To discover this mythical land lined with gold, commission a pair of ships, sail from the Dutch East Indies and plant your flag at Adventure Bay. Or if rough seas thwart you, as they did Abel Tasman in 1642, just drive about 40 minutes south from the Tasmanian capital of Hobart to Kettering, and take the car ferry. Drive through rural North Bruny and start across the isthmus (pictured above) toward South Bruny. Then stop to climb those steps to Truganini Lookout, dedicated to an Aborigine woman. Get panoramic views of some of Australia’s best beaches; then drive on for all the island’s sights, cultivated flavors and miniature kangaroos. brunyisland.net
At Isla Secas Resort, it's just you and 13 other guests (if that) on a 16-island archipelago. Here, your getaway can be as adventurous and secluded as you want, but luxury touches (like dinner waiting for you in your private yurt suite) make it the best of both worlds. Islands photographer Jon Whittle experienced it all first-hand — here's how you can do it too.