1. Wilson Island
No TVs. No phones. If you’ve ever dreamed of being shipwrecked on deserted island in style, Wilson Island is your answer. A small coral cay in the Great Barrier Reef just 72 kilometers from the Queensland mainland, Wilson will win you over quickly. Watch newly hatched turtles clumsily meander down to the ocean. Snorkel in the surrounding reefs, witnessing manta rays, triggerfish and reef sharks cruising by. And, when you need to take it even slower, enjoy gourmet dining then retreat back to your designer-style luxury tent, just one of six on the whole island.
2. Heron Island
Even if you’re not a diver, Heron Island will impress you: 10 Great Barrier Reef dive sites are within 15 minutes of the island. And the Heron Island Research Station takes advantage of this location. It’s one of Australia’s most prestigious marine research stations and even trains students in marine sciences. Topside, a perfect white-sand beach surrounds you on all sides where you can truly immerse yourself in the beauty of nature. Among the music of seabirds, tracks of turtles and multi-colored clouds of fish, the feeling that you're a guest of nature itself is inescapable. For even more indulgence, visit the Aqua Soul Spa for massages, facials and more.