sand of Australia's most famous beach.

Stretching over seven kilometres, this pristine expanse of uninhabited beach is fringed by brilliant blue water and lush tropical bush. Recognised as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, no visit to the Whitsundays is complete without a trip to Whitehaven Beach.

VISIT IT: Cruise Whitsundays offer a range of day cruises to Whitehaven Beach.

Bucket List # 3: Sail a yachties paradise

This is exhilaration and relaxation rolled into one! Cruise Whitsundays offers a full day sailing adventure through the Whitsunday Islands to Whitehaven Beach. The adventure is all about jamming as much fun as possible into the day with swimming, snorkelling, sunbathing and, of course, speedy sailing!

DO IT: Camira Sailing Adventure with Cruise Whitsundays is simply the best!

Bucket List # 4: Visit a subtropical island

Step ashore at a Whitsunday island and you'll immediately feel 'holiday-mode' sweep over you. The islands are laid-back and beautiful with plenty of activities and accommodation to choose from. Sunbathing, snorkelling, golf or mini golf, bush walks and delicious dining are just some of the highlights.

GET THERE: Cruise Whitsundays offer island transfers and day cruises to Hamilton Island.

Bucket List # 5: Explore Airlie Beach, a buzzing Aussie beach town

Vibrant Airlie Beach is a colourful and inviting holiday town and the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands. The town offers an excellent range of accommodation, delicious dining, fabulous shopping and markets. It is the perfect place to base yourself to explore the islands and the reef. Or, if you're staying at one of the islands, a visit to this gorgeous wee town should definitely be on your list.

EXPERIENCE IT: Cruise Whitsundays offer a range of day cruises to Airlie Beach.